A balanced diet emphasizing unsaturated fat from foods like avocado, nuts and olive oil for holiday meals helps the body maintain healthy levels of insulin,

Swapping out white bread and pasta carbohydrates for unsaturated fat from foods like avocados, olive oil, and nuts helps the body avoid insulin levels that could be triggers for diabetes and, eventually, heart disease, the study found.

The preferred diet is very similar to the Mediterranean diet, inspired by the foods of southern Italy and Greece and emphasizing healthy fats, fruits and vegetables

Meghana Gadgil, a postdoctoral fellow in general internal medicine at Johns Hopkins University

Just like any other characteristics you are born with, the amount of sleep you need to function best may be different for you than for someone who is of the same age and gender.  Not only do different age groups need different amounts of sleep, but sleep needs are also individual there is no “magic number.” 

Call Your Doctor About a Cold If:

  • You notice an inability to swallow.
  • You have a sore throat for more than two or three days, particularly if it seems to be worsening.
  • You have an earache.
  • You have a stiff neck or sensitivity to bright lights.
  • Your are pregnant or nursing.
  • Your newborn or infant has cold symptoms.
  • Your throat hurts and your temperature is 101 degrees F or higher.
  • Your cold symptoms worsen after the third day. You may have a bacterial infection.

Is the beef you eat laced with antibiotics? Today, close to 70 percent of all antibiotics and related drugs used in the United States are routinely fed to cattle, pigs and poultry.

600,000 Americans are diagnosed annually with gonorrhea. The number of resistant cases is about 10,000 a year, and that number has been rising fast. Resistant gonorrhea is 17 times more common than it was just six years ago.

Resistant gonorrhea is now more worrisome than total-drug-resistant tuberculosis and MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. 

In fact, resistant infections are emerging faster than new antibiotics.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration restricted the routine use of cephalosporins in livestock to preserve the drugs’ usefulness against diseases that plague people. 

And now antibiotics are showing up in veggies because of the lifestock manure filled with drugs. Bio may be expensive but healthcare is more costly.

Her voice was the soundtrack of so many good things in my life. I adored her voice, was honored to be in her presence, and today I am saddened by her departure. It was too soon, but I understood her anguish. May she rest in peace. God bless her daughter and family. Love you Nippy, sleep until that day when…

God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. Rev 21:4

Prevention is #innovation. Obesity is costly and linked to cancer. Do you live in one of the Top 10 Obese States?  

  1. Mississippi
  2. Louisiana
  3. Tennessee
  4. Kentucky
  5. Oklahoma
  6. West Virginia
  7. Alabama
  8. Arkansas
  9. Missouri
  10. TIE: Michigan and South Dakota

1/3rd of the population is obese and nearly 70% of the population is either overweight or obese. Obese individuals have health care costs 39% above average and is linked to heart disease and most cancers.  According to the Chamber of Commerce, health care is the single most expensive benefit paid for by employers.

Ref: HHS 8 www.healthcare.gov/news/factsheets/2010/07/preventive‐care‐background.html

Non-REM sleep

Stage N1 (Transition to sleep) – This stage lasts about five minutes. Eyes move slowly under the eyelids, muscle activity slows down, and you are easily awakened.

Stage N2 (Light sleep) – This is the first stage of true sleep, lasting from 10 to 25 minutes. Eye movement stops, heart rate slows, and body temperature decreases.

Stage N3 (Deep sleep) – You’re difficult to awaken, and if you are awakened, you do not adjust immediately and often feel groggy and disoriented for several minutes. In this deepest stage of sleep, brain waves are extremely slow. Blood flow is directed away from the brain and towards the muscles, restoring physical energy.

Some of your most refreshing sleep occurs during deep sleep. Although such sleep’s true effects are still being studied, it is generally considered a restorative period for the brain. Getting good, restorative sleep is not just a matter of spending enough hours in bed. The amount of time you spend in each of the stages of sleep matters.

A normal adult spends approximately 50 percent of total sleep time in stage 2 sleep, 20 percent in REM sleep, and 30 percent in the remaining stages, including deep sleep.

Each stage of sleep in the sleep cycle offers benefits to the sleeper. However, deep sleep (stages 3 and 4) and REM sleep are particularly important.

America’s Healthiest Cities to Visit

San Francisco, CA

With its steep natural inclines, simply walking around San Francisco is an intense workout in itself. For a hard-core cardio session, the stairs are steep along the city’s famously crooked Lombard Street; those who prefer a flat path can walk across the Golden Gate Bridge.

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