Marieva's Health Tips
I received this from a co worker today. This is very simple to remember and very important.
STROKE: Remember The 1st Three Letters...
My friend sent this to me and encouraged me to post it and spread the word, I agreed. If everyone can remember something this simple, we could save some folks. Seriously . please read:
During a BBQ, a friend stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) and just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes. They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food - while she appeared a bit shaken up, Ingrid went about enjoying herself the rest of the afternoon. Ingrid's husband called later saying that his wife had been taken to the hospital and passed away. She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Ingrid would be with us today. Some stroke victims don't die, they end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead.
It only takes a minute to read this...
A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within three hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke . . . totally. He said the trick washaving a stroke recognized, diagnosed and then getting the patient medically cared for within three hours, which is tough.
Thank God for the sense to remember the "3" steps.
Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.
Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:
S *Ask the individual to SMILE.
T *Ask the person to TALK, to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE. (Coherently) (i.e. . . . It is sunny out today)
R *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.
NOTE: Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the person to 'stick' out their tongue . if the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other, that is also an indication of a stroke.
If he or she has trouble with any one of these tasks, call 911 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.
A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this e-mail sends it to ten people, you can bet at least one life will be saved.
shape up with to-do list
Calorie burning count
Here are calorie-bruning counts for chores and errands,
courtesy of www.caloriesperhour.com
Pushing a baby stroller Carrying Gorceries
Washing a car Sweeping outside
Women 170 Women 227
Men 231 Men 308
Walking or playing with Digging A garden
Women 227 Women 283
Men 308 Men 386
Yard Work Mowing the Lawn
Women 283 Women 312
Men 386 Men 424
Did You Know That?
Drinking two glasses of Gatorade can relieve headache pain almost
immediately -- without the unpleasant side effects caused by traditional
Did you know that Colgate toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns?
Before you head to the drugstore for a high-priced inhaler filled with
mysterious chemicals, try chewing on a couple of curiously strong Altoids
peppermints. They'll clear up your stuffed nose.
Achy muscles from about of the flu? Mix 1 Tablespoon of horseradish in =
cup of olive oil. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes, then apply it as a
massage oil, for instant relief for aching muscles.
Sore Throat? Just mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup of honey and take
tablespoon six times a day. The vinegar kills the bacteria.
Cure urinary tract infections with Alka-Seltzer. Just dissolve two
tablets in a glass of water and drink it at the onset of the symptoms.
Alka-Seltzer begins eliminating urinary tract infections almost instantly
-- even though the product has never been advertised for this use.
Eliminate puffiness under your eyes..... All you need is a dab of
preparation H, carefully rubbed into the skin, avoiding the eyes. The
haemorrhoid ointment acts as a vasoconstrictor, relieving the swelling
Honey remedy for skin blemishes... Cover the blemish with a dab of honey
and place a band-aid over it. Honey kills the bacteria, keeps the skin,
sterile, and speeds healing. Works overnight.
Listerine therapy for toenail fungus... Get rid of unsightly toenail
fungus by soaking your toes in Listerine mouthwash. The powerful
antiseptic leaves your toenails looking healthy again.
Easy eyeglass protection... To prevent the screws in eyeglasses from
loosening, apply a small drop of Maybelline Crystal Clear nail polish to
the threads of the screws before tightening them.
Coca-Cola cure for rust... Forget those expensive rust removers. Just
saturate an abrasive sponge with Coca Cola and scrub the rust stain. The
phosphoric acid in the coke is what gets the job done.
Cleaning liquid that doubles as bug killer... If menacing bees, wasps,
hornets, or yellow jackets get in your home and you can't find the
insecticide, try a spray of Formula 409. Insects drop to the ground
Smart splinter remover... just pour a drop of Elmers Glue all over the
splinter, let dry, and peel the dried glue off the skin. The splinter
sticks to the dried glue.
Hunt's tomato paste boil cure... cover the boil with Hunt's tomato paste
as a compress. The acids from the tomatoes soothe the pain and bring the
boil to a head.
Balm for broken blisters... To disinfect a broken blister, dab on a few
drops of Listerine... a powerful antiseptic.
Heinz vinegar to heal bruises... Soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and
apply it to the bruise for 1 hour. The vinegar reduces the blueness and
speeds up the healing process.
Kills fleas instantly. Dawn dish washing liquid does the trick. Add a few
drops to your dog's bath and shampoo the animal thoroughly. Rinse well
to avoid skin irritations. Goodbye fleas.
Rainy day cure for dog odour... Next time your dog comes in from the
rain, simply wipe down the animal with Bounce or any dryer sheet,
making your dog smell springtime fresh.
