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May 2017 Vitality
Table of contents... Safeguard your eyes. Page 3
What you need to know about protein shakes. Page 4
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Donâ€™t let a sunburn ruin your summer. Page 10
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Taking frequent breaks and avoiding glare can help prevent “computer vision syndrome” – eye and vision-related problems that result from prolonged computer use
Safeguard eyes against “computer vision syndrome” Technology has simplified life in so many ways. Thanks to their tablets and smartphones, many people now have a wealth of information at their disposal 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Computers, tablets and smartphones can now be seen just about everywhere, so it’s no wonder that studies have shown that as much as 90 percent of computer users have reported symptoms of computer vision syndrome, or CVS. Sometimes referred to as “digital eye strain,” CVS is, according to the American Optometric Association, an umbrella term used to describe a group of eye and vision-related problems that result from prolonged computer use. Manhattan Vision Associates notes that such problems can arise in people who spend two or more hours daily in front of a screen, a qualifier that means just about anyone, from working professionals to children, is susceptible to CVS. Symptoms of CVS No two individuals are the same, and some people who spend significant amounts of time may never develop CVS. But those who do may experience the following symptoms. • Eyestrain: When people spend ample time staring at screens, the muscles of their inner eyes can strain and tighten and cause eye irritation. This can result in fatigue and pain. • Blurred vision: Blurred vision can compromise a person’s ability to
...it’s no wonder that studies have shown that as much as 90 percent of computer users have reported symptoms of computer vision syndrome, or CVS.
see small details. That loss of sharpness can make it hard to focus on a screen for a significant amount of time. In addition, vision can blur as people go back and forth between their keyboards and screens or multiple screens, as many people do while simultaneously working on a computer and using their smartphones. • Headaches: Many people develop headaches after staring at screens for prolonged periods of time. That’s because the brightness and contrast of a screen can produce an indirect glare that’s especially hard on the eyes. • Dry eyes: People do not blink as often when staring at screens as they do when they are not looking at screens. As a result, people are vulnerable to dry
eyes when staring at screens, as blinking is one of the ways the eyes replenish moisture. Prevention While some people may be inclined to accept CVS as a side effect of living in the 21st century, there are ways to prevent CVS. • Take frequent breaks. The AOA recommend that people alleviate digital eye strain by following the 20-20-20 rule. This rule advises taking 20 second breaks to stare at something 20 feet away every 20 minutes. • Reposition your computer screen. The AOA notes that the optimal location for computer screens is between 15 and 20 degrees below eye level, or about four to five inches, as measured from the center of the screen. In addition, position the screen so it is between 20 and 28 inches from your eyes. • Avoid glare. Computer screens also should be positioned to avoid glare from lighting and windows. Draw blinds or drapes if sun is shining in on the screen, and opt for low wattage light bulbs in desk lamps. • Blink more. Make a concerted effort to blink more throughout the day so your eyes remain as moist as possible. The average time people spend staring at screens continues to rise, making CVS a legitimate concern for adults and children alike. Learn more about CVS and how to prevent it at www.aoa.org.
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Understanding protein shakes Protein powder shakes once were consumed almost exclusively by professional body builders or gym rats looking to increase their muscle mass. But long gone are the days of finding protein shake supplies in specialty fitness stores. Nowadays protein shakes are mainstream and big business for the fitness and diet industry. Although protein shakes are not a magic solution for six-pack abs or overnight weight loss, they can – when used correctly – make a healthy addition to a fitness and nutrition regimen. With that said, they may not be right for everyone. But it’s important for individuals to weigh the pros and cons of protein products and work with their physicians to find the right regimen for their age, gender, body type, and desired goals. Protein shakes have a lot of positive attributes. Convenient and portable, protein shakes are formulated with readily available, highly digestible protein to fuel the body post-workout. Protein is essential for building muscle and overall body strength and is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. It also helps make hormones, enzymes and other body chemicals. Protein shakes deliver whey or casein protein in a convenient way. And because protein shakes tend to be concentrated, many people can consume the recommended level of protein for their activity type without having to eat many calorie-laden meals. Shakes also can be filling and help people feel satiated longer. Some people substitute protein shakes for meals once per day, eliminating a potentially calorie-laden meal in favor of a low-calorie shake. While protein shakes can be beneficial, the International Society of Sports Nutrition recommends that those who exercise should try to reach their protein requirements via whole foods. Protein shakes are not complete meals; therefore, they may create nutritional deficits if they are routinely used as meal substitutes. The Mayo Clinic offers that protein shakes often fall short of supplying significant amounts of carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and healthy fats. They’re also generally missing naturally occurring fiber, antioxidants and phytochemicals. Protein shakes may be flavored with artificial ingredients or sweeteners which can be fine when consumed occasionally, but may not be recommended as a long-term meal replacement. Too much protein may not be a good thing, either. The U.S. Department of
Protein shakes can be a convenient part of an overall healthy eating plan.
Nowadays protein shakes are mainstream and big business for the fitness and diet industry.
Health recommends that adults should not consume more than twice the recommended daily intake of protein, which is 55.5 g for men and 45 g for women. Protein shakes often have 20 to 40 g
of protein per serving. So it’s easy to see how consumers of protein shakes may consume more than their recommended amount of protein. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, consistently exceeding daily protein requirements can lead to weight gain, high blood cholesterol, an elevated risk for heart disease, and kidney complications. Also, The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine states that consuming too much protein can raise a person’s risk of developing cancer, osteoporosis and kidney stones. Protein shakes are convenient forms of a nutrient that active bodies need. When used in moderation and as part of an overall healthy eating plan, they should be safe. But it’s important to discuss any dietary and exercise concerns with a doctor before making drastic lifestyle changes.
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Vitality Briefs Set realistic goals The American Psychological Association recommends that men and women interested in making lifestyle changes begin by making realistic shortand long-term goals and then starting small. Unrealistic short-term goals can compromise people’s efforts at making positive changes, ultimately derailing their efforts. Realistic short-term goals can pave the way to realizing the loftier long-term goals. For example, the APA recommends that people who set a long-term weight loss goal of 20 pounds begin by aiming to lose one pound a week. Accomplishing that short-term goal can give people the confidence and satisfaction they need to propel them toward achieving their long-term goal. The APA also advises that men and women who want to change unhealthy behaviors do so one unhealthy behavior at a time, unless several unhealthy behaviors are putting their overall health in imminent danger. Quitting smoking
and eating healthy requires considerable effort and dedication, and individuals may encounter problems when they try to do too much at one time. As a result, the APA recommends waiting until one new healthy behavior has become routine before attempting to change another unhealthy behavior.
Did you know? Individuals visit the doctor for many different reasons. Although serious illnesses or acute medical care may be seen as the primary reasons behind doctor visits, a relatively recent study from The Mayo Clinic suggests otherwise. In 2013, data published in the journal “Mayo Clinic Proceedings” uncovered that most people visit the doctor for skin disorders, such as acne or dermatitis. In the United States, 42.7 percent of the doctor visits studied were for skin ailments. Skin ailments were followed by joint disorders, back problems, cholesterol, and upper respiratory conditions.
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der. When a person has OCD, he or she has uncontrollable reoccurring thoughts or obsessions and behaviors, or compulsions that he or she feels an urge to repeat over and over. Common symptoms that a person is suffering from obsessions associated with OCD are a fear of germs or contamination; unwanted forbidden or taboo thoughts involving sex, religion and harm; aggressive thoughts towards others or oneself; and an urge to have things symmetrical or in a perfect order. Examples of compulsions associated with OCD include excessive cleaning and/or handwashing; ordering and arranging things in a particular, precise way; repeatedly checking on things, such as checking to ensure the oven has been turned off; and compulsive counting. While many people experience one or more of these symptoms from time to time, those who cannot control their thoughts and behaviors, even when they are recognized as excessive, may be suffering from OCD. In addition, the amount of time a person spends on these thoughts or behaviors may be indicative of OCD. The NIMH notes that people with OCD generally spend at least one hour per day dealing with obsessions or compulsions.
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Consider skin type and personal style when choosing cosmetics. Professional consultations can help.
