8 Resolutions Health Experts Want You to Make

Physician John Rush sees his patients make the same mistake every year: They set New Year’s resolutions on Jan. 1 and expect to implement them the very next day. But a no-prep plan is a sure-fail one, he says. “The most meaningful goals we make in our lives take some planning, and we need to set our lives up for change and for success,” says Rush, COO of the age management medicine company Cenegenics. That’s why now’s the time to start preparing for whatever change you want to make in 2015. Buy the right equipment and clothing, find supportive friends and family, and devise a plan for when you feel like cashing in on your commitment, Rush suggests.

And if you’re stumped on what that goal will be? Steal an idea from health professionals, who shared what they’d like to see their patients and clients resolve to do in 2015.

Set a specific goal.

“Get in better shape.” “Be healthier.” “ Lose weight.” Those goals, no matter how common, are too broad, says Justin Weis, a personal trainer and owner of Summit Fitness in Richmond, Virginia. He suggests picking a specific event to prepare for instead, whether it’s something grand like climbing a mountain or something simple like running a 5K. “Having a goal that you are driving toward, rather than something like holiday pounds you are trying to get away from, makes the journey much easier,” Weis says. “It’s a change of perspective that turns it from a negative mindset to something positive, which can make all the difference.”

Commit to a ‘movement modality.’

“Don’t let exercise become another thing to check off your list,” says Angela Meyer, a yoga instructor and regional director of group exercise at the YMCA in the District of Columbia. Instead, consider adopting a “movement modality,” or a physical activity that will inspire you to be not only physically healthier, but also “mentally, emotionally and spiritually engaged and alive,” Meyer says. To find your modality, ask yourself what type of movement will allow you to express your passion and creative energy. Is it martial arts? Yoga? Dance? Rock climbing? All those activities, Meyer says, “allow you to discover something deeper about yourself, while also achieving your physical goals.”

Personalize your oral health care.

Take the typical resolution to floss regularly a step further this year by resolving to talk to your dentist about how genetics might impact your dental health, says William Giannobile, chair of the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. Just like heart health, cancer risk and weight, oral health is influenced by your genes. Knowing where you stand can help guide how often you see your dentist and the type of care you get, he says. A bonus? You’ll improve your overall health, too. “Medical breakthroughs in genetics, genomics and risk factors for diseases and behaviors show how a patient’s oral health affects their total well-being,” Giannobile says.

Wear sunglasses.

If you’re seeking a resolution that’s both fashion-forward and healthy, Dennis Levi, a professor of optometry and vision science at the University of California-Berkeley, has one for you: “Wear shades when out in bright sunlight,” he says. Make sure you choose a pair that protects against ultraviolet radiation, which, in excess, can cause cataracts and lead to damage of the cornea and retina, Levi says.

Get more quality sleep – every night.

Want to make a resolution that will improve nearly all areas of your life – and looks? One word: sleep, says dermatologist Jessica Krant, founder of Art of Dermatology in New York and assistant clinical professor of dermatology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. “Sleep is our best friend, and it allows everything to be better,” she says. “When we get good sleep, it improves our body’s ability to remove toxins at night, which improves our health overall and especially our skin.” Sleep also suppresses the release of the hunger hormone ghrelin, making weight loss and management easier. “It proves there really is such a thing as beauty sleep,” Krant says. To get more quality sleep, the National Sleep Foundation recommends going to bed the same time every night, getting daily exercise, avoiding naps and steering clear of alcohol, cigarettes and heavy meals in the evenings.

Be more mindful.

How often do you catch yourself ruminating about the past or worrying about the future? Chances are, too often, says Eric Endlich, a psychologist in Needham, Massachusetts, who works with teens, adults and couples. He suggests resolving to spend just one minute each day thinking about nothing but the present moment. “Staying mindful can alleviate stress and anxiety and help us appreciate what we have right now,” he says. Another way to improve your mental health in the new year is to recognize negative thoughts and ask yourself if there’s another way to view the situation, Endlich says. “Negative thoughts are automatic and effortless, and often irrational and distorted,” he says. “By challenging them regularly, we discover how often there are other, more helpful ways to look at things.”

Give up fad diets.

If there’s one surefire way to fail at keeping your New Year’s resolution, it’s to commit to a fad diet. “They just don’t work!” says Charlotte Markey, a psychology professor at Rutgers University who studies weight management. If your goal is sustainable weight loss, you’ll be more successful if you think long-term about healthy eating, says Markey, author of the forthcoming book “Smart People Don’t Diet.” “Don’t deprive yourself of the food you love, but make logical, moderate, realistic choices concerning food,” she says.

See your doctor.

If there’s one thing health professionals want you do to in 2015, it’s to simply pay them a visit. Women especially should schedule an annual visit with an OB-GYN or a primary care doctor, says Shelly Holmstrom, an OB-GYN in Tampa, Florida, and associate professor at the University of South Florida’s Morsani College of Medicine. “Although Pap tests are not necessarily needed each year, many women have gynecological issues that need to be addressed,” she says.

Copyright 2014 U.S. News & World Report

by Anna Medaris Miller

Hold the Yolk Please

For many people eggs are a staple diet food. They have been praised for having all 9 essential amino acids and a high protein content. In addition they are great for eyes, contain lots of “good” fats, and are a good source of vitamin D.

But the topic of cholesterol has always come up with eggs and a new study from, the journal Atherosclerosis, reveals that an egg’s cholesterol is dangerous for people over the age of 40. The study reveals that egg yolks contributed to the artery-clogging LDL cholesterol and this makes egg consumption problematic over the age of 40 when there is a higher risk for heart disease.

The health implications of overconsumption of whole eggs has even been compared to the risks assoicated with smoking. The study evaluated artery health of patients who smoked and those who consumed whole eggs. The results are in and for those whose consumption of whole eggs was in the highest 20%, the narrowing of the carotid artery was on average about two-thirds that of the study’s heaviest smokers.

This study may have you asking, how much is too much cholesterol?

According to the National Heart Blood and Lung Institute, Americans should  limit their cholesterol intake to no more than 300 mg per day (an egg yolk has just over 200 mg), and eat no more than four whole eggs weekly.

This is good news for those who look forward to weekend egg breakfast with friends and family. And like so many things in life moderation is key!

Enjoy!

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Colorful Kinesio Tape

If you have noticed more stripes and colors on athletes, chances are kinesio taping is to blame. The popularity of taping has grown in the last decade and the 2012 London Olympics have made it a household name. But how does this stuff work and is it affective?

Kinesio tape is a thin and pliable tape that is placed on areas of your body that can be prone to over extending, the tapes job is to pull on your skin to remind you NOT to over extend. Some trainers also use the tape as a tool to help improve balance in athletes and to prevent excessive extending. The taping has even been used on animals to help prevent injuries.

Research is still being done to determine the true effects of the tape, and whether it gives you a sense of stability and support or gives you a psychological edge. In the meantime kinesio taping gives us lots of pretty colors to look during sporting events and may have a bigger use in the future.

Read more about this topic HERE.

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Is Retirement Still a Dream?

For previous generations retirement has been something to look forward to and a new survey suggestions those times are changing. The survey conducted by TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation found that the dream of retirement is slipping away for many, in fact one out of every two Americans surveyed said they are not looking forward to retirement, and this is mostly being fueled by the fear of not having enough money saved.

In anticipation of retiring without enough money saved in time 80% of those surveyed envision having to work part or full time after retirement.

The survey also evaluated the mental outlook for current retirees compared to younger generations who are planning for retirement. Four age categories were looked at and had varying outlooks on retirement.

 Matures – Proud, satisfied and positive

Baby Boomers – Anxious and regretful

Gen X – Embarrassed, frustrated and envious

Gen Y– Disinterested and lacking control

 “Getting over any negative psychological feelings associated with retirement is the first step to getting on track. Once you can get past those, a lot of practical plans start to surface,” said Lule Demmissie from TD Ameritrade, Inc.

For more resources to help with planning for retirement, please read the original article HERE.

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Dishwasher vs. Hand-Washing Dishes

There are some people out there that hate washing dishes-like me! Have you ever wondered if washing dishes or the dishwasher is better for the environment or which one produces less water? There is a new study from Germany conducted by University of Bonn researchers that found that a dishwasher is much more efficient than washing dishes. They found that washing a load of dishes (about 12 dishes) by hand takes on average 27 gallons of water and 2.5 kilowatt-hours of energy to heat the water. This is equal to running a hair dryer for 2.5 hours! On the other hand, an energy efficient dishwasher only uses 4 gallons of water and 1 kilowatt-hours of energy for the same load.  The researchers also conclude that dishwashers tend to wash your dishes better than those who hand wash.

What do you think of this study?

Click here for the original article—courtesy of eatingwell.com

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Top Fat Burning Foods

If losing weight is part of your New Year’s resolution, then these foods are some of the top fat burning foods you need to know.  Health.com gives us some suggestions to burn more calories than ever before.

  1. Whole Grains—By eating whole food in general, your body burns twice as many calories than processed foods.
  2. Low-Fat Dairy Products—These food such as cheese are rich in calcium and vitamin D which can help preserve and build muscle mass—vital for keeping a tough metabolism.
  3. Green TeaThe American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that drinking about 4 cups of green tea a day helped people drop more than six pounds in eight weeks! Supposedly, there is a compound in the brew that temporarily increases metabolism after sipping it.
  4. Hot Peppers—The compound, capsaicin, that gives chili peppers their spicy kick, heats up your body and makes you melt additional calories. Any form of pepper works such as raw, cooked, dried, or powdered. This is great news for those who love spicy food.

Click here for more foods—courtesy of Health.com

What are some of your suggestions?

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Another Benefit of Chocolate for Women

A new study from Sweden claims that the more chocolate women eat, the lower their stroke risk. This could be added to list of benefits from eating chocolate such as lower blood pressure and reduced heart risk. The article says, “For every 50-gram (1.8 oz.) increase in chocolate consumption per week, the participants’ overall stroke risk dropped 14%.” It drops even further the more chocolate consumption. It also varied between different kinds of stroke, for example, the chocolate intake can be related to a 27% drop in hemorrhagic stroke risk, but on the other hand there was only 12% lower risk of strokes caused by clots.

The 10 year old study followed 33,373 women, aged 49-83, and asked them to fill out extensive questionnaires about their diet and lifestyle. The study also emphasized that women shouldn’t start eating loads of chocolate, and should still consider eating them in moderation. Also, dark chocolate is better than milk chocolate. 90% of the time, the women in this study were eating Swedish chocolate which has a higher concentration of cocoa than in the U.S.

What do you think of this study?

Read original article here—Courtesy of Times Health Land