All sailors were in similar physical and mental shape after an initial 8-week fitness program. Half the group then stopped exercising for four weeks, while the other half continued the program.
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April 29, 2010
New research has unearthed a dangerous gap in women's bone insurance policies. Eight out of ten women assume that they're getting enough vitamin D to prevent osteoporosis, reports the Society for Women's Health Research, which surveyed 500 women age 50 and older. But more than 70 percent don't get the amount needed to prevent bone-sapping osteoporosis. (Younger women also come up short, other research shows.)
Unless you get adequate vitamin D, about half the bone-building calcium you take ends up down the toilet, notes Felicia Cosman, MD, clinical director of the National Osteoporosis Foundation.
How much vitamin D is enough? "You should get 400 IU every day-and 600 after age 70-from a multivitamin or calcium-plus-D supplement," says Cosman, who is an associate professor of clinical medicine at Columbia University.
Some people might need up to 1,000 IU per day, depending on their current vitamin D levels. Cosman recommends having your doctor do a blood test to make sure you're not vitamin D deficient if you have osteoporosis, low bone-mineral density, or vitamin absorption problems (e.g., from celiac disease), or if you're premenopausal and have a history of breaking bones easily.
April 28, 2010
CHOOSE YOUR SEAT WISELY Accepting a hand-me-down car seat is not the same as hand-me-down baby clothes. Never use a car seat that has been in a crash or shows signs of extreme use.
DO YOUR RESEARCH Make sure you are up-to-date on car seat safety guidelines, ratings and recalls. Visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration web site for the latest information.
CALL IN THE PROS Based on a study done by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, typically more than 70% of child safety seats are improperly installed. Make sure your car seat is correctly installed by contacting a certified child passenger safety technician at your local police or fire department.
April 27, 2010
1. ALWAYS PUT HER DOWN AWAKE. New research shows that children who fall asleep independently-no rocking, no cuddling until they drift off-fall asleep faster, sleep an hour more a night, and wake dramatically less. "All kids wake up about three to six times during the night," says sleep expert Jodi Mindell, PhD. "But if they learn how to fall back asleep without without your help, they'll do so without disruption."
2. FOLLOW A SET ROUTINE. "Children don't have an internal structure. Having a consistent environment will help them develop that ability to settle down to sleep," says Erica Komisar, a psychotherapist in New York City. A ritual that comprises the classic B's (bath, book, bed, and in the case of a baby, a bottle) will help your child shift smoothly from day to night.
3. MAKE SURE SHE'S GETTING ENOUGH SHUT-EYE. "Children who are not getting enough sleep will be thrown way off schedule by even the most minor of disruptions," says Marc Weissbluth, MD, a pediatric sleep expert in Chicago and the author of several books on sleep.
4.WATCH FOR THE TELLTALE SIGNS OF SLEEPINESS. "Just like adults, children have definite sleep cycles, and if you put them down too late, you'll miss that groggy window," notes Michael Breus, PhD, a clinical psychologist and sleep specialist in Atlanta. Anticipate your child's needs: if he's slowing down, rubbing his eyes, yawning, or sucking his thumb, consider it time to hit the hay.
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SOLUTION First, make sure it's really eczema, says David E. Bank, MD, director of a dermatology center in Mount Kisco, New York. Mild eczema is typically itchy, red, dry skin, though severe eczema may be bright and crusty. But if there's no family history and your child has never had it before, see your pediatrician because it could be another rash or skin condition. If it is eczema, the best thing you can do is keep skin moisturized. Apply a mild, fragrance-free cream or mineral oil throughout the day and especially after baths, while the skin is still damp.
April 23, 2010
WHY Iron is essential for creating the red blood cells that deliver oxygen to your baby. If you skimp on the mineral, your baby will draw iron from your blood, increasing your risk for anemia. Being anemic makes you feel tired all the time and may cause dizziness and shortness of breath.
HOW Red meat is your best source of iron, followed by chicken, eggs, and fish. Go for 3-ounce servings of leaner cuts, such as sirloin or filet. You body absorbs the iron from animal sources most easily, but vegetarians aren't out of luck. Fortified cereals are a great choice-some have up to 15 mg of iron per cup. Soy nuts, kidney beans, pumpkin seeds, spinach, and other dark leafy greens are also top picks. Another tip: Have your iron source with a dose of vitamin C, which helps your body absorb the mineral. For instance, combos like beef and broccoli or fortified cereal topped with berries give you a bigger bang for your buck.
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Ready to mix it up? Here's a quickie primer on some of the smartest "exotic" picks based on their health benefits--and how to serve them in place of common favorites.
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Do you blame yourself unnecessarily when things go wrong?
