A Bug Proof Guide Before the Winter

With fall here and the cool weather is coming! That may mean no more worries about outside bugs, but make sure they are not getting warm and cozy in your home.

Insects tend to migrate to temporary shelters, where they can sustain life. Often times, this can be in spaces in your home. Terminex informs us that bugs such as cockroaches, ants, spiders, and mosquitoes cannot withstand extremely cold temperatures given that their bodies are unable to produce heat. This could be the answer to why your pest control calls are more frequent during the fall/winter season. To avoid a new roomie, there are effective approaches to prevent or illuminate this issue.

  1. Bug proof your home before they invade. Go around your home and seal any cracks in the walls, doors, and windows. Get rid of old boxes, clothes, or food that might attract a cozy home for pests. It might be a good idea to spray outside your home and trim nearby trees or bushes.
  2. Research the bugs you notice, so you can have a good idea of why they are coming and how to wipe them out quickly. Not all bugs come for the same reason. According to U.S. News, most bugs intrude for shelter, food, or simply by accident. Once indoors, some may stay for a different reason. U.S. News gives the examples of the brown recluse spider; these critters prefer the dark and stay in closed spaces such as boxes or under papers. The solution to limit the time spent with these spiders would be to practice picking up things off the floor and putting them away.
  3. You should clean frequently. Bugs love mess for their ideal home. Try to sweep, wipe down surfaces regularly, and keep trash thrown out or sealed in bins. Avoid boxes in your home and clothes on the floor or pest may consider the darkness and warmth as shelter.
  4. Keep food put up and stored in sealed areas. Pest USA describes food “as an open invitation” for bugs in your home, so avoid providing a buffet-style feast. As stated in the ThoughCo. Article,” Scientists believe that insects use chemical smell and taste cues…” These cues are sensed by their antennas as a way to reach food or other insects. By eliminating food odors, you are able to limit a source to a possible infestation.
  5. Keep areas in your home dry. Water is one of the three essential elements bugs need to survive.  Pestworld.org suggests that a kitchen or even a bathroom is the “ideal nesting sites for rodents.” As the air outside becomes cooler and dryer, bugs are attracted to pleasant moisture areas such as faucets, showers, kitchen cabinets or near cooking appliances.
  6. Inform your landlord or local pest control of the unbearable problem in your home. Even after all the research and adjustments, some bugs just require a little more push from a professional exterminator. According to peststrategies.com, like mice, bugs such as cockroaches are known to carry unknown diseases. Even if you notice just one, it is best to take the necessary precautions to protect you and your family’s health.

You are the bigger person in this situation, literally. So, don’t let a few bugs ruin your winter plans. Everything and one has their own place in the world and your home for bugs should not be one of them. It is common for bugs to appear in your home, but whether they decide to stay and reproduce is up to you. The key is identifying and removing the source of the problem in the most efficient and quickest way possible.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In October, we wear pink! Each year, October is presented as breast cancer awareness month; an annual campaign to spread awareness of the disease. During this time, you might see a lot of companies, schools, sports games, flyers, events wearing pink or advertising breast cancer. The goal is to educate, celebrate, emphasize, and give support to all individuals who may or may not be affected by this particular cancer.

What is Breast Cancer?

With there being so many forms of breast cancer, in general, it is a disease caused by the overproduction of cell growth in the breast tissues. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Each year in the United States, about 245,000 cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in women and about 2,200 in men.” Though survival rates have increased over time, CDC still remains confident being that breast cancer is second-in-line a leading cause in death for women.

Common signs to beware of

Breast cancer is officially diagnosed by a medical professional after a breast screening. Symptoms can vary from each individual, though; sometimes they may or may not be detectable. The National Breast Cancer Foundation adds there are some signs you may still be able to recognize.

  • New lump(s) or tenderness around or in the breast
  • Enlarged pores on the breast skin
  • Change in breast size or shape without an explanation such as swelling or shrinkage
  • Change in breast or nipple color or texture
  • Skin dimpling
  • Swollen lymph nodes

Breast Cancer is one of the many diseases and sicknesses that have taken the lives of many people. This month sympathizes to the passing of those victims or grieving families from breast cancer, along with celebrating those still fighting or recovering from this disease. If you notice you or a loved one may have potential signs of breast cancer or any known history, please seek out to a doctor for a proper physical exam and screening

Happy Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Why A Glass of Wine Is Essential

You come home from work after a busy day and you feel like your head has increased in size. You may investigate your medicine cabinet trying to find some pain relief medicine to release the stress in your brain. However, you should check your cabinet and pull out your favorite bottle of red wine.

Wine has wide list of health benefits such as protection from Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular health, dental, and weight loss. However, it’s all about how much you should consume. According to the American Heart Association “An average of one to two drinks per day and one drink for women.” Here are a few tips to encourage moderate consumption of wine. Remember to always drink responsibly.

Could Help Prevent Alzheimer’s – According to USC News, “A Swedish study that spanned 34 years found that wine protected women against developing Alzheimer’s disease, especially when their only alcohol was wine.” Everyone has precious moments in their life. Lower your risk of memory.

Healthy Heart – Consuming your favorite wine brings a happy heart. In addition, it can help prevent heart disease. Wide Open Eats explains “After 21 consecutive days of consumption was that blood vessel cell health was enhanced, improving the flow of blood.” Your heart requires blood to keep you moving. Therefore, consuming wine should help ease a pathway to your heart.

Dental – Drinking wine can fight some dental diseases. Polyphenols referred to like red wine and grape seeds can have the ability to lower bacteria from sticking to your teeth. Ask yourself, “how often do I visit the dentist?” Answers are not many visits. Stay ahead of the game and become your own dentist (not really) and combat diseases cavities and gum disease. You’d be surprised what the power of wine can do for your teeth.

Weight loss –Polyphenols can also regulate your weight. Entertaining Times present “Polyphenol converts white fat, which are larger cells that store energy and expand as we gain weight, into obesity-fighting beige fat and this fat is much easier to lose.” Could wine possibly be the next treadmill? Keep in mind that it’s how much you’re indulging.

It’s good to know that a glass of wine can help some people.  Of course, you know yourself and whether or not incorporating a glass can help you.  It’s most important to consume wine or any alcohol, responsibly.

Health Benefits of an Avocado

Fun Fact!

Avocados are fruit, not a vegetable. It’s funny, a large part of the population mistaken avocados for a vegetable because it’s not juicy and sweet like a typical fruit! Avocado contains a large seed found in its core and is a part of the Persea belonging to the Lauraceae family.

Avocados were first planted in the U.S in Florida and California, from then, stated by the agricultural marketing resource center, “The value of the U.S. avocado production measured $392 million…” That is to show that avocados are loved by many; avocados provide many benefits from health to an extra great taste to food.

What’s it good for?

  • Avocados are high in good fats and low in carbs.
  • Vitamin source – contains vitamins C, E, K, and B-6
  • Helps with cholesterol – The mayo clinic encourages people to include an avocado day in their diet. They have monounsaturated fatty acid which can lower your cholesterol levels.
  • Skin – Avocado can be used as an oil to moisturize and nourish the skin with its richness in Vitamin E.
  • Eyesight – Antioxidants are provided for eye protection. Medical News Today discloses Avocados having lutein and zeaxanthin that are good for eye tissue health.
  • Encourages weight loss – Avocados allow you to feel fuller longer and increases your fat-burning rate.
  • Stress reliever – the vitamin B-6 helps improve your mood by strengthening your nerve cells. Cautioned by Harvard T.C. Chan, an extended B-6 deficiency can result in symptoms of confusion and depression.

