GOING GLUTEN-FREE

Gluten is a particular kind of protein that is not found in eggs or meat but is in barley, rye, wheat and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye). Going gluten-free means avoiding these grains. A gluten-free diet is essential for those who have celiac disease, a condition that causes inflammation in the small intestines, or gluten allergies.  Symptoms of celiac disease include anemia, constipation or diarrhea, bloating, gas, headaches, skin rashes, joint pain and fatigue.

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A DIET FOR HEALTH & WEIGHT LOSS

Have you noticed? Look around and you’ll see a majority of Americans who are either overweight or obese. Look in supermarkets and you’ll see a plethora of food products, many of them processed or high-fat and/or sweet laden.  Consuming such a diet often leads to poor health and weight gain. It is not surprising that the leading cause of death in the United States is heart disease. A number of diseases, including pre-diabetes, diabetes, stroke and depression, are linked to how we eat .....

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ANTIBIOTICS IN OUR FOOD

Just what is in the food we eat? Considering the food chain, did you know adding antibiotics to food dates back to the 1940s? Antibiotic use has led to a dramatic reduction in illness and death from infectious diseases, yet there is a downside to this practice. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and others encourage health care professionals and patients to use antibiotics more wisely and seek education and understanding about both the risks and benefits of using them.

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When exercising, warm up for about five to 10 minutes and afterwards cool down for the same amount of time. This will increase flexibility and prevent muscle soreness.


Working too hard at exercise may bring fatigue, breathing problems, nausea, faintness and irregular heartbeat. To avoid injury, rest some days or alternate between vigorous and light activity. It cannot be stressed enough: Regular exercise is important to the physical and mental health of almost everyone. Give it a try.

Did you ever dream of finding the Fountain of Youth? Well, you can discover it, in a way. Look for the next best thing: Exercise.


Anxiety disorders are rampant. They are the most common psychiatric illness in the United States, surpassing depression. Exercise figures prominently in the treatment and relief of anxiety and related disorders. It has been touted as a life extender for centuries. You constantly hear or read the message about its many benefits. According to Greg Anderson in his book “The 22 Non-Negotiable Laws of Wellness” (Harper, 1995), regular physical activity will:


•  tone muscle;

•  add dimension to your figure and posture;

•  have a good effect on your energy levels;

•  increase your lung and heart capacity;

•  prevent bone density loss;

•  relieve stress;

•  burn calories;

•  help keep weight off;

•  brighten your mood;

•  improve cognition; and

•  make you feel and look younger.

EXERCISE CAN BE A FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH

JEAN JEFFERS

Jean is an RN with an MSN from University of Cincinnati. She is a staff writer for Living Well 60 Plus and Health & Wellness magazines.

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The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (www.adaa.org) says exercise is vital for maintaining mental fitness. It improves alertness and concentration and enhances overall cognitive function. An added benefit is that it reduces stress as well as fatigue. Exercise affects the stress your brain feels. The rest of your body is influenced by the damage stress causes and the relief activity affords. Scientists maintain participation in aerobic exercise has been shown to decrease overall levels of tension, elevate and stabilize mood and improve sleep and self-esteem. About five minutes of aerobic exercise can begin to stimulate anti-anxiety effects. It enables the body to release endorphins, a natural painkiller and mood enhancer.


Research has found physically active individuals are less likely to have bouts of anxiety than their sedentary counterparts. In one study, the findings indicated a person getting regular exercise was 25 percent less likely to be affected by an anxiety disorder over the next five years than a non-exerciser.


The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists advises exercising at least 30 minutes on most days of the week to decrease the risk of chronic disease. Talk to your doctor before beginning an exercise program.