Eliminate ear mites... All it takes is a few drops of Wesson corn oil in
your cat's ear. Massage it in, then clean with a cotton ball. Repeat daily
for 3 days. The oil soothes the cat's skin, smothers the mites, and
Vaseline cure for hair balls..... To prevent troublesome hair balls,
apply a dollop of Vaseline petroleum jelly to your cat's nose. The cat
lick off the jelly, lubricating any hair in its stomach so it can pass
easily through the digestive system.
Quaker Oats for fast pain relief.... It's not for breakfast anymore! Mix
2 cups of Quaker Oats and 1 cup of water in a bowl and warm in the
microwave for 1 minute, cool slightly, and apply the mixture to your hands
for soothing relief from arthritis pain.
Shake Down the Salt
You've hear it before and you'll surely hear it again: stop shaking the salt.
And here's something your can do that will add some pow to the no-salt-punch: add
veggies, Many, many veggies.
While those two things may not seem related-
at all-keep reading. In a new study out last week (by the institute of Medicine, a
Washington-based organization that provides scientific advice to federal pol-
icymakers). too many Americans are salting it up to the tune of too many cases of
high blood pressure. In fact, the average American could do with about half of the salt he or she is shaking on food.
"the report goes on to say that there's not enough potassium in our diets (4.7grams is what they recommend). and in order to get enough, we would probably have to munch and swallow about 10 servings of veggies a day.
While that number may be unrealistic for some, it's a number to look at as a goal,
says Carolyn Katzin, nutrituion expert at the University of California-
Los Angeles and a spokesperson for the American Cancer Society. In a USA Today Article
last week, Katzin said, "and that's where everyone can improve.
So no matter how many servings of veggies you're chewing up now, add
one or two. Or three or four. And don't pass the salt.
Which Diet is
right for you?
One diet doesn't fit all.
To succeed at weight loss, dieters must figure
out what plan is best for them considering their
personal quirks. And they must be willing to
change some of those behaviors, nutriion experts
People often think of diets as "an aberration in
the way they eat to atone for the pleasure they've
had in the past, or the pleasure they hope to have in
the future. But a diet is just how you eat every day,"
says Lisa Sanders, an internist who works with
overweight patients in New Haven, Conn.
Your diet either works by allowing you to
achieve and maintain a weight you are comfort-
able with or it doesn't. And "most Americans are
on diets that just don't work for them, "Sanders
She says people must select programs that allow
them to eat the foods they enjoy. If they deny them-
selves the foods they love, eventually their diets
will fail, says Sanders, author of a new Book. "The
Perfect Fit Diet" (Rodale, $24.95)
For instance, If cookies and cakes are your
downfall, you will be toast on a low-carb diet."
However thos we who like meatand protein might
be successful on low-carb diet.
Many get tripped up on diets because they fall
back into old patterns, says Robert Kushner, an
obesity specialist and internist Chicago.
The behavior patterns, habits, quirks and moods
that determine the ability or inability to succeed
at weight control, says Kushner, who has worked with
thousands of overweight patients as medical director
of Northwestern Memorial Hospital's Wellness Institute
Some people eat portions that are too big, others
munch all the time, and still others eat too much at
night, he says Many people don't develop good exercise
He says some people fall into category he calls "Can't-say-no
Pleasers." They are generally good-natured with a strong
sense of responsibility and commitment to family, co-workers
and volunteer causes, but they don't take care of their own
Other people he calls "Unrealistic Achievers."
These folks are often very successful in their work and home
lives, but regardless of the progress they make with their
weight loss, it's never enough, and they become frustrated and
discouraged.Tailoring a custom-made diet
What type of diet fits you? Internist Lisa Sanders, author of "The Perfect Fit
Diet." Created these checklists to help dieters figure out what plan would work best
The column you mark most often as "yes" could give you a clue to your dietary needs.If you....
+ enjoy variety.
+ Have strong cravings for particular foods, textures or tastes.
+ would rather limit portion size than variety.
+ Love to try new foods.
+ Have given up on other diets because you grew tired of the foods they offered. You'll probably do best on a calorie-counting dietIf You.....
+ Enjoy eating meat, seasfood, dairy products and eggs.
+ Can live without bread, pasta or sweets.
+ Like leafy green vegetables, especially salads.
+ Feel full after eating meats or other protein/fat combinations.
+ Are able to drink plenty of water. You'll probably do best on a carb-counting diet.If You....
+Don't eat a lot of meat
+ Enjoy fruits and vegetables, pastas and breads.
+ would rather eat a lot of something even if it's low in calories than
just nibble at something high in fat or calories.
+ Are able to eat regular meals and snacks.
+ Are willing to try new foods. You'll probably do best on a fat-counting diet. This was taken from the Idaho Statesman on Feb 16th 2004
Good Nutrition Food
Breakfast should contain a
combination of protein, carbo-
hydrate and fat.
