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How to Lower Your Risk of Cataract, Part 1 – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 456

How to Lower Your Risk of Cataract, Part 1 – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 456

As we age, our risk of developing a cataract increases. But there are also other factors that can contribute to this issue, which may lead to blurry vision and even blindness. Learn more about what might put you at risk for cataracts from Jerry Hickey, Ph.

These Nutrients May Help You Quit Smoking – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 196

These Nutrients May Help You Quit Smoking – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 196

Smoking harms nearly every organ in the body. The good news is there are nutrients that have been studied to help you quit smoking.

Simple & Effective Healthy Resolutions That You Can Actually Achieve

Simple & Effective Healthy Resolutions That You Can Actually Achieve

At the start of a new year, healthy resolutions are a common goal. From weight loss to healthy nutrition, these resolutions may seem like a great idea, but by mid-February your motivation begins to slow down. The reason is due to high expectations and standards towards your goals. If you would like to lose thirty pounds, that is great! But attempting to achieve that goal by early-March can be very disappointing, unrealistic and downright unhealthy. Here are a few simple, yet effective, healthy resolutions that you can set in 2018 and actually achieve.

Here is how to crush your health and fitness resolutions!

Set goals that target behaviors and build new, healthier habits instead of a goal towards a number like weight loss. Once something becomes a habit, it will become second nature and you will not even have to think about it.

  1. Aim to get some kind of physical activity in every day.

If you are not a runner, do not try to start training for a 5K January 1st. Aim smaller so your goal can be more achievable. Try to take the stairs instead of the elevator at work. Walk the dog around the block a few times instead of just letting her outside in the backyard. Have a dance party in the middle of the living room with your kids or grandkids! After all, the best activity is the one you enjoy so make it worthwhile.

For those who are regularly active, take it up a notch. Start incorporating protein in your diet; whey protein is a dairy protein and is rich in two amino acids, Glutamine and Leucine, that make it particularly helpful for supporting and rebuilding muscle. It has also been shown to support weight loss, especially of fat tissue, mainly through muscle building and balancing of blood glucose (sugar) levels.

  1. Sleep is the key to success.

Getting enough sleep means more than just keeping yourself refreshed for the next day. Unhealthy sleep can lead to mental fatigue, a bad mood, and lack of focus. But unhealthy sleeping patterns can also lead to long-term health consequences, including chronic medical conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease, according to the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Need help relaxing and falling asleep? You may benefit from these sleep vitamins!

  1. Quit smoking.

This is a big healthy resolution to take on, but the benefits are well worth it. We all know that smoking can cause incredible damage to the body, including lung cancer, emphysema and heart disease. But when patches and medications do not work, you may want to turn to nutritional supplements for help.

A 2014 study performed by researchers from the University of Haifa in Israel and published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, has found that taking omega-3 supplements reduces cravings for nicotine and even reduces the number of cigarettes that people smoke a day.

The lead investigator, Dr. Sharon Rabinovitz Shenkar reports, “The substances and medications used currently to help people reduce and quit smoking are not very effective and cause adverse effects that are not easy to cope with. The findings of this study indicated that omega-3, an inexpensive and easily available dietary supplement with almost no side effects, reduces smoking significantly.

  1. Eat more fruits and vegetables

A complete change in your diet of removing all “bad” foods is a common New Year resolution. But if you currently follow an unhealthy diet, you may want to approach your dietary changes slowly.

The benefits of eating fruits and vegetables speak for themselves; not only do they have fewer calories than the fast food and snacks many consume today, but they are unprocessed, and low in sodium and sugar. Start with cooking just one more meal a week than you do now, with ingredients like healthy greens. For lunch, pack a fruit like an orange or apple. Just one small change each day can lead to a big difference in your diet.

If you have a hard time incorporating vegetables into your diet, you may benefit from a non-GMO vegetable supplement! Research shows that multiple servings of vegetables throughout the day is required for maximam protection for health and longevity.

  1. Sugar is your enemy.

According to Nicole Crane, BS, NTP, hundreds of years ago, most individuals ate as little as 21 teaspoons of sugar per year. Today, our food supply is completely over-saturated with refined carbs, and the average American consumes between 150 and 180 pounds of sugar each year! Sugar damages your bones, joints, skin, eyes and the quality of sleep. We all want to feel our best and live well far into old age. One of the best things you can do is begin to cut out sugar from your diet.

Start small – the easiest way to start to cut down sugar is to do it by cutting it out of your beverages. Instead of a cup of soda, grab a bottle of water. Slowly cut back on how much sugar you add to your coffee every morning. Think small changes first when it comes to changing up your diet!

Change is not easy; especially when it is a lifestyle change. Keep your healthy resolutions this year by starting small. Small changes lead to healthy choices!

What are your 2018 New Year Healthy Resolutions? Leave us a comment below to join the conversation!


5 Basic Steps for Healthy Skin

5 Basic Steps for Healthy Skin

Photo by Autumn Goodman on Unsplash We all want our skin to look healthy and youthful for as long as possible. Of course, our internal clocks and genetics play a major role as far as when and how well our skin will age – but 

New Study: Cigarette Smoking Linked to 14 Million Health Conditions

New Study: Cigarette Smoking Linked to 14 Million Health Conditions

Photo by Pawel Czerwinski on Unsplash In a new study, 14 million chronic illnesses were linked to cigarette smoking, which is a significantly larger number than previous estimates. The findings of the study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, suggest that the disease burden of cigarette 

Smoking While Pregnant Linked to ADHD in Children

Smoking While Pregnant Linked to ADHD in Children

Photo by Pawel Czerwinski on Unsplash

It’s a publicly known fact that smoking in general is not good for our health. Quitting can be a struggle and many opt for vaping to reduce their nicotine intake. However, smoking while pregnant has many serious side effects on the baby, not just yourself. Everything from low birth weight, potential development issues. New studies show that ADHD is now linked to mothers who smoke during pregnancy.

Children born to women who smoked during pregnancy appeared to have an increased risk of developing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. The new study also hints (but doesn’t prove) that nicotine-replacement products used during pregnancy, such as patches and gum, could pose the same risk to children! Still, this study suggests that nicotine itself, not just tobacco, may be a hazard during pregnancy. Among other things, smoking during pregnancy seems to boost the risk of miscarriage, pregnancy complications, premature deliveries, low birth weight and even obesity.

New study says the supplement Phosphatidylserine benefits children with ADHD. Read more!

Dangers of Cigarette Smoke

According to BabyCenter.com, cigarette smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals, including cyanide, lead, and at least 60 other cancer-causing compounds. The site states, “When you smoke during pregnancy, that toxic brew gets into your bloodstream, your baby’s only source of oxygen and nutrients.” Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine for Commonwealth Perinatal Associates at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital in Richmond, VA states, “Two compounds found in cigarette smoke as especial harmful: nicotine and carbon monoxide. These two toxins account for almost every smoking-related complication in pregnancy.” What is ADHD?

ADHD is a common behavioral disorder in childhood, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Symptoms include difficulty paying attention, impulsive behavior and problems with sitting still and getting along with others. Signs of ADHD were present in slightly more than 2,000 children. The numbers were lower among kids of non-smoking parents (1.8 percent) and in households where mom quit smoking and dad was a nonsmoker (2 percent). The rates of ADHD were highest among kids in families in which both parents smoked – 4.2 percent. The good news is that smoking prior to pregnancy doesn’t seem to boost the risk of ADHD in the unborn child.

Children with ADHD Need Fish Oils

The study was released online July 21 in advance of publication in the August print issue of the journal Pediatrics.

Source: http://healthyliving.msn.com/diseases/adhd/smoking-while-pregnant-linked-to-adhd-in-children

Have you smoked while pregnant and experiences these issues with your baby? Share your story in the comments.