According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 48 million people are affected by foodborne illnesses every year. Most cases are caused by E. coli, listeria, norovirus and salmonella. These infections can be prevented. Here’s how.
Prepare and store food properly
The CDC recommends that you rinse fruits and vegetables under cold running water. This includes those you peel before eating. It’s also recommended that you keep lettuce and leafy vegetables in the refrigerator for no more than seven days.
When handling meat, make sure to take steps to prevent cross-contamination. Never use the same cutting board for both raw meat and vegetables, and always wash your hands afterwards. Additionally, it’s best to adhere to the CDC recommended cooking temperatures and storage guidelines.
Opt for local produce
If your produce is contaminated by bacteria like E. coli, rinsing it under tap water won’t do anything to get rid of it. However, one way to reduce the risk of eating infected produce is to privilege local products, as the United States has fairly strict food safety rules.
Keep an eye out for product recalls
The best way to protect yourself and your family from foodborne illness is to stay informed about product recalls. Food poisoning can be serious, and that’s why the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) maintain an active social media presence by informing consumers about recalls through Facebook and Twitter. In addition, you can stay up to date on the latest food safety news by visiting foodsafety.gov.
Symptoms of food poisoning
Food poisoning symptoms resemble those of gastroenteritis and typically include abdominal cramps, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, fever and headaches. Rest, proper hydration and a progressive return to a healthy diet is often enough to get you through a case of food poisoning. However, if your symptoms are severe, persist for several days or you notice the presence of blood in your stool or vomit, seek medical attention immediately.
3 types of hair loss solutions
For many men, hair loss is something they’d like to reverse. Fortunately, there are a number of solutions available for those who want to regain a full head of hair. Here are three effective treatments for hair loss.
1. Hair replacement
This non-surgical technique consists of adhering an ultra-realistic hair piece to your scalp using a hypoallergenic resin. Once the hairpiece has been secured and styled, it becomes virtually unnoticeable and remains fixed in place. This is a perfect solution for active men, as you can strap on a bike helmet or even go swimming with a hair replacement.
2. Micrograft hair transplant
3. PRP therapy
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a revolutionary new treatment that stimulates and strengthens hair follicles. During an appointment for PRP therapy, a sample of your blood is taken then centrifuged to isolate the PRP. The PRP is then safely injected into your scalp. Since the substance is derived from your own body, there’s minimal risk of having an allergic reaction.
To determine which hair loss treatment is most suitable for you, schedule a consultation at a hair loss clinic near you.
Winter veggies: the virtues of parsnips
Parsnips are a sweet, cream-colored root vegetable that can be enjoyed raw or cooked. Closely related to carrots, this vegetable is packed with nutrients and associated with numerous health benefits. Here’s a look at the perks of parsnips.
Parsnips are rich in antioxidants such as vitamin C and polyacetylenes, which can help protect against cancer and other chronic conditions.
Parsnips contain several B vitamins including folic acid (B9), which is essential to the proper development of the fetal nervous system during pregnancy.
Potassium, magnesium, manganese, and other minerals found in parsnips promote good oral health and proper bone development. They also help protect against free radicals.
Parsnips contain nearly twice as many carbs as carrots, which makes them an excellent source of energy.
There are plenty of ways to enjoy the benefits of this tasty vegetable, from a roasted parsnip soup to a shaved parsnip salad. Look for mouthwatering recipes online or flip through cookbooks at your local bookstore.
If you’re allergic to pollen, ragweed, or nuts, you might also be allergic to parsnips.
5 ways to help someone with Parkinson’s
If someone you care about has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, you may be wondering how to offer your support. Depending on the severity of their condition, there are several ways you can help.
1. Encourage them to regularly engage in physical activities such as walking and stretching.
2. Remind them to correct their posture. A rounded back or slumped shoulders can affect their ability to breathe and eat.
3. Assist them in sorting through their clothes and taking them shopping if needed. Every piece should be comfortable and easy to put on.
4. Help them adapt their home to reduce their risk of falling. This can include removing carpets and installing handrails.
5. Give them challenges to maintain their communication and writing skills. For example, suggest that they read a magazine article out loud or write in a journal every day.
For more ideas about how you can support and encourage a loved one with Parkinson’s disease, speak with a health-care professional, or consider joining a support group.
Movember : How men can take control of their health
Did you know that around the world, life expectancy among men is six years less than it is among women? This is due in part to the higher rate of suicide in men. The incidence of prostate and testicular cancer also plays a role. So does physical inactivity among men, with its attendant medical risks, notably heart disease.
It’s against this backdrop that Movember takes place every year. This month-long event aims to encourage men to take better care of their physical and mental health.
Here are some ways men can be healthier:
1. Remain in touch with family and friends and seek out new connections.
2. Talk with people you trust about important personal issues (breakups, fatherhood, financial problems, and anything else that’s going on).
3. Learn more about your family history to assess your level of risk for developing serious medical conditions such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.
4. Stay active. Run, cycle, go to the gym, participate in team sports, and find other ways to keep moving.
5. Consult your doctor right away whenever you have a health concern.
For more information about Movember, visit movember.com.
How to avoid feeling stuffed over the holidays
While it might be hard to resist that second helping of turkey and mashed potatoes, overeating can leave you feeling sluggish, bloated, and even nauseous. Here are a few tips to help you enjoy just enough of your holiday meal.
• Eat a balanced breakfast. If you sit down for a big meal feeling famished, you’re more likely to overeat. Opt for filling foods like oatmeal with berries or scrambled eggs on whole-wheat toast. Depending on when the feast will be served, you might want to have a healthy snack later in the day to tide you over.
• Start small and go slow. You can always go back for seconds but start with a tiny portion of each dish you want to taste. Chew slowly and take time to fully enjoy your food. Put down your utensils between bites and converse with the people around you. This gives your brain time to signal satiety.
• Finish with a mug of tea. Rather than sip a liqueur (which can actually slow digestion), brew a pot of herbal tea at the end of your meal. Peppermint, ginger, or fennel infused in boiling water are particularly effective at soothing an upset stomach and promoting digestion.
Finally, it’s a good idea to take a walk after you’ve eaten. The fresh air and movement will restore your energy and allow you to work off your meal.
5 creative ways to keep busy this winter
Making art can contribute to your overall health and well-being by helping to improve cognition, concentration, self-esteem, and more. If you want to reap these benefits and stave off boredom this winter, here are five creative activities to try.
If you don’t feel comfortable starting with a blank canvas, a paint-by-numbers kit is an ideal way to familiarize yourself with this hobby. In addition to improving your dexterity, painting provides a chance to put your worries aside and create beautiful artwork.
Whether you prefer to belt out your favorite lyrics in the shower, car, or kitchen, singing is a great way to let loose and express your emotions. Even if you don’t think you have a good voice, this pastime can boost your confidence and reduce your stress.
Adult coloring requires concentration and precision as it usually involves filling in mandalas and other complex patterns. In addition to reducing stress, this activity stimulates both the logical and creative sides of your brain.
This art form can help you gain a new perspective of the world. Plus, it’s a great way to hone your observation skills and express yourself. From magnificent vistas and bustling cityscapes to portraits of your pets and family members, you can use any type of camera to capture moments that fill you with joy.
If you want to add a social element to your creative activities, find out if your local community center, library, or retirement home offers classes. Alternatively, you can plan weekly art sessions with friends and family members.