Increase Senior Life Expectancy by Minimizing Stress

Increase Senior Life Expectancy by Minimizing Stress

Written by Holly Klamer
on Thursday, 09 August 2018
Stress is something we all deal with on a regular basis, but we usually don’t realize just how detrimental it can be to our health.

In particular, stress can be very problematic for seniors, who are already dealing with other health challenges that come along with getting older.

Seniors looking to increase their life expectancy and live a happier, more comfortable life should focus on reducing their stress levels, particularly if they are living in senior homes or memory care homes.

Here are some ways that seniors can reduce the stress they experience on a daily basis.
A Dietician Shares Her Recipe for Teaching Kids the Importance of Nutrition

A Dietician Shares Her Recipe for Teaching Kids the Importance of Nutrition

Written by Stephanie Chang, MS, RD, CNSC
on Tuesday, 07 August 2018

One would assume as a registered dietician my children naturally gravitate toward foods enriched in vitamins and nutrients. In my dreams, perhaps. The reality is it can still be a struggle at times to make meals that are balanced and as green that they should be.

As I tell patients at CHOC Children's, ensuring your family eats right, starts way before any meal hits the table. For me, it begins during my weekly trip to the supermarket. I know anything purchased then will directly impact the food choices my kids make for the next seven days. This is especially true for my younger ones who eat most of their meals at home or from packed lunches.

Admittedly, I can’t manage every morsel of food that goes in my children’s mouth. Nor should I. What I can do, however, is provide balanced meals and a kitchen stocked with healthy foods, so when they are older – or in that I call the “grab-n-go” stage – they’re incline to make better choice. Until then, here the 10 basic rule from which I operate my kitchen and advise my patients.
Real Doctor Tries the Intermittent Fasting Trend & Here's What Happened

Real Doctor Tries the Intermittent Fasting Trend & Here's What Happened

Written by Niket Sonpal, MD
on Thursday, 02 August 2018

There’s crash dieting, and then there’s intermittent fasting. 

Crash diets aren’t sustainable and rarely factor in healthy food options. Intermittent fasting on the other hand is gaining attention because people are seeing weight come off, and therefore stay with it. It’s being touted as the go-to way to lose 15, 20 pounds within a month or two. 

Is it just a popular hashtag or can the weight actually stay off leading millions of people to reach their weight goals? 

To get clarity, we turned to Dr. Niket Sonpal who not only is Board Certified in Internal Medicine specializing in Gastroenterology but lost eight pounds his first week of intermittent fasting when he decided to do it himself.
Dump the Junk: How to Pack a Nutritious Lunchbox that Makes the Grade with Your Student Every Time

Dump the Junk: How to Pack a Nutritious Lunchbox that Makes the Grade with Your Student Every Time

Written by Sarah Kavlich, RD, CLEC
on Wednesday, 01 August 2018

With back-to-school season approaching, a familiar foe for many parents is also returning from summer break: school lunches.

Most parents would love to send their children off to school every day with a healthy and nutritious lunch. But, many are stumped about what to pack to ensure kids get the nutrients they need and that the carefully prepared meal doesn’t get tossed for cookies and chips.

Fear not: What follows are the building blocks of a healthy school lunch, that when combined will offer flavor, color, nutrition and fun for children of all ages; some tips that will make packing school lunches less tedious for parents; and a recipe that kids will surely love.
Keeping Kids Safe as They Walk to School

Keeping Kids Safe as They Walk to School

Written by Amy Frias
on Friday, 27 July 2018

Soon, sidewalks nationwide will be dotted with the familiar sight of children and their backpacks navigating their way to school in the early morning hours.

Allowing a child to walk to school alone can be a healthy option for both parents and their children. It teaches children independence and responsibility, and provides an opportunity for physical activity. 

That said, safety is critical when it comes to heading to school or anywhere on foot. After all, unintentional pedestrian injuries are the fifth-leading cause of injury-related death in the United States for children ages 5 to 19. Every day, 44 children are hit by cars while walking in the United States.

So, before your children sling on their backpacks and head out to door, introduce them to the “rules of the road.”
Why Stress Is a Beauty Buster

Why Stress Is a Beauty Buster

Written by Sanam Hafeez, PsyD
on Friday, 20 July 2018

Stress. We all have it but some of us deal with it better than others. 

If you look at any recent United States President from their first day in office until their last, you will see that all aged appreciably in only four years. 

Why? Because carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders took its toll on their appearance. Even if you’re just an everyday lady boss or Mom trying to make her way in the world, stress can cause you to age before your time. 

Here’s how and why according to New York Neuropsychologist Dr. Sanam Hafeez.
Losing Weight with Intermittent Fasting

Losing Weight with Intermittent Fasting

Written by Jess Walter
on Monday, 09 July 2018

Intermittent fasting is one of the latest weight-loss plans to hit the Internet, promising fast results without the rigor of more strict diets. 

With intermittent fasting, you are encouraged to eat normally most of the time while severely restricting calories once or twice per week. Some plans include a splurge day, allowing participants to eat their favorite high-calorie foods guilt-free. 

While around half of participants drop out of popular weight loss programs, intermittent fasting has only a 38% dropout rate. This eating pattern is thought not only to encourage you to take in fewer calories than you burn but also to slow the metabolism and decrease appetite. 

However, intermittent fasting isn't without its pitfalls. Here are the pros and cons of cutting back on calories a couple of times a week.
How to Pack a Summertime Picnic

How to Pack a Summertime Picnic

Written by Jennifer McGuire, MS, RD
on Tuesday, 03 July 2018

Simply moving a meal from the kitchen table to a blanket on the ground magically makes mealtime more fun.

That is the power of a picnic! 

Whether you choose to set up close to home in the yard or while out and about at the pool or park, be prepared for a safe and tasty picnic with these tried-and-true tips.
How to Beat Swimsuit Season Anxiety: 7 Hacks for Body & Mind

How to Beat Swimsuit Season Anxiety: 7 Hacks for Body & Mind

Written by Sanam Hafeez, PsyD
on Thursday, 28 June 2018

Since January, we’ve been bombarded with ads urging us to slim down and “get your body in shape by summer” or “lose weight by Memorial Day.” 

While some women manage to meet their weight loss goals in time to feel confident in their swimsuit, the majority of us don’t. 

We can disguise unwanted pounds in heavy layers during winter, but in summer there’s nowhere to hide when you’re invited to that pool side BBQ. 

Why should we have to hide?
7 Blurry Vision Eye Problems & How to Address Them

7 Blurry Vision Eye Problems & How to Address Them

Written by Aaron Barriga
on Thursday, 28 June 2018

Today’s lifestyle has become much more competitive and fast-paced. We don’t even have enough time to do the things we want to and 24 hours in a day just doesn’t seem to be enough.

Our stressful jobs and long working hours seem like the norms of an average working person. But, this lifestyle often has some serious consequences to your health. 

One of these consequences is blurry vision.
FDA-Approved Non-Surgical Balloon Weight Loss Method Helps People Shed Up to 50 Pounds

FDA-Approved Non-Surgical Balloon Weight Loss Method Helps People Shed Up to 50 Pounds

Written by Stanley Poulos, MD
on Thursday, 28 June 2018

Americans spend almost 60 billion dollars annually in pursuit of weight loss with gastric bypass surgery being the most common type of weight-loss surgery; an option that isn’t for everyone. 

Like any major procedure, gastric bypass has significant health risks and side effects. In addition, to be a candidate for the procedure, one must have a BMI (body mass index) of 40 or higher. 

The fact is, a huge percentage of the population are only between 15 to 50 pounds overweight without any other options besides diet and exercise. 

Dr. Stanley Poulos, a San Francisco board certified plastic surgeon is an early adoptor of the nonsurgical balloon weight loss method approved by the FDA in 2016. Following the two-part program, patients lost an average 3.1 times the weight compared with diet and exercise alone.
Fractora Laser: Key Weapon in Fighting Acne

Fractora Laser: Key Weapon in Fighting Acne

Written by Jess Walter
on Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Less than a decade ago, the standard treatments for acne included salicylic acid, retinols and, in severe cases, antibiotics –- medications which are not without side effects and which had consumers yearning for a safer, more effective approach. 

One treatment that is producing what beauty writers are calling ‘insanely good results’ is fractora: a fractional radio-frequency microneedle device that first burst onto the scene in 2011. 

Beauty writer, Megan McIntyre, notes, “I have been fighting moderate acne since my late teens. And I have tried literally every single one of those treatments with not one of them providing a lasting result.” Her testimony is just one of many independent reviews of a treatment that takes a ‘shortcut’ to clear, smooth skin.
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