A few ways to incorporate avocados in your diet

  • Avocado toast – for breakfast or a snack you can spread avocado on your favorite bread. It is super fulfilling and quick for on the go.
  • Avocados are great in smoothies; the fiber allows you to feel full and stay full longer
  • You can incorporate smashed avocados to your favorite meal as a topping. Add it on your burgers, nachos, salads, sandwiches just to add extra flavor and balance to the dish.
  • Guacamole is a fan favorite! The main ingredient is avocado, just season with some salsa, salt, pepper, lime, or whatever that delights your taste buds

Avocados are just one of the many foods that you can incorporate to promote a healthful diet and lifestyle. Eating better can be exciting and motivating when you know the great facts and how to prepare them tastefully in your nutrition make therapy.

Staph Infection Prevention

Staph is not the worst infection, but it is a common and unpleasant one to develop. Staph can be easily spread amongst patients and employees in and between hospitals, clinics, and other health care facilities.

Risks

Staph infection comes from the bacteria strand, staphylococcus. Staph is an infection that affects the skin; the majority of the times it causes no severe problems and is considered a minor condition. It was documented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “more than 119,000 bloodstream staph infections occurred in 2017”. So, it is still important to seek treatment when the first symptoms are noticed. When staph is developed over time, it could result in severe complications once the infection penetrates deeper into your body.

Common symptoms vary from skin rashes, redness, or blisters on the skin. As infection prolongs, you may develop fevers, chills, diarrhea or even vomiting.

Treatment for staph is by doctor prescribed antibiotics.

Prevention. If you ever had a Staph infection, reoccurrences, or never want to experience it, here are some helpful prevention tips to practice.

  1. Clean hands at all times. Wash hands before eating, after using the restroom, and keep hand-sanitizer with you or at your desk.
  2. Keep open wounds clean, dry, and covered to prevent spreading infections to others and to other parts of your body.
  3. Try not to share. To prevent germ exchange, avoid sharing food, drinks, and any personal items.
  4. Clean your linen and towels in warm to hot water to kill germs.
  5. For health care facilities, CDC encourages practice in keeping all medical devices sterile before placing them into patients’ bodies.
  6. Contact precautions include proper disposal and renewing of patient-care equipment and protective wear—gloves and gowns.
  7. Make a habit of disinfecting your home, workplace, or any rooms you encounter.

An Introduction to Veganism

The Vegan Rise

Trying to figure out the evolution of veganism, too? I mean, is tofu really all that great?

According to The Vegan Society, since 2012, the vegan trends quadrupled surpassing vegetarian and gluten-free. People are rapidly converting to veganism and accepting that a plant-based diet isn’t a sacrifice, but can be beneficial, not to just their bodies, but the planet we live on.

There are many reasons why some people prefer a vegan diet, health is one of them. When following through with healthy vegan guidelines, you are receiving all nutritional body requirements. Oxford Martin School believes fruit and vegetable-based diet, “could save up to 8 million lives by 2050”. This carries on to the rising crisis of global warming. Food and agriculture organization of the United States (FAO) informs that the livestock sector contributes 14.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere.

Along with new rises in Vegan restaurants, existing restaurants are progressively altering their menu with vegan alternatives. Fast food giant, Burger King, introduced a new plant-based “impossible” burger. A veggie-based burger that tastes like a burger.

Vegan Influence

As veganism progresses, so does the variety of vegan influencers. Grey’s Anatomy actress, Ellen Pompeo, introduced her family to a happy vegan diet. She shares during her People interview, “I think we’re at a critical point for our planet and in the United States this health issue is out of control, the obesity, diabetes…” Pompeo believes, “The message of veganism is not one that they want to get out but not only will it help us, but it also helps the planet”.

Just last year, Beyoncé convinces fans to go vegan with her prior to her Coachella performance in 2018. She made it fun and initiated an incentive for free concert tickets to fans joining her vegan challenge!

Food for Thought

Being vegan is easier said than done. There are other alternatives and steps to creating a healthier eating lifestyle. Paul McCartney, a vegetarian since 1975, introduced Meat Free Monday. By encouraging one meat-less day during the week, McCartney’s campaign hopes to create awareness of the negative impacts of industrial fishing and animal agriculture. 