How to choose the right cosmetic products The global cosmetic and beauty industry continues to evolve and thrive. Each day, new formulations for skin, hair, nails, and more arrive on store shelves, beckoning shoppers to give them a try. According to Allied Market Research, the cosmetics market is expected to generate $429.8 billion by 2022. As men and women all over the world contribute to these impressive sales figures, one may wonder just how to navigate through the extensive waters of the cosmetics industry. How does a person find the right products for their needs when there are so many to choose from? The right products vary depending on the individual. Certain factors should be considered before trying the newest product available. Know your skin type – It helps to have a cursory understanding of your skin type. This includes whether it is dry, combination, sensitive, or oily. When considering your skin type, also keep in mind potential allergens that may have irritated your skin in the past. Avoid cosmetic products with these in-
gredients. Sign up for a sample service – Explore the various cosmetic mail-order subscription services available. For a nominal fee, some services allow you to have several samples shipped to your door each month. Try the products and see which ones are contenders. This way you haven’t made a large financial commitment, nor do you have full-size products cluttering your bathroom. If one or more items proves its mettle, invest in more. Weed out the ones that don’t work – Certain ingredients, such as retinol or alpha hydroxy acids, can cause a little irritation. However, cosmetic products should not burn, cause redness or inflammation, advise dermatologists. If a product does, discontinue use. Skin or hair should not get worse before it gets better. Give products time – Read the literature on the packaging or bottle. Certain cosmetic products are designed to work quickly. Others, particularly those that treat wrinkles or dark spots on skin, may need two weeks to a month to produce
the desired results. A good rule of thumb is that the longer an issue lasts, the more time a product will need to produce the desired results. Go out in the sun – The best way to determine if a shade of makeup matches or if a product looks flawless is to go out in the sun. Although cosmetics have come a long way, and digital colormatching is some of the most advanced technology, natural light is the best way to determine a skin tone match. If the makeup looks great during the day, it should work well under other lighting situations as well. Do a consultation – Visit a department store and head to the beauty counter. Ask about the newest products available and request a trial. This enables you to see firsthand how items feel and look, and you may learn some professional application tips as well. Similarly, when at the hair salon, ask your stylist which products are ideal for your hair type and desired results. You don’t necessarily have to buy them at the salon, but you can comparison shop or look for similar formulations later.
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Minimize dark circles under the eyes Racoon eyes may be a side effect of forgetting to remove mascara and other eye makeup before retiring for bed. In such instances, dark eye circles are easily remedied with cleaning pads. For those whose dark circles can’t be swept away with soap and water, dark, puffy eyes can be a cause for embarrassment or concern. Dark circles under the eyes may be a byproduct of various circumstances. Getting to the root of the problem can help women (and men) look more awake and fresh. Accept genetics – Genetics may be the biggest culprit in undereye circles. Some people simply inherit fair or thin skin around the eyes. This can make blood that pools in these areas (from stretched or broken capillaries) more visible. While a person cannot change his or her skin tone, gently washing one’s face, paying careful attention to the sensitive eye area – can help reduce damage. Also, getting more sleep can increase circulation to this area and prevent blood pooling. Treat allergies and sinus issues – According to Allergy & Asthma Care of New York, allergies and other sinus issues can cause puffiness and dark eye
Genetics, health conditions and lifestyle can contribute to undereye circles. circles. Histamines, which are released when an allergen is present, can cause blood vessels to swell and inflame. Getting tested for seasonal allergies can help people identify some possible triggers. Alleviating allergy symptoms can reduce the appearance of dark circles in some cases. Reduce swelling – Undereye bags can cause shadows to form and increase the appearance of dark circles. To remedy this, try to reduce fluid pooling in -
the face. Sleep elevated on a few pillows so that fluid flows away from the eyes. Reduce consumption of alcohol and salty foods, which can exacerbate fluid retention. Cool compresses can be used to massage fluid gently away from the eyes as well. Apply sunscreen – Dark circles may result from pigmentation changes that occur after exposure to the sun or some other type of UV light. Individuals who apply sunscreen on their faces, including around their eyes, may be able to reduce or prevent pigment changes. Rely on concealer – Makeup can help counter the look of dark shadows and pigmentation around the eyes. Use a shade that is opposite the color of the circles to camouflage them. For example, use orange-yellow tones to combat bluepurple shading under the eyes. Makeup artists also advise applying concealer in the shape of a triangle. That way a person is creating a light arrow that draws attention to the bright part of her eyes. Undereye circles and swelling can be alleviated when people get to the source of the problem. A combination of treating the sources and masking the issue can help. In severe cases, individuals should visit their dermatologists.
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Reducing sugar intake is an important component of a healthy lifestyle.
Sugar can be hiding in plain sight The healthcare community is increasingly pointing to sugar as one of the biggest contributors to the obesity epidemic that has affected North America. More so than fats, sugar may contribute to a number of conditions that affect overall health. The scary part is that sugar may be lurking in foods that people would not think of as “sugary.” The average American eats between 150 and 170 pounds of refined sugars per year, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. Approximately 50 percent of U.S. adults drink one sugary beverage per day, and nearly 63 percent of children between the ages 2 and 19 consume at least one sugar-sweetened beverage per day according to a study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sugar occurs naturally in various foods, but added sugar, sometimes referred to as “refined sugar,” is turning up in many places, increasing the average person’s sugar intake as a result. The World Health Organization’s official nutrition advisors state that only 5 per-
cent of one’s daily calorie intake should consist of sugars. This equates to approximately 30 grams per day. Children should have less – no more than 19 to 24 grams per day, depending on their ages. However, each day people are consuming more and more. For those who think avoiding a slice of cake or skipping soft drinks is enough, consider these somewhat hidden sources of sugar, according to the health experts at “Prevention.” • Barbecue sauce: Grilling time means foods laden with flavorful barbecue sauce. Many barbecue sauces contain up to 13 grams of sugar per two tablespoons. • Fruit-flavored yogurt: Eating yogurt can be a healthy part of a diet, but not when it is full of sugar. One container of fruit yogurt may contain up to 19 grams of sugar. • Granola bars: These convenient snacks can pack a sugary punch. One bar can boast 12 grams of sugar. • Salad dressing: Dousing healthy salads with dressing may increase caloric
intake and sugar consumption. French, Russian and Thousand Island dressings, for example, often have high amounts of sugar per serving size – some as many as 9 to 10 grams per serving. • Frozen foods: In addition to high levels of sodium (used as a preservative), frozen entrees may have as many as 30 to 40 grams of added sugar per serving. • Energy drinks: The pick-me-up energy drinks provide is largely fueled by sugar and caffeine. Some of these drinks can have a whopping 83 grams of sugar. Reading product labels is the easiest way to see how much sugar is lurking in foods. While not all sugar is bad, and naturally occurring sugar-based carbohydrates can help supply ready energy to active muscles, most sugar is made of empty calories that can pack on the pounds. According to Dr. Pamela Peeke, author of “The Hunger Fix,” refined sugar also can cause cells to age more quickly and lead to excessive inflammation, which increases one’s risk for many diseases.
Can cash really buy happiness? There have been a number of recent studies completed to determine what makes us happy. In several studies, it was concluded that quality relationships are most important in determining levels of happiness. Other studies looked at the effect of money on happiness. In fact, research by the Nobel laureate psychologist and economist Daniel Kahneman showed that money increases happiness until about $75,000 annually, and after that our emotional well-being doesn’t increase with income. This has led many to conclude that “money doesn’t buy happiness,” that is, not after a certain income level is reached. What’s fascinating is the fact that “income” isn’t necessarily “money,” Income is a rate of money earned each month or year; it’s not actually the only measure of money, however. Because of this, a study was done in the U.K. where researchers (Ruberton, Gladstine, and Lyubomirsky) studied 585 individuals to determine their Satisfaction With Life Scale responses and found that those with higher cash-on-hand bank balances were actually happier than those with less cash in the bank. In other words, happiness may not rise with a growing income, but cash in the bank tended to make people happier than those without much cash. Moreover, the study found that the amount of investments or net worth people had didn’t have the same happiness-boosting effect that cash-on-hand did. Said a much simpler way, if you
Beyond the Money by Adam Cufr want to be measurably happier (and your spouse too, if you’re married), then a proven way to accomplish that is to find a way to save up more cash. If you think about this conclusion, you can see why it’s likely to be true. Knowing that you have enough ready cash on-hand to handle just about any emergency can have a huge benefit to one’s psyche. On the other hand, future income, investments in a tax deferred retirement account, or value in a closelyheld business, cannot provide the same benefit as cash because access to the money is restricted. You may have the money on paper, but you can’t easily get your hands on it. As a result, stress about day-to-day life events may curtail our ability to be free of stress and live happily. (A good rule of thumb is to shoot for three to six months of your normal monthly expenses in a safe, accessible cash account.) So, what can we do to become happier, by way of increasing cash-on-hand? Here are some steps you can take: Sell stuff – turn unused items into cash on eBay, Craigslist, or your local paper’s classifieds Buy less stuff – if you look for op-
portunities to avoid spending on unneeded items, cash can build up in bank accounts Reduce retirement savings temporarily – I’m not advocating shutting down retirement savings, just redirecting money into accessible cash accounts until your emergency fund is fully-funded Consolidate and clean-up bank accounts – some people discover they have more cash on-hand than they realized because money is spread across multiple banks in several accounts. By consolidating accounts, the brain can more easily calculate the amount of savings available, which may elevate happiness and security levels. I hope you can agree with me that money isn’t everything. Far from it. What we can agree to get excited about is the opportunity to reduce our stress levels and enhance our levels of happiness by preparing for life’s uncertainties. By building up a cash reserve, we earn the right to take a deep breath and enjoy the journey a bit more. It’s long been said that there are some things money can’t buy, but happiness, it turns out, may not be one of those things. Adam Cufr, RICP®, a Northwood native, is the owner of Fourth Dimension Financial Group, LLC in Perrysburg. He is a retirement planner, a columnist for Retirement Advisor Magazine, and the author of “Off the Record – Secrets to Building a Successful Retirement and a Lasting Legacy.” To learn more about his book, visit www. OffTheRecordRetirement.com.
