Health Tips

Below, you will find tips for your good health.

Tips to avoid getting COVID-19

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.

Five places you are most likely to get COVID-19?

You are most likely to become infected with the COVID-19 virus include, places of workship, hotels, bars, cafes, and restaurants.

Most likely way to get COVID-19?

You are most likely to get infected by inhaling the airborne virus. So, don't fret over touching surfaces or objects.

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.

Testing?

Two types of tests: Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) and Antigen. PCR tests look for virus's RNA while Antigen tests look for certain viral proteins. Both are collected from nasal samples. PCR tests are done at special laboratories, while Antigen tests can be done at home to produce results in 15 minutes. Now, a positive Antigen test indicates presence of the virus, in which case a PCR tests needs to be done for verification. On a other hand, a negative Antigen test requires you to continue wearing a mask in public settings and around those who are unvaccinated and/or high-risk.

How to decide when testing is needed?

If you have a headache and/or dry cough along with one or more symptoms like fever, fatigue, body aches, sore throat, shortness of breath, vomiting or diarrhea, get yourself tested. Incidentally, as the virus has evolved, loss of taste and smell are not necessarily present.

Tips for managing your weight

Obese and overweight individuals

COVID  virus targets fat cells in obese and overweight individuals triggering a damaging inflammatory response that contributes to severe diseases. So, if you fall into these categories, it is essential you get vaccinated as soon as possible.

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.

Diet tips to lose weight

Drink water, eat proteins with all meals, eat more vegetables and fruits, don't skip breakfast, and sleep well.

Tips for eating healthy foods

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.

Cut back on sugar consumption

Too much sugar makes you gain weight, increases risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, tooth cavities, and poor sleep.

Best breakfast ideas to help lose weight

Oatmeal with fat-free milk and fruits like bananas.
High fiber, low fat, low sugar cereal with fat-free milk.
Whole-grain bread sandwich with two slices of lean bacon or turkey bacon, tomato, lettuce and low-fat mayo.
Whole-grain toast with peanut butter.
Low-fat smoothie with fat-free milk, fresh or frozen fruit and nonfat yogurt.
Poached eggs with spinach and whole-grain toast, or Omelet using two eggs, mushrooms, peppers and herbs.
Low- or nonfat yogurt topped with fresh fruits and a sprinkle of natural muesli.

Red wine is good for you

In fact, red wine has anti-oxidant and anti-cancer properties. And, drinking in moderation, these properties help prevent leukemia, skin, breast, and prostate cancers. Also, they help reduce inflammation. Incidentally, other sources include grapes, raspberries, and peanuts.

Sleep

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.

How to reduce snoring

Sleep on your sides. Besides, some may find sleeping on their backs causes their mouth to open and dry it. Other ways include losing weight and avoiding alcohol in the evening.

Tips for your personal hygiene

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.

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.

Diseases

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.

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).

Want to live longer

One of the secrets to live longer is to be engaged in a positive relationship with your partner. This is especially true for men and as you get older. Inflammatory markers go up in men with high number of partnership breakups. Serious breakups and solo living for many years may increase the risk of ill health and death, especially for men.

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