Examples of great morning
proteins include milk, yogurt,
cheese, nuts, peanut butter,
eggs, and soy sausage patties.
Good sources of carbohy-
drates include whole wheat
bread, whole grain cereals, oat-
meal, and fruit.
Health Fats include peanut
butter, nuts, and trans-fat free
Try to avoid foods(i.e. cereal)
with too much sugar. (If sugar
or a word ending in-ose is listed
as one of the first 3 ingredients)
Foods high in sugar pack extra
calories and tend to be less filling
than higher fiber foods.
Breakfast ideas for on the go:
yogurt with a Nature Valley
granola bar, 100 per cent calcium
fortified orage juice with Clif
bar or Power Bar, or Kashi Go
lean breakfast drink with a
piece of fruit.
For children uninterested in
traditional breakfast foods, of-
fer a toasted cheese sandwich
and applesaluce, a whole wheat
waffle topped with fruit and yo-
gurt, or a smoothie made of fruit
and milk, yogurt or tofu.
You can do it
1. Stand tall with ankles, knees, hips,
shoulders and ears in line. Feet are
parallel and about hip-lenght apart.
2. Inhaling, lift heels off the floor
as you simultaneously reach arms
forward and up toward the ceiling.
3. Exhaling, lower arms back down
to sides, as in the first position, as
you lower your heels. Pause
Repeat 4 times, allowing breath to
initiate each movement. On the
fourth repetition, stay in lifted
position (left) for one or two full
breaths. Return to beginning
posture on exhalation.
You Can Do It!
Water rotation uses whole body
Don't be afraid of doing
some exercises in the pool.
You can use the water as
resistance and get a good work-
out. Plus, it's a really nice change
of pace from the gym or the great
outdoors, which can be iffy these
dog days of summer.
In this exercise, you'll be work-
omg practically your entire body.
"Its's an all-encompassing
exercise." says Rebecca Blackwell
fittness and Recreation. "That's the
beauty of the water, and this
exercise not only uses all your
muscles, it's good for everybody,"
Position 1: Standing about waist
deep in the pool, take a waterboard
(bogieboard) and hold with both hands.
Make sure you are standing with
your feet shoulder length apart, knees
lightly bent, with a bit of a pelvic tilt
to keep your glutes contracted. You
also want to make sure your neck is
aligned with your hips and your
abdominal muscles are flexed.
Position 2: Keeping in the same
stance as above, drag the boogie
board from side to side,
contracting in the direction you
are rotating and stretching your
body from (across) the opposite
direction. This exercise is good
for your shoulder, scapula, wrist,
abs, lower back and hips.
Jeanne Huff, Idaho Statesman
Drop that cookie
and boogie instead
By Jeanne Huff
The Idaho Statesman
Comfort Food. Ahh. It sounds so
comforting. We all have those foods
that make us feel better. Often they're
foods we used to eat when we were
little, when we were sick or sad.
But reaching for comfort food like
fried chicken, or gooey chocolate
cake, a bag of chocolate O- chip
cookies or a pint of fill-in-your-
favorite-flavor icecream- aftera
stressed-out day or because yours
lonely or worried is not good.
Jorge Cruise, author of the 8 min-
utes in the Morning book series, talks
about comfort food no-nos in the Au-
gust issue of Prevention Magazine.
He says reaching for comfort food could
be an indication you are an emotional
eater. And yes, that's a bad thing don't
let what you're feeling dictate what
you're choosing to eat, he says.
How to know if you're, grabbing for
food in place of an honest-to-gosh
Cruise says it's simple: If you eat
when you're sad, lonely or bored; If
you reward yourself with food, or if
you crave one particular food when-
ever you find yourself worried or to-
tally stressed (gulp-raising my hand
on this one).
Cruise says you can stave off the
comfort food monster by grabbing
some healthier quick fixes. Those
grabs are not food related either,
they're more like calls to action. Doing
something can make you feel like
you're really in charge, it can give you
a sense of control versus feeling
overwhelmed and giving up
(and a bag of o' cookies).
For instance, says Cruise, if you've
had a bad day, turn up the tunes and
dance like J-Lo or one of those 'NSync
Feeling anxious? Head on down to
the Funny Bone, turn to Comedy
Central or pop in a video of a comic
who really makes you laugh.
If you feeling blue, "rent a feel-
good movie such as "The Shawshank
Redemtion, "About a Boy' or I am
Sam," says Cruise. Ah well, so much
for the brownies and ice-cream.
And if you're lonely, call or e-mail a
friend or join an online chat. Better
yet, mosey on down to Alive after
five and boogie the night away.