Summer fun began and left! For some parents, that means the start of a new school year and a new active schedule, especially if you have a child in sports. It is ideal to want to keep your kids active in and outside of school, given, that playing a sport or being active can be exceedingly rewarding to you or your child’s social, mental, and physical health. As a parent to a new or developing athlete, these are the stages where monitoring your child’s physical health should increase. Unfortunately, with physical activity come injuries, commonly, concussions. With early detection, the likelihood of a shortened recovery time and an opportunity to a swift release back to full participation is abundant.
What is a concussion?
In a Forbes News article, Dr. A. Chainey Umphrey, concussion expert practicing at Kaiser Permanente’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in San Jose, briefs, “…a concussion is caused by a blow or jolt to the head or body that disrupts the function of the brain.” Dr. Umphrey extends, “that initial symptoms often appear quite mild but can lead to significant and lifelong impairment.”
High-school athletes participating in a contact sport — this year 2 of 10 will endure a concussion
Levels of a concussion vary from the person and how it may develop. Others may notice symptoms immediately or, even, weeks or months later. The Mayo Clinic addresses common concussion symptoms to be aware of during and after a sporting event, some include:
Slow to rise after fall
Light and noise sensitivity
Confusion with memory
Unstable first few steps after a collision
Wandering in the wrong direction or team
Needing a constant reminder for things or instructions
Change in the mood
Challenging to focus
If you or your child notice or mention developing signs of a concussion, always inform a coach, personal trainers, or physician right away. It is valuable to know the symptoms of injuries, not just for self, but for your loved ones or anyone you may know who is involved in any type of physical activity. A parent’s favorite motto, “safety first” and that’s for all aspects of your life.
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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.
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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.
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