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Drink Water Milk Health Benefits
Too Much Sun
For Eyes
Sun Spots
On Your Skin
Restless Leg Syndrome Migraine Relief

Biomedicine
Pain Relief

Everyday Athletes Get Great Starts At Breakfast

pic(NAPSI)—The 2012 Olympic Games can inspire many to make improvements in their fitness and in their efforts to keep their families healthy. One thing that fans and athletes can relate to is the importance of starting the day right, with a great breakfast to help achieve your potential.

“Nutrition, a balanced diet and a healthy breakfast—these are keys to success regardless of your aspirations,” said Nanna Meyer, United States Olympic Committee senior sports dietitian. “Breakfast provides many benefits, giving you physical energy to take on whatever challenges your day may bring.”

Studies have shown that people who eat ready-to-eat cereal for breakfast have significantly lower body mass indexes (BMI) and are less likely to be overweight than those who skip breakfast or eat meat and eggs for breakfast. Cereal and milk are not only a great-tasting breakfast but also a leading source of 10 important vitamins and nutrients. In addition, foods with whole grains and fiber also provide health benefits.

Summer Sanders, a 1992 Olympic gold medalist in swimming and part of this year’s Team Kellogg’s, is proof that a great start to every day is a critical component to success.

“Eating a healthy breakfast every morning helped me get to the podium and now, as a mom, my top priority is making sure that my family eats a nutritious breakfast to get them fueled to start the day,” said Sanders.

U.S. Olympic Committee sports dietitians and Kellogg’s developed a video series with tips for a healthy lifestyle, including:

• Begin with good hydration. The human body is more than 70 percent water and your muscles depend on water to function properly.

• Busy lifestyles make it difficult to make smart choices on the go, so have a nutritious and filling snack with you to keep yourself fueled throughout the day and prevent unhealthy choices later.

• Incorporate whole grains packed with fiber and nutrients as part of a balanced diet and active lifestyle. Energy from carbohydrates is stored in muscle and liver as glycogen and provides the critical boost you need to perform on the job and while playing sports.

• Don’t forget to include some protein and healthy fats in every meal, including breakfast. Eating protein throughout the day will help manage appetite and maintain metabolism and muscle mass. There are many healthy and convenient meal options to choose from, no matter what is on your busy schedule.

Sanders enjoys a good source of fiber from Kellogg’s Special K with milk and fresh fruit or as a convenient on-the-go snack in travel-size bags. For high-protein options, her go-to breakfast is Eggo Nutri-Grain waffles with peanut butter and fruit.

For more on the power of breakfast and to view the “Start Like A Champion” nutritional video series, visit Kelloggs.com/teamusa.

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Drink Water—To Your Health!

pic(NAPSI)—Are you looking for a simple way to lead a healthier life? Skip the fad diets and trendy health fixes and focus on drinking enough water every day. Several health organizations recommend drinking eight 8-ounce glasses a day to help your body run more efficiently.

When you consider that your blood is 92 percent water and your brain and muscles are 75 percent water, it only makes sense that you need to stay hydrated. Here are some reasons why drinking water will have you feeling and looking better, while also making you healthier.

• Nature’s energy drink. It’s easy to down an energy drink or pop some vitamins when you’re feeling sluggish. However, water balances your electrolytes, controls your blood pressure, cleans the toxins from your kidneys and gives you more energy by helping your blood maintain a healthy volume. Proper hydration also regulates your body temperature and can help prevent heat stroke or hypothermia.

• Improve your moves with water. If you ache more than usual after a workout, you may need to up your water intake. Water acts as a natural shock absorber for your organs and helps lubricate your joints. Proper hydration also improves concentration and reaction time and helps you burn more calories during a workout.

• Natural boost for dieters. It’s common to mistake thirst for hunger pangs and to combat thirst with food instead of water. Before grabbing a snack or an extra helping, try drinking water between meals or a half hour before meals. An extra glass of water will keep your cravings in check while also helping to reduce fat deposits in your body.

• Beauty is more than skin deep. If your skin is feeling dry and moisturizers aren’t doing the trick, consider drinking more water. Water filters through your other organs first, reaching the skin last. So if your other organs aren’t hydrated enough, your skin will pay the price. Your skin repays hydration by being smoother, softer, more supple and healthier.

