March 17, 2014
Nutrition / Physical Health
March is National Nutrition Month. The theme for 2014 is “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right." Whether you are watching your weight, trying to reduce your blood...
March is National Nutrition Month. The theme for 2014 is “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right." Whether you are watching your weight, trying to reduce your blood pressure or cholesterol, or simply making a few healthy changes to your diet, research suggest that taste is the number one reason why we choose one food over another.
When it comes to eating right, vegetables are not at the top of most people's dietary intake. Most vegetables have a bad reputation because they do not taste as good as the most frequently consumed vegetable in the US, the french fry.
Following are a few tasty ways you add more colorful vegetables to your diet to improve your health.
So what does “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right” mean to you? Share your ideas, and inspire others to enjoy eating right.
March 14, 2014
Michael M. Siegel, MD
Children / Mental Health / Physical Health / Stress / Women's Health
Today is a very important day of the year where worldwide the importance of getting enough sleep is stressed. Four out of five Americans don’t get the necessary...
Today is a very important day of the year where worldwide the importance of getting enough sleep is stressed. Four out of five Americans don’t get the necessary amount of sleep that they need to function at the best of their abilities. Not only does lack of sleep impact the performance of adults, but children as well. Children who lack even an hour of sleep don’t function as well both cognitively and emotionally the next day.
Why does it seem to be so hard to get the recommended amount of sleep? It could be for a couple of reasons. Some people believe that there are not enough hours in a day; therefore, there is not enough time to get an extra hour of sleep in. In addition, sleeping and napping have a bad reputation and are often misunderstood as being lazy. In reality, the positives of sleeping outweigh the negatives and promote a healthier, more productive lifestyle.
Just a few of the advantages you get from more sleep are increased cognitive function, good overall health, a cheerful mood and a healthy weight. Another perk, more sleep means better skin, memories and judgment, livelier libidos and most importantly an increase in longevity.
No matter how consistently someone works out or how clean they eat, if they aren’t getting enough sleep - they are not in top physical shape.
For some, sleeping isn’t as easy as it sounds. Over 100 million people reportedly suffer from sleep apnea worldwide.
Here are a few tips that will help you catch those much needed ZZZ’s:
Most importantly - hide the light! Put away the computer, mobile devices and turn off your TV. Light from these tech devices tricks your mind into thinking it is daytime. Put away these gadgets 30 minutes before bedtime.
Are you getting your eight hour minimum of sleep per night?