Healthy Living Tips
If you’re allergic to pollen, cooler weather may mean your allergies get a break. But it doesn’t mean your environment is free of allergens. If you have indoor allergies, your symptoms may actually stay the same or get worse when you spend more time inside.
For many people, avoiding allergens and taking over-the-counter medications is enough to ease the annoying symptoms. But if your seasonal allergies are still bothersome, don't give up. A number of other treatments are available.
Spring: a time for growth, new life, warmer weather, getting outdoors again. But it's also a prime time for seasonal allergies.
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Handle your seasonal allergies—don’t let them handle you.
Does your body completely overreact when things begin to bloom again every spring? Congratulations—you’ve got seasonal allergies. When it comes to dealing with them, don't fall for these common misconceptions.
Myth 1: Allergies aren’t genetic.
Incorrect! While your environment provides the higher pollen levels that make you feel awful, your genes play a role as well. If your mother or father is prone to fits of sneezing and watery eyes every spring, chances are you might be, too.
Myth 2: Pollen is the only cause of spiking allergy symptoms.
Not so! While pollen is the main culprit, mold allergies tend to worsen when the weather is rainy or humid. If you are allergic to pet dander, you may find that your symptoms worsen when you are indoors more with them. (All warm-blooded pets produce dead skin cells known as pet dander. Allergies to pets are caused when a person has a reaction to the dead skin cells or the proteins found in the pet's saliva, skin cells or urine -- not usually the actual animal.)
Myth 3: To get relief, medicine is your only hope.
Not true! Fortunately, you can make behavioral changes in order to reduce your exposure to the allergens that set off your body’s immune response. Keep an eye on the pollen count and avoid spending time outdoors when pollen levels are reported at a “high” level. Work to keep your stress levels low to reduces your symptom severity.
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A growing body of evidence shows there’s no such thing as “fat but fit” when it comes to cardiac health.
In December 2013, study results published in Annals of Internal Medicine by researchers from Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Canada, revealed some startling information: Overweight or obese people (determined by body mass index or BMI) who are metabolically healthy—having normal-range blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol levels—were at higher risk for heart disease-related illnesses and deaths than people in a normal weight range who also had normal blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol levels.
Fast-forward to August 2017, and results from a study published online by the European Heart Journal from researchers at Imperial College London, University College London and other European organizations confirmed these findings. The study, which examined data gathered from 520,000 people for an ongoing cancer-nutrition link research, found study participants who were metabolically healthy but overweight experienced as much as a 28 percent higher risk of coronary artery disease, a condition linked to heart attack and cardiac-related deaths.
The 2017 study also found that those whose BMI categorized them as overweight or obese and had at least three markers of metabolic dysfunction (high blood pressure, high glucose, high cholesterol, high triglycerides and above normal hip-to-waist ratio) had a risk for coronary artery disease that was more than double that of the healthy weight group.
Beating the Odds
Reducing the risk of coronary artery disease-related illness and death is achievable, sometimes by simply committing to lifestyle changes that may seem challenging at first, such as adopting a heart-healthy diet and exercising. When diet and exercise alone aren’t enough to control risk factors like high blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol, prescription medication can typically offer a solution.
Work-related injuries and deaths may be more common than you think—particularly among men.
Whether you have a cold, flu, stomach bug or other illness, know which foods can put you on the road to recovery.
Food is your body’s fuel, and sometimes your diet can fuel healing faster than others: