Buying the right mattress, while it might seem like an enormous hassle, is actually one of the most important things you can do for your health. Think about it. You sleep on it everyday, for hours at a time.
"It's a delicate balance," says Charles Cefalu, MD, chief of geriatric medicine at Louisiana State University in New Orleans.
"You want a mattress that is firm enough to distribute your weight or you'll wake up sore due to your shoulders sagging or your hips sinking. On the other hand, you don't want to sleep on a board," he said.
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A recent study published by the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior gave 6 tips for eating out while following a weight gain prevention program. The study suggests asking for half of your meal to be boxed up to go immediately and check the calorie counts of the restaurant online before you dine. Also, budget your calories--if you know you are eating out for dinner, have a light lunch. Pay attention to what you're eating and enjoy the experince. Avoid "unloved" calories--skip the food you feel neutral about. And always order dressings, sauces and gravy on the side so you control the amount on your food. You can use these tips to help you stay on course while dieting.
Winter is the time of year for SAD, or seasonal affective disorder. Feeling blue around Christmas isn't just a song! About 5% of Americans suffer from SAD with another 10-20% experiencing a milder form each year. You can't prevent it but you can manage it better. Read about SAD here.
An estimated 100,000 older Americans are hospitalized for adverse drug reactions each year. A new study from the CDC found that most of these emergencies come from four types of medication. Two are blood thinning agents and two are diabetes related medication. Read all about the study and how to reduce risks while taking these meds here.
A new study shows we spend less time reading nutrition information on labels than we think we do. And where the info is located on the label plays a big part too. Read all about the study here.
Chocolate may cut women's stroke risk, a new Swedish study says. Read about the study here.
Researchers at Harvard have added yet another health benefit to drinking coffee, if you're a women. In a study of 50,000 women, those who drank two to three cups of caffeinated coffee per day were 15% less likely to develop depression than those who drank one cup of coffee or less per week. Read all about the research study here.
As if you needed another reason but a recent study shows you can improve your memory by quitting smoking. We've all heard the health benefits to giving up cigarettes but this study also shows how stopping smoking can benefit your cognitive function as well.
Sack lunches are a staple of school life but it seems we aren't keeping them cold enough. A new study in the journal Pediatrics found unsafe food temperatures in a majority of the packed-at-home lunches tested. What's a mom to do? A well-insulated lunch bag is a good start with cold/ice packs surrounding the perishable food. Also consider packing more foods that are less-likely to cause food-borne illnesses (such as trail mix, applesauce cups and whole grain bread spread with hummus). And keep the lunch in the refrigerator as long as possible.
Some of the friendly advice from my mother, who said "if it's not one thing, it's another."
I guess that holds true for some new research that says if we follow the new US Government guidelines, it will cost the average person at least $7.28 a week extra. The recent report said we should be eating more postassium, dietary fiber, Vitamin D and calcium.
The study found introducing more potassium in a diet is likely to add $380 per year to the average consumer's food costs.
This conversely means that it's become more affordable to eat junk food! This can't be right.