I sit too much. I always have.
By nature, I guess, I am a sedentary person. I’m not fidgety. I can sit for long periods of time reading a book or working at the computer.
I exercise every day, going for a long walk or working in my garden or doing yoga, and I thought that was enough.
But I just watched an episode of the excellent HealthCare Triage series ominously entitled: “Sitting vs. Standing. Is Your Sedentary Life Killing You?”
Wow, I need to move a whole lot more!
We all understand that … Continue reading
Blue light pollution
Do you have trouble getting to sleep at night, and then feel sleepy and groggy in the morning?
“Blue light” from your TV, phone or tablet might be to blame. Do you watch TV or sit at your computer just before bed? Or take your phone, laptop or Kindle into bed with you?
These electronic devices all emit what’s known as blue light. Blue light is a specific part of the light spectrum. It’s why the sky is blue, and so our brains naturally associate blue light with day and become more alert, even if it’s time … Continue reading
It’s not too late to give the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) your opinion on its latest effort to require that more information be provided on food labels.
Last year, food labels began listing the amount of added sugar per serving (usually listed in grams).
Now the FDA proposes that labels also show sugar as a percentage of the recommended daily intake or value (%DV). Labels already do this for most vitamins and minerals, fats, fiber and sodium.
Sugar’s %DV would be based on the US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s recent recommendation that people limit sugar to 10% of their … Continue reading
My husband just forwarded me this great YouTube video showing how exposure to the sun’s UV rays can damage our skin over time.
It’s a timely reminder to wear sunscreen, hats and sunglasses, and try to stay out of the direct sun during peak UV ray hours, about 10 to 2. Kids, too!
Protecting our skin not only helps prevent skin cancer, but can keep our skin looking younger as we age. Think of the savings in anti-aging products 😉
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This summer is already unusually hot where I live and kids and adults are flocking to the local public swimming pools and wading pools.
But I read a couple of articles last week that first made me think “Eww!”, and then made me wonder about how healthy public pools really are.
‘Crypto’ Parasite Outbreaks Increasing in Pools Across America
A diarrhea-causing parasite that is often transmitted through water is causing an increasing number of outbreaks in U.S. pools and spas, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Turns out there is a reason pools … Continue reading
Do you think of yourself as an optimist or a pessimist? Or, like me, a hybrid of the two (hope for the best, but plan for the worst)?
I just finished reading Up: How Positive Outlook Can Transform Our Health and Aging by Hilary Tindle, MD, MPH, and found it an engaging look at how our outlook can drive our behaviors toward better or poorer health.
Dr. Tindle began her career as a primary care doctor. What she found were “relentless days of chronically ill” patients who suffered from obesity, depression, anxiety, insomnia, smoking, drinking, loneliness and isolation.
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Eat fresh & local
I am fortunate to live in an area that has abundant Farmers Markets that operate year-round. They not only offer fresh, locally-grown produce, but baked goods, jams & jellies, cheeses, nuts, cut flowers, and a variety of local artisan crafts.
The summer months are my favorite. I can find summer fruits that are at their peak of ripeness and flavor, unlike the under-ripe, flavorless versions that are sold in the grocery stores. Cherries, peaches, apricots, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries all taste better (and are often cheaper) when they are locally grown and picked within the last … Continue reading
SPF = Sun Protection Factor
An SPF rating is an estimate of how effectively a sunscreen product reduces the time it takes your skin to burn. For example, if it normally takes about 10 minutes in the sun for you to burn, a product with an SPF of 15 extends that time to burn to 150 minutes. SPF 30? Approximately 300 minutes.
Related post: First aid for sunburns
Keep in mind two things about SPF:
1) It is not a super accurate measurement of protection. Different people with different skin types burn at different rates.
2) SPF measures protection from … Continue reading
That’s a question that continues to be debated in the medical journals, but the short answer is probably not.
Too much salt or sodium is bad for you, like almost anything; but now we’re learning that too little sodium can be bad for us, too.
A few weeks ago, the Washington Post had a nice article explaining how salt came to be thought of as the enemy of good health, and why new research indicates that current low sodium guidelines might be too low: More scientists doubt salt is as bad for you as the government says
For years, the
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My husband sent me a link to a short Ted Talks video about aging. After watching it, I’m wondering if I’ve been going about aging the wrong way.
The video is about an inspiring woman, Olga Kotelko, who took up amateur track and field at the age of 77. At age 91, she was competing in the long jump! She had more than 50 world records!
How did she think about growing old? And how might our own perceptions or biases about aging affect us physically?
What if age is just a state of mind?