Posts on Health and Wellness
Feeling frazzled? Maybe you need to relax.
And no, we don't mean plopping down on the couch to binge-watch your favorite television show. Instead, think deep breathing, meditation or yoga. Research suggests that certain relaxation techniques may help your body relax and even help you manage stress. And what better time to explore them than on National Relaxation Day (Aug. 15)?
As of March 12, 2020, COVID-19 was deemed a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Since then, people around the world have been taking measures to keep not only themselves safe, but also those around them.
What would July 4 be without a great fireworks show?
It might be tempting to celebrate with your own fireworks at home, but doing so can be dangerous and is against the law in most Bay Area cities. Additionally, high winds and dry weather are a bad combination and can lead to dangerous and destructive fires.
Summer is here! Time at the beach or pool with family and friends always guarantees a good time – but don't forget the sunblock!
Too much sun is, of course, damaging and a main cause of skin cancer. However, without sun, our bodies have hard time producing Vitamin D. Both Vitamin D and sunlight have profoundly positive effects on our bodies.
So what do we do? Like with most things, moderation is the answer. Enjoying the sun safely this summer is a fun way to:
Lift your spirits
For better or worse, today’s preoccupation with new media and technology has changed the way we live and communicate
It's heating up outside, and many of us will be enjoying the warm weather and firing up the grill this summer. Did you know that exposing meat to high temperatures and smoke creates chemicals that are thought to increase your cancer risk? Studies have shown that these chemicals cause many types of cancer in rodents. In human beings, studies have found that people who eat lots of charred foods are at higher risk for colorectal, pancreatic and prostate cancer.
How often does work and family get in the way of your weekday exercise regimen? Does Monday roll around and you find yourself with more aches and pains, even a new injury? You might be falling victim to weekend warrior syndrome, and no, it is not as cool as it sounds.
What is Weekend Warrior Syndrome?
Habits – we’ve been building them our whole lives. Some are harmlessly quirky and become part of our distinct personalities. Others are beneficial to others and should always be encouraged. Unfortunately, we also all have bad habits that can be tough to shake.
Bad habits range from the annoying to the downright dangerous. But, as the saying goes, habits are meant to be broken. Making small adjustments in your habitual routines can lead to big improvements in health and wellness. Changing habits for the better can change your life for good.
Knowledge is power, and this is certainly true when it comes to health. It’s not only healthcare professionals who need to stay in the know. Patients, too, can and should become more proactive about their own care.
The advent of the internet has certainly helped this trend. The healthcare industry itself has also been shifting in ways that support and accommodate patients taking more control of their health. Studies show that informed, engaged patients actually experience better health outcomes than those who don’t.
Follow these first steps to patient empowerment: