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Monsoon health tips: 10 simple ways to boost your metabolism and maintain a healthy gut

New Delhi: The damp and humid weather conditions in monsoon can wreak havoc on your health. The rainy season can give rise to various bacterial, viral and fungal diseases and infections. But, taking a little extra care of what you eat can reduce the risk of falling ill. Sudden changes in climate can also weaken your digestive system and lead to problems like bloating, gas, acidity and other indigestion.

But, making good food habits can help maintain your digestive system on track. With the monsoon in full swing in most parts of the country, people should that they make healthier food choices to keep diseases at bay and make the most of the season. Here are five simple ways to boost your metabolism and maintain a healthy gut during monsoon:

  • Focus on foods that are light and easily digestible, such as steamed or boiled vegetables.
  • Consume more bitter veggies like bitter gourd or karela, bottle gourd, neem, etc. They can help improve your digestion as well as boost your immunity. Read - Monsoon weight loss tip: Eat garlic daily to lose weight and burn belly fat instantly
  • Drink plenty of herbal teas – chamomile tea, green tea, ginger lemon tea are all great for your digestive health while also improving your immunity.
  • Drink lots of water to stay well-hydrated and help flush out toxins from your system. Drinking water can also aid in digestion. 
  • Opt for probiotics that are loaded with good bacteria, which act on your digestive system and support absorption of nutrients, thereby boosting the immune system. Yogurt, buttermilk, cheese kefir, cultured vegetables, kombucha and natto (fermented soybeans), etc, are all good for your digestive health.
  • Swap your vegetable oils with healthier options that are easily digestible. You can use olive oil, sunflower oil, or even ghee for cooking. Also Read: Four foods to include in your daily diet during monsoon
  • Avoid fried and oily foods that can dampen your digestive health, causing indigestion and other issues.
  • Cut down on refined sugar that may cause inflammation and promote the growth of bad bacteria, which can upset the gut flora balance.
  • Make sure you’re not having a lot of seafood during the rainy season. In fact, it is not advisable to eat fish and seafood during monsoon because it is their breeding season.
  • Also, make sure you’re not eating from outside or roadside vendors.

Keeping all these tips in mind, ensure that you eat in moderation and do not overeat to avoid digestive discomfort. Hope you’ll find this information helpful. Stay healthy and happy monsoon!

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Baptist Health Would Care Provides Health Tips for Summer

PADUCAH, Ky. (7/12/18) — Baptist Health Wound Care wants your family to stay safe this summer by taking appropriate action against summer bites, burns and cuts.  

Fast facts:

·         Over the past 30 years more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined.

·         Mosquitoes transmit several serious diseases including malaria, dengue, Zika and chikungunya.

·         Most spiders in the US are harmless. However, black widow and brown recluse bites are dangerous and can sometimes be life threatening.

·         July is the peak month for burns suffered from barbeque grills and fireworks, even after the Fourth of July holiday.

Baptist Health Wound Care offers these tips for staying healthy this summer:

·         Remember sunburns are entirely preventable.  With the appropriate shade, clothing and sunscreen these painful burns don’t have to be a part of your summer.

·         Though uncomfortable, most bug bites are harmless and can be avoided with proper insect repellant and protective clothing; however, with the presence of an allergy, some insect bites can result in severe reactions. Seek emergency care for insect bites if you are experiencing chest pain, swelling of the face, turning blue, nausea, cramps, vomiting or are having difficulty swallowing or breathing.

·         A minor cut or scrape will typically heal without medical intervention, but deep puncture wounds are at high risk for infection. Puncture wounds made by nails, teeth or knives are more susceptible to tetanus, as the infectious bacteria is most commonly found in soil, dust, manure and saliva.

Baptist Health Wound Care offers comprehensive wound care and leading edge treatments from specialists focused on speedy healing.  Patients visiting the wound care center for severe sunburns, worrisome insect or spider bites, thermal burns and cuts benefit from the center’s use of specialty dressings, debridement and other measures.

