Archive | August, 2015

Noise: How to Protect Your Hearing

29 Aug

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Noise is all around you, from televisions and radios to lawn mowers and washing machines. Normally, you hear these sounds at safe levels that don’t affect hearing. But sounds that are too loud or loud sounds over a long time are harmful. They can damage sensitive structures of the inner ear and cause noise-induced hearing loss.

More than 30 million Americans are exposed to hazardous sound levels on a regular basis. Hazardous sound levels are louder than 80 decibels. That’s not as loud as traffic on a busy street. Listening to loud music, especially on headphones, is a common cause of noise-induced hearing loss. You can protect your hearing by

  • Keeping the volume down when listening to music
  • Wearing earplugs when using loud equipment
  • Properly removing ear wax
  • Avoid tobacco exposure
  • Schedule an appointment to get your hearing tested

Article Published in: NIH: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

Oral Health Tips

22 Aug

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Oral health tips:

• Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste

• Floss your teeth everyday

• Snack smart – limit sugary snacks

• Do not smoke or chew tobacco

• See your dentist or oral health professional regularly

Tip: Rub strawberry pulp on your teeth to gently clean and remove stains!

Article published in NIH: National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

Recipe of the week: Power Salad

18 Aug

 

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Power Salad!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup arugula
  • 1 chopped tomato
  • 1/4 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 Tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup chopped carrots
  • 2 Tbsp light poppyseed dressing
  • 1/4 cup chickpeas

Directions:

  1. Combine, mix, and enjoy!

Tips on How to Clear Your nasal passages

15 Aug

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Ever get frustrated when you have a cold or allergies and you cannot smell, taste, or breathe? Next time this happens, try these strategies to open your nasal passages:

• Use a humidifier when you sleep
• Take long showers
• Drink lots of fluids
• Use warm compresses on your face
• Prop yourself up
• Avoid chlorinated pools

Recipe:

“Sinus Juice”

Ingredients:

  • 1 large orange or minola (peeled)
  • 1/2 peeled lemon (de-seeded)
  • 1 medium sweet or tart apple (chopped)
  • 1 Tbsp fresh ginger
  • 1 Cayenne pepper (skin removed)

Directions

  1. Wash all ingredients
  2. Peel orange & lemon
  3. Remove lemon seeds
  4. Chop apple into chunks that will fit into juicer
  5. Juice away!
  6. Pour into glasses and top with Cayenn

Eye Health

8 Aug

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Vision is nothing to take for granted. In order to maintain your vision, it is important to:

• Regularly eat leafy vegetables, salmon, tuna, eggs, nuts, beans, and oranges

• Eat a well-balanced diet to prevent obesity-related diabetes which is the leading cause of blindness

• Avoid smoking to prevent cataracts, optic nerve damage, and macular degeneration

• Wear sunglasses that block 99% to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays

• Spend less time staring at a computer

• Visit your eye doctor regularly, and use safety eyewear when necessary

Recipe of the week: One Pan Balsamic Chicken and Veggies

5 Aug

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One Pan Balsamic Chicken and Veggies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 13 minutes

Yield: About 3 – 4 servings 

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp Italian salad dressing
  • 3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp honey
  • 1/8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/4 lbs chicken breast tenderloins
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lb fresh asparagus, trimmed of tough ends, chopped into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups matchstick carrots
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved

Directions:

  1. In a mixing bowl whisk together salad dressing, balsamic vinegar, honey and red pepper flakes, set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper to taste, then place chicken evenly in skillet.
  3. Cook about 6 – 7 minutes, rotating once halfway through cooking, until chicken has cooked through (meanwhile, chop asparagus and tomatoes).
  4. Add half the dressing mixture to skillet and rotate chicken to evenly coat.
  5. Transfer chicken to a large plate or a serving platter while leaving sauce in skillet. Add asparagus and carrots to skillet, season with salt and pepper to taste and cook, stirring frequently, until crisp tender, about 4 minutes.
  6. Transfer veggies to plate or platter with chicken.
  7. Add remaining dressing mixture to skillet and cook, stirring constantly, until thickened, about 1 minute. Add tomatoes to chicken and veggies and drizzle dressing mixture in pan over top (or return chicken and veggies to pan and toss to coat).

August Challenge: Prevent Aging In Your Senses

1 Aug

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As you age, the way your senses (hearing, vision, taste, smell, touch) give you information about the world, changes. Your senses become less sharp, and you may have trouble telling apart details.

Sensory changes can affect your lifestyle. You may have problems with communicating, enjoying activities, and staying involved with people. Sensory changes can lead to isolation.

Your senses receive information from your environment. This information can be in the form of sound, light, smells, tastes, and touch. This information is converted to nerve signals and carried to the brain. There, it is turned into a meaningful sensation.

A certain amount of stimulation is required before you become aware of a sensation. This minimum level is called the threshold. Aging increases this threshold. So the amount of stimulation needed for you to be aware of the sensation becomes greater.

All senses can be affected by aging, but hearing and vision are most affected. Many of these changes can be offset with equipment such as glasses and hearing aids or by changes in lifestyle.

Article Published in MedlinePlus