We have a great infrastructure. Clean water comes out of the tap. Roads are paved. Trees give shade. And more. I appreciate the work our leaders and city employees do to make Central Florida what it is. I recently returned from a week providing health care in the rural mountains of Haiti. There, the people[…]
Bring a list or a bag with all your medicines (including over the counter drugs and herbal supplements) when you go to your medical appointments, the pharmacy, or the hospital Ask your pharmacist and clinician questions about your medicines. Get all your prescriptions from the same pharmacy. Ask your pharmacist about interactions among your medications. […]
The typical U.S. diet has 3400 mg of salt, while 1500 mg is the recommended amount. Sodium in the salt can raise blood pressure, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, and weaken the kidneys. While the salt shaker provides some of our salt, 75% of sodium in our food comes from canned and[…]
Some tips to keep your healthy efforts on track Write down the reasons you want to make the change. Keep a log of your success and challenges. It can be a check mark on the calendar day for each day you take a walk or eat healthy. It can be a detailed log of[…]
Losing 10 pounds can mean one less blood pressure medication, a decrease in LDL (the bad one) cholesterol of 40 points, a 20% decreased risk of stroke, and of course, the need for new clothes. Try one of these heart-healthy recipes.
Here is a great tool to calculate the distance and calories burned for your walk, run, or bike route: http://www.mapmyrun.com/ , find routes others have mapped out, track your progress, and track your food intake. Also, you can enroll in one of the website’s cyber challenges for fitness.
If something were to happen to you and you could not make medical decisions for yourself, what are your wishes? It is never too soon to designate your medical surrogate and have a living will. You can complete these forms and have two people witness you signing them. Give a copy to the person you[…]
Positive thinking and optimism are linked to good health. Build your positive thinking by giving thanks- tell others what you are grateful for. Stay physically and mentally active and look forward to each day, month, season, year. Counting your blessings is good for you.
You don’t need to buy anything special for healthy living. Here is a straightforward, easy-to-follow 12-point guide to healthy living. How many are you already doing? Eat well. Fruits, vegetables, fiber, low fat including fat-free milk. Limit fried foods and sodas. Enjoy your body in motion. Find exercise that you enjoy, like dancing, walking,[…]
Bears, gators, and other Florida stresses: Dr. Nancy writes on how to control the stresses and not let them control you.