To be treated for your burn, bite or injury, contact Baptist Wound Care at (270) 575-2414.

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SIHF Healthcare offers parents back-to-school health tips for kids



EAST ALTON — SIHF Healthcare is preparing parents for the back-to-school craze. By following these health tips, your little ones will be in tip-top shape on their first day.

Improper backpack usage can result in strained muscles. Children should always use both straps, as slinging it over one shoulder can cause back pain. Adjust the straps so the bottom of the pack sits at your child’s waist and regularly remove unnecessary items to keep it light.

Sleep is vital to the development of children.

“Encourage a consistent bedtime for your kids by developing a routine,” said Dr. Michael Koenig, pediatrician at SIHF Healthcare, #2 Terminal Drive, East Alton. “Have them put electronics away at least one hour before bedtime. This is critical to their rest as electronics have been shown to disrupt the natural sleep-wake cycle pattern.”

Educate your child on the food pyramid, and how to eat healthy while still eating delicious foods. Studies show that a nutritious breakfast gives children more energy and improves their concentration.

Teach your child to avoid sharing hats, combs, lip balm, earbuds, and drinks as they easily spread germs. Remind them to cover their mouth when they cough with the corner of their elbow and encourage frequent hand washing.

The pediatrician’s at SIHF Healthcare want to keep children healthy this school year. Whether they need physicals, dental exams, vaccinations or same-day sick visits, each provider oversees a child’s health, for strong development.

To make an appointment with certified pediatricians or nurse practitioners, visit

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Deschutes, Crook counties offer hot-weather health tips

Deschutes, Crook counties offer hot-weather health tips

BEND, Ore. – Temperatures in Central Oregon are expected to rise and remain high over the next week. Extremely high or unusually hot temperatures can affect your health. The most vulnerable individuals are those who work or exercise outdoors, adults over 65, infants and children under 4, people without housing, and people with a chronic medical condition.

Take the necessary precautions to prevent serious health effects such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Stay cool

•        During heat alert days, vulnerable individuals should consider maximizing their time in air-conditioned homes or buildings during the hottest time of day or visit public, air-conditioned places such as libraries, community centers, senior centers, restaurants, and retailers for relief from the heat.

•        In homes without air-conditioners, open windows at night when temperatures are cooler. Keep windows and blinds shut during the day.

•        Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device.

•        Limit outdoor activity, especially midday when it is the hottest part of the day, and avoid direct sunlight.

•        Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.

•        Take cool showers or baths to lower your body temperature.

•        Check on at-risk friends, family, and neighbors at least twice a day.

Stay hydrated

•        Drink more water than usual, and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.

•        Drink two to four cups of water every hour while working or exercising outside.

•        Avoid alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar.

•        Make sure your family, friends, and neighbors are drinking enough water.

Stay informed

•        Check your local news for extreme heat warnings and safety tips.

•        Visit to find local information and tips for preventing heat sickness.

•        Keep your friends, family, and neighbors aware of weather and heat safety information.

Additionally, Deschutes County Health Services encourages all residents to learn the signs and first aid response for heat-related illness. Warning signs and symptoms vary but may include:

Heat Exhaustion


•        Heavy sweating

•        Weakness

•        Skin cold, pale, and clammy

•        Weak pulse

•        Fainting and vomiting

What You Should Do

•        Move to a cooler location.

•        Lie down and loosen your clothing.

•        Apply cool, wet cloths to as much of your body as possible.

•        Sip water.

•        If you have vomited and it continues, seek medical attention immediately.


Heat Stroke


•        High body temperature above 103°F

•        Hot, red, dry or moist skin

•        Rapid and strong pulse

•        Possible unconsciousness

What You Should Do

•        Call 911 immediately — this is a medical emergency.

•        Move the person to a cooler environment.

•        Reduce the person’s body temperature with cool cloths or even a bath.

•        Do NOT give fluids.

