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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fingernail or credit card or use tweezers.” Wash the site with soap and water and cover it and keep it clean; apply a cold pack to the area to reduce pain and swelling. If the person has any trouble breathing or shows signs of anaphylaxis, call 911 if possible. The best prevention is using insect repellent containing DEET. Check for ticks daily and remove them if you see any. Wearing long sleeves and long pants can help prevent picking up ticks, and light colors help you spot them better.


Contemplate various issues that could arise so you have an action plan. “Make sure you have the skills you need for your camping adventure, like knowing how to read a compass, erect a temporary shelter or give first aid and practice your skills in advance,” Lauritzen said. “It is safest to camp with at least one companion, but if you will be entering a remote area, your group should have a minimum of four people.”


Some areas require you to have reservations or certain permits, so find out in advance about these. Also ask about rules regarding campfires or wildlife.

Some people love the great outdoors and are willing to pitch a tent in the nearest glade and set up a rustic campsite. Other people prefer to camp with all the comforts of home in an RV or trailer. (This is often called “glamping.”) Whatever your preference, being prepared is essential for a safe and successful camping trip.


“Being prepared for emergency situations is critical when people are out in remote areas with limited access to phone service, hospitals and emergency help,” said Don Lauritzen, communications officer with the American Red Cross.


Safety starts with making sure you have everything you need. Create a checklist and consult it frequently as you get ready for your trip. “Items to bring include nutritious food items and water; a first-aid kit, including sunscreen and personal medications; lightweight clothing to layer; and supplies for any pets,” Lauritzen said.


Bug bites are a common occurrence when camping, Lauritzen said, though they are usually harmless. They may cause pain, swelling or an allergic reaction.


“If someone is stung by an insect, you should remove any visible stinger,” Lauritzen said. “Scrape it away from the skin with a clean

SAFE CAMPING

JAMIE LOBER

Jamie Lober is a Staff Writer for Health & Wellness Magazine

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Share your itinerary with someone – just in case. “Include such details as the make, year and license plate of your car, the equipment you are bringing and when you plan to return,” Lauritzen said.


Now that you’re prepared, make plans to be active and have fun during your trip. This may include walking, hiking, swimming or biking. Bring along protective gear such as helmets, life jackets, sturdy shoes and a survival pack.


“In a small waterproof container, place a pocket knife, compass, whistle, space blanket, nylon filament, water purification tablets, matches and candle,” Lauritzen said. “With these items, the chances of being able to survive in the wild are greatly improved.”


When you plan ahead and know what to expect, your camping trip will be both safe and fun.