Health and Wellness Tips

 

With all the “feel better, live longer” information out there, it can be tough to keep the facts straight. Here’s my research to make staying well as easy as 1-2-3!

2: The number of tablespoons’ worth of sunscreen you should slather over your body 30 minutes before heading outside, according to Perry Robins, M.D. dermatologist and president of the Skin Cancer Foundation. Reapply every two hours or right after swimming or excessive sweating.

35: As many inches as allowed for a healthy waistline. Any higher, and you increase your risk of developing high cholesterol and high blood pressure, says Lori Mosca, M.D. director of preventive cardiology at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

5: The maximum number of minutes you should listen to music at maximum volume while wearing headphones. Any longer, and you risk inner ear damage, warns audiologist Brian Fligor of Boston’s Children’s Hospital. For long – term listening, keep the volume at half capacity.

500: The number of calories you’ll need to burn each day in order to lose 1 lb. this week, according to Jamieson-Petonic , spoke person for American Dietetic association. Burn 250 calories with daily exercise (like a brisk 30 minutes walk) she says, and consume 250 fewer than you normally would .

20: The number of minutes you can stare at the screen before your eyes need a computer break. Every 20 minutes look away from the computer screen for 20 seconds and blink a few times. Suggests Andrea Thau, M.D., assistant professor of optometry at SUNY state College of Optometry in New York. Failing to take breaks may cause eye strain, which can lead to irritation, infection and blurred vision.

6: The years you add to your life by flossing daily, according to Michael Roizen, M.D., author of “The Real Age Makeover”. Theories vary but he believe the same bacteria that causes periodontal disease can also trigger inflammation in the arteries of the heart, that can lead to a life- shortening heart disease.

1,000: The number of milligrams of calcium you need each day to ward off osteoporosis, say researchers at the Centers for Disease Control. Three cups of plain yogurt or four cups of low – fat or skim milk daily will do the trick.

15: The number of seconds you need to spend washing your hands in order to kill bacteria that can cause illness, according to experts at the Mayo Clinic. One easy way to time yourself “Sing Happy Birthday” in your head!