For more information on extreme heat, visit:

Crook County Public Health Human Services Department wants to increase awareness and remind everyone about heat related events in and around our county.  The weather forecast indicates the temperatures will be in or near the 90’s and above over the next couple of weeks.  According to the National Weather Service, temperatures are expected to reach the mid- to upper 90s Thursday and Friday around Central Oregon, and above 100 in parts of eastern and southern Oregon.

During times of extreme heat we encourage everyone to check in on anyone you know that may be sensitive to the heat, which includes anyone who may be medically compromised, anyone homebound, the elderly, youth of all ages, pets and those who may have chronic medical conditions.  People with a chronic medical condition such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer or kidney disease may be less likely to sense and respond to changes in temperature. Also, they may be taking medications that can worsen the impact of extreme heat. People in this category should be closely monitored to make sure they’re drinking enough water, have access to air conditioning and know how to keep cool.

Those who exercise in extreme heat or work outdoors are more likely to become dehydrated and get heat-related illness and should pay particular attention to staying as cool and hydrated as possible.

As it is difficult to predict the weather with exact certainty this is a precautionary notice to increase awareness of the potential dangers of extreme temperatures and heat related emergencies and illness.  

Here are some tips for staying safe and healthy during extreme heat conditions:

1. Stay cool

  • Stay in air-conditioned places when temperatures are high, if possible. 
  • Limit exposure to the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when UV rays are strongest. Try to schedule activities in the morning and evening. 
  • Open windows to allow fresh air to circulate, especially during morning and evening hours, and close shades on west-facing windows during the afternoon hours. 
  • Use portable electric fans to exhaust hot air from rooms or draw in cooler air. 
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing to keep cool and protect your skin from the sun. 
  • Use cool compresses, misting, and cool showers and baths. 
  • Avoid hot foods and heavy meals; they add heat to the body. 
  • Never leave infants or children in a parked car. Nor should pets be left in parked cars—they can suffer heat-related illness, too. 
  • Dress infants and children in loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing. 
  • Use sunscreen with at least SPF 15 when going outside. 

2. Stay hydrated

  • Regardless of your level of activity, drink plenty of fluids, even if you are not thirsty and especially when working outside. 
  • Avoid alcohol or liquids containing large amounts of sugar. 

3. Stay informed

  • Keep up-to-date on the temperature and heat index when planning your activities so you can find ways to stay cool and hydrated. The heat index measures how hot it feels outside when factoring in humidity with the actual air temperature. 

Learn how to prevent, recognize, and treat heat-related illnesses. Know the warning signs of heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, sunburn and heat rash, and how to treat and prevent them.  Get additional information from the following sources:

If you are being faced with a life threatening emergency please call 911 immediately and help will be dispatched to your location.

You can sign up to receive emergency notifications through the emergency alerting network, which is managed by the Crook County Emergency Manager – you can sign up by visiting the Crook County Sheriff’s website and click on the Alert Crook County logo. 

You can also get up to date information through our tri-county emergency information blog at:

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Summer Health Tips to Stay FIT

By Dr. Michelle Graham, Chief Medical Officer, UnitedHealthcare of Wisconsin

Summer is here, providing an ideal time for people in Wisconsin to get active. While some people may talk about getting a “beach body,” fitness is more than just a matter of aesthetics – it can mean the difference between a long life and premature death.

Studies show 80 percent or more of premature chronic conditions, such as heart attack, stroke or diabetes, are caused by modifiable lifestyle choices , as opposed to being caused by genetic factors. Yet many Americans lack an understanding of the connection between lifestyle choices and chronic health conditions. A recent UnitedHealthcare survey  found that just 16 percent of Americans correctly recognized that 80 percent or more of premature chronic conditions are caused by modifiable lifestyle choices, such as risk factors like smoking or obesity, not genetics.

To help make fitness a priority this summer, here are tips to consider:

WALK THIS WAY: Studies  have shown walking more and sitting less may help people maintain a healthier weight, ward off depression and prevent serious health issