How Probiotics Can Help You Fight Anxiety

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By Emily Turk

saladheartProbiotics have long been known as one of the best food for digestion. But a new study shows that probiotics help in so many other ways, not just by improving digestion. Studies show that there is a link between gut bacteria and the human brain, which is how probiotics help with mood swings, depression, and anxiety. Now, most of these studies have been done on animals.

However, there is new research, done by the Oxford University that shows a deeper connection between mental health and gut bacteria. The study, conducted by Dr. Phillip Burnet and his team, found out that supplements that boost good bacteria in the gut can have an anti-anxiety effect. The team experimented with prebiotics, which are basically carbs that act as a nourishment for the strains of good bacteria, or probiotics. There is a link between prebiotics and probiotics.

Dr. Burnet said that “prebiotics are food for good bacteria already present in the gut. Taking prebiotics therefore increases the number of all species of good bacteria in the gut, which will theoretically have greater beneficial effects than a single species.

What was the study?

Dr. Phillip Burnet and his team asked 45 healthy adults to take either a prebiotic or a placebo. All of the adults in the study were between age 18 and 45. They took a prebiotic or a placebo each day for three weeks. After the trial period, researchers did tests to assess the results of the study. Their goal was to check for link between emotional information and gut bacteria, specifically how the participants “processed emotional information”.

According to the results, participants taking prebiotics paid less attention to negative information. In addition, they paid more attention to positive information when compared to the placebo group. The result shows that consuming prebiotics results in less anxiety when confronted with negative stimuli. Even more important, the results show that the effect is similar to the effect of antidepressants and anti-anxiety medication.

Another thing that Dr. Burnet found is that people taking prebiotics have lower lever of cortisol in their saliva. This is a stress hormone previously linked with depression and anxiety.

How to promote healthy gut bacteria?

The result of the findings suggests that you should increase the consumption of prebiotics and probiotics.

That means that for prebiotic power foods, you should consume more almonds, asparagus, bananas, garlic, leafy greens, kiwi, legumes, mushrooms, oats, and onions. Probiotic foods include kimchi, carrots, green beans, beets, miso, natto, tempeh, chickpea, kefir, yogurt, and kombucha.

Other benefits of consuming probiotics

In addition to improving your gut health and helping with anxiety, probiotics bring a whole other set of benefits to the table.

For example, consuming probiotics reduces the blood pressure of people with high blood pressure. These foods also help keep your teeth intact by killing bacteria that causes tooth decay. Simply put, you will have a great smile just by consuming probiotics. They also help with skin problems like eczema. A study found out that allergy-prone mothers with eczema can reduce the risk of babies developing the skin issue. Women should consume probiotics for other reasons as well. They help with bacteria like yeast infection, urinary tract infection, and bacterial vaginosis.

Fight Alzheimer’s By Taking Part In A Clinical Trial

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seniorwoman2Several clinical trials are testing promising new drugs to prevent and treat dementia.

Women fear developing Alzheimer’s disease more than having a heart attack or stroke or developing cancer. One reason is that cancer, heart attack, and stroke are treatable, but there is little an individual can do to arrest the progress of Alzheimer’s disease. One thing individuals can do is to take part in a clinical trial, reports the July 2015 Harvard Women’s Health Watch.

“There are now opportunities to do something, perhaps to reduce your own risk and also to help the next generation see Alzheimer’s disease as completely preventable,” says Dr. Reisa Sperling, professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School.

Clinical trials to prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and to slow its progress are now under way across the country and around the world.

Preventing Alzheimer’s disease:

New or upcoming clinical trials are testing drugs that go after amyloid plaques. These are clumps of protein that form in the brain. Plaque deposits have been linked to the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Large nationwide studies of plaque-fighting drugs in people who have amyloid plaques in their brains but no symptoms of Alzheimer’s include the following:

The A4 study. Dr. Sperling is a principal investigator of this study, which is testing the effectiveness of solanezumab, an antibody that helps remove amyloid from the brain.

The LEARN study. Researchers will use imaging and memory tests to compare people without amyloid plaques to the placebo group in the A4 study. The goal is to look for other factors that may contribute to cognitive decline or cognitive resilience.

The A5 study. Researchers will test the effects of an oral drug called a beta-secretase inhibitor, which is designed to prevent new amyloid plaques from developing in the brain.