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Be sun savvy wear sunscreen and protective clothing and avoid the sun’s strongest rays (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) to avoid sunburn and skin damage.
Don’t let sunburn derail summer fun Many people find it impossible to think about summer without conjuring visions of spending endless hours outdoors from morning until evening, whether beachside, on the open water or even floating in a backyard pool. Although a certain measure of sun exposure is required for some natural functions of the body, it’s well documented that too much time in the sun can be hazardous to one’s health. That’s why summer frolickers need to exercise considerable caution each time they step outside. Taking sunburn for granted can be a big mistake. Many people wouldn’t risk burns from a hot stove or open fire, but they won’t think twice about being unprotected under the very hot rays of the sun. The Centers for Disease Control and “Prevention” says more than onethird of adults and nearly 70 percent of children admit to suffering from sunburn within the past year. Depending on the intensity of the sun and the amount of time spent outside, sunburn can be a first- or second-degree burn. In first-degree burns, damage affects the topmost layer of skin. However, sunburn can even affect deeper layers and cause blistering in addition to redness and pain. Sunburn also can cause some irreparable damage that goes unseen.
It’s also important to note that sunburns are not just limited to the hot weather or when it is sunny outside.
According to WebMD, ultraviolet light from the sun can alter DNA, prematurely aging skin or even contributing to skin cancers. It can take years before symptoms become noticeable. Therefore, it is best for people of all ages to exercise caution when spending time in the sun. Sunburn is one of the most easily prevented summertime ailments. It’s also important to note that sunburns are not just limited to the hot weather or when it is sunny outside. Ultraviolet damage can occur at any time of the year, and also from artificial UV sources, such as tanning beds. Preventing sunburn is simple. • The Mayo Clinic says the sun’s rays are the strongest between 10 a.m.
and 4 p.m., so schedule outdoor activities for other times of day. Otherwise, limit exposure to the sun and take frequent breaks in the shade. • Wear protective clothing that covers the arms and legs. Some outdoor gear is designed to offer sun protection. Tightly woven fabrics tend to help the most. • Apply – and reapply – sunscreen. Look for products that offer an SPF of 15 or greater. The American Academy of Dermatology actually recommends an SPF of 30 or greater. Make sure the product is broad-spectrum, meaning it protects against UVA and UVB rays. Apply sunscreen thoroughly, paying attention to the tops of feet, hands and other places that tend to go untreated. Reapply every two hours or more frequently, if necessary. • Base tans do not protect the skin. Research does not support the habit of getting a tan to prevent subsequent sunburn. • Protect the face and eyes by wearing a wide-brimmed hat and highly rated UV protection sunglasses. The Skin Cancer Foundation says a person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had five or more sunburns. Use protection, stay hydrated and play it smart to enjoy summer to the fullest.
