Women’s Health Matters: Posting #2

Here are more tidbits or health flashes that I have gathered in the last few months. Some were sent by friends and some i found on the ‘Net, while others are from magazines. When I have a source, I add it at the beginning or the end of the flash.

Health Flash #1: Did you know?
Drinking water at the correct time
maximizes its effectiveness on the Human body:
2 glasses of water after waking up – helps activate internal organs
1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal – helps digestion

1 glass of water before taking a bath – helps lower blood pressure
1 glass of water before going to bed – avoids stroke or heart attack

Health Flash #2- In Mark Bittman’s book, Food Matters, published in 2009 by Simon & Schuster, he states that “by simply changing what we eat we can have an immediate impact on our own health and a very real effect on global warming and the environment, and animal cruelty, and food prices.” He seems to mirror what Michael Pollan wrote in his book In Defense of Food, that is, that we need to eat less meat and less junk food, replacing it with more vegetables and whole grains. (Source: My reading of Food Matters)

One of my recipes that reflects the idea of eating more veggies.

Health Flash #3 -Vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin. In Consumer Reports magazine, On Health,  they write that “studies suggest that the vitamin plays an important role in reducing a host of illnesses, notably osteoporosis, and possibly certain cancers and autoimmune, infectious, and cardiovascular diseases.”

Unfortunately, many of us spend a great deal of time indoors, and then when we do go out, we use sunblock or sunscreen. Also, obesity affects absorption because fat hold onto D and makes it less available to the body. The article also suggests that we get at least 800 to 1000 IUs daily. (International Units). Since we probably cannot get enough Vitamin D from food, the article recommends a supplement that contains D  or a separate D supplement. Consult your doctor or nutritionists for what is best for you. (I take Vitamin D drops that I keep in the ‘frig.)

Note: This topic may warrant a separate entry in the future.

Health Flash #4- If you like to BBQ in the summer, grilling meats and veggies, you may want to take this hint from www.BettyKamen.com. She notes that if you break open a vitamin E capsule onto the foods you are going to grill, this will help reduce the carcinogens that are generated from charcoal.  And if you are having a sweet dessert at the end of the day, especially right before bedtime, take some fiber to reduce the adverse blood sugar effects.

Health Flash #5 – These flashes on Healthy Travels from Body + Soul magazine(August 2006)  can be used for vacation trip, or anytime you travel. Here are the four most common travel ailments and their remedies.

1. For jet lag, take melatonin, a natural ingredients your body makes. The extra will help with jet lag. Take 1-mg tablet under the tongues for the first one to three nights after arriving at your destination. (I also take them one or two nights before I leave.)

2. For motion sickness, take ginger, two to four 500-mg capsules before you travel; for added relief chew candies ginger en route. (Not sure you can get it without sugar, tho.)

3. For diarrhea, take Blackberry-root bark, one teaspoon of the liquid extract mixed in warm water every two to four hours until symptoms disappear.

4. Lowered immunity, take echinacea (ek-i-nacia) one capsule four times daily for two weeks before your trip and discontinue for two weeks before resuming.

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