• Improving water in your home. If you skip drinking water at home because you dislike the taste, try a water filter for high-quality drinking water. When looking for filtration products such as water softeners, water filtration systems and water purification systems, you may want to consult water treatment experts such as Culligan, a company that has a long history of providing whole-house water treatment and softener solutions for the home. Culligan has dealerships nationwide, and each dealer is a local expert in his or her area because water varies across cities and regions.

Though water quality varies across the nation, expert opinions do not. Several health organizations—the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Cancer Society, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American Heart Association and the Water Quality Association—have all agreed for many years that eight 8-ounce glasses a day are optimal for your health.

For more information, visit www.culligan.com.

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Deciphering The Dairy Case: Secrets, Stories And Facts About Milk

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(NAPSI)—Drink—milk—to your good health. A few facts can help you and your family enjoy the many great nutrients and health benefits that milk can offer while customizing your milk choice.

• Milk’s been a part of the American diet since the 1600s! The first dairy cow arrived on the East Coast in the Jamestown Colony around 1611 and priests brought cows to the West Coast via Baja, California, around 1679.

• Today, milk goes from cow to dairy aisle in just about two days, which means getting the freshest possible beverage is as easy as a trip to the grocery store.

• Milk helps build strong bones and scientists now say it also helps reduce blood pressure, boost immunity, ward against diabetes, protect against certain types of cancer and can even help you lose weight.

• One cup of milk costs about 25 cents and is loaded with vitamins and nutrients like calcium, vitamin D, protein and potassium.

• To get the same calcium in a glass of milk, you’d have to eat 12 servings of whole grains, 10 cups of raw spinach or 6 servings of beans (legumes), so raise a glass!

• Lactose-free milk is a great option for people who have lactose intolerance. They may also be able to tolerate foods cooked with milk or eat cheese and yogurt.

• Pediatricians recommend that kids drink whole or reduced-fat milk between the ages of 1 and 2. At this age, children need fat in their diets for nerve and brain development and milk is a good source, plus it’s one that most kids like.

• Most Americans fall below the three cups of milk a day recommended by the USDA—but there are many easy and enjoyable ways to serve milk: glasses with dinner, cream soups, lattes, pudding for dessert, even hot cocoa to start your day or wind down your night. For example, here’s one great way to enjoy milk:

Chocorazz Smoothie

1 medium banana, sliced and frozen

1 cup fat-free chocolate milk

½ cup raspberry low-fat yogurt

Place banana, chocolate milk and yogurt in blender. Cover and blend until smooth. Pour into 2 glasses. Serve immediately.

Learn More

You can get more facts, tips and recipes from Dairy Council of California, online at www.HealthyEating.org/milk-dairy and at (866) 572-1359.

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Too Much Sun Can Be Dangerous For Eyes

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(NAPSI)—While many people are concerned about effects of the sun on their skin, experts say they shouldn’t lose sight of what the sun can do to their eyes.

If the eyes are exposed to excessive amounts of UV radiation over a short period of time, a “sunburn” called photokeratitis can occur.

This condition may be painful and includes symptoms such as red eyes, a foreign-body sensation or gritty feeling in the eyes, extreme sensitivity to light, and excessive tearing. Photokeratitis is usually temporary and rarely causes permanent damage.

Premature Aging and More

Ongoing exposure to UV radiation, however, can cause serious harm to the eyes and age them prematurely. Research has shown that exposure to small amounts of UV radiation over time increases the chance of developing cataracts, macular degeneration—the leading cause of blindness in adults—and eye cancer. Long-term exposure may also cause damage to the retina, a nerve-rich lining of the eye that is used for seeing.

Steps You Can Take

Whether it’s cloudy or sunny, summer or winter, the American Optometric Association (AOA) urges Americans to take measures to protect their eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays in order to decrease the risk of eye diseases and disorders.

A good rule of thumb to follow is to wear sunglasses or contact lenses that offer appropriate UV protection, apply UV-blocking sunscreen around the eye area and wear a hat to help protect the eyes and prevent premature aging.

