Hey everyone! I hope everyone is having a great Tuesday afternoon!

I recently read an article about how a women’s weight during pregnancy can be a risk factor for autism. There was a study done that “found that mothers-to-be who were obese were 67% more likely to have a child with autism as opposed to normal-weight mothers without diabetes or hypertension.”

So here is a video with a helpful and simple workout anyone can do! It is really great for those who are expecting a new addition to their family.

If you want to read the rest of the article click here

Here are more videos to help you lose weight and stay healthy!

Home Exercise Program

Nutrition

Heart Healthy Breakfast

April is Sarcoidosis Awareness Month.

Sarcoidosisis an inflammatory disease that can affect almost any organ in the body. It causes heightened immunity, which means that a person’s immune system, which normally protects the body from infection and disease, overreacts, resulting in damage to the body’s own tissues.

Sarcoidosis facts:

  • In the United States, it is most common in African Americans and people of European – particularly Scandinavian – descent.
  • Among African Americans, the most affected U.S. group, the estimated lifetime risk of developing sarcoidosis might be as high as 2 percent.
  • Most studies suggest a higher disease rate for women.
  • Bernie Mac had a history of Sarcoidosis before his death in 2008.

 The video above, from icyou.com, explains the symptoms, causes, and treatment options of Sarcoidosis. 

For more information check out these videos too!

A close up of Sarcoidosis

A close-up of lymph nodes

Have a great Tuesday and stay healthy!!

Monday was Autism Awareness Day! So here is to spreading awareness!

Here is an excerpt from an article I found on CNNHealth.

"Sheppard, 42, has high-functioning autism. He found out only about six years ago, but the diagnosis explained the odd patterns of behavior and speech that he’d struggled with throughout his life. And it gave him the impetus to reinvent himself as an autism advocate.

"I was invisible until I found my inner splendor," he told me in one of many long, philosophical, reflective e-mails last week. "My ability to interpret and alter my throughput of judgments, feelings, memories, plans, facts, perceptions, etc., and imprint them all with what I chose to be and chose to do.

"What I choose to do is change the course of the future for persons with autism, because I believe in them and I believe, given the right support and environment, they will be a strong force in repairing the world."


To help you understand autism and help gain awareness for the issue the video above explains what autism is. You may know someone with autism or whose child has autism. It is so important to understand the disorder in order to help raise awareness and help find a cure.

For more information:

What Causes Autism?

How Do You Treat Autism?

Autism Behavior

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Thursday afternoon! Today is a great day to talk about your sinuses! With a lot of peoples allergies being worse than ever this season something else to keep in mind are sinus infections!

Allergies cause runny noses and stuffed sinus cavities. If you are not careful this can turn into a full blown sinus infection. In order to prevent sinus infections from occurring here are some tips:

  • Maintain strict hand washing habits and avoid people who are obviously suffering from a cold or the flu
  • Stay hydrated
  • Avoid allergens in the environment such as cigarette smoke, secondhand smoke and diving under water in chlorinated pools
  • If avoidance is not an option, either OTC or prescription medication may be helpful. OTC antihistamines or decongestant nasal sprays can be used for an acute attack
  • Avoid spending long periods outdoors during allergy season. Close the windows to the house and use air conditioning to filter out allergens when possible. Humidifiers may also be helpful

You could also lose your sense of smell from a sinus infection so its important to stay proactive in the fight against allergens.

I hope this helps you get through the season illness free!

Check out these other videos on sinuses!

Ask a Doctor
What you can do to relieve sinus pain
Spring cleaning…for your nose

A lot of people talk about how aspirin can save your life if you have a heart attack. Some people even take an aspirin a day to prevent blood from clotting in their arteries. That’s not all aspirin can do!

Taking aspirin regularly may also help prevent cancer! In an article from CNN Health, Dr. Peter M. Rothwell conducted three studies to find out if taking aspiring really lowers the risk of cancer. All three studies showed positive results among aspirin users! 

However, there are some people who should not being taking aspirin so often. People with a bleeding problem or stomach ulcers should be very careful with the amount of aspirin in take.

It is always important to talk to your doctor before taking medication of any kind. But now you can go into the doctors office a little more knowledgeable!

Stay healthy and have a great Wednesday!

Here is an excerpt from a WebMD article about a new study that shows people who eat less red meat may live longer.

   {People who eat less red meat may live longer than people who regularly eat burgers,   steaks, and processed foods like bacon, hot dogs, and sausage, a new study shows.

  For the study, Harvard researchers delved into the diets of more than 120,000 men and women who are taking part in the long-running Health Professionals Follow-up Study and the Nurses’ Health Study.

  Every four years, people in the study were asked detailed questions about their eating habits. They were also asked about other health determinants like smoking and drinking, exercise, and body weight.}
 

To help you live longer here is a very tasty bean salad recipe! Beans are a great source of protein that can replace the protein you get from meat. Beans also have a lot of fiber so they keep you fuller longer!

If you try this recipe let me know what you thought of it!

Another tip that can help decrease your red meat intake is replacing ground beef with ground turkey. It tastes even better than beef and you can use it for everything! I love to use ground turkey when I make tacos!

Have a great Wednesday!

Does your brain ever feel like it is aging too fast? Well it might be. According to a recent study “people with lower levels of omega-3 fatty acids had lower brain volumes that were equivalent to about two years of brain aging.” Yikes! That’s a lot of aging! One way to get omega-3 into your diet is by eating fish. Omega-3 is the good kind of fat that you want to make sure you are eating plenty of! If you are one of those people who do not like fish there is another way to get omega-3 in your diet.

By taking fish oil vitamins getting omega-3 can be very easy! In this video Dr. Ann Kulze explains why fish oil is so important and which brand is the best kind to get.

After you are done watching this video read the article about the study that was done! http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2012/02/27/study-brain-suffers-when-fish-oil-falls-short/?hpt=he_c2

Stay healthy!!

Just because it is winter doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be wearing sunscreen. Especially with the warmer weather this season. People are outside more often than they usually are during this time of the year so their exposure to the sun is increasing.

An article from ivillage.com actually says we need sunscreen more in the winter. So here are some tips to keep your skin safe and skin cancer free!

ivillage.com also gives some great and unexpected tips to help you out so here is the link! http://www.ivillage.com/winter-skin-alert-wear-sunscreen/5-a-146811

Reply with a picture of yourself using sunscreen today! We would love to see everyone protecting themselves!

Lets talk about stress! Mondays can be the most stressful day of the week. It is important to keep your stress level to a minimum. Most people don’t know that stress weakens the immune system, raises blood pressure, increases belly fat and takes years off of your life. One year of heavy stress= 6 years of aging.

One way to lower your stress level is by exercising. In this fun video the thigh exercises can be done inside or outside and can be modified how you like. So spend some time on yourself today and lose the Monday blues!

The number of Americans who are obese is increasing and not all of those numbers are coming from adults. Childhood obesity is also on the rise and the blame is being placed upon the parents. Is it really all the fault of the parents? An article from CNN Health talks with a mother who says it is also the responsibility of schools and teachers to pay attention to what food is being given to the children.

In the video above other moms discuss how they deal with their children’s health when they are not around. The moms also discuss how to teach your children self discipline when they are given the opportunity to overindulge. If you have any comments or tips to help out parents we would love to hear your thoughts!

As always you can find more videos on anything health related at icyou.com!

And if you are interested here is the full article http://www.cnn.com/2012/02/16/health/difficulties-kids-face-losing-weight/index.html?iref=allsearch

Have a great night! Stay healthy!