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Monday
Sep282015

What Happens if You Take Too Many Supplements? 

Taking too many vitamins can have a detrimental effect on your health – but not getting enough can have downsides as well. Learn more about what Dr. Weil says when it comes to getting the right amounts of vitamins, minerals and other supplements.

People often ask if they should be worried about getting too much of a particular vitamin. While supplements can help supply nutrients that may be deficient or missing in the diet, dosage can be the difference between benefit and harm. It is especially important to always read labels carefully and discuss your supplement regime with your physician, particularly when combining different multivitamins, multiminerals and fortified foods with similar ingredients, which can lead to a higher intake than is recommended.

To avoid any potential for toxicity or overdose, you may want to choose a supplement routine that is designed for you by a nutrition specialist and that takes overall dosages into account. The Weil Vitamin Advisor has three separate evaluations to ensure the proper dosages across a wide arrange of vitamins - try it today for your free recommendation.

Friday
Sep252015

Want to Practice Intuitive Eating?

If stress or boredom lead you to overeat, consider intuitive eating. It may help you gain perspective on your diet, and prevent unwanted weight gain. Learn more!

Do you tend to when stressed or bored? If so, you may be especially prone to putting on unwanted extra pounds. One way to minimize weight gain is through “intuitive eating.” This practice involves slowing down, paying careful attention to your body and its hunger signals (or lack of them) and adjusting your intake to your actual needs. This practices has been linked to weight loss (and, as a bonus, lowering cardiovascular disease risk). Intuitive eating doesn't limit what or how much you eat, but rather dictates that you eat only when really hungry and stop when you are satiated.


So next time you catch yourself eating simply because you are under pressure, under-stimulated or depressed, consider that you're doing the opposite of "intuitive eating" and consuming unneeded calories that can lead to weight gain. Resolve to bring mindfulness to your eating for the rest of the day, until doing so becomes a habit.

Wednesday
Sep232015

Seasonal Recipe: Spinach Toasts

Spinach is a veritable powerhouse of nutrients, offering up lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidant carotenoids that may help prevent cataracts and macular degeneration, as well as calcium, folate, manganese and vitamins K and A. This recipe makes for a perfect start to any meal!

Cooking spinach takes very little time, but you need to wash and drain it carefully, and remove tough stems first, which may take 5 or 10 minutes. Plan accordingly. The spinach on these little appetizers is a great source of iron and vitamins A and C.

Get the Spinach Toasts recipe!

Monday
Sep212015

Want to Lose the Love Handles?

If you are exercising, but can’t seem to make a difference in areas that are bothering you, consider this advice on how to address love handles, underarm fat and more.

Do you have love handles, underarm fat or a paunchy middle - even though you're exercising, eating well, and on track with your supplement regimen? Sometimes our "trouble spots" seem to escape our best fitness efforts, but keep in mind that "spot reducing" isn't how the body works. We have sophisticated mechanisms that keep fat fairly evenly distributed, even when we focus on arm curls or stomach crunches. This means that time in the gym, or even simple things like using the stairs instead of the elevator, all help us shed overall body fat rather than fat in any particular place.

Varying your fitness routine by incorporating some higher resistance lifting or high-intensity interval training (HIIT) can help you over the plateau. Consider signing up with a trainer at a gym for personalized instruction, and you'll find the fat receding from the trouble spots - and everywhere else!

Friday
Sep182015

15 Foods High in Antioxidants

Want to increase your intake of antioxidants? These fifteen foods can help you do so. Add them to your grocery list!

Antioxidants help counter oxidative stress, and may boost your immune system and decrease your risk of infection. The best source of antioxidant vitamins and minerals is a wholesome, varied diet that includes plenty of fresh (preferably organic) fruits, vegetables and nuts.

The following list, originally published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, ranked the top food sources of antioxidants based on serving size. Add them to your grocery list!
 

  1. Blackberries
  2. Walnuts
  3. Strawberries
  4. Artichokes (prepared)
  5. Cranberries
  6. Coffee
  7. Raspberries
  8. Pecans
  9. Blueberries
  10. Ground cloves
  11. Grape juice
  12. Chocolate, baking, unsweetened
  13. Cranberry juice
  14. Sour cherries
  15. Red wine


Other antioxidant-rich choices include prunes, dark unsweetened chocolate, cooked red cabbage, orange juice, and spinach.

Wednesday
Sep162015

Is There Radon in Your Kitchen Counters?

Some types of kitchen countertops – including the popular granite styles – may emit a radioactive gas known as radon. Learn more about what radon is, its link to lung cancer, and how to find out if radon is in your countertops.

Radon, a carcinogenic natural radioactive element, is an odorless, colorless gas produced by the breakdown of uranium that seeps out of the earth. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that about 21,000 lung cancer deaths are caused by radon each year. In the home, radon sometimes enters basements through concrete cracks and becomes concentrated in the air that we breathe. It can also be present in natural materials that are brought into the home - including granite countertops. Some granite and other natural stones contain trace amounts of uranium. If these emit radon, they typically do so at very low levels. But in some instances, tests have found that granite countertops give off potentially dangerous levels of radiation. 

The New York Times reported in July 2008 that the increased popularity of granite countertops over the past decade has resulted in an expansion of the kinds of granite available and that reports of "hot" countertops seem to come from "the more exotic and striated varieties from Brazil and Namibia."

The EPA advises that all homes be tested for radon. If significant levels are found, you can take steps to protect your family's health. Visit the EPA's website for more information on testing for radon levels.

Monday
Sep142015

8 Ways to Prevent Pink Eye

A case of pink eye can be painful, unsightly and frustrating. Luckily some fairly straightforward preventive steps can minimize your risks.

Yesterday's Daily Tip discussed the symptoms of pink eye and who is most vulnerable. Today, we list simple ways to prevent this highly contagious infection of the eyelid and eyeball:

  1. Wash your hands well, often, and always before and after applying antibiotic drops.
  2. Don't touch your eyes with your hands.
  3. If being treated with antibiotic drops, never let the antibiotic bottle touch the affected eye.
  4. Use a new towel and washcloth every day.
  5. Change pillowcases often.
  6. Throw away any eye makeup used while infected, including mascara.
  7. Don't share cosmetics, washcloths and eye products with others.
  8. Keep infected children out of school or daycare until a few days after treatment begins or the infection clears up.

While viral pink eye will resolve on its own in a few weeks without treatment, it can be difficult to distinguish between viral and bacterial conjunctivitis.

Consequently, many doctors prescribe antibiotic eye drops to anyone with pink eye - the antibiotics won't be effective against viral infections, but they may help prevent a secondary bacterial infection. With bacterial conjunctivitis, the antibiotic eye drops usually cause symptoms to clear up within a few days. Pink eye caused by allergies is usually treated with allergy medications and eye drops that relieve itchy eyes.

Friday
Sep112015

Worried You Have Pink Eye?

If your eyes are red, itchy or crusty, you may have pink eye. Find out some common symptoms of pink eye, as well as what can cause it.

If you have itchy, red eyes that seem worse than is typically experienced with seasonal allergies, you may have pink eye. Also known as infectious conjunctivitis, pink eye is an inflammation of the membrane (called the conjunctiva) that lines the eyelid and eyeball.

Pink eye can be due to an allergic reaction to pollen, dust or other foreign material in the eye, such as contact lens solution; a bacterial infection, which is more common among children than adults; or viruses, particularly those associated with colds or a sore throat, as well as other childhood illnesses. All types of viral or bacterial pink eye are highly contagious.

The symptoms of pink eye can affect one or both eyes and include:

  • Redness
  • Itchiness
  • A feeling or grittiness or having something stuck in the eye
  • Tearing and discharge (yellow color is often associated with a bacterial cause)
  • Crusts that form on the eyelids overnight

 

Young children are the most likely to get pink eye, as their rambunctious activity in small spaces provides the perfect circumstances for passing it around. Other people at higher risk for developing pink eye include those with allergies to airborne pollen and those who wear contact lenses, particularly extended-wear brands, as both these groups tend to touch and rub their eyes more frequently.

If you or your children experience any of the symptoms above, visit your physician for an evaluation and diagnosis. To learn how to treat and prevent pink eye, read Monday's blog post.

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