Treating Alzheimer’s disease:

Two major trials will test drugs designed to treat people who have mild or moderate Alzheimer’s disease. The Amaranth Study will test the effectiveness of a drug called a beta-secretase inhibitor. Another study called NOBLE will test different doses of the drug T-817MA, which protects brain cells against the toxic effects of amyloid.

Read the full-length article: “There is something you can do about Alzheimer’s disease—join a study”

Also in the July 2015 Harvard Women’s Health Watch:

* When is an urgent-care clinic as good as the ER?

* Avoiding ankle injuries

* Why statins aren’t for everyone

Harvard Women’s Health Watch is available from Harvard Health Publications, the publishing division of Harvard Medical School, for $20 per year. Subscribe at http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/womens or by calling 877-649-9457 (toll-free). Contact us for a complimentary copy of the newsletter, or to receive our press releases directly.

Think Pink And Fight Breast Cancer!

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Now is the time for businesses to prepare a promotional cause marketing campaign to align with Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

newsOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to promote awareness of and education about the disease that will affect 1-in-8 U.S. women and 1-in-1,000 U.S. men during the course of their lives. Breast cancer is a pervasive and deadly disease. Breast cancer is a commonly-diagnosed cancer in U.S. women, second only to skin cancer. And breast cancer death rates for U.S. women are higher than for any other cancer besides lung cancer. Yet when breast cancer is detected early, the five-year survival rate is 98%.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month shines a spotlight on this devastating disease and the importance of having a plan in place to detect the disease in its early stages. The pink ribbon is a dual symbol of the disease and the power of early detection and intervention to prevent the spread of the disease.

There are many ways, large and small, for businesses to participate in Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the time to prepare a promotional cause marketing campaign for October is now. Businesses can:

* Fund local charity walks that funnel dollars to breast cancer research

* Sponsor fundraising events that provide mammograms for women in need

* Sponsor breast health education workshops

* Promote public service announcements that remind about the importance of breast self-exams, mammograms, and clinical breast exams

On a smaller scale, businesses can simply raise awareness about the disease and the importance of early detection by developing custom products emblazoned with their logo, along with the pink ribbon, and passing them out to staff and clients.

Christine Marion, Director of Retail Operations for EmbroidMe says, “Whatever role a business decides to play in promoting Breast Cancer Awareness Month, EmbroidMe offers businesses the ability to customize products that show support for women’s health in general and breast health in particular.”

Whether businesses are in need of branded clothing, branded office supplies, corporate apparel, or other promotional products such as mugs, keychains, and wristbands, EmbroidMe has hundreds of Resource Centers around the world to help your business develop the perfect promotional products to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month. EmbroidMe’s on-site specialists are ready to provide you with first-class service and products of the highest quality. Just click EmbroidMe Locations to find the Resource Center nearest you, or call (877) 877-0234 to speak to a trained design professional.

Woodloch Pines Resort And JDRF Team Up In The Fight Against Type 1 Diabetes

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Woodloch will host its second annual “Carnival for a Cause” to raise money for JDRF

diabeteswordWoodloch Pines Resort has partnered with JDRF, the only global organization with a strategic plan to end Type 1 Diabetes (T1D), with the ultimate goal to turn Type One into Type None.

During the weekend of May 1st – 3rd, 2015, the social activities department from Woodloch Pines, an all-inclusive family resort in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, will host its famous home-grown carnival. Deemed “Carnival for a Cause,” a portion of all proceeds raised during the weekend will go directly to JDRF. This is the second year in which the resort is supporting the cause. In 2014, resort guests, staff, and local friends raised over $15,000 in donations. Since the family resort’s opening back in 1958, Woodloch’s Carnival has been a beloved activity enjoyed every summer by many guests.

Woodloch Pines shares a special personal connection with JDRF’s mission to bring awareness to Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) in hopes of one day finding a cure for the disease. The Pocono resort’s longtime Social Director, Joey Ranner, has a granddaughter who was diagnosed with T1D in November of 2011. Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone people need to get energy from food. T1D strikes both children and adults and lasts a lifetime. The disease can have devastating effects such as: kidney failure, blindness, nerve damage, heart attack, stroke, and pregnancy complications.

