Nurse Notes

Nurse Notes NL

We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving!

The next Blood Pressure Sunday will be Sunday, December 3rd between masses in classroom C. Come and join us to get your blood pressure checked and speak to us about any health concerns you may have. Hope to see you there.

HEALTHIER THANKSGIVING FEAST

Scrap the traditional dessert style candied sweet Potatoes in favor of just serving them Plain. Naturally sweet and low fat and high in fiber, try adding just a small amount of butter and drizzling with a little pure Maple syrup. Try a cutting down the amount of sugar used in your cranberry relish by replacing some with fruit juice or apple sauce when preparing.

TRY LAVENDER FOR BETTER SLEEP

Mild Insomnia? Lavender oil has been shown to be an effective way to treat it. The best way is to put a drop or two of the oil on your pillow before bed.

HIGH FRUIT CONSUMPTION MAY DECREASE BREAST CANCER RISK

Women who ate at least three servings a day of apples bananas and grapes as teenagers were 25 percent less likely to develop breast cancer in middle age. The study only studied the fruit itself not Fruit Juice. Always encourage good eating habits in your children.

GUM DISEASE MAY BE LINKED WITH CANCER

People with a history of periodontal disease have a 14 percent higher risk of developing cancer than those who do not have gum disease. The risk is especially high for Esophageal cancer. It is believed that gum disease can cause general inflammation that can trigger a cancer response.  The study shows that keeping gum disease under control by seeing your Dentist on a regular basis decreases the cancer risk.  So see your Dentist twice a year.

DID YOU KNOW that November 16th was National Great American Smoke out day? If you missed it, here is another reason to stop smoking!

Smoking causes even more diseases than previously thought. In addition to the well-known links to lung cancer heart attacks and strokes, it is now known that it helps in the development of kidney diseases, and increases your risk for serious infections because of poor blood flow through the body. This can add about 60,000 more deaths per year linked to smoking.

HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK  Try adding sprouted grains to your diet. They have much more fiber and nutrients then whole grains. Look for them in cereals and breads.