Health Tips

Stress
Stress is a part of everyday life.  What exactly is stress?  Stress is a normal physical response to something that makes you feel threatened or upset.
There are two types of stress, good stress which helps to motivate individuals and bad stress which can be harmful to one’s body.
Stress affects the mind, emotions, body and behavior.
 
What is stressful for one person may be quite different for another person and as such there is no one solution to dealing with stress.
Stress Warning Signs and Symptoms
  • Constant worrying
  • Seeing only the negative
  • Memory problems
  • Irritability or racing thoughts
  • Moodiness and anxious or racing thoughts
  • Chest pain, dizziness
 
Different Strategies to deal with stress
  • Exercise regularly
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Set aside relaxation time
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Express your feelings instead of bottling them up
  • Be willing to compromise
DIABETES

Diabetes prevention is as basic as eating more healthfully, becoming more physically active and losing a few extra pounds. Making a few simple changes in your lifestyle now may help you avoid the serious health complications of diabetes down the road, such as nerve, kidney and heart damage. All you need to know is that it’s never too late to start. Here are some tips to help you reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes:

1.     Get more physical activity- Exercise can help you lose weight, lower your blood sugar and boost your sensitivity to insulin; which helps keep your blood sugar within a normal range
2.     Get plenty of fiber- Foods high in fiber, such as fruits, nuts, vegetables, beans and whole grain are essential to reducing the risk of diabetes.
3.      Drink water 10 minutes before a meal-If you drink a large glass 10 minutes before you eat, you’ll decrease your hunger and your portion sizes. Decreasing your portion sizes can contribute to weight loss which is very helpful is deterring diabetes
4.     Limit your intake of processed or “take away” foods- these foods are usually high in salt and fat. It’s best to cook for yourself using fresh ingredients whenever possible.
5.     Know the potential warning signs-Some signs indicating diabetes include feeling tired, unusual thirst, frequent urination, blurred vision and slow healing wounds. The sooner these signs are detected, the quicker you can get treated.
 
Changing the habits of a lifetime isn’t easy, but it’s worth the effort.

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