“Seeing how Type 1 Diabetes affects young children, like my granddaughter Jillian, makes me want to do something to help. One of the best resources that our family found after Jillian’s diagnosis was JDRF. We’ve participated in JDRF’s ‘Walk to Cure Diabetes’ for the past four years to help raise money to aid the admirable efforts of this great organization,” says Ranner. “Since Woodloch is and always has been about putting family first and giving back to the community, partnering with JDRF is a natural fit.”

The all-inclusive family resort’s “Carnival for a Cause” will embody a carnival’s midway atmosphere. At the event, which will take place on Saturday, May 2nd, guests can play the unique games for a chance to win prizes, including the grand prize of an all-inclusive getaway to the Pocono resort. Alongside the midway games, guests will be entertained by a balloon artist, magician, live music, food vendors, and inflatable bounce houses (weather permitting).

In addition to the carnival, other special events for the weekend include:

– A live cooking class featuring tasty yet healthy low sugar options

– A “Dance-A-Thon” where Woodloch Staff and guests will join together to dance the night away in order to raise donations

– A benefit 9-hole shotgun golf tournament at The County Club at Woodloch Springs

diabetesword– The East Central PA branch of JDRF will also be hosting their annual “Walk to Cure” event at PNC Field in Moosic on May 3rd. Registration information is available at EastCentralPA.jdrf.org.

During Carnival for a Cause weekend, all-inclusive rates start at just $199 per adult per night. For more information or to book a stay during, please visit http://www.woodloch.com/jdrf or call 1.800.WOODLOCH.

About JDRF:

JDRF is the only global organization with a strategic research plan to end type 1 diabetes (T1D). The plan ensures that there will be an ongoing stream of life-changing therapies moving from development through to the marketplace that lessen the impact of T1D keeping people with T1D healthy and safe today until the ultimate goal of a cure and universal prevention of T1D, turning Type One into Type None. Since its founding in 1970, JDRF’s cumulative research funding totals over $1.8 billion. In 2013 alone, JDRF’s T1D research funding totaled more than $106 million. More than 80 percent of JDRF’s expenditures directly support research and research-related education.

About Woodloch Pines Resort:

Creating a magical experience for families since 1958, Woodloch Pines Resort’s signature warm hospitality keeps guests returning year after year and offers a truly unique all-inclusive family vacation experience fitting for everyone’s taste. An award-winning family resort, championship golf course and sister property featuring a luxury destination spa are just 95 scenic and convenient miles from New York City nestled in the Pocono Mountains Lake Region.

Contact:
Erica Filstein
Office: 570.685.8072 or Erica.Filstein@woodloch.com

Woodloch Pines Resort And JDRF Team Up In The Fight Against Type 1 Diabetes

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Woodloch will host its first-ever “Carnival for a Cause” in order to raise money for JDRF

diabeteswordWoodloch Pines Resort has partnered up with JDRF, the only global organization with a strategic plan to end type 1 diabetes (T1D), with the ultimate goal to turn Type One into Type None. From April 4-6, 2014, the social activities department from Woodloch Pines, an all-inclusive family resort in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, will host its famous home-grown carnival. Deemed “Carnival for a Cause,” a portion of all proceeds raised during the weekend will go directly to JDRF. Since the family resort’s opening back in 1958, Woodloch’s Carnival has been a beloved activity enjoyed every summer by many guests.

Woodloch Pines shares a special personal connection with JDRF’s mission to bring awareness to Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) in hopes of one day finding a cure for the disease. Woodloch’s longtime Social Director, Joey Ranner, has a granddaughter who was diagnosed with T1D in November of 2011. Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone people need to get energy from food. T1D strikes both children and adults and lasts a lifetime. T1D has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle, and there is nothing you can do to prevent it. Just to survive, people with T1D must frequently test their blood sugar and inject insulin (or continually infuse it through a pump) every day. They must carefully balance insulin doses with eating and other daily activities, yet they still run the risk of dangerous high or low blood sugar levels. Taking insulin does not cure T1D, nor does it prevent the possibility of the disease’s devastating effects: kidney failure, blindness, nerve damage, heart attack, stroke, and pregnancy complications.

