Secondhand smoke can cause serious health problems in children, resulting in more school absences and decreased learning
Fish is an excellent source of high quality protein and healthy fat, especially omega-3, and it is packed with healthful vitamins and minerals. Not many people know that fatty fish is a great source of Vitamin D, which is uncommon in other food. There is strong evidence that eating fish or taking fish oil is good for the heart and blood vessels, and research studies show eating approximately one to two 3-ounceservings of fatty fish a week reduces the risk of dying from heart disease by 36 percent. Fatty fish we commonly see include salmon, herring, mackerel, anchovies and sardines.
Have you ever thought about your high blood sugar being linked to daily intake of soft drinks and processed foods? A study published in Metabolism May 2012 issue shows that consumption of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), a sweetener commonly used in manufactured foods and beverages, may link to a variety of health issues such as diabetes and metabolic effects.
In the view of Chinese medicine, from birth to adulthood, the growing and developing human body has significant physical, physiological and pathological differences in each stage. Therefore, a child should not be taken as a miniature adult and given nutritious supplements that are usually for grow-ups. During growth, a child’s organs are not fully developed and cannot function well, especially their lungs, spleen and kidneys. They can easily catch a cold, cough and vomit as well as suffering from diarrhea, enuresis, edema and other illnesses. Focusing on their physiological characteristics, the best nutritious supplements for children are not expensive Chinese medicine like ginseng, but some food supplements that are easy to digest and can strengthen their lungs, spleen and kidneys.
Thanksgiving dinner is an annual feast full of delicious treats — turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, eggnog, wine and much more. Nutrition and food safety are important to make this family event a great time.
Smoking kills, even if you don’t smoke. As a result of widespread tobacco use, approximately 443,000 Americans die each year from tobacco-related illnesses, such as cancer and heart disease, according to a 2008 study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly 11 percent of these deaths resulted from secondhand smoke exposure.
“[Secondhand smoking] is a very serious problem,” said Geri Healey-Dame, System Director of Respiratory Care for Hallmark Health System. “I believe it’s pretty significant. We see a lot of patients with lung disease. They can be people who have never smoked, but work in a smoking environment, like waitresses and bartenders.”