Don’t Eat Too Much Black Licorice This Halloween

The FDA warns the public that eating too much black licorice is not good for your health. This is only if you eat a ton of licorice daily—about 2 ounces of black licorice each day for at least two weeks. The consequences of eating too much leads to irregular heart rhythm which could land you in the emergency room.

The reason for this is glycyrrhizin which is a sweetening compound found in licorice root. When you eat an excessive amount of this, the compound causes your body’s potassium levels to decline which leads to irregular heartbeat and high blood pressure.

Overall, black licorice does not have any permanent health effects and that a lot of licorice flavored products don’t have any real licorice in them. Last year, they only reported one case.

Happy Halloween from the Professional Medical Corp. Team! Have Fun and be Safe!

 

Read original article here—Courtesy of Times Healthland

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New Study shows that Americans Consume Too Much Sodium

A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded that 88% of U.S. children and adults digest more sodium per day than the recommended amount. It is recommended by the U.S.department of Agriculture to consume 2,300 milligrams of sodium each day, but the report suggests that the average American intake is 3,513 milligrams.  That is a whooping 53% the suggested limit.

It is even worse for those who should consume less than 2,300 milligrams. For example, people over 50, African Americans, and people with high blood pressure, diabetes, or kidney disease should only take 1,500 milligrams, but 99% of them surpass the recommended amount with most of them doubling their limit!

Eating a lot of food with high sodium could lead to high blood pressure which consequently leads to heart attacks and strokes.

The government is issuing a National Salt Reduction Initiative to reduce sodium in food by 25% before 2015 rolls around. More than 24 restaurant chains and food manufacturers have signed up for this initiative such as Kraft, Heinz, and Subway.

What do you think of this study?

Read original article here—courtesy of Cnn.com

Short of Deep Sleep Leads to High Blood Pressure

A new study revealed that the lack of sleep could be one of the reasons why people develop high blood pressure. Researchers conducted a study of older men who got the least amount of deep sleep were 80% more likely to develop high pressure compared to those who got longer, less interrupted sleep.

The researchers studied almost 800 healthy men over 65 who didn’t have hypertension when the study started. They were given at-home sleep tests that analyze their sleep patterns and measure their non-rapid eye movement sleep. They monitored their sleep for 3 years and results were published in Hypertension by the American Red Cross Association.

They learned that less of too deep of sleep can cause parts of the brain that control the release of a number of hormones and other substances related to maintaining proper blood pressure to work less efficiently.

Click here to read more—Courtesy of CNN Health

 

Excuse me doctor, did you say YOGA?

So, you went for a routine doctor’s appointment with all the typical aches and ailments generated by your aging body and the doc said something you didnt expect. Perhaps you should Practice Yoga. You must admit, you were slightly bewildered and moderately confused. What happened to the 4 advil and a glass of water prescription? You’ve heard of this yoga business, but certainly never thought at your age that you should or even could start legitimately practicing…or could you?

Yoga is an ancient healing practice that has, within the last 100 years, become westernized and used in many ways within modern society. Yoga can often be “interpreted” by excercise enthusiasts looking to rev up its intensity, it can also be a free flowing spiritual experience, or even in some cases find its roots in the ancient mood lifting practices of its originators. Regardless of the type, yoga itself can in fact be a powerful tool to help keep you young, and maintain your overall health and well-being. Yoga has been proven to lower blood-pressure, reduce stress, ease pain, and improve balance. Its worth a shot and with the proper teaching, yoga can benefit you no matter how old you “think” you are.

Here are some tips for your yoga endeavor…whether you are starting on your own (which you absolutely should) or whether its just what the doctor ordered:

1: Yoga can be good medicine: Yoga offers main health benefits including, but not limited to, improving sleep, lowering blood pressure, reducing pain, and increases overall mental health.

2: Yoga is not just for the fit and flexible: Yoga is not just for those that can seemingly twist their bodies into pretzels. Yoga is for everyone and has a extremely diverse range of participants from all age brackets to prove it. The only requirement for a yoga class is the ability to breathe.

3: You dont have to stand on your head: Ive been doing yoga for 5 years and have yet to stand on my head. Yoga isnt about getting to the most extreme point possible…its about allowing your body to flow to its own measure of extreme…regardless of what anyone else is doing around you. Its your practice, your body, and your mind. Its so important to find a yoga class that fits your level such as a yoga for beginners class with a well trained instructor.

4: There are many styles of yoga, from “hot” to gentle: For example, ashtanga yoga is very athletic, while kripalu yoga tends to be gentler and viniyoga is generally done one-on-one in a therapeutic setting. Most western yoga is based off of something called “Hatha” yoga…which is a series of postures being held for 3o seconds to 1 minute. It is designed to balance the mind, body, and spirit while strengthening week muscles and stretching tight ones.

5: Yoga should never hurt: If it hurts…YOU’VE GONE TOO FAR! And any good yoga instructor should tell you that. Yoga is meant to strenghten and calm. In each posture you should find yourself pleasantly stretched. Its not to say you shouldnt push yourself to try to achieve new things each class, you should always listen to your body, and your breath, and if its too much then just stop. Pain is not a part of the gain in yoga.

6: Yoga is not ONLY a workout: Yoga is a powerful tool for mind-body medicine by creating a holistic approach to excercise. Yoga is about recognizing that your physical ailments are about more than the feeling of pain, but generally have emotional and spiritual connections as well. Yoga taps into that and offers medicine for the physical, emotional AND spiritual.

7: Ask for help for a smooth start: Dont be afraid to ask for help when beginning a new practice. Let the instructor know its your first time and when you sign up at a studio, be very clear about intentions, your level of yogi spirit, and your doubts and inihibitions. The best instructors will work with you to develop your practice and find a place that’s comfortable and effective for you.

Utilize these tips and remember to choose a reputable studio in your area. If you can take the heat, hot yoga is a great way to instantly loosen your muscles and find a little more ease in your postures. If you the heat is too much to stand, head to a studio with a large variety of class offerings and good reviews. Ask a lot of questions and make sure the instructors are receptive to you. Most importantly embrace your yoga adventure and open your mind to a life changing experience!!

-Professional Medical Team