“Seeing how Type 1 Diabetes affects young children, like my granddaughter Jillian, makes me want to do something to help. One of the best resources that our family found after Jillian’s diagnosis was JDRF. We’ve participated in JDRF’s ‘Walk to Cure Diabetes’ for the past three years to help raise money to aid the admirable efforts of this great organization,” says Ranner. “Since Woodloch is and always has been about putting family first and giving back to the community, partnering with JDRF is a natural fit.”

The all-inclusive family resort’s “Carnival for a Cause” will embody a carnival’s midway atmosphere. At the event, which will take place on Saturday, April 5, 2014, guests can play the unique games for a chance to win prizes, including the grand prize of an all-inclusive getaway to the Pocono resort. Alongside the midway games, guests will be entertained by a balloon artist, magician, live music, food vendors, and inflatable bounce houses (weather permitting). In addition to the carnival, the all-inclusive resort will offer some of its other guest favorites such as: cooking classes, scavenger hunt, family Olympics, and horseracing.

During Carnival for a Cause weekend, all-inclusive rates start at just $179 per adult per night. For more information or to book a stay during, please visit www.woodloch.com/jdrf or call 1.800.WOODLOCH.

About Woodloch Pines Resort:
Creating a magical experience for families since 1958, Woodloch Pines Resort’s signature warm hospitality keeps guests returning year after year and offers a truly unique all-inclusive family vacation experience fitting for everyone’s taste. An award-winning family resort, championship golf course and sister property featuring a luxury destination spa is just 95 scenic and convenient miles from New York City nestled in the Pocono Mountains Lake Region.

About JDRF:
JDRF is the only global organization with a strategic research plan to end type 1 diabetes (T1D). The plan ensures that there will be an ongoing stream of life-changing therapies moving from development through to the marketplace that lessen the impact of T1D keeping people with T1D healthy and safe today until the ultimate goal of a cure and universal prevention of T1D, turning Type One into Type None. Since its founding in 1970, JDRF’s cumulative research funding totals over $1.8 billion. In 2013 alone, JDRF’s T1D research funding totaled more than $106 million. More than 80 percent of JDRF’s expenditures directly support research and research-related education.

– Submitted by Erica Filstein

Researchers Join Forces With African-American Churches To Fight Cardiovascular Disease

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healthyheartA $1.4 million federal grant is helping a Florida State University-led research team partner with churches in Gadsden and Leon counties to combat the leading cause of death for African-American men and women — cardiovascular disease.

Funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, which is part of the National Institutes of Health, the three-year grant establishes the Health for Hearts United Leadership Institute (HHU Lead Project).

The project takes advantage of the strong support structures inherent in African-American churches to integrate proven health intervention strategies into church environments and the daily lives of their members.

“Cardiovascular disease is a major health issue for African-Americans, especially in the South,” said Professor Penny Ralston, the HHU Lead Project principal investigator and dean emeritus of FSU’s College of Human Sciences. “The strong churches we have in our area represent the perfect opportunity to engage faith communities and promote healthier lifestyles through a supportive and comfortable environment.

Through the HHU Lead Project, the research team and six host churches will work with 32 other churches in Gadsden and Leon counties to engage church members in healthy lifestyle practices such as eating healthy foods, especially fruits and vegetables, participating in physical activity on a regular basis, reducing stress and taking charge of their health.

The six host churches all are in Florida. They are Antioch Missionary Baptist Church and St. James AME Church in Quincy; New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church and Old Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church in Havana; and Greater Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church and Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in Tallahassee.

Project collaborators on the project at Florida State are Jasminka Ilich-Ernst, the Hazel Stiebeling Professor of Nutrition in the Department of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences, and Iris Young-Clark, assistant director of FSU’s Center on Better Health and Life for Underserved Populations.

Other partners are Arrie M. Battle, Mother Care Network Inc.; Kandauda (K.A.S.) Wickrama, University of Georgia; Cynthia M. Harris, Florida A&M University; Catherine Coccia, Florida International University; and Jennifer L. Lemacks, University of Southern Mississippi.

