Archive for December, 2010

The Common Cold

Posted in General on December 29th, 2010 by marie – Be the first to comment

You are already infected with a cold 2 to 3 days before symptoms begin.

There are more than 200 different viruses that can give you the common cold.

The common cold usually occurs during the fall and when cold weather begins in the winter months. This time period usually begins in late August or early September and remains high until March or April, when the chance of catching a cold becomes smaller.

Children usually have about 6 to 10 colds a year, but they can have as high as 12 colds a year due to close contact with each other in daycare centers and in schools. read more »

Tai Chi

Posted in Exercise, Workouts, & Fitness on December 16th, 2010 by marie – Be the first to comment

Tai chi is an ancient Chinese martial art practice that was used as a means of self defense. Over time, many people started practicing Tai chi for many health benefits. Tai chi is not usually an aerobic activity, but it offers numerous health benefits and is an enjoyable way to get in shape and stay in shape. Some health related purposes are:

  • To help improve overall wellness.
  • To help improve balance and decrease the risk of falls.
  • To help improve physical condition.
  • To help improve muscle strength.
  • To help improve cardiovascular fitness.
  • To help improve flexibility.
  • To help improve relaxation.
  • To help improve coordination.
  • A way to deal with tension and stress.
  • To help ease pain and stiffness, for example, from osteoarthritis.
  • To help improve sleep.
  • To help enhance the immune system.
  • To help reduce high blood pressure.

Tai chi is a gentle, calming, mind-body practice that is based on shifting the body through a series of slow, relaxed movements that flow rhythmically together into one graceful gesture. read more »

Calories Burned Running

Posted in Exercise, Workouts, & Fitness on December 14th, 2010 by marie – Be the first to comment

You are doing vigorous-intensity aerobic activity when you are breathing hard and fast, your heart rate has gone up quite a bit, and you are not able to say more than a few words without pausing for a breath.

Running is an example of an activity that requires vigorous effort.

The running calculator shown below calculates how many calories you have burned while running depending on your weight and how many miles you have ran. Studies have shown that heavier people burn more calories when they are exercising than lighter people.

Calories Burned Running Calculator
Estimate the Calories You Burn While Running:

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Foods That Can Help You Sleep

Posted in General on December 10th, 2010 by marie – Be the first to comment

Have a light snack around 200 calories about 90 minutes or so before bedtime. Choose 1 or 2 foods from the list below:

Bananas are practically like a sleeping pill in a peel. Bananas contain a bit melatonin and serotonin, and magnesium which is a muscle relaxant.

Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea has a mild sedating effect that is often used for sleeplessness.

Warm Milk
Warm milk contains the amino acid tryptophan which has a sedative-like effect, and contains calcium, which helps the brain use tryptophan. read more »

Lyme Disease Prevention

Posted in Diseases & Disorders on December 8th, 2010 by marie – Be the first to comment

Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected blacklegged tick.

Most cases of Lyme disease can be treated successfully with a few weeks of antibiotics.

The ticks that transmit Lyme disease can occasionally transmit other tick-borne diseases as well.

Typical symptoms of Lyme disease include: read more »

Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Posted in Nutrition on December 2nd, 2010 by marie – Be the first to comment

The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) provide nutritional advice for Americans that are 2 years of age and older about how to make food choices that promote good health, to help reduce the risk for major chronic diseases including those that are at increased risk of chronic diseases, and to reduce overweight and obesity through improved nutrition with emphasis on reducing calorie consumption and increasing physical activity.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans is released every five years by the Secretaries of USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) and HHS (United States Department of Health and Human Services). read more »