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Advertising Supplement to the Sun Journal, Friday, January 11, 2013 Gluten-free Healthier Heart Sauna Experience Eating Healthy Childrenâ€™s Shots Healthy LIVING Make your child's shots less stressful By NewsUSA Vaccines help protect babies and young children against 14 serious diseases. Even though you are keeping her safe from diseases, it's hard to see your child cry when she gets her shots. But you can take some steps before, during and after a vaccine v isit to ease the pain and stress of getting shots. Read about the shots your child w ill get in advance. Bring your child's vaccine record to show the doctor. Pack a favorite toy, book, bla n ket or ot her com for t item. For older children, be honest -- shots can pinch or sting, but not for long. Remind them that shots help keep them healthy. Ask your child's doctor any questions you have about vaccines. You may even want to ask about cooling or numbing t he a rea of you r ch i ld's a r m or leg before the shots. Distract your child with a toy, a story, a song or something interesting in the room. Make eye contact with your child and smile, talk softly or sing. Hold your child tightly on your lap if you can. Take deep breaths with an older child to help "blow out" the pain. After the shot, hug, cuddle a nd pra ise you r ch i ld. For babies, s w add l i ng , breastfeeding or a bottle may offer quick relief. Comfort and reassure older children if they cry. "Read the Vacci ne In for mat ion Sheet s f rom your doctor so you know what to expect after the shots," said Dr. Melinda W harton, Deput y Director, National Center for Im mu n i zat ion a nd Respirator y Diseases at the Centers for Disease C ont rol a nd P re vent ion. "Some children have pain or swelling where a shot was given, a rash or a fever. These reactions are usually mild a nd resolve on t heir ow n without needing treatment." If you not ice red ness, soreness or swelling from the shot, place a clean, cool washclot h on t he a rea. If your child runs a fever, try a cool sponge bath. You can also use a non-aspirin pain reliever if your doctor says it's OK. Some children eat less, sleep more or act fussy for a day after they get shots. Make sure your child gets plenty to drink. If you're worried about anything, call your doctor. "Shots can be stressful," said Dr. W harton. "But you can ease your child's discomfort. And keeping your child up to date on vaccines is the best way to protect against vaccinepreventable diseases." Learn more about childhood vaccines at w w w.cdc.gov/ Eating healthy at restaurants By Sam Erickson Feature Writer Eating out is on t he rise, and that can be a challenge to good nut r it ion. Ma ny see eating out as a festive opportunit y, while others are forced into it because of work or travel. At home, people have control over the i ng red ient s a nd cook i ng met hods, but t hat a l l changes when someone else is in the kitchen. It’s really important to have a plan as you approach dining out. Even if you eat out regularly, there are still ways to enjoy your food and not pack on the pounds. Your first step is ordering. Look for foods t hat have been cooked with healthier methods. Avoid foods that are deep-fried or sautéed in butter in favor of ones t hat have been ba ked or broiled. You can also ask for sauces and salad dressings on the side, allow ing you to decide how much goes onto your food. If you’re really looking to cut back, don’t drink your calories. Alcohol and soda can add a ton of calories without any nutritional value. Reducing or eliminating them can keep your meal healthy. Don’t be a f ra id to ma ke substitutions when order ing. Some hig h-end restaurants may not allow it, but most will be happy to accom modate t hei r customers. There is a world of d i f ference bet ween the amount of calories in pecorino a nd mozza rel la cheese, and most restaurants will be happy to bake your fish instead of frying it. These m i nor subst it ut ions ca n eliminate a lot of calories, so know before you go. The foods that benefit your diet at home-sa lads, stea med vegetables, lean meats-also benefit you when you are out. Childhood vaccines are stressful, but there are ways to help. v acc i nes/pa rent s or c a l l 800-CDC-IN FO ( 800-2324636). Eating Healthy page 3 ‰ Counseling with a Spiritual Dimension! Anita G. Letendre L.C.P.C., NCC What’s in your medicine cabinet? Call 946-2809 or 800-279-6469 Most Insurances and Maine Care 64% of teens abusing painkillers get the drugs from friends and family, often by stealing them.