Ralston, who also is director of the Center on Better Health and Life for Underserved Populations, worked with these same six churches in a previous five-year NIH grant to develop the initial 18-month Health for Hearts United intervention, which integrated healthy lifestyle practices in the participating churches.

healthyheartbpThat study tracked approximately 250 men and women age 45 and older who attended the six churches over a period of 24 months with four data collection phases. Preliminary outcomes of the project showed that over the study period, many of the participants maintained an increase in fruit/vegetable servings, a decrease in fat consumption, an increase in physical activity, improvements in cholesterol levels, and a decrease in waist and waist/hip ratio circumferences.

“This project has made a tremendous difference in our congregation. We’ve learned to focus more on eating healthier and eating the right kinds of food,” said the Rev. Lee Plummer, pastor of St. James AME Church in Quincy.

“Prior to this health initiative, we were not really focused on healthy habits that would reduce heart diseases. Scripture tells us, ‘For the lack of knowledge my people perish,’” Plummer said. “Since becoming a part of the project, we’ve learned much about heart diseases, the risk factors, and what to do to prevent heart diseases. As we take better care of our bodies, we are taking better care of the Temple of God.”

Under the new grant, the research team plans to work with the host churches to increase the reach of the HHU Leadership Institute by bringing more churches and church members into the program, ultimately sustaining the Leadership Institute on an ongoing basis to improve the cardiovascular health of African-Americans in the target counties and in other areas of North Florida.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for African-American men and women. National data show that African-Americans have higher illness rates and higher death rates than their Caucasian counterparts for both heart disease and stroke.

The state of Florida is included in what is known as the “stroke belt” because of its higher-than-average incidence of stroke among African-American residents.

“We know that healthy lifestyle changes are an effective way to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, but making those changes are difficult for all of us,” Ralston said. “Our churches, through the HHU Lead Project, will provide the knowledge, support and encouragement for members to make lasting improvements in their lives.”

For more information about the HHU project, contact Ralston at (850) 645-8110 or pralston@fsu.edu.

5 Amazing Tips To Fight Childhood Obesity

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By Diana Maria

obeseboyvectorbellyObesity has become the single biggest epidemic that the human civilization has had to face of late. The sad fact about obesity remains that an increasing number of its new victims are kids who become obese at a young age and end up developing various life threatening ailments even before they have reached adulthood. However, fighting childhood obesity isn’t that hard and with a little hard work and determination, you too can help you child fight off and ward off childhood obesity for good.

1. See if your child is suffering from a lack of energy

More often than not, kids suffering from a lack of energy and ones with bad sleeping patterns end up getting obese. Since they feel low on energy through the day, they end up reaching for sugary and high fat/calorie foods to get them through the day. Soon, these eating patterns become a part of their lifestyle and become uncontrollable.

If your child has become obese or looks like those extra pounds could easily get him over the obesity line, check to see if your child is suffering from low energy through the day. If the lack of energy is a result of poor sleep patterns, day time naps can be used to ensure that the child isn’t using food to negate the effects of little sleep. Excessive appetite may also be a symptom of metabolic disorders, worms, psychological problems, hormonal fluctuations and even diabetes so you should have your kid tested for these problems if their weight is getting out of control.

2. Improve family menus on the whole

Whether you are eating out, ordering in or cooking at home, if a child has access to junk food or foods that can cause obesity, then they probably will end up on the wrong side of the ideal weight. You cannot expect a child to follow a diet while the rest of the family is eating tempting, fatty foods all day long. If one of your kids is suffering from obesity, their pattern of eating could soon influence your other kids too and soon you’d have a houseful of kids struggling to fight obesity.

A great way to banish obesity is improving family menu on the whole starting with what you cook and serve at home. Then you can move onto watching what kind of foods your family eats when they are out in public and what kind of food you order in. stash your fridge with healthier snack choices like pre-cut veggies and healthy dips and keep healthy snacks like baked potato chips, baked kale chips, roasted chicken wings etc. Using spice mixes also helps draw kids to healthy snacks as they probably won’t find bland snacks too attractive and will be tempted to indulge in junk food.

familyvector3. Plan family time and weekends around physical activities

You won’t get any result by forcing your obese kid to be more active while the rest of your family gets to laze around. To help a kid fight obesity, the entire family needs to come together and become more physically active. From playing games in the backyard every evening during the weekdays to indulging in physical activities through the day on weekends, getting the whole family moving is more likely to help ward off obesity risk for one of your kids.

4. Use video games to get your kid moving

Kids today are more likely to spend time in front of the computer or sitting on the couch playing video games. Munching on treats through the day with little or no activity gets your child closer to obesity. However, video games with motion sensing controllers and accessories and titles that ask them to move around to advance and win levels can be a great way to get your child moving while he enjoys playing video games!

5. Activity boosting commute options

Dropping the kids to school, to their friends’ homes, to the mall and to the playground in the family car might be the safer option but it also limits the activity that they could have gotten had they used a bicycle, skateboard, scooter or inline skates to get there. If your child isn’t old enough to commute on their own, you can accompany them on your own bicycle or even get a neighborhood “bike-pool” together where other parents can join in with their own kids and bicycles o skateboards.

– – Diana is a writer/blogger. She loves writing, traveling and reading books. She contributes on College Works Painting.

How You Can Fight Common Sleep Disorders Like Snoring Or Sleep Apnea

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By Brandon Travis

sleepSleep disorders affect a large percentage of Americans, up to 40 percent as some studies have suggested, debilitating one of our most precious resources: sleep. We need sleep to perform even our most elemental tasks not to mention the more difficult ones like cognition, concentration, athletics or even operating a car. Getting a good night’s sleep is tantamount to being able to perform well in life and sleep disorders like snoring or sleep apnea make getting a good night’s sleep a constant struggle. However, there are plenty of tools you can use to combat snoring and sleep apnea and the rest you deserve.

While there are a plethora of known and unknown sleep disorders out there, ranging from night terrors, to narcolepsy, to work-shift sleep disorders, to restless leg syndrome, insomnia, snoring and sleep apnea are three of the most common. But in order to look at ways to fight these common sleep disorders, we first have to understand what causes them in the first place.

Insomnia is a very common sleep disorder, so common in fact that there really isn’t one specific reason for it; the causes depend upon the person and can range from anxiety, depression and other mood disorders, to lifestyle problems like diet and lack of exercise to stress to allergens. And though there are many prescription drugs available that can help you get to sleep, most of these medications leave you feeling groggy and unrested. However, simple lifestyle changes can sometimes be enough to pull you out of your insomniac funk and get some sleep: exercising regularly, amending your diet to include more natural foods, eating a bed-time snack of dairy and carbs, meditating, getting into a sleep schedule—all of these can bring about solutions to insomnia.

snoringSnoring and sleep apnea are often comorbid and have some of the same underlying causes and treatments. Snoring is the result of occluded breathing passages in the nose or throat; sleep apnea is when breathing is abruptly halted during sleep, resulting in gasps and oxygen depletion, and if untreated can have dire consequences. Both have their own different kinds and causes. The occlusion in snoring is often caused by blockage of the throat, either through fatty tissue, allergies, posture or a general degradation of the throat muscles; it’s most commonly found in adults over 40, the obese or overweight, chronic users of alcohol, cigarettes or other drugs/medication and more often in men than women. Sleep apnea has a couple different kinds: the first, obstructive sleep apnea is a result of the same blocked airways seen in snoring, and snoring is usually precipitant; the second kind is called central sleep apnea and has to do with failures of the central nervous system; the third is a combination of the first two and is called, appropriately, complex sleep apnea.

Thankfully, snoring and sleep apnea can be treated in many of the same methods. Losing weight and getting your body back to its recommended weight is one of the best ways to fight these sleep disorders, as is eliminating or minimizing alcohol and cigarette use—especially in the last couple hours before bed. You can also help to control these sleep disorders by adjusting your sleeping position, sleeping on your side or stomach instead of your back. If allergens are the reason, making your bedroom into a hypoallergenic chamber might be the way to go; which might mean that your dog or cat has to sleep elsewhere at night. Certain vocal exercises have also been found to alleviate some of the symptoms of snoring and sleep apnea as they build up the muscles in the throat. For more info on vocal exercises check out http://www.thestopsnoringexerciseprogram.org/. Changing your diet and getting into a regular sleep schedule can also be a big step in fighting these unpleasant sleep disorders.

Sleeping is a crucial part of our lives, and making sure we get the sleep we need sometimes seems like an uphill battle. By using these techniques, you should be able to turn the tide of the nighttime war and start your sleep disorders on a, hopefully permanent, retreat.

– Brandon Travis likes to spend his free time swimming and training for his next triathlon in the spring. He works in the health and wellness sector, helping people live better and healthier lives. When he’s not working out he likes to review sites like iRollover snoring device.

Moderate Exercise Won’t Fight Obesity

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joggingFrom Your Health Journal…..”A great article written by Matthew Mientka in Medical Daily out of Australia entitled Moderate Exercise Won’t Fight Obesity–But Experts Advise ‘Incidental’ Bouts Of Activity. New research suggests that moderate exercise won’t help most people avoid becoming overweight or obese-or to keep weight off once they’ve lost it. Obesity is on the rise all over the world, as sedentary lifestyle is replacing physical activity – technology is more popular than playing outside, diets are less nutritious and larger in size, and a host of other concerns. Now, in Australia, it is now internationally recommended that 45 to 60 minutes of moderate-intensity daily physical activity is the minimum required… without reduction in current energy intake. In Australia alone, 14 million Australians fall into the overweight or obese category. Please visit the Medical Daily web site (link provided below) to read the complete article.”

From the article…..

Moderate exercise won’t help most people avoid becoming overweight or obese-or to keep weight off once they’ve lost it.

Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council mentioned the obvious, that a high-calorie, high-fat Western diet combined with decreasing levels of physical activity has put more people at risk of health ailments. But experts now recommend 60 to 90 minutes of moderate-intensity activity per day for formerly obese people.

“In the current environment of abundant availability, promotion and consumption of energy-dense food, it is now internationally recommended that 45 to 60 minutes of moderate-intensity daily physical activity is the minimum required… without reduction in current energy intake,” the Australian government reported.

However, experts temper their recommendations to avoid discouraging people from giving up entirely. Dr. Amanda Lee, chairperson of the health organization’s dietary guidelines committee, said she wouldn’t want to discourage anyone with time for only 30 minutes or so of exercise per day.

“At this stage the national activity guidelines still recommend 30 minutes of moderate activity a day,” she said. “Even then, not even 50 percent of the population is managing that, so I would be reluctant to tell everyone that they now need to find an hour.”

Lee said Westerners must make either substantial dietary changes or significantly increase levels of physical activity.

“There’s no denying we have a huge problem with what’s called energy balance. Simply speaking we are eating way too much poor-quality, energy-dense food for the amount of daily exercise we’re getting,” Lee says. “The reality is if finding the extra time in your day to burn off that energy through exercise is just not possible, then it’s important you eat less food and of better quality.”

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Chicago’s Fight Against Childhood Obesity

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obesegirlvectorexerciseFrom Your Health Journal…..”A great article in the Med Ill Reports by Srushti Shahand Kaitlyn Zufall entitled Chicago schools rev up fight against obesity. As we know, childhood obesity is on the rise in many areas of the world. Obesity related illnesses are also up, including heart disease, asthma, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and weak joints. Recently, Michelle Obama spoke about how childhood obesity has improved in such cities as NYC and LA, but the condition is still prevalent in Chicago, according to statistics released at the end of February by the Chicago Department of Public Health. One in every four students in kindergarten, sixth and ninth grades in the city’s public school system is obese, reports a newly released study by the health department and Chicago Public Schools. The obesity rate for all of Illinois in 2011 was only 12 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Please visit the Med Ill Reports web site (link provided below) to read the complete article.”

From the article…..

Childhood obesity is declining in certain cities in the U. S., but the condition is still prevalent in Chicago, according to statistics released at the end of February by the Chicago Department of Public Health.

And it’s double the statewide rate of obesity in kids and adolescents.

One in every four students in kindergarten, sixth and ninth grades in the city’s public school system is obese, reports a newly released study by the health department and Chicago Public Schools. The obesity rate for all of Illinois in 2011 was only 12 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For Chicago, the kids who are either overweight or obese add up to a startling 36.5 percent of kindergartners, 48.6 percent of sixth graders and 44.7 percent of ninth graders.

The study accompanies an action plan, the Healthy Chicago Public Schools Agenda for Student Health and Wellness, also released jointly by CPS and the health department.

The action plan addresses multiple student health issues such as obesity, tobacco use and HIV prevention. The plan calls for obesity prevention through actions such as eliminating the use of food or fitness opportunities as rewards or punishments and implementing a standardized curriculum for physical education.

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