Bayou Creek offers holistic living experience By Yaneek Smith Press Contributing Writer firstname.lastname@example.org After struggling for years battling an auto-immune disease, a thyroid disorder and Celiac disease and not benefiting much from the medication she was taking to combat the illness, Jennifer Heggie’s road to recovery came via an unconventional path. During an appointment with her endocrinologist a little over two years ago, the doctor remarked that Heggie might want to consider eating some organic food, and that got her thinking about how a change in her diet might be the key to solving her problems. That spurred an undertaking that saw Heggie, whose illnesses were not responding to treatment and medication from her doctors, gain a greater appreciation and understanding for holistic living and how eating organic and gluten-free foods and limiting dairy and sugar intake could steer her on a path to greater health. What has led to better health for Heggie and also some of her children is the motivation for her and her husband opening the Bayou Creek Farmstead, which is located at 12148 W. SR 163 in Oak Harbor, just past the high
I was sleeping through the night after I couldn’t sleep well for three to four years.
school. “Our goal is to help people understand how embracing natural and organic foods can help to reverse and even stop some of the symptoms of intestinal conditions that in turn affect the functioning of all of your body systems. Sometimes getting back to the basics is the best thing for your mind, it goes hand in hand with your environment and what you’re putting into (your body),” said Heggie. “We don’t sell everything, but we sell quite a bit, and the idea is to make the environment as comfortable as possible. Everything inside (your body) needs to be good and everything outside needs to be good. “Holistic living is about what to eat and how to eat, and it worked (for me). It
was as simple as removing anything that wasn’t natural from my diet, that was all it took. I was sleeping through the night after I couldn’t sleep well for three to four years. With my hormones and my thyroid illness, I had so much going on, there was so much inflammation, and my body was fighting with myself. And as soon as I started removing those (toxins), it was really hard at first, but after that, things got better. The store, which opened in February, sells baked goods like brownies, cupcakes and cookies, eggs, soaps, cleansers, honey, tea, supplements and (sometimes) maple syrup. It also offers classes, usually on a monthly basis, that have thus far discussed bath bombs, fermenting and dehydrating and dry canning food. “When people ask if I can get something (for them), they can order things that I don’t have in stock, (and) I can usually get a pretty good price. We’re expanding the store’s inventory and diversifying the things we’re carrying,” said Heggie. “Every day, there’s new stuff. We have a variety of things. “We’re having different classes, and making sure it’s free for people. We do Continued on page 13
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Today’s smartphones can be effective “digital assistants,” making it easy to manage scheduling, finances and more. cut down on the time needed to fulfill many banking operations. Bank and credit union apps enable users to quickly check their balances, transfer money and make deposits on the go. What’s more, apps such as Evernote can help you organize and save receipts or other information. Retrieve these items from your camera roll or through Evernote’s cloud services. Other receipt management apps serve similar functions. Mobile scanning – Along a simi-
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When internet usage switched from mere fad to fully functional, few people may have imagined just how profound – and mobile – it would become. While electronic use was largely stationary as recently as a few years ago, it’s now second nature for users to send and receive information on the go. Smartphone use has increased dramatically in recent years, and these pocket-sized devices can be reliable hubs of information. The same devices that keep people in touch can help them stay more organized. Here’s how to use mobile devices to stay on top of schedules and other organizational jobs. Calendars – One of the more useful smartphone organizational tools is the calendar app. Depending on the operating system or app used, calendar entries can be synchronized across phones and devices. That makes it possible to pull up your calendar while on the go or when sitting at a desktop computer. Calendar apps can be optimized using reminders, alarms and even recurring entries. Shopping – Smartphones have revolutionized shopping, but even those who still shop in more traditional ways can use their mobile devices to make the process easier. Apps like “Out of Milk” can keep a running tally of ingredients and items in the pantry to make it easier to maintain shopping lists. The virtual megastore “mySupermarket” enables you to compare prices at major retailers and then decide where to buy certain products. The site works with each retailer to fulfill the order. “Favado” will build a shopping list based on local sales and favorite brands. The app can even notify you when particular items go on sale or recommend relevant coupons. Financial management – The same capabilities that were once exclusive to desktop computers are now available on mobile devices. Online banking, bill pay and check deposit functions have
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Bayou Creek Continued from page 11 videos of all the things that we teach and put it on our Facebook page, so even if you can’t attend the class, you can see the videos.” Heggie is not claiming to have found a magic bullet that will solve anyone’s health problems, but what she’s claiming is that practicing a healthy diet can go a long way in fighting illnesses in ways many haven’t seriously considered. “Even if you don’t have an allergy or a sensitivity to gluten, what I would say is if you have an opportunity to eat grains that haven’t been modified, that’s what I would do. If you have an opportunity to eat chicken that doesn’t have hormones and antibiotics, that’s what I would eat,” said Heggie. “Not everybody has the same solution. It’s about clean eating and eating the right way. You’d think it’s common sense now, but I didn’t know what it meant before (I had my health problems).” Not only does Bayou Creek provide these services, but it does so in a small town, something that is rare. Places like this are much easier to find in a city like Toledo, but that’s not the case in a place like Oak Harbor. “I didn’t realize how many peo-
ple there were like us. It was amazing, people from Oak Harbor, Fremont and Bowling Green have gotten in touch with us. I didn’t expect to be so graciously accepted. It’s been really humbling, it makes you try harder to do better and to do more,” said Heggie. “The reason we started to do this is because we wanted to make it easier for other people to learn about (holistic living). It was important for me to be able to share the things I’ve learned, (and) it’s been a really good experience sharing with other people their stories and learning things from them. “The greatest drawback to the medical system is the authority that pharmaceutical companies have over our health. It’s so completely biased that it makes it impossible unless you do your own research to understand that there’s an alternative. I take medication every day – I have a heart problem – and I wouldn’t be able to survive without my heart medication; we’re fortunate to have a lot of smart people who know how to treat diseases, (so) I’m not against (Western medicine). But to be able to share the knowledge and promote and strengthen the people around you, that’s kind of what we live by,” she said. Bayou Creek Farmstead is open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Visit www.facebook.com/bayoucreekfarmstead/ or call 419-707-7923 for info.
