Health Tips

COVID vaccines for ages 5 to 11? Pfizer claims vaccine 90.7% effective against symptomatic cases. Incidentally, this children's dose contains 10 micrograms of mRNA, while the adult's dose contained 30 micrograms. FDA approves Pfizer's vaccine for children 5 to 11.

Can you mix COVID vaccines? Yes, the CDC says its OK. However, Dr. Fauci recommends staying with the first vaccine. Meanwhile, studies show that those who got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine get a huge benefit if their second shot is either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine.

Booster Shots? Furthermore, booster shots from Pfizer and Moderna showed signs they are more effective at protecting vaccinated adults than a second dose of Johnson & Johnson's vaccine. However, antibodies from Pfizer and Moderna decrease over time while J&J's stay relatively steady.

When not to work out - Your body makes cortisol when you work out. Therefore, do your workouts so that you are done at least three hours before bed time to sleep quicker.

What not to eat right before a workout - Soda, energy drinks, smoothies, yogurt, protein bars, high-fat foods, high-fiber vegetables, and fast foods.

How much to Work Out - Department of Health and Human Services recommends all adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity a week, or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity. For even greater health benefits and to assist with weight loss or maintaining weight loss, at least 300 minutes a week is recommended. Examples of moderate aerobic exercises include brisk walking, biking, swimming, and mowing the lawn. Examples of vigorous aerobic exercises include running, heavy yard work, and aerobic dancing. Also, do strength training exercises for all major muscle groups at least two times a week. Aim to do a single set of each exercise using a weight or resistance level heavy enough to tire your muscles after about 12 to 15 repetitions. Strength training can include use of weight machines, your body weight, heavy bags, resistance tubing or resistance paddles in water, or activities such as rock climbing.

Don't get dehydrated - Adults should look for these signs to know you need to drink water: extreme thirst, less frequent urination, dark-colored urine, fatigue, feeling dizzy, or getting confused.

Best way to strengthen muscles - Give your self one or two days of rest for each muscle group you are training. For example, rest one day between intense spin workouts. Similarly, you can train different muscle groups on successive days. For example, work on your arm muscles one day and your leg muscles the next day.

Why is losing weight hard - Eating wrong kind of foods, eating too much, smoking, too much stress, not enough work outs, wrong kind of work outs, drinking beer or energy drinks, genetics, not enough sleep, sitting too much.

Best advice for your teeth - Brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. If you brush after a meal, wait for at least one hour. Especially after eating acidic foods or drinking soda. The acids weaken tooth enamel. So, brushing too soon can remove enamel. Electric toothbrushes remove plaque better than manual toothbrushes. Also, floss daily, use mouthwash after brushing and flossing, replace toothbrush every 3 to 4 months, and visit your dentist every six months. (mayoclinic.org)

Showering - Now, daily washing with soap strips skin of protective oils, leaving it dry and prone to infection. Moreover, antibacterial soap kills off the skin's "good" bacteria which lowers your immunity. So, its best to only shower 3 or 4 times a week.

Don't use low-dose aspirin - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended against low-dose aspirin to prevent heart problems for anyone 60 and older.

What not to do to avoid heart problems - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended against low-dose aspirin use to prevent heart problems for anyone 60 and older.

How to sleep better - Stick to a sleep schedule; Don't sleep hungry or full stomach; Bedroom designed to encourage sleep; Minimize daytime naps; Regular outdoor workouts; Reduce worries.

Tired eyes - Watch TV with a softly lit room; Wear computer glasses; Keep screen 20 to 26" away from your face; Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break to look at something 20 feet away; Finally, over-the-counter or prescription eye drops relieve dry, tired eyes.

Safety Tip - Using your cell phone's voicemail comes in handy when you are in high risk situations like getting lost while hiking, car breaks down and your cell phone is low on power. Use voicemail to let others know of your situation or location. So, when the phone dies, they can still call your phone to hear the voicemail and help you.

Discard frequently - Sponges: Because they hold lots of bacteria, scientists say it's best to discard them after a week. Pillows: Replace them every two years. Toothbrush: Replace them every 3 to 4 months. Medications: Discard prior to their expiration date.

Parkinson's Early Signs - First, a tremor in the hand, foot, arm, or other body part while resting, usually on one side of the body. Second, rigidity, or resistance to movement. For example, when someone tries to move a joint or difficulty going from a sitting to a standing position. Third, slowness in movement and small movements. Also, having small handwriting or reduced facial expression (such as a somber or serious expression).

Coffee Tidbits - Hot brewed coffee has more antioxidants than one that is cold brewed. On the other hand, cold brewed coffee gives you a stronger jolt and has lower acid.

Searching for a low cost air fare - Some air travel sites raise fares for the same flight each time you search for it. To avoid this, use browser incognito mode (Press Ctrl + Shift + n) in Windows Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Linux, or (Press ⌘ + Shift + n) in Mac.

Driving long distances - Map out path to destination, sleep and eat well before trip, stop as necessary to be comfortable (anywhere from every 45 minutes to three hours), check if car is ready to travel the distances, and start with a full tank.

The many benefits of vinegar - Listed here are some of the many benefits of vinegar a) Half a cup in the washing machine makes your towels fluffy; b) Running a short cycle, a cup of vinegar in an empty dishwasher makes it sparkling clean and run more efficiently; c) Clean car windows by spraying vinegar and wiping them; d) Clean your kitchen's garbage disposal, but dropping ice cubes (made from 1 part vinegar and 1 part water) into the disposal and running it; e) Soak white vinegar with paper towel and press against bruised area of the skin to remove bruise mark and pain; f) Lightly rub vinegar on stained clothes and wash them in the washing machine at the next opportunity.