When it comes to different food trends, I have tried it all. I went through phases of being a hardcore juicer, calorie counter guru, and even a pescatarian lifestyle. Yet, even being surrounded by many vegan friends, I still couldn’t find the guts to go completely organic. I was oblivious to the various meal options vegans offer other than simply fruits and vegetables.

My favorite dish is vegan spaghetti! Super quick and easy, all you need is your favorite veggies!

Ingredients

  • Zucchini
  • Squash
  • Mushrooms
  • Kale
  • Wheat noodles
  • 1 tomato basil spaghetti sauce
  • 1 garlic spaghetti sauce
  • Gardein meatless crumbles

It’s Important to Know your Health Numbers

Your energy, emotions and physical wellness all go back to health. Taking care of yourself first is always more important. It is better to know about any health concerns early to prevent or treat the problem quickly, then not know and treatment options possibly being limited.

Advised by Sutter Health, the 4 key health numbers to monitor are our blood pressure, blood sugar, body mass index, and cholesterol. These are significant indicators of the status of your overall health. Before your health is compromised, there are ways to reverse your numbers to meet your healthful target During your annual check-up, be sure to ask your doctor to review your numbers with you and determine how those results may affect your health.

Blood Pressure is the pressure from blood circulating against the blood vessels walls. These numbers determine the rate and force of your heartbeat, along with the elasticity and diameter of your arterial walls. Maintaining a healthy and happy heart is vital, knowing that high blood pressure can accompany premature heart attacks and strokes. Things like reducing your sodium intake, limiting alcohol, and regular exercise can aid in managing healthful blood pressure.

Blood sugar is the sugar, or glucose, detected in your blood. This is how our bodies stay upbeat and energized. Unfortunately, too much glucose can develop into a disease, diabetes. The world health organization shares awareness affirming, “the number of people with diabetes has risen from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014”. To avoid being in these results, try reducing your sugar intake, keeping a healthy weight, and even incorporating more fiber into your diet.

Body mass index (BMI) is your weight to height ratio; there are many tools accessible to keeping track of your BMI. Given that everyone’s body is different, first, consult with a physician to verify you are at a healthy weight. The goal of tracking your BMI is to manage your overall body fat and reduce any potential risks from obesity.

Cholesterol is the wax-like substance found in your blood. When your cholesterol is healthy, it successfully produces cells that the body needs. Too much cholesterol in the bloodstream can increase your risk of heart disease. Excitingly, September is National Cholesterol Education Month according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They encourage everyone to take steps into getting checked and taking steps to improve your cholesterol. This would be a great opportunity to learn more about a new diet and lifestyle adjustments catered to achieving a healthier mind and body.

With that being said, everyone’s body is different with different needs. The risks of health problems can be influenced by various factors such as sex, age, genetics, and different lifestyles. Consult with your doctor or physician on how to develop and maintain a personal plan for your own health concerns.

Tips for a Good Night’s Rest

A productive day begins with a great positive mood, but to even achieve that starts with a good night’s rest. I get it, after a long day of work and adulting, your body can still be “on the go” mode and it can be difficult to relax your mind and body completely. Keep in mind, patterns of bad sleep can result in other prolonged sleep disorders and sleep deprivation.

The National Sleep Foundation shows studies of progressive bad sleep can contribute to hypertension, heart disease, strokes, diabetes, depression, and possibly other chronic diseases. It was researched that 50 to 70 million Americans were tested positive in showing signs of chronic sleep disorders and intermittent sleep problems.

Pills are an easy solution to sleep problems versus organic alternatives to healthy sleep. Pill usage, to fall asleep, is on the rise. The Addiction Center announces that between 2006 to 2011 a sleeping pill, Ambien, had approximately 38 million prescriptions. Though sleeping pills can be a great short-term fix to treating disorders like insomnia, there are some possible risks, such as dependency.

I know it sounds intimidating, but of course, this can be all hypothetical when finding sleep aids that can work for you. Here are a few tips to incorporate into your night routine or to even create a new one.

  1. Develop a routine, and stick to it!  Try to go to bed at the same time, every night, and wake up at the same time.  As routine progresses, our body’s systems naturally prepare for and anticipate events. Eventually, your body will recognize when it is time to relax and become sleepy prior to bedtime and become more alert in the morning.
  2. Take a hot shower before bed. This will relax your muscles so you sleep without the fatigue from your busy day.
  3. Aroma Therapy. Scents such as, commonly used, lavender serves a purpose to reduce stress, anxiety, generate calmness and wellness.
  4. Avoid drinks before bed. About an hour or two before bed, don’t intake any liquids. This way you can avoid or limit your trips to the bathroom during the night. Just in case, keep a small light in the bathroom.
  5. Adjust room temperature. Making sure your sleep environment is comfortable and cool will be effective, especially if you get hot and restless during the night.
  6. Minimize electronics. The usage of electronic devices can alter or delay your body’s internal clock. Your alertness at bedtime is going up when it should be reducing. Which means your release of melatonin is being suppressed, making it hard to fall asleep.
  7. Limit noise. The less noise during the night, the higher the chances your sleep not being disturbed.
  8. Keep your sleeping space dark. Melatonin is a chemical released to the body to allow us to fall asleep and stay asleep during the night. So, even the slightest amount of light can interrupt this production.
  9. Don’t go to bed hungry. Who enjoys the feeling and hearing their stomach growl through the night?  Your sleep is enhanced when your stomach is satisfied.
  10. Exercise. Exercise increases body temperature, so your post-exercise temperature drop can trigger falling asleep faster. Exercise can even relieve symptoms of insomnia such as anxiety and depression.
  11. Possibly, see a doctor. After trials and errors trying to find the perfect way to sleep peacefully, reach out to doctor assistance in figuring out what could be keeping you up at night.

Houston Astros elite pitcher, Justin Verlander, gives his sleep expertise with the New York Times giving away his secret that more sleep is the key to a successful day. His methods include making sure he uses blackout blinds and preventing any cell phone distractions before bed.  “I just kinda do what makes me feel good,” Verlander says.  “Your body will tell you what to do.”

As your sleep improves, so can your days. Soon your work-place may start to get friendlier, your energy a little brighter, the sky looking quite clearer, and your heart feeling a lot happier.

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Every Shoe Has A Purpose

Biofoot-me states that “We must, therefore, wear comfortable footwear suitable for every occasion.” However, Shoes are built and worn specifically for every occasion. You wouldn’t want to run on a treadmill in vans or wear sneakers with a suit and tie. You must wear shoes that will provide the best functionality.

If you are someone who walks a lot, you should consider buying shoes that support your arch and back. Avoid wearing shoes that have a flat bottom like vans or converse. Look into shoes that have the appropriate sole that will ease your walks. Shoes like crocs, sketchers, or new balance are fantastic due to having a good sole, well-rounded build, and comfortability. Spectrum foot clinics gave an insight on crocs stating “They offer good arch support, but also have very cushioned insoles, making them a very comfortable choice for people experiencing this kind of pain.” They’re also cost-friendly, with shoes and crocs ranging from $30-$60.

Like most jobs, you are usually seated and not doing much walking or standing. This can give you some flexibility on what type of shoes to wear. You can wear classic flat bottoms, sandals, dress shoes, heels or athletic footwear. However, make sure that you fall in line with dress codes that your employers have set.

If you’re a physical therapist, trainer, or coach, it’s recommended to wear shoes that will be best suited for physical activities. Look into running shoes that have ridges at the bottom. These ridges help increase balance and grip for when you walk, run, and jump. Running shoes will not only bring out the most of physical activities but can bring out the most out of your wallet. Athletic shoes can be expensive, so be ready to commit to a hefty price tag. However, it will pay off in the long run.

