Wellness Wednesdays – 1/2/19


Caught the Stomach Flu This Winter? Here’s How to Take Care of Yourself

by Pentucket Medical Associates

It’s around this time of year that viral gastroenteritis, also known as the “stomach flu,” goes around. While there are some precautions you can take to avoid catching it, such as washing your hands thoroughly and using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, there’s no foolproof way to get away from contracting the virus. If you do come down with a stomach bug, then, here’s what you can do to take care of yourself:

– Drink plenty of light fluids like water, ice chips, fruit juice and broth.
– Keep in mind that sports drinks are high in sugar and are not appropriate if you are extremely dehydrated. In this case, you will need an oral rehydration solution.
– Avoid drinks that contain milk, caffeine and alcohol.
– Once you feel hungry again, start with mild, easy to digest foods. (A helpful guideline is the “BRAT Diet” – bananas, rice, apples and toast.)



Nutritionists Not Convinced Coconut Oil is a Healthy Food

NPR’s April Fulton reports that despite a recent survey showing 72 percent of Americans believe coconut oil is a healthy food, nutritionists remain wary of its status as a “superfood.” The reason: just a tablespoon of the oil has 12 grams of saturated fat — the vast majority of the 13 gram maximum recommended by the American Heart Association. Overconsumption of saturated fat is considered a risk factor for heart disease, so perhaps think twice before swapping coconut oil into your diet.

Woman Receives Donated Lung, Inherits Donor’s Peanut Allergy

An article by LiveScience details an interesting case reported in the academic journal Transplantation Proceedings: a woman who received a lung transplant to treat her emphysema inherited her lung donor’s peanut allergy. This is extremely rare, according to the research — but if it does happen, it can actually take months for the allergy to show up. The research also says it’s not clear whether or not people who receive transplants will have to live with the allergy for their entire lifetime, or whether it will disappear over time.



January 6

The latest event in the Freeze Your Buns 5K series will take place from 9 a.m. to noon. The fun, no-frills, flat, double-loop course starts and ends at the Conway Arena. Hot beverages and light refreshments will be provided post-race. Nashua, N.H. | Facebook.com

January 8

Holy Family Hospital neurologist Dr. Kaarkuzhali Krishnamurthy will host “Meet the Expert: Living a Healthier Life with Epilepsy” from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Methuen location. Krishnamurthy will give an overview of new and existing treatments for epilepsy, highlight pregnancy planning for women with seizure disorders and more. Methuen, Mass. | HolyFamilyHospital.org

January 10

Lowell General Hospital will host the first session of its six-session Overcoming Binge Eating Workshop at its Center for Weight Management and Bariatric Surgery. The workshop meets weekly on Thursdays from 6:15 to 7: 15 p.m. North Chelmsford, Mass. | LowellGeneral.org

In “Addiction and the Adolescent Brain,” at North Andover High School from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Dr. Ruth Potee helps to give a deeper understanding of addictive substances, including alcohol, marijuana and opioids and their impact on the developing brain. North Andover, Mass. | Facebook.com

January 15

Lawrence General Hospital‘s next Free Weight Loss Surgery Information Session will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. at Andover Medical Center’s West Building. This session helps map out the long journey that will get you back to a healthy weight, improved eating habits, and a refreshed lifestyle. Andover, Mass. | LawrenceGeneral.org


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