Vitality Briefs Melanoma less common than other skin cancers According to the American Cancer Society, melanoma skin cancer is less common than other types of skin cancer, though it is more likely to grow and spread. Melanoma begins in skin cells known as melanocytes. Melanocytes make melanin, a pigment that gives skin its tan or brown color and protects the skin from some of the harmful effects of the sun. The ACS notes that most melanoma cells still make melanin, and when that occurs, the melanoma tumors are typically brown or black. When melanomas do not make melanin, the tumors may appear pink, tan or white. Melanomas can develop anywhere on the skin, but they are more likely to develop in certain areas depending on a person’s gender. For men, melanomas are most likely to develop on the chest or trunk, while women who develop melanomas are most likely to get them on their legs.
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Snuggling up with a good book, magazine or newspaper can be good for the mind and body.
Incorporate more reading into your schedule Those who want to boost their health and happiness need look no further than a good book to do so. Reading helps people of all ages expand their vocabulary. For students, that can translate into improved scores on standardized tests and performance in school. Reading also can lead to higher scores on general tests of intelligence, according to researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. One of the main advantages to reading, particularly for adults, is that it helps keep minds sharp longer. According to the journal “Neurology,” reading gives the brain a good workout, which can improve memory function. This can slow down the process of cognitive decline. Reading also helps boost concentration. Multitasking, checking email, watching television and chatting on social media can cause stress levels to rise and productivity to wane. Conversely, when reading a good book or informative article, all attention is focused on the story. This focus can be extended to other things, such as school or work projects.
Now that just some of the reasons to read have been presented, people may wonder just how to increase their propensity to read. The following are some ideas to get started. • Buy several paper books. While all books and reading materials can be beneficial, paper books may help people stay focused longer. Based on the research paper, “Reading from paper versus screens: A critical review of the empirical literature,” by Andrew Dillon, figures vary according to means of calculation and experimental design, but the evidence suggests a performance deficit of between 20 percent and 30 percent when reading from a screen. People can’t toggle between apps when reading a paper book versus text on an e-reader, reducing distractions. • Subscribe to magazines and newspapers. Have plenty of reading materials handy, which can easily be tossed in a tote bag or carried to and from appointments. Resist the urge to use a mobile device, opting to read a magazine or paper instead. • Read at the gym. Bringing a book
along to the gym has dual benefits. Not only will one be engaging the brain as well as the body, but also becoming absorbed in a chapter or interesting piece can prolong the workout. That means spending more time on that treadmill, elliptical machine or stationary bike to finish the meaty part of a chapter. • Read before bed. Skip late-night television watching in favor of a relaxing read. Blue light, which is emitted from televisions, mobile phones and tablets, signals to the brain that it isn’t time for sleep. Therefore, melatonin production can be delayed, making it more difficult to fall asleep. Reading a paper book by a dim light may be relaxing enough to induce sleep. In addition, according to the organization Weight Watchers, snuggling up with a good read tamps down levels of unhealthy stress hormones such as cortisol. Feeling stress-free is a relaxing way to wind down from a tough day. It is easy to include more reading in your day, especially when people understand the benefits reading provides the mind and body.
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