Wellness Wednesdays – 7/5/17
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WELLNESS TIP OF THE WEEK
Food Shopping? Drop These Tasty Things in Your Cart for Improved Health
If you’re wandering down the aisles of the supermarket, searching for some new, “better-for-you” food to your diet, look no further! Whole Living recommends making a place for these in your shopping cart, as each have interesting and useful health and wellness benefits:
-Bananas, cantaloupe and oranges: Full of potassium, these foods reduce your sodium levels (which is good for heart health, among other things) and can make you less prone to developing high blood pressure.
-Avocados: In addition to being easy to incorporate into foods you already prepare (put some slices of the stuff on everything from burgers to salads), the vitamin E and monounsaturated fat of avocados are great for keeping your skin healthy.
-Broccoli: With lots of this green stuff in your diet, your fears of periodontal disease can be (mostly) allayed. That’s thanks to the high levels of calcium and vitamin C in the veggie — which is why you should take care to prepare it in such a way that it doesn’t lose its nutritional value!
HEALTH IN THE VALLEY
Northern Essex Community College’s High Tech Mannequins Help Students Learn to Save Lives
by Liz Michalski (originally published in a 2013 edition of mvm)
The call wasn’t out of the ordinary — a 67-year-old male at a rehab facility was experiencing chest pains and shortness of breath. The four paramedics who responded checked his medical history, administered aspirin, and provided oxygen to help him breathe. Then the situation deteriorated rapidly.
“It hurts,” the patient moaned. “I can’t breathe.” The heart monitor he was connected to began to malfunction, making it impossible for his rescuers to get an accurate reading. Within seconds, the man went into cardiac arrest… (read more)
WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB
After 22 Years and 83,000 Brain Scans, a Psychiatrist Reveals the “Most Important Lesson”
Brain disorder specialist and New York Times-bestselling author Daniel Gregory Amen has performed over 83,000 brain scans in his capacity as a psychiatrist over 22 years. In a TED talk he delivered in 2013, he revealed “the single most important lesson” he and his colleagues took away from the thousands of scans: that people’s brains can be changed — and when their brains change, their lives change. With that, he says, no two brains are quite the same, meaning a “one size fits all” approach simply isn’t appropriate. “Treatment needs to be tailored to individual brains, not clusters of symptoms,” he says. One example of that: Amen’s nephew Andrew, who had severe behavioral issues — including tendencies toward violence — until a cyst from his brain was removed. After that, the behavioral issues stopped entirely. (via TEDx Talks)
Toledo Man Reverses Diabetes Diagnosis with Vegan Diet
72-year-old Toledo resident Norm Baird lost 65 pounds and reversed his diagnosis of type 2 diabetes after adopting a vegan diet just over a year ago in February 2016. After cutting out all meat, dairy and animal products from his meals, he dropped his A1C score (used to classify a person as diabetic, if the number is above 6.5) to 6.1. Because of that, he was able to stop his twice-daily insulin injections and reduce the number of blood sugar checks he must perform. With diabetes being one of the leading causes of death in the country, and the number of people with the disease expected to double by 2030, this is one story that’s worth keeping in mind. (via TDN.com)
Researcher Spends Three Days as Hunter-Gather to Track Changes in Gut Health
King’s College professor of genetic epidemiology Tim Spector, on the advice of his fellow researcher Jeff Leach, spent three days among the Hadza in Africa (known as one of the final hunter-gatherer groups still remaining on the continent) to see how it would affect his microbiome. After days of consuming baobab, wild berries and porcupine, Spector was surprised to find his microbiobal diversity had increased by a whopping 20 percent. Unfortunately, after just a few days, it returned to its normal levels … but not before the researcher was able to note just how much our gut health pales in comparison to our ancestors’. His advice: to “re-wild” our diets. (via The Conversation)
LOCAL HEALTH HAPPENINGS
Holy Family Hospital is holding their monthly Bariatric Support Group For Pre- And Post-Operative Patients at their Methuen campus from 6 to 7 p.m. The theme of July’s meeting is “Adjusting to the New You.” Methuen, Mass. | HolyFamily-Hospital.org
Windsoul Studio is holding a Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga class at Mascuppic Lake from 9 to 10:30 a.m. What makes this different type of yoga so special, according to the studio? “The paddleboard makes a perfect yoga mat and the extra balance required by being on the water intensifies the yoga routine.” Tyngsborough, Mass. | WindsoulStudio.com
Lawrence General Hospital is holding their annual Community Cares Golf Tournament at Indian Ridge Country Club. Proceeds from the event support Lawrence General’s patient services and interpreter services programs. The event includes golf fees, cart, lunch, prizes, and dinner. Andover, Mass. | LawrenceGeneral.org
The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Healthy Living Expo at Holy Family Hospital. Join them for a free community barbecue, visit with wellness vendors and learn more about health, fitness, nutrition, financial wellness, emotional wellness and living green. Haverhill, Mass. | HaverhillChamber.com