Do you feel scared or panicky without very good reason?
Have you been anxious or worried without very good reason?
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Some rheumatoid arthritis (RA) risk factors you're born with--including having a family history and being female. But not all: Cutting back on red meat may offer some protection if you're vulnerable, say British researchers.
They found that among 264 subjects, those who averaged 2 or more ounces of red meat every day had almost double the RA risk of those eating less than an ounce a day.
Red meat contains a lot of collagen, which may activate antibodies in people susceptible to the disease
April 12, 2010
CLEAN YOUR HANDS QUICKLY Kneading dough for pies or biscuits is fun, but getting if off your hands when you're finished can be a chore. To speed it up, rub your hands with cornmeal and give them a brief rinse. The dough will come right off.
SEPARATE EGGS WITH EASE Use a plastic bag to help separate whites from yolks. Simply snip a small corner off the bag, place it in a glass to contain the white and carefully crack your egg into it. The white slips through the hole into the glass while the yolks stays in the bag.
MEASURE WITHOUT MESS Working with peanut butter, molasses, honey and other sticky substances can be slow, especially when you're using a spatula to get every bit into your mixing bowl. If you lightly mist your measuring cups with cooking spray beforehand, even the gooiest ingredients will slide out.
April 11, 2010
My husband was laughing when I told him that I don't want to slide. He kept telling on me that I have to get it a try so I did for my him and to our son.
April 10, 2010
What to do: As your mom said, don't talk with your mouth full. That can cut back on burping, as can limiting gum-chewing and fizzy beverages. To avoid GERD, eat small, frequent meals, and skip foods that worsen the symptoms (like caffeinated drinks and onions). You may also get some relief from a nonprescription antacid.
When to seek help: If you experience GERD symptoms more than once a week, particularly at night, visit your doctor.
April 09, 2010
Can't wait for the new season of Real Housewives of New Jersey.
April 08, 2010
Olive Oil Used in kitchens worldwide, olive oil comes in an array of tastes and prices. Extra-virgin oil is more flavorful and usually more expensive than regular olive oil, so it's best used drizzled on salads or for dipping bread. Olive oil's relatively low smoke point means it isn't a good choice for frying.
Canola Oil With a more neutral flavor and higher smoke point than olive oil, canola is a great all-purpose oil, ideal for baking as well as higher-temperature stove top cooking. Canola oil is low in saturated fat and high in monounsaturated fat, which help lower cholesterol, so it's often labeled "heart-healthy."
Peanut Oil Best used for frying, this oil has a high smoke point and a neutral taste. Most common brands filter out the peanut proteins during the oil-making process, making it safe for those with peanut allergies to consume. But if you're allergic, be sure to check with your doctor before using.
Exotic Oils Looking for a new taste? Specialty oils are now available in many grocery stores. Sesame oil has a toasted, nutty flavor that works well in Asian dishes. Grape seed oil tastes similar to extra-virgin olive oil but can withstand higher cooking temperature.
April 07, 2010
What to do: Track you symptoms by writing down what you eat and when you start to feel (and hear!) growls. Certain foods-such as dairy products and items high in carbohydrates-might increase the noise factor. Try taking 250 milligrams of magnesium at bedtime for a few days before your period. This can help ease the gas and constipation that often contribute to gut gurgles.
When to seek help: If abdominal noises really bother you in social situations, work on eliminating stress through yoga or meditation, or ask you doctor about antispasmodic medication.
What to do: Flushing with a saline rinse can clear excess mucus that comes with a common cold or seasonal allergies. Several brands of saline rinse are available at drugstores, or mix up your own with 8 ounces warm water and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Put half of the solution in each nostril using a syringe or nasal-spray bottle; it will flow out the opposite nostril. Repeat on the other side, then blow your nose.
When to seek help: See a doctor if your snuffling is accompanied by bleeding or you notice yellow-green drainage on your tissue, or if the congestion gets worse rather than better after five days, lasts more than 10 days or is accompanied by headache or facial pain. You could have a sinus infection, which is typically is treated with an antibiotic.
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To limit exposure, eat more beans and nuts instead of meat.
April 01, 2010
Smart Strategy: Make a list before you walk into grocery store. Researchers say that more than 70 percent of our supermarket buying decisions are made while we're there. Following your list, not your senses, helps protect you from unhealthy choices
Why can't you resist the fries gravitational pull? One big reason: The restaurant selling them is good at its job. The food industry-manufacturers, grocery stores and restaurants-has figured out how to engineer flavors, smells and sights to create foods that are physically irresistible. The good news? Once you identify those traps you can sidestep them and learn to stick to your healthy habits.