To provide adequate protection for the eyes, the AOA recommends sunglasses and protective contact lenses that:

• Block out 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation

• Screen out 75 to 90 percent of visible light

• Are perfectly matched in color, free of distortion and imperfection and have lenses that are gray for proper color recognition.

The AOA also urges parents to remember to protect infants’ and children’s eyes from the sun at all times.

Regular Exams Are Key

A good way to monitor eye health, maintain good vision and keep up-to-date on the latest in UV protection is by scheduling yearly comprehensive eye exams with an eye doctor.

To find an optometrist or for additional information on UV protection, visit www.AOA.org.


 

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Sun Spots On Your Skin May Be A Warning

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(NAPSI)—Spending time in the sun can result in more than just fun and games. For instance, many people find that as they age, their skin begins to show the appearance of some pigmentation commonly known as “sun spots.” These “spots” can increase in number as a person ages.

Unfortunately, what many people don’t realize is that some of these sun spots may actually be actinic keratosis (AK), a skin condition that affects 58 million Americans and has the potential to progress to squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), the second-most-common skin cancer.

The good news is an education effort is raising awareness about the problem and how to treat it. The campaign website can be found at www.SpotSignsofAK.com.

Too Much Sun Can Be Risky

AKs are rough-textured, dry, scaly patches on the skin that can range in color and vary in size. They are the result of years of cumulative sun damage and most often appear on parts of the body that are most exposed to sunlight, such as the face, scalp, ears, neck, hands and arms.

AKs are most common in older adults who have spent a lot of time in the sun during their lives. However, even routine activities such as walking the dog or grabbing your mail can lead to sun damage. People who develop AKs typically will not develop just one. The condition will present in numerous “spots” or will continue to present intermittently over time.

An Effort to Raise Awareness

Dr. Ellen Marmur—a dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon-is raising awareness about actinic keratosis by promoting the Spot Signs of AK campaign. The campaign is an initiative developed by DUSA Pharmaceuticals.

Said Dr. Marmur, “Education around melanoma and other skin cancers has been very strong, but actinic keratosis remains relatively unknown.”

Early Detection Is Critical

According to Dr. Marmur, approximately 5−10 percent of AKs develop into squamous cell carcinoma within an average of two years. Since there is no way to know ahead of time which ones will become cancerous, it is very important to seek a dermatologist’s care. Frequent skin examinations are the key to early detection and prevention.

The campaign website contains information on the condition and how to find a dermatologist, as well as information on the range of treatment options available.

“People who get AKs typically do not get just one,” said Dr. Marmur. “The years of sun damage affect entire regions of the skin. This is just further reason for adults who think they have AKs to speak with their dermatologist. And if you don’t have a derm, find one.”

For more information on AKs or to find a dermatologist, visit www.SpotSignsofAK.com.

 

Note to Editors: Dr. Ellen Marmur receives financial compensation from DUSA Pharmaceuticals for participation on its Scientific Advisory Board.

 

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Restless Legs Syndrome Can ‘Start Up’
When It’s Time To Sit Down

pic(NAPSI)—It’s no secret that women juggle and multitask all day long. In the United States, an average woman spends nearly eight hours at work and then works another three and a half hours at home, either completing chores or caring for her kids. However, when it’s finally time to sit down, women with Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) may find it difficult to unwind as their symptoms usually start in the evening. Instead, people with RLS experience uncontrollable urges to move their legs, which are often associated with creepy crawly sensations. Since these symptoms are partially or totally relieved by movement, people with RLS may not be able to sit when they would like.

RLS is a long-term neurological condition, characterized by an urge to move the legs usually associated with uncomfortable and unpleasant sensations in the legs.

Symptoms of RLS include the key diagnostic criteria listed below. It’s important to remember that only a doctor can diagnose RLS.

