January 4-10 Is Folic Acid Awareness Week
You never know what the New Year will bring. So, whether or not you’re planning to have a baby this year,(about 50 percent of all pregnancies are unplanned)you can start the new year with habits that will help give a baby a healthy start in life.
Folic acid is a B-vitamin that is essential for proper cell growth. If taken before and during early pregnancy from a multi-vitamin or fortified foods,
Folic acid can help prevent major birth defects of the baby’s brain and spine.
Are You feeling the effects of holiday stress and depression?.
During holidays, stress and depression are higher than at any other time throughout the year so we need tools to help us remain in balance. Even though this is the time to share love, laughter and thanks with family and friends,some people struggle when everything doesn't go exactly as planned.
A number of factors, including unrealistic expectations, financial pressures, and too many commitments can cause stress and anxiety at holiday time.
Chances are, you already know the basics of taking good care of your children,like offering them healthy foods, making sure they get enough sleep and exercise and insuring their safety. However you could take even better care of them and yourself , help prevent health problems, and address mind and body issues, by being a positive role model.
Schedule and keep medical appointments
It is important for children to get regular checkups with their health care provider.
Oral health is essential to overall health.Good oral health improves a person’s ability to speak, smile, smell, taste, touch, chew, swallow, and make facial expressions to show feelings and emotions.Good self-care, such as brushing with fluoride toothpaste, daily flossing, and professional treatment, is key to good oral health.
Health behaviors that can lead to poor oral health include:
- Tobacco use
- Excessive alcohol use
- Poor dietary choices
Do you know what is Plaque?
- Plaque is the sticky, colorless film of bacteria that forms on teeth.
Don't take your eyesight for granted!!!! Loss or impairment of vision would severely restrict job opportunities. It would also greatly reduce your general enjoyment of life.
Always wear eye protection when spray painting, grinding, drilling, welding, sawing, working in a dusty environment, or handling chemicals. The eyes are very sensitive.
Develop the habit of putting on safety glasses or goggles whenever you work with hand or power tools.
The leading causes of eye injury include:
Thinking of a tattoo for yourself? there is one very important thing you have to keep in mind — getting it done safely. Find out about the health risks involved, understand the basic safety precautions and aftercare steps, and your options if you change your mind.
When a person chooses to acquire a tattoo, it is important for that person to be aware of the health risks involved, so you can make an informed decision about whether or not tattooing is right for you.
Tattoos have gone mainstream,
As we celebrate Men’s Health Week, let us encourage men to pay even closer attention to their health, this month..
Compared to women; men are more likely to:
- Use tobacco products - (It’s never too late to quit. Quitting smoking has immediate and long-term benefits.
- Consume Alcohol
- Be involved in higher risk activities(i.e., work related or leisure)
- Delay seeking medical care(i.e., screening and or treatment)-
This evidence clearly shows that there are many CHALLENGES to be faced when seeking to improve men’s health.
There are several types of Headache such as;Tension, Cluster,Mixed headache Syndrome, Sinus Headache and Migraine.
Migraine headaches are common and usually more intense than most other headaches. It is a common form of headache that is believed to occur as a result of complex interactions between thenervous system and the vascular system as well as alterations in brain chemicals.
Migraine pain is moderate to severe, often described as pounding, throbbing pain, which can last from four hours to three days and usually occur one to four times per month
Did you know that Stress can seriously affect your health?, by Increasing your susceptibility to infections and worsening the symptoms of practically any chronic condition you may have.
It can also be the cause of;
- Your nagging headache
- your frequent insomnia
- your decreased productivity at work
- Muscle tension or pain
- Stomach upset
- Lack of motivation or focus
- Sadness or depression
- Overeating or under-eating
- Angry outbursts
- Drugor alcohol abuse
- Social withdrawal
If you are faced with unbearable stress, remember that there are resources to help
If you have difficulty sleeping it isessential to know whether an underlying disease or condition is causing the problem.Sleep disorders are associated with a growing number of health problems;including;
- Increase stress on the heart.
- Reduce body response to flu Vaccine.
- Increase Insulin Resistance.and Risk of Diabetes
- shapes how well we feel, behave and Learn.
Sleep Apnea - Is a common disorder,in which you have one or more pauses in breathing, while you sleep . Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes.