Nurse Notes

Nurse Notes NL

“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials,
for we know that they help us develop endurance.”

Romans 5:3 NLT

 

DANCE YOUR WAY TO BETTER HEALTH
Studies have shown that regular activity builds muscle and bone, reduces fat, increase aerobic capacity, lowers blood pressure and improves the ratio of “good” to “bad” cholesterol.  Dancing not only gives you all the above benefits, but improves balance and gait and may even help improve memory and problem solving. If you don’t feel that dance is for you, try Tai Chi, this meditative exercise is often performed to relaxing music.

DOES FLOSSING REALLY MATTER?
A recent report found that many people think that there is no benefit to flossing after you brush. But before you toss the floss, consider this: Flossing has been shown to prevent periodontal disease, which has been linked to diabetes, heart disease and dementia. To help avoid periodontal disease, make sure you brush your teeth twice daily AND floss before bedtime. Also eat a healthy lower sugar diet and of course see your dentist at least twice per year.

ASPIRIN CAN BE A LIFE-SAVING DRUG
Although not many of take it for aches and pains any more, it may be wise to keep a bottle of non-coated 325 mg on hand in case of emergency. If anyone in your home has symptoms of heart attack or stroke this can be a lifesaver. First call 911, then have the victim CHEW one aspirin (or 4 baby aspirin).  Make sure to have them chew thoroughly before swallowing. A chewed aspirin has been shown to lower dangerous thromboxane levels three times faster than if swallowed whole. This treatment has been shown to help break up blood clots obstructing the vessels.

CHANGES IN DIET CAN HELP LOWER RISK OF BREAST CANCER BY UP TO 62%
Women who eat the traditional Mediterranean Diet enhanced with extra servings of olive oil had fewer cancers that women who simply decreased their fat intake. So go ahead and enjoy olive oil on your salads, fish, or sautéed vegetables.

JANUARY IS NATIONAL OATMEAL MONTH
Full of beta-glucan fiber, oatmeal makes you feel fuller, cuts bad cholesterol levels, decreases blood pressure and speeds weight loss. But be careful what kind you get at the market.  Instant packets are loaded with extra sugars artificial flavors and colors. Try steel oats and add your own touches like fresh fruit and small amount of pure maple syrup and cinnamon.