Coffee Trend That May Be Risky For Health

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This article is courtesy of PRWeb and Harvard Health Publications, please share your comments below…..

coffeeCoffee is associated with many health benefits, but too much caffeinated coffee may lead to insomnia, nervousness, heart palpitations, and the jitters.

French press coffee may be all the rage right now, but it comes with health risks, reports the May 2016 Harvard Health Letter.

Making pressed coffee involves mixing boiling water and coarsely ground coffee beans in a small pitcher, letting it steep for a few minutes, and then pressing a mesh plunger from the top of the pitcher to the bottom to strain the liquid and trap the coffee grounds.

Devotees say this type of coffee is more flavorful than coffee that’s filtered in an automatic drip coffeemaker. But is it healthier? “We don’t know; it’s never been studied that carefully, and it likely depends on the beans and the roasting process,” says Dr. Eric Rimm, a professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. What we do know is that too much unfiltered coffee may raise “bad” LDL cholesterol, because it contains certain harmful compounds that would otherwise be trapped by a filter.

Even filtered coffee comes with risks. Drinking too much caffeinated coffee may lead to insomnia, nervousness, heart palpitations, and the jitters. If any of those lead to getting less sleep every night, the risk of developing chronic conditions goes up.

Fortunately for coffee lovers, the savory brew is also associated with many health benefits when intake is limited to five cups or fewer per day, such as lower blood pressure, a slower rate of weight gain with age, and reduced risks for developing type 2 diabetes or dying from cardiovascular disease or neurological diseases.

Read the full-length article: “Coffee: Love it or leave it?”

Also in the May 2016 issue of the Harvard Health Letter:

* Hearing loss: Early warning signs that are easy to miss

* In search of comfortable shoes, despite foot problems

* The latest thinking on heartburn medications

The Harvard Health Letter is available from Harvard Health Publications, the publishing division of Harvard Medical School, for $20 per year. Subscribe at http://www.health.harvard.edu/health or by calling 877-649-9457 (toll-free).

How To Get Health Insurance When Traveling To Europe

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By Connor Christopher

healthyheartbpWhether your reasons for traveling to Europe are for business or for pleasure, you want your trip to run as smoothly as possible. Hopefully you won’t get ill or sick during your European adventures, but in the off chance you do, it’s best to be prepared for the worst but hope for the best. Make sure you renew your European Health Insurance Card today, because it’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.

Provided you’re a citizen of the European Union, you are entitled to an EHIC which entitles you to free or discounted medical treatment whenever you visit an EU country. The card entitles you to the same rights as the locals of that country, so if their medical care is free, then so is yours. Over 5 million EHIC’s are set to expire over the coming year, so if you already have one, make sure to check the expiry date before you set off on your travels.

The European Health Insurance Card is completely free, you just need to fill out a simple, online application or calling the NHS on 0300 330 1350, and it will be process and sent to you within days. The card is then valid for five years at a time but only covers one individual person, so if you have a child under 16, include them on your application and you’ll receive an EHIC for each of you.

While in Europe, the EHIC will cover treatment for chronic and per-existing medical conditions throughout the duration of your trip. Your EHIC must be presented when you require treatment, so make sure you carry it on your person at all times. The best way is to put the card in your bag or wallet as soon as you get it and then forget about it until you need it.

The EHIC is currently accepted by EU states Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Southern Cyprus, Czeck Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden, as well as non-EU countries Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Bear in mind that while the European Health Insurance Card provides valuable protection, it is not a replacement for travel insurance. It is highly recommended that ensure you have both in order to reduce the large medical bills, delays in treatment and not to mention saving yourself a large deal of stress in the event of a medical emergency.

You will pay the exact same as an existing resident of the country you a visiting, so if they are expected to pay for their medical treatment, then you will be too.

If you’ve registered for you EHIC but the card doesn’t arrive before you’re set to leave on your European trip, then be sure to call the NHS Overseas Healthcare tea, and they’ll advise you what you need to do.

