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Month: August 2019

Health Tips For The Fall

Health Tips For The Fall

We all want to be as healthy as we can be. When we are not healthy physically or mentally, it can have a tremendous impact on the rest of our daily lives. There are several good tips to follow to get healthy or remain healthy in the fall.

DIFFUSE STRESS

We all get stress at some point. The sooner we diffuse or lower our stress the better we will feel physically and mentally. We can diffuse stress by talking with friends or a family member. Besides talking away our stress, another good way to get rid of it is by exercising. Doing a good, sweaty workout can help lower what stress we have received during the day. 

EAT BEANS

Beans are a good source of protein, fiber, iron, potassium, and folic acid. Every kind of bean has good protein, vitamins, and minerals in them. No matter what type of bean it is, they taste good in many different types of stews, soups, and salads. They add a different texture and taste to whatever you add them to.

EXERCISE

We all should get at least 30 minutes of activity every single day. It can be a group activity like basketball, volleyball, or water polo. If you are not into group physical activities, you can do individual workouts like swimming laps in a pool, weightlifting, or a stationary bike. Many gyms have classes like yoga or spin bike you can sign up to take. Whatever you enjoy doing as physical activity, you should do it for at least 30 minutes every day.

Daily exercise is vital to staying healthy.

Annual Checkup

An annual checkup is one of the best ways to catch serious problems early on. Experts agree that discovering ailments as early as possible increases the chance of healing more than anything else. So make sure to get your checkup done on time and by a good health center (for example https://www.fivejourneys.com). A good doctor will be able to check all the most important things in less than an hour. You will feel better knowing that your health is being monitored and any problems can be addressed in the most efficient way.

BE KIND TO YOUR TEETH

Besides physical and mental health, we all should take good care of our teeth during the fall. We should continue to brush our teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. We should not chew on hard things like ice and popcorn kernels. When we chew on ice and popcorn kernels we take the chance of chipping or breaking a tooth. We should take good care of our teeth in order not to lose any or have an expensive dental bill.

GET A GOOD NIGHT SLEEP

As the days get shorter and the dark of nights get longer, we need to do things differently to help get a good night sleep. We should have a set time when we go to bed, not just during the fall but all year long. During the fall we should stay away from bright lights, like from a computer and other electronic devices, at least an hour before we go to bed. Bright lights from electronics can interfere with the way we sleep. It can make it harder to fall asleep and stay in deep sleep. When we do not get enough deep sleep when we are in bed, we can feel groggy for most of the day. Check https://www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/healthy-sleep-tips for more tips on getting a great night of sleep.

GO OUTSIDE

Even though the days are short, we all should soak in as much as the sun as we can during the fall. We can enjoy the natural light by doing chores outside we need to get done before the snowfalls. The chores could include raking leaves, mowing the grass a few last times, or washing the house windows on the outside. If we do not have outside chores to do, we could always take walks with friends, family, or by ourselves. Natural light can help keep our mental health in good spirits.

STAY HYDRATED

No matter what time of year it is, we still need to stay hydrated. We may not feel as thirsty during the fall as we did in the summer, but we should drink enough water to stay hydrated. Drinking enough water can help our immune system stay healthier by flushing away any toxins we eat and breathe in throughout the day. Drinking enough water can also help flush out cold viruses our body attracted. 

TRY TO STAY HEALTHY

Fall is just like any other season. We need to keep our body and mind healthy. There are many ways to stay healthy or get healthy. Some healthy tips would be to eat more beans, exercise every day for at least 30 minutes, get enough sleep, stay hydrated, lower stress, be kind to our teeth, and get some natural light. Your body and mind will thank you for trying to stay as healthy as you can be.

Air Pollution and Smoking Cigarettes – Global Killers

Air Pollution and Smoking Cigarettes – Global Killers

According to a 2015 report from Berkley Earth, air pollution each year claims more lives than AIDS, diabetes, malaria or tuberculosis. While the impacts of air pollution and society’s ignorance toward the issue continue to remain an issue of complacency in some industrialized communities, the dangers of smoking have been addressed with a more focused and funded effort in the U.S. and other industrialized countries.

More People Die from Smoking than from Air Pollution

ScienceDaily reports online with data from the World Health Organization (WHO) that air pollution collectively claims the lives of 4.6 million people each year across the globe. According to the World Health Organization, smoking takes the lives of more than 8 million people worldwide each year. 

Media sources like The Guardian have shed light on this epidemic too. However, their numbers show an even more alarming statistic suggesting the number of global air pollution deaths each year is more than the 4.6 million lives suggested by the WHO. The Guardian made claims in 2018 that the stakes were higher and that smoking cigarette takes 7 million people annually. 

The U.S. and Industrialized Nations – Government Funded Efforts

The WHO also reports that 80 percent of smoking-related deaths occur in industrialized nations. While the international focus on deterring people to stop smoking has not been properly directed toward the communities most in need of tobacco education, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has been aggressively alarming Americans about the dangers that could be related to smoking. The federal government, which funds the CDC, still allows cigarettes to be purchased and consumed. With that ability for Americans to consume, 480,00 Americans are likely to die each year from cigarette smoking. 

Cigarette Smoking – Part of the Air Pollution

The same report from Berkley Earthclaims, “Air pollution is arguably the greatest environmental catastrophe in the world today.” According to LiveStrong.com, cigarette smoking contributes to air pollution through tobacco growing, manufacturing, transporting, consumption and disposal. The dangers of smoking cigarettes go far beyond killing smokers and second hand smokers. It contributes to the air pollution problem. 

Two Global Killers, One with Even More Dire Consequences

Air Pollution Is A Big Problem. What’s Worse? Cigarette Smoking 

While air pollution is a horrible problem that, according to The Guardian, can take two years off of a person’ life, it’s negative impacts are close to, but not worse than another huge global dilemma, cigarette smoking. 

One Billion Global Smokers

The online health experts from WebMD claim that half of the one billion global smokers till die from tobacco use. However, even though alarming reports like this one have been released, access to tobacco has not been fully addressed. Smoking tobacco has remained a huge crisis in America’s high school. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids claims that 1.1. million of the United State’s high school student smoke tobacco. 

Smoking doesn’t just take the lives of smokers and second-hand smokers. According to truthinitiative.org, more than 1.3 million pounds of harmful chemicals go into the earth’s atmosphere as a result of tobacco productions. Tobacco smokers also contribute to the earth’s horrific environmental picture. This is done, not just through of tobacco, but also with how it disposed of. Decomposing cigarettes slowly release toxins into Earth’s atmosphere. Eventually, these chemicals make it into the lives of everyone, one way or another. 

Dangers Exist, as Does Inaction – at Least in the US

While the dangers of air pollution and cigarette smoking have become more integrated into society, lawmakers across the globe continue to set a double standard, amidst alarming individual and organizational reports that have shown the negative impacts of both of the global killers. Ironically, the Truth Initiative received $10 million in tobacco settlement funds, while the tobacco industry is still allowed to produce tobacco and make it available to the masses worldwide. This same type of ironic priority making is not just found in anti-smoking nonprofits. The U.S. federal government allows for tobacco products to be made, disseminated and consumed, while at the same time funding anti-smoking campaigns from the CDC.