* Keep medicines in one safe and secure place. Monitor the number of pills in each container. Safely dispose of expired and unwanted drugs. For more safe medicine storage and disposal tips: www.healthyandroscoggin.org Protect the environmen t Prevent youth drug abuse Protect the elderly from drug thefts * Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey, 2011 2 HEALTY LIVING Advertising Supplement to the Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine, Friday, January 11, 2013 Resolve to quit smoking in the new year By StatePoint It’s at the top of many New Year’s resolution lists -- quitting smoking. In fact, 15 million people try to quit smoking cigarettes yearly. Only 5 percent succeed when they use no support or go cold turkey. Moreover, the average smoker will attempt to quit up to nine times before successfully quitting. Luckily there are new tips and tools that can help smokers kick the habit this year. In an effort to empower the more than 45 million current U.S. smokers to call it quits, GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare has launched Quit.com, a free, total quit-smoking online resource with tools to help smokers quit their cigarette addictions and stay smoke-free. Every smoker is different; therefore every smoker’s approach to quitting may need to be different. Quit.com houses personalized tools in a central location to help smokers navigate quitting smoking, no matter where they may be in their quit journey. Here are some tips from the experts at Quit. com to help smokers quit their nicotine addiction in the New Year: • Preparing to quit: First pick your quit date. By having a day you’re working toward, you’ll be able to prepare mentally and physically to quit. Do your research on how to be prepared before getting started. • Ready to quit: Support your quit by reducing your body’s physical cravings so they don’t get in the way of your willpower. Consider using a nicotine replacement product that fits your lifestyle, such as a gum, lozenge or patch. • Currently quitting: Celebrate every little win and stay focused on the positive benefits of quitting and why you decided to quit in the first place. If you get a strong craving, change things up to throw your urge to smoke. • Post-quit: Surround yourself with inspiration to stay smoke-free -- your family, your pet, your health and your finances -- and remember you Every smoker is different; therefore every smoker’s approach to quitting may need to be different. have everything to gain by quitting. More tips on quitting smoking can be found at www.Quit.com. The new website is built in four levels with specific tools depending on where smokers are in the quitting process -- preparing to quit, ready to quit, currently quitting or post-quit and looking for resources to remain a nonsmoker. “Quitting smoking is tough and requires focus and effort, but that’s only half the equation. Part of the addiction is behavioral -a learned habit over time -- but the other part is neurobiology, a chemical dependency to nicotine,” explained Saul Shiffman, Ph.D., an addiction and dependence expert, researcher i n behav ior cha nge a nd relapse at t he University of Pittsburgh, and paid-consultant to GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare. “Using a combination of behavioral resources, education and quit smoking medicines can improve chances of success!” Quit.com a lso offers tools to help battle mental aspects of quitting smoking, such as identifying and tracking triggers and making a list of reasons you want to quit, along with resources to help fight the physical addiction, such as a quit guide to find the right nicotine replacement to provide relief from cravings. The key to successfully kicking the habit is to empower and encourage smokers to try quitting and give them tools to help them succeed. chips or bread or those few bites at the end of the meal can really add up quickly. Eating out doesn’t have to be a minefield of calories and bad nutrition. Following the fundamentals of good eating, including choosing healthy options, customizing them and controlling your portions and calorie intake, are the ways to eat healthy, whether you are at home or on the road. Eating Healthy from page 2 Onc e you’ve ordere d, controlling how much you consu me ca n be a g reat cha l lenge, as restaura nts have continued to increase por t ion si z e i n order to increase perceived value. For many people raised on the idea of the “happy plate club,” it’s tempting to feel obligated to finish your whole plate. However, you can order a to- go box with your meal and put away half of it before you get started. Many people say that eating with chopsticks w i l l slow you dow n a nd make you eat less. One of the simplest things you can do is to put down your fork occasionally. This will force you to slow dow n, a nd it will give your body time to recognize that you have eaten and are full, reducing the desire to eat. Finally, don’t nibble. An endless bowl of Advertising Supplement to the Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine, Friday, January 11, 2013 Gluten-free eating: Is it right for you? By T. S. Chamberland Feature Writer/Photographer Un less you absta i n f rom social media and the news, you’re hea r ing t he words g lut en f r e e a lot l at el y. Many folks are increasingly associating those words with a healthier diet, or weight loss, but what exactly does gluten free mean? And more importantly, is it right for you? The Mayo Clinic’s Web site defines a gluten-free diet as “a diet that excludes gluten protein.” But