Construction and warehouse workers must wear shoes that provide a sturdy base and padded protection. Look into shoes that have a strong cushion in the interior. This can help soften and ease the load on your feet when lifting or pushing objects. Also, look into lightweight work boots. A heavy shoe can increase pain at your ankles and bottom of your feet. Check out your local retailer to see which work boot would be economical.

If you’re unable to purchase a pair of shoes, you could look sole inserts. A sole insert can fit into almost any type of shoe and can make one of the most uncomfortable shoes feel like you have pillows on your feet.  If you have really flat feet, and I mean almost parallel to the floor just like me, visit your local doctor. Have your feet examined and listen to their expert opinion on what type of soles you should purchase.

Shoes come in various shapes and sizes but serve the same purpose. Make sure to buy the right shoes for your feet as it brings health a long way.

 

Written by, Julien Gonzalez

Calisthenics

Having to pay for a gym membership can get pretty pricey, especially if you’re not attending. What if you could just work out at home or the park? Well, I want to introduce you to calisthenics, a type of workout routine that uses your body as the weight. You can do this almost anywhere you have space, and it’s a lot easier than you think. One great advantage that Calisthenics have overweight lifting according to Shape.com is “Calisthenics involves using the entire body and not emphasizing certain muscles over others.” Here are some of the workouts you can do without lifting weights.

Upper body:

Push-ups – Push-ups are one of the most popular routines you can do. Push-ups involve being parallel to the floor, arms should width apart, and declining your body back to inclining to the rest position. Push-ups focus on the chest and shoulders. If you’re starting off, try doing 3X10 and as you get better, add 5 more pushups for every set. This will ensure you’re intensifying your routine as you get stronger.

Pull-ups – Pull-ups can be pretty tricky and are one of the hardest routines to perform. Although, this one of the best routines to build arm strength, stamina, and back. Check out your neighborhood park and find some monkey bars. If none available, you can buy a pull-up bar for your door for about $20. If you’re new to pull-ups try 3X3 and add 3 for every time you get better. Soon enough, you’ll be a pull-up master.

Triceps dip – Don’t forget those triceps! Tricep dips consist of an object, like your couch or chair. First, you face away from the object, take a few steps forward; set your hand on the object while declining your legs in front of you. You then bend your arms down and spring back up to the rest position. Perform 3X10 and add 5 as you get the jiffs of it.

Lower body:

Squats – Never skip leg day, never! Squats are a very effective way to gain strength in your quads and glutes and are very easy to perform. All you do is stand up straight, arms out in front of you, and bend your knees until you’re parallel to the floor, then back up. you can 3X15 if starting out then adding 5 more as you begin to progress.

Lunges – Lunges are quite simple to execute but they sure do pack a punch. To perform this routine, all you do is step one leg out in front of you, bend it and don’t let your knee from your other leg touch the floor. You then interchange each leg and repeat the process. Try doing 3X15 then add 5 as you improve. For more advanced lunges, you can also do it stepping backward.

ABS:

Sit-ups – The body part that the girls love the most, sit-ups, whether in the gym or not; is still one of the most effective ways to obtain a strong core. All you do is lie down on your back, bend your knees while our feet stay planted on the floor, and lift your v body up while placing your hands behind your head. The trick is to make sure you harden your tummy for better results. Do 3X10 and add 5 to intensify the workout.

Planks – Planks, an enemy for all of those who wish to have rock hard abs, is one of the toughest routines to achieve. However, don’t be feared. Practice and perseverance is the key to getting better. To begin, you lie down on your stomach, legs together, and lift up with your elbows and hold still for 30 seconds to a minute. Try doing three sets and rest for about 30 seconds in between. As you get better, add 10 seconds after every set and no time, you’ll have no shame taking your shirt off at the pool.

Bodyweight workouts are easy, cheap, and show results. If you’re looking to build mass though, then this might not be for you. However, if you want to build strength for your entire body, then this is perfect. Repetition and persistence are key for the best results of any workout. So since you’re knowledgeable about calisthenics, give it a try and see results.