Health Club Attendance Is Increasing In 2016

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Zoom Active Lifestyle Marketing reports a 32 percent increase in its health club audience in Q1 compared to last year’s first-quarter.

exerciseballDespite the emergence of micro-gyms, and a stunning rise in obscure fitness trends, the traditional health club space is witnessing a boom in 2016, according to Nielsen-measured first-quarter data.

Zoom Active Lifestyle Marketing (“Zoom”), the exclusive ad, entertainment, and fitness content provider for 7 of the leading 11 U.S. health clubs, reports a 32 percent increase in its health club audience in Q1 compared to last year’s first-quarter.

The growth of Zoom’s audience reflects the overall prosperity of the health club industry. A Nielsen study conducted in February showed that monthly visits to participating health clubs increased by 2.5 million compared to last year.

This uptick in attendance has helped spur the growth of Zoom’s TV network, which registered 123 million impressions in February, according to a Nielsen-verified study. The Super Bowl, meanwhile, had a peak viewership of 116 million Americans, according to Nielsen ratings.

Beyond the spike in health club attendance, Zoom has been able to broaden its network by entering 579 new venues since the first-quarter of last year. With over 3,000 health clubs in 170 U.S. markets, the Zoom Network is a powerful platform displayed in America’s biggest health clubs, including 24 Hour Fitness, LA Fitness, Planet Fitness, Town Sports International, and Gold’s Gym.

The Zoom Network engages high-value influencers through Nielsen-measured TV, digital, mobile, and custom promotions. “Nielsen confirms that Zoom’s footprint in the health club space is deep and far-reaching. No other health club marketer reaches the active lifestyle consumer at this scale,” said Tom Link, senior executive vice president of sales and marketing at Zoom.

About Zoom Active Lifestyle Marketing

ZOOM Active Lifestyle Marketing is an international media and marketing company
with more than 4,400 digital media locations across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Zoom’s digital media networks are measured by The Nielsen Company in North America and reach over 25 million unique consumers. Zoom has offices in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, London, and Manchester.

Stop Letting Bad Excuses Destroy Your Health

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By Katherine Smith

healthywordsThere are all kinds of reasons we give for why we settle for an unhealthy lifestyle. Here’s the thing: They’re all bad. Granted, healthy living is not as easy for some as it is for others. But it is absolutely essential for all.

Consider some of the reasons we give for not sticking to a healthy diet:

• Healthy food is more expensive

• Healthy choices are harder to find

• Healthy eating requires a lot of cooking

These all seem like excellent reasons until we end up with some kind of life-threatening disease which requires a drastic dietary change. Suddenly, the budget opens up for healthy eating. We discover where to find those healthier choices. And cooking becomes much less of a chore than it once was.

The same kind of thing is at play when it comes to proper exercise. We are convinced that our bad excuses are actually good reasons. Here are three of the most popular excuses, why they’re bad, and how you can overcome them:

I Can’t Afford It

Who said you need money to get fit? You can strap on the pair of running shoes you already have in your closet and hit the road to physical fitness before you are done reading this paragraph.

Spending money to achieve higher levels of fitness is always optional. But if you select one of the many options, such as a Fitness 19 gym, you will find plenty of affordable plans that cater to entire families.

You can spend as much or as little as you want. You can choose to take classes from professional instructors, or enjoy a more free-form use of facilities.

We tend to spend money on the things we consider important. If your life depended on a gym membership, you would find the money. It is just a matter of convincing yourself that your health is a budgetary priority. If a loved one were in your condition, you would find a way to pay for their treatment. You only need to love yourself equally as much.

Pain Is Holding Me Back

Regardless of your level of health, good exercise causes a certain amount of discomfort. This is especially true for muscle building. But not all exercise is about muscle building. No pain, no gain may be motivational to a certain type of Neanderthal. But it is scientific nonsense. Exercise doesn’t have to hurt.

Lifehacker points out…..

“This myth has been debunked by doctors, physical therapists, and researchers of all stripes, but it still persists because most people conflate the idea of pushing themselves to work out harder with pain.”

The desire to, and enjoyment of hurting one’s self is called masochism. It is a mental illness, not a useful, athletic trait. If exercise moves from challenging to painful, see your doctor. And get better exercises to do.

Exercise need not be at the level of a professional athlete to be useful. Expecting pain from exercise is the product of bad high-school coaching. Take your favorite NSAID such as Advil, and do the level of exercise you can achieve that does not include pain.

I Don’t Have Time

This is always the trump card that is supposed to end the discussion. It is also the worst of the bunch. You may think that a good exercise regimen takes a lot of time. But the Mayo Clinic begs to differ.

They say it takes about 75 minutes a week of vigorous exercise. That is less than 11 minutes a day. Strength training will cost you two sessions a week with no specific time limit. Whatever you can spare is fine.

How do you find the time? Set your alarm to go off eleven minutes earlier. Take one less detour to Starbucks. Split it up with two minutes here, three there, and so on.

At the end of the day, finding eleven minutes, or eleven dollars, or eleven pain-free exercises is not the problem, and never has been. It is always ever about prioritizing your health. It is either important to you, or it isn’t. Don’t let past failures stand in the way. One saying we all learned as children applies doubly as adults: If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

4 Ways Green Tea Can Be Beneficial To the Health Of Your Skin

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By Steven Walker

teaGreen tea might be one of the healthiest things we can consume, based on everything from ancient remedies to current medical research. Green tea has a number of healing properties, and also agents that some scientists believe may be able to prevent or even combat cancer.

Green tea also happens to be good for the waistline and is used by many people as a way to help them lose weight.

It’s not just good for your internal health, however. Green tea can also be incredibly beneficial to the health of your skin.

Below are four ways this particular type of tea can be excellent to solve common issues related to the health of your skin:

Soothing Sunburns

Getting too much sun is one of the worst overall things many of us can do for our health. Over-exposure to the sun can lead to tissue damage and even deadly forms of skin cancer. If you do accidentally get too much sun, using green tea on the affected areas can sooth inflammation and may even be helpful to alleviate some of the cell damage. It’s easy to use green tea for sunburns, just by using the bags themselves as a cool compress.

Psoriasis Help

Some research has been done in the laboratory showing green tea can slow the production of skin cells, which can lead to more optimal regulation of the life cycle of skin’s cells. This shows promise in helping people with issues such as dandruff and even psoriasis, which is otherwise difficult to manage. Even in a general sense, green tea is soothing, which can help alleviate the discomfort that comes with many common skin conditions, including psoriasis.

Foot Care

The skin on our feet can often take a beating throughout the day whether it’s from our jobs, or from being physically active. When the skin of your feet experiences issues, such as calluses, it’s not only a discomfort, but it can also lead to poor form when exercising, which can contribute to more severe injuries. To help soothe sore feet and also soften the skin before removing calluses, it can be beneficial to soak them in a green tea bath. The benefits of a green tea bath are perfect for not only feet but the skin all over our entire body, which goes along with the research showing the positive effect of green tea on skin cancer and damage from free radicals.

Acne

Green tea, as mentioned above, is useful for reducing inflammation, which is one of the primary contributors to acne on the skin. It makes an excellent simple, inexpensive and natural remedy for acne and other skin blemishes, as well as rapid aging when it’s used topically as well as when it’s brewed and consumed. In addition to acne present on the face, green tea may be beneficial for acne found other common areas, such as the back and chest, and it can also help reduce or eliminate blocked pores and excessive oils on the skin.

Green tea is considered by many in both the health and beauty industries to be one of the most potent substances available. It’s beneficial in so many ways for health in a holistic sense, but it has specific abilities to help the health of the skin as well.

Sleep And Proper Nutrition Are Essential For Final Exam Success

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This article was submitted by the Baylor College of Medicine, please leave your comments below…..

sleepBefore the summer fun can begin, many students need to make it through the dreaded final exam period. According to experts at Baylor College of Medicine, putting the books and notes to the side for proper sleep and nutrition can be just as important as studying.

Studies have shown that sleep affects memory and learning and that a lack of sleep has a negative impact on things associated with learning, such as school performance in children. For teens and adolescents who persistently study late into the night and pull all-nighters to cram for an exam, it may be better to put the books down and hit the sack for a few hours to cement the knowledge into their brain, according to Dr. Philip Alapat, assistant professor of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine and program director of the Baylor College of Medicine Sleep Medicine Fellowship.

So how much sleep, on average, should you be getting? The National Sleep Foundation released these recommendations in 2015:

Newborn (0-3 months): 14-17 hours

Infant (4-11 months): 12-15 hours

Toddler (1-2 years): 11-14 hours

Preschooler (3-5 years): 10-13 hours

School-aged child (6-13 years): 9-11 hours

Teen (14-17 years): 8 -10 hours

Young adult (18-25 years): 7-9 hours

Adult (26-64 years): 7-9 hours

Older adult (65+ years): 7-8 hours

Your diet also may be important for optimal academic performance.

“Your brain needs high-quality food,” said Roberta Anding, a registered dietitian with Baylor.

Make sure to have a source of protein with each meal as proteins help the timely release of carbohydrates in the body. Breakfasts should include a quality carbohydrate such as oatmeal or shredded wheat, combined with a protein such as eggs, yogurt or Canadian bacon. Another breakfast combination could include scrambled eggs, oatmeal and half of a grapefruit.

“Don’t forget that you need carbohydrates to fuel your brain, so don’t skip breakfast,” she said.

Anding suggests avoiding sugary snacks before exams – sugar on an empty stomach can cause a rapid rise and fall in blood sugar and make focus and concentration more difficult.

Also be sure to hydrate.

“We often lose our cue to drink when it’s cool outside, but making sure you are hydrated with water can improve your sense of well-being,” said Anding.

How Does Smartphone Addiction Affect Teen Health?

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By Susan Brown

smartphoneTeenage years are recognized as an age of both learning and confusion. It is a growing stage where teens undergo various changes in their life both mentally and physically. Most often, in this phase of life, teens suffer from some severe situations when they feel that they are alone and they cannot discuss their problems with anybody. They may be experiencing internal or external pressure due to involvement in some unwanted activities on the computer, teenage pregnancy, drug dependency…. etc. Bullying and child abuse are also among the hateful effects that some teens have to contend with on a daily basis.

According to the recent survey, it has been observed that most of the problems linked with teenagers are originated due to the over usage of smartphones and internet. Earlier generations did not have these problems as they do today. This may be due to the fact earlier generations had less or no access to the smart phones and internet. But nowadays, all of us are addicted to the online world. Teens and even parents today cannot avoid looking at their cell phones.

Whatsapp messages! Facebook conversations! Photos sharing! Photos posting! Comments! and much more to check every minute on the phone screens is nothing more than addiction. This thing also affect the studies of children because they waste their precious study hours on their cell phones. This addiction does not allow teens to put their phones away and go for some outdoor healthy activity. They avoid walking or exercise, and somehow if you send them for any such activity, they keep their cell phones with them.

Of course, you want your child to be healthy, but for this you cannot take away their mobile phones from them. You have to find a smart solution. Here, are some tips for you:

* Allow internet access only at pecific areas of your home: It is better to give an internet access to the kids in their study rooms only. This will limit them to the internet usage. Also check whether they are doing their studies properly.

* Do not allow phone usage while dining: Make a tradition that nobody is allowed to sit at the dinner table with their cell phones. At least, with this practice, teens can have complete diet which they otherwise may not take while busy with their cell phones.

* Teach your kids about the ill effects of overuse of mobiles: Tell real stories to your teens which have ruined the lives of many people due to the poor usage of mobiles and internet as well.

* Set a healthy routine for your child: It is highly advisable to make a healthy routine for your child. Instruct them strictly to go for a regular walks or exercise. Your child will definitely follow this regularly if start following.

* Use child monitoring software: Above all, the best thing is to use child monitoring software like Spymaster Pro that provides you every minute detail of your teen including his whatsapp chatting hours to call logs, from photos to location visited and much more. This will completely solve your problems and allow you to keep a close eye on your kid’s activity.

– Susan Brown has been writing articles on the technology from last 3 years. She is currently writing articles for Spymaster Pro, a cell phone monitoring software. The main idea is to assist the parents by keeping track of their kid’s activities.

From webmaster: If you see errors in grammar or spelling, we try to publish articles exactly as sent in by the guest authors. In the past, we did full edits, but were told we changed the content of articles, so now we publish as sent in. Any problems with the articles should be taken up directly with the author of the article.

Vocal Health Tips For Teachers

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schoolbusSchool isn’t just for the students, teachers need to prepare, as well, by performing vocal warm-ups to keep their voice healthy during the school year, according to experts at Baylor College of Medicine.

“It is helpful to warm up the voice box prior to prolonged voice use,” said Dr. Julina Ongkasuwan, assistant professor of otolaryngology – head and neck surgery at Baylor. “Make sure to be well hydrated before and during warm-up exercises.”

Diaphragmatic breathing, exercises to reduce muscle tension, articulation flexibility and tongue twisters are all part of vocal warm-ups.

“Diaphragmatic breathing provides full breath support, which results in greater air flow into the lungs to better support your voice,” said Felicia Carter, speech-language pathologist for the Institute for Voice and Swallowing at Baylor. “Good posture is essential for muscle range of motion.”

Articulation exercises will help improve diction, and incorporating tongue twisters into the exercises will help the individual recite the phrases without extra tension in the tongue, lips or jaw, she said.

“Less strain on the larynx while speaking means less vocal fatigue and decreased incidence of vocal lesions,” Ongkasuwan said.

Nodules, polyps and other lesions can appear from vocal overuse. If someone has polyps on their vocal folds, their voice may sound rough or raspy.

Ongkasuwan suggested that teachers build in time for voice rest while with students to prevent lesions and other voice problems. Her suggested classroom modifications include:

* Maintain good hydration

* Use visual outlines and handouts to decrease verbal repetition

* Use nonverbal cues, like ringing a bell or turning lights on and off, to gain attention

* Incorporate quiet reading, student projects and question/answer sessions into teaching style

* Run a humidifier

* Do not talk through a cold or laryngitis

Even without the presence of lesions, it can become painful to speak when using the incorrect musculature. Speech pathologists can massage these areas to loosen the muscles and provide voice therapy.

“Voice therapy is designed to directly address disorders of pitch, loudness, resonance and respiration,” Carter said. “The goal of voice therapy is to reduce or prevent a voice disorder by balancing the three subsystems of voice, which are respiration, phonation and resonance.”

Voice therapy includes vocal health and hygiene, techniques to reduce laryngeal area muscle tension, respiratory retraining, techniques to modify pitch and vocal function exercises.

Implementing these strategies may help improve overall vocal quality and health:

* Increase water intake

* Avoid mint or menthol throat lozenges

* Decrease caffeine intake

* Avoid shouting, talking over loud noise, screaming

* Eliminate smoking

* Adhere to acid reflux precautions

Healthy Juicer Review

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healthyjuicerThe good folks at ARC Innovations just sent me a Healthy Juicer to review. The company was formed on the principle that everyone should be able to lead a healthy lifestyle by juicing, without having to go in debt to get the right machinery. In 2003 they set out to create a better juicer after dealing with the frustrations of over-priced, clunky, ineffective and incredibly difficult to use juicers. They also realized that people need education. They are committed to providing that eduction through their Instagram, Facebook and Weekly Newsletter – which is free and will always be free.

The Healthy Juicer is a simple to use, easy to clean and affordable juicer to start your new life of health. True cold-press juicing technology which keeps those precious enzymes alive and ready to absorb!

The Healthy Juicer is:

* Versatile
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Best of all, the company offers a 60 day trial along with a one year warranty. They stand behind their product. Juicing increases energy, boosts metabolism and gets your body back on track with the ultimate detox. You shouldn’t need to break the bank to feel amazing. The Healthy Juicer fits anyone’s budget and does the job! With it’s famous 30-Second Cleanup you will have more time to start that active lifestyle you have always wanted. Your Health Journal gives this product a thumbs up, and strongly recommends your giving it a try!

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8 Health Risks Office Workers Face Daily

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consultIf you work in an office, chances are you’re sitting at your desk for a better part of the day. Though you wouldn’t think a desk job would cause too many workplace injuries, the truth is that it happens more often than not. Sitting for long periods of time without movement can wreak havoc on your body. The trouble is that many office workers don’t even realize it until it’s too late.

Knowing what can come from sitting for long periods of time can help you to stay proactive about your health and prevent serious complications. Below are a few of the most common workplace health issues related to sitting too long:

1. Weakened Leg Muscles

When you’re not using your leg muscles often they can become very weak. Not applying weight to your legs for a better part of the day can lead to what is known as muscle atrophy (weakening of the muscles). Weak muscles ultimately make it easier for your body to become injured and it will become more challenging to hold your body weight.

2. Weight Gain

Another issue with sitting for long periods of time is weight gain. Moving periodically gives your muscles the opportunity to release lipoprotein lipase molecules, which are necessary to process the fats and sugars stored in the body.

3. Hemorrhoids

If you’ve encountered several hemorrhoids lately, it could be the direct result of sitting for long periods of time. Hemorrhoids occur when the veins found in the rectum are swollen. Though there are several reasons this happens; sitting too long and being overweight are at the top of the list. While you can simply treat them with over the counter natural hemorrhoid products, you still want to make changes to your lifestyle, such as walking more and losing weight.

4. Hip and Back Problems

Your hips and back can take a real beating from sitting all day. When you sit your hip flexors shorten, which can cause pain when walking. For those who have poor posture, your back can begin to hurt from all the pressure applied throughout the day. Failure to stretch can result in chronic pain.

5. Anxiety and Depression

Movement and exercise release endorphins, which are necessary for improving the mood. When you’re sitting for seven to eight hours a day, your endorphins are lowered which gives way for mental health concerns like depression or anxiety to kick in. Studies have proven that getting up and walking around every 20 to 30 minutes can greatly improve your mental state of being.

6. Heart Disease

Sitting can even have a grave impact on your heart. Studies have found that people who sit for more than 23 hours in a week are at greater risk of developing some form of heart disease. Other studies have supported findings that those who sit for long periods of time have an increased chance of having a heart attack or stroke.

7. Diabetes

diabetesglucoseWith obesity being one of the number one risk factors for diabetes, it’s no wonder that sitting for long periods of time could increase your chances of developing the disease. When sitting for long periods of time, enzymes found in the muscles begin to change. This in turn leads to increased blood sugar levels and lower insulin tolerance levels which can result in type 2 diabetes.

8. Blood Clots (DVT)

For office workers who don’t get up and move around, the possibility of developing a clot is higher. Deep vein thrombosis (a form of blood clot) is most commonly located in the legs. While clotting is a natural occurrence in the body, when it develops for no reason (meaning no cut or injury) it could be life threatening. Clots can easily break off and travel to other parts of the body causing serious damage along the way.

It may be easy to assume that you’re safe if you’re working behind a desk all day. However, this is far from the truth. Aside from talking with your employer about ergonomics and comfortable office furniture, it is very important that you get active. Taking a walk around the office, going for a stroll during lunch, and even hopping up to socialize with coworkers on occasion can decrease your chances of developing serious health issues in the near future.