Healthy Habits

Healthy Habits

Healthy Habits
Staying healthy doesn't happen by accident. It's the product of healthy habits practiced everyday. This could mean opting for an apple instead of chips with lunch, limiting your TV time, taking the stairs instead of the elevator or setting health goals each month. Healthy living is a choice, and one that's easier to make than you think.

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    A , Internal Medicine, answered
    Moving more is tough, since lots of what you have to do or want to do involves sitting. But breaking up endless time on your bum, even for a few minutes, breaks up the bad body effects. Key enzymes move, blood flows, mind and muscles flex. This is all it takes:
    • Get up and move at least every 30 minutes. Get more water or coffee or a banana or the mail. Cruise the hallways. Pace when you're on the phone. Stand and stretch. (Just standing or even fidgeting helps.)
    • Go ahead, watch your favorite shows. Just don't sit there. Cook, fold laundry, empty the dishwasher, get up and dance to the theme music, ride a stationary bike (replace the couch with one).
    • Is the TV thing that important? You bet. This research also just came in: Staring at the tube for an average of six hours a day (versus none) shortens your life by 5 to 10 years.
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    A , Psychology, answered
    If you care about your physical well-being, try increasing your happiness—there is some scientific evidence it could make your life longer and healthier.

    But to produce good health, positive emotions may need to be long-term. In other words, thinking positive thoughts for a month when you already have heart disease won't cure the disease. But lowering your stress level over a period of years with a positive outlook and relaxation techniques could reduce your risk of heart problems.
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    A , Pediatrics, answered

    Absolutely. Once we have confidence in our discipline principles and ways to implement those principles, parenting becomes so much easier than we ever imagined. But finding that confidence is the work. We must adopt policies that feel right internally and not because we feel pressured by family or society. Adopting policies means learning about child development, temperament, children's needs as well as our own baggage that we bring to parenting. Our assumptions and expectations often have more to do with our own past than our child's needs. All this is much necessary work. Once that is done, the rest is easy.

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    A , Nutrition & Dietetics, answered
    There's a strange duality to being attached to machines that allow us to connect with others around the world in an instant. From cell phones to social networks that can transmit what you're doing right now in fractions of a second, communication these days is quick; easy; and, to a large degree, isolating. When you resort to electronic transmissions of information rather than speaking to someone in person or even over the phone, you lose a human touch to the experience. You also have a tendency to lose focus, as those transmissions become rapid-fire, frequent, distracting, and intrusive.

    We admire people who make a choice to carve out time once or twice a week when they put down their smart phones and don't check their e-mail. It can be incredibly invigorating and stress-reducing to disconnect yourself occasionally from the digital world. See if you can designate a single day a week, perhaps a whole weekend from time to time, when you let the voice mail and the e-mail pile up. Detach yourself from the need to keep checking and responding to the constant, chattering influx -- much of which is not important, not urgent, and not helpful to your health and well-being.
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    If you’re in any type of manual labor, safety comes first and foremost. For those with sedentary jobs, to make offices healthier, it’s important to be in charge of your health, and be an active participant in terms of making healthy choices -- what you’re going to eat, your work schedule, etc.
     
    While you’re at work, it’s also important to focus on the culture of your work environment -- having healthy relationships in work, having someone that you can relate to and share work stress with can all be helpful.
     
    If your workstation is not ergonomically adequate, it’s important to get that addressed and speak to your employer.
     
    Making healthy snacks available and replacing the soda machine with water can also help make offices healthier. 
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    After you touch an animal, or anything in the areas where they live and roam, wash your hands right away to help prevent illness. Read the following tips to learn more about hand washing:
    • Always wash hands right after handling animals, their food, and/or their habitats (for example, cages, water bowls, toys). Also, everyone should wash their hands after going to the toilet, before eating and drinking, before preparing food or drinks, and after removing soiled clothes or shoes.
    • Adults should always supervise hand washing for young children.
    • Running water and soap are best. Use hand sanitizers if running water and soap are not available. Be sure to wash your hands with soap and water as soon as a sink is available.
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    A , Internal Medicine, answered
    There's no question that giving thanks and being with family and friends both make people healthier.

    If you keep a gratitude journal, you're also likely to exercise more, have fewer aches and pains and feel more optimistic than if you ramble on about things that drive you crazy or don't matter much. Even better, 15 minutes of daily gratitude can dramatically decrease stress hormones in your body.

    Remember people who are important in your life and write them a note of gratitude. If possible, thank them in person. You'll all feel more deeply connected and even happier to be together.

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    A , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
    A week of daily walking before your surgery can help you recover significantly faster after surgery, I've found in my own patients. And walking is especially important after your procedure; thousands of patients every year are infected with pneumonia because they don't get enough movement; that lets bacteria-infested mucus accumulate in their lungs. Walking helps your lungs get rid of the bad stuff.

    Of course, check with your doctor or nurse before you hop out of bed and start trotting off to parts unknown. Be sure you're ready and have someone accompany you during the first few outings.
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    A , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
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    While we might like to share our common household items, some of our possessions should never be shared with others  because they might spread dangerous bacteria, viruses or germs.

    Watch this video from Dr. Oz to learn more about what not to share -- no matter our good intentions.



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    A , Internal Medicine, answered

    One of the most remarkable aspects of the human mind is its tremendous capacity to learn. We are all different when it comes to how we learn best. Some of us prefer reading information, others prefer hearing it; some learn best by seeing graphic representations of information, others by interacting with the material. For most of us, the more methods we use while learning and the more senses we engage, the better we learn.

    Your brain has a tremendous capacity to learn. Enhance factors that optimize learning, such as getting enough sleep and reducing stress, and don't be afraid to make mistakes and stumble along the way. That's how we all learn. Your brain also remembers through repetition. Practice whatever behavior you are trying to adopt over and over. And remember, you don't have to do everything perfectly.