• An urge to move the legs, usually accompanied or caused by uncomfortable and unpleasant leg sensations

• Symptoms that begin or worsen during periods of rest or inactivity such as lying down or sitting

• Symptoms that are partially or totally relieved by movement, such as walking or stretching, at least as long as the activity continues

• Symptoms that are worse or occur only in the evening or at night

RLS is one of several neurological conditions that disproportionately affect women. While RLS occurs in both men and women, the incidence is about twice as high in women. RLS is thought to affect as many as 10 percent of the U.S. population. Studies have also shown that moderate-to-severe RLS affects approximately 2−3 percent of adults, or more than 5 million adults.

“While women are busy, we encourage them to find time to see a doctor if they are experiencing symptoms consistent with RLS,” said Dr. William Ondo, professor in the Department of Neurology at University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, TX. “If diagnosed with RLS, your physician can help you identify lifestyle changes that may improve RLS symptoms and determine if additional treatment options may be appropriate.”

Some of the lifestyle changes Dr. Ondo and other medical professionals recommend to relieve symptoms include limiting alcohol, increasing exercise and stretching and maintaining a balanced diet. Visit www.restlesslegs.com to learn more about Restless Legs Syndrome as well as tips for living with this disease. Only a physician can diagnose RLS.

Dr. Ondo says, “We want people living with symptoms to take action so that RLS does not get in the way of their downtime.”

Dr. Ondo is a paid spokesperson for GlaxoSmithKline who was compensated for his time on this article.

 

Note for Editors: This information developed and provided by GSK.

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An Old Idea May Bring New Help To Migraine Sufferers

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(NAPSI)—If you or someone you care about is among the one in 10 Americans who suffer with migraine headaches, recent research may provide some relief.

The Condition

A migraine, the National Institutes of Health reports, is a common type of headache that may occur with symptoms such as nausea, vomiting or sensitivity to light. In many people, a throbbing pain is felt on only one side of the head. Some people who get migraines have warning symptoms, called an aura, before the actual headache begins.

The Cause

It’s caused by abnormal brain activity but the exact chain of events remains unclear. Most medical experts believe the attack begins in the brain and involves nerve pathways and chemicals. The changes affect blood flow in the brain and surrounding tissues.

Alcohol, stress and anxiety, certain odors, certain foods, loud noises, bright lights and smoking may trigger a migraine, among other things.

The Treatments

There is no specific cure for migraine headaches but if you try to avoid triggers and treat the symptoms right away, you can reduce their frequency and effect.

To manage your migraine, over-the-counter pain medications such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen or aspirin can be helpful if the pain is mild. If these treatments don’t work, ask your doctor about prescription medicines.

Medications that can treat the other symptoms include sedatives and something to relieve the accompanying nausea. Some 80 to 90 percent of migraine sufferers develop nausea with it.

Unfortunately, there are side effects associated with many anti-nausea medications such as drowsiness, disorientation and dry mouth.

Some people, however, have long known that ginger can be a drug-free option for nausea relief. Now it’s even available in a convenient gum from Sea-Band so you can take it with you anywhere. Each piece contains 25mg of ginger oil—equivalent to 8g of fresh gingerroot. It’s available at CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens.

Learn More

To learn more, go to www.sea-band.com and “like” the company at www.facebook.com/seaband.

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Natural Biomedicine Offers Effective Pain Relief

pic(NAPSI)—Understanding what pain is and that there are safer ways of treating pain than using oral pain pills can be a painless first step in finding safe, effective relief.

When you experience pain, your body sends signals to your brain demanding attention. Pain pills block the transmission of the signals, but the source of the pain remains and your pain returns. Also, pain pills can be toxic and many cause serious side effects.

Fortunately, there is a safer way to relieve pain. Patented natural biomedicine Topricin Pain Relief and Healing Cream provides a better solution.

When you apply the cream to the affected area, specialized cells stimulate the removal of toxins and excess fluids, restoring oxygen-rich blood so your body can heal the source of your pain. The natural biomedicine is effective to relieve arthritis pain and even difficult-to-treat pain such as occurs with fibromyalgia and neuropathy, both diabetic and chemo-induced.

Topricin’s 11 biomedicines are safe for diabetics, seniors, children, and pregnant women and won’t interfere with any other medication you may be taking. The company offers a Foot Therapy Cream and a junior version for children’s aches and pains.

For more information, visit www.buytopricin.com or call 1-800-941-2985.

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