just what foods contain gluten protein? And what reasons would a person have for making the change from a regular diet to a glutenfree diet? The reasons are varied, but some of the most common symptoms associated with bot h Celiac disease -- a n autoimmune disorder of the small intestines -- and gluten i ntolera nce a re bloat i ng, ga s, c r a mpi ng , i r reg u la r bowel movement s, a nd general fatigue. Just because you might be experiencing some of these ailments, you might want to hold off on taking gluten out of your diet without first consulting with a medical practitioner. M i a C ou r t e m a n c h e , R D (registered dietician), for St. Mary’s Weight Management a n d We l l n e s s P r o g r a m , caut ions a nyone who suspects that they may have a digestive issue related to gluten to seek medical advice before removing gluten from their diet. “A lot of times people will self diagnose then see a doctor, and the doctor will tell them to start eating gluten again so they can do the test,” said Courtemanche. Lea rning which foods conta i n g luten protei n i s a bit m or e i n v ol v e d . Gluten is found in wheat, r ye, ba rley, ka mut, spelt, tef f, a nd couscous : t h in k breads, pastas, processed food s, a nd ba ked good s. Ma ny g luten-f ree for ums, as well as medical web sites a lso suggest avoiding soy products as they have been thought to sometimes trigger inflammation of the digestive system i n t hose who a re allergic or intolerant of gluten. “Gluten is in anything made from wheat, rye, and barley. Oat is usually included in this list because they are usually made in the same processing plant and a lot of times they a re c ros s-c ont a m i n ate d ; unless they specifically say they are gluten free,” said Courtemanche. Lau ren Breau, a n L . Ac (licensed acupuncturist) in Portland, cautions that while these symptoms may not seem overly serious, if the reason behind a person’s digestive issues is Celiac or even gluten i ntoler a nc e, profe s siona l advice and diagnosis should be sought. The "danger" of consuming gluten if you are gluten-intolerant or allergic is that the finger-like projections in the small intestines called villi become inflamed and can erode over prolonged periods of exposure to the irritant. “The villi in the small intestine are essential in (the body) getting nutrition from foods,” said Breau, who also provides her patients with nutritional counseling from a Chinese perspective. After diagnosis, Courtemanche says gluten intolerance and Celiac are treated with diet. To make t h is t ra nsit ion successf u l she recom mends seeing a dietician to develop a diet or strategies for a personalized gluten-free approach to eating. “A lot of our society is based in fast food, processed foods, or prepackaged foods a nd a g luten-f ree d iet is a lot healthier in that you have to eat more natural,” explained Courtemanche. “If you’re not used to cooking things from scratch, it’s a huge change. You can no longer just pop something in the microwave and be good to go. You’ve really got to explore if you’re going to eat anything prepackaged.” After years of suffering with Gluten-Free Bacon-Wrapped Pork Medallions digestive issues ranging from discomfort to pain, Andrea Breau, of Winthrop, said she was first given a diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and encouraged to add fiber to her diet. When that failed to decrease symptoms, and it was clear she was also not lactose intolerant, she finally sought a physician who was also a naturopathic doctor. A f ter blood test s for C el iac d i se a se c a me back negat ive, t he doctor sug gested she st i l l t r y a gluten-free diet for a month. “It’s hard to describe how consta nt d igest ive issues i nter fere w it h ever y pa r t of your life. Whether it was spor ts i n h ig h school, or sitting in class after lunch in college and my stomach was so loud – embarrassingly loud -- that the teacher would stop and ask if I was speaking,” explained Andrea, Lauren’s sister. “I was sort of at my wit’s end and willing to try anything.” With her d o c t or ’s encou ragement, A nd rea bega n eliminat ing glutenladen products from her diet. This is a task that can vary in difficulty based on how each person ate previously. So much Look for gluten-free products at your local grocery or natural food store. Locally, gluten-free products can be purchased at Shaw's, Hannafords, and Axis Natural Food stores. Gluten-free Brownie Bites w i t h S t r a w b e r r i e s a n d Gluten-free Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies with Salted Whipped Cream of what we consume contains some for m of g luten, a nd finding alternatives requires research. There are, however, far more options now than a decade ago, said Lauren. “You can’t do it overnight, you have to be patient and you have to be creative,” advised Lauren. “It’s quite a transition since most people have some sort of baked goods like bread as part of their diet. You have to learn how to read labels.” Caramel Filling $200 off • Life Fitness • Cybex • Landice • Lemond • Vison Treadmill Headquarters over 30 years! Mon-Fri 9:30-5:30 • Sat 10-5 • Sun Closed 2012 SHAPE-UP all 2012 models TRY BEFORE YOU BUY! Andrea said that one of the factors that made her switch to gluten free easier was the fact that her partner’s family is from India and much of their diet consists of ricebased dishes. “I started in June of 2008 or 2009 -- I swear that in two Feel the Quality Difference Gluten-free page 5 ‰ LOCALLY OWNED AND OPERATED FIBROMYALGIA Stephen Garbarini, D.C 369-9005 drstephengarbarini.com Holistic Help for Zumba® Classes in Turner with Heidi 425 Turner Center Rd. Facebook / firstname.lastname@example.org Tuesdays & Thursdays from 6:00-7:15 Extended classes with Core & Stretching 200 Gorham Rd. South Portland (next to Olive Garden) 772-7110 www.workoutfitness.com Call 650-8094 Advertising Supplement to the Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine, Friday, January 11, 2013 4 HEALTY LIVING Gluten-free from page 4 weeks to a month almost all of my digestive issues had cleared up,” Andrea said. A ndrea a lso says t he elimination of gluten-laden foods has allowed her to focus on just enjoying life. “I’m not constantly worried; I can go anywhere, I can play sports – it may seem silly, but there’s more freedom,” Andrea said of being gluten-free. C ont i nu i n g t o c on s u me gluten products can potentially cause long-term damage, but Courtemanche said a benefit, of sorts, typical to indiv iduals w ith gluten intolerance or Celiac is they w ill feel sick immediately and that is usually enough incentive to avoid those foods in the future. “Every once in awhile I find myself in a situation where I don’t have a whole lot of choice a nd I have to eat gluten. Any time that I do, t he sy mptoms come back almost immediately. I’m back to feeling pretty awful and it takes another two to three days for the symptoms to clear up again,” Andrea explained. Courtemanche cautions that while it can be a healthier way of eating, it is not necessary for everyone and only those indiv iduals w ith Celiac or gluten intolera nce should remove all gluten. If you’re newly diagnosed or have discussed a gluten-free diet with your physician or d iet ic ia n, Cou r tema nche offered these tips to help for a smoother transition: · Embrace it. Stay positive. · Try new things. You might be surprised what you like. · Alter old favorite recipes with gluten-free ingredients. · Seek gluten-free forums and other support systems. · L e t f a m i l y a nd f r ie nd s know you’re eating gluten Gluten-free Gourmet free to prevent accidental Mushroom Risotto consumption of gluten foods. · Seek professional advice. Resources: Foodallergy.org · Avoid pre-packaged, costly g luten-f r e e a lter n at i v e s http://w w w.livestrong.com/article/388280-what-are-thewhen possible. benefits-of-a-gluten-free-diet/ · Learn how to read labels. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/gluten-free-diet/my01140 Blueberry French Toast made with Glutino GlutenFree White Bread Healthier Heart from page 7 7. Exercise regularly. The Online Activity Tracker f rom t he A mer ica n Hea r t Health Association lets you create a personalized walking plan, log time or distance traveled, plot and save walking routes, and more. Check it out at w w w.st a r t w a l k i ng now. org. You can also use the AHA Walking Paths app for Android and iPhone. 8. Eat right. Tr a c k i n g t h e f o o d s y ou consume helps you better understand your caloric and nutritional intake. The Lose It! app for the iPhone allows you to enter and track your meals and snacks, and keep track of your weight loss progress and goals via the app, as well as access your account online. V i sit w w w.loseit .com for more information. Offering many of the same capabilities, Android phone users can use the Diet Assistant app at www. dietassistantapp.com. 9. Make sleep a priority. Not getting enough sleep can ra ise your blood pressure a nd ma ke it more l i kely you’ll have a stroke or heart attack. Lea r n more about your sleep patterns with a sleep monitor. You can try a headband monitor, such as the Zeo, (www.myzeo.com), or an armband monitor such as the SleepTracker, (w w w. s l e e p t r a c k e r.c om ) . E a c h keeps track of your sleep cycle and helps you wake up at the optimal time. 10. Know your family history. K n o w i n g y o u r f a m i l y ’s medical history can help you identify patterns that might be relevant to your own heart health. There are a number of online tools such as My Fa mi ly Hea lt h Por t ra it at https://FamilyHistor y.hhs. gov to help you gather and store that information. Sauna Experience from page 8 your heat bathing. Is it okay to pour water on the rocks of traditional heaters? Pouring water on the rocks of Finnleo traditional sauna heaters is perfectly fine and is an essential aspect of the overall experience. For infrared saunas, however, the humidity will be ambient. Are there any health problems that I should be concerned about? Be sure to consult your personal physicia n i f you have a ny h istor y of hea r t problems, high blood pressure, or any other health problems before enjoying any kind of sauna. W hat are some of the most notable benef its of using a sauna? Relaxation is by far the most cited benefit from regular sauna bathers, followed closely by the positive effects seen from detoxification. 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Those two things are the defining element of cardiovascular work, so things like shopping for groceries or walking from the car to the store won’t count (unless you are doing them very quickly). Things like pushing a lawnmower or riding a bike to the store can count as moderate activity. Participating in organized team sports, running, playing tennis or swimming laps are the kinds of activities that compose vigorous activities. If you are starting an exercise regime and are looking for maximum effect, start with moderate activities and then lead to more vigorous ones, counting each minute of vigorous activity as equal to approximately two minutes of moderate action. Muscle-strengthening activities should work all of your major muscle groupslegs, arms, back, chest, abdomen and shoulders. For maximum benefit, they should be done until it is difficult to do any more work with that muscle group. Weightlifting is the classic method of muscle-strengthening, but if you’re not interested in heading to the gym and pumping iron, there are a lot of other ways that you can get some resistance training. Today, many people choose to use exercise bands at home, which is cheaper and more convenient than a gym membership. You can also do exercises that use your own body weight as the resistance. Sit-ups and pushups fit into this category, as do other exercises like knee bends and lunges. You can also count things like heavy gardening as your weekly activity. Many activities like yoga, hiking and swimming actually combine the two of these, making them the perfect exercise. It’s important to accurately assess your level of effort when engaging in these activities. A Yin Yoga class shouldn’t count the same as a Bikram class, and a leisurely stroll along the boardwalk isn’vt the same as a 12-mile hike up hills. Exercise and preventing Type 2 diabetes By NewsUSA A new study by the Harvard School of P ubl ic Hea lt h m a k e s c l e a r t h a t y ou r genes "take a back seat" to behav iora l a nd l i fest yle factors when it comes to developing Type 2 diabetes, and that – where men are concerned – lifting weights for just 30 minutes a day, five times a week, can cut your risk by as much as 34 percent. Make that as much as 59 percent when weights are combined with aerobic exercise. Women, too, ca n benef it from a healthier lifestyle. Separate data suggest that 90 percent of Type 2 diabetes in females can be attributed to things like excess weight, smoking and alcohol use. "Clearly, this is a preventable disease, and sadly about 6 million of the more than 24 million American diabetics don't even know they have it," says t he Fou ndat ion for Chiropractic Progress' G e r a r d W. C l u m , D C . A side f rom t reat i ng a ny aches and pains from all t hat exerc i si ng , today's ch i ropractors cou nsel patients on ways to improve their health. L e a r n m o r e a t w w w. yes2chiropractic.org. Just cardio work or strengthening muscles won’t have the combined benefits of doing the two of them in concert. Whatever you decide to do, keep these basic principles in mind. Try to get your cardiovascular system up and running for at least 30 minutes, five times per week and work to strengthen muscles at least twice per week. Just cardio work or strengthening muscles won’t have the combined benefits of doing the two of them in concert. Too much time indoors is bad for kids' health By StatePoint Not all American children get regular doses of fresh air. A 2012 report published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine found that only about half of U.S. preschoolers a re ta ken outside to walk or play daily. And older kids aren’t faring much better, say experts. 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You can track your weight over time, and see results in relation to daily activity, time of day, diet, exercise, and more. The scale lets you set a milestone and share your results with doctors, fitness buddies and family. The free compa nion iHea lt h Sca le app works with iPod touch, iPhone and iPad. Learn more at www.ihealth99.com. 3. Limit alcohol and caffeine. Keep t rack of how much you’re d r i n k i ng w it h t he Dr i n k Cont rol or A lcohol Monitor apps for iPhone, or the SoberApp for Android. They estimate your blood alcohol content and let you k now whet her or not you shou ld d r ive. To mon itor your caffeine intake, try the Caffeine Zone 2 for iPhone a nd iPad, or t he Ca f feine Monitor app for Android. 4. Take care of your teeth. Resea rch suggests t hat there may be a link between per iodont a l d i sea se a nd heart disease. Go online and check the American Dental A s s o c i a t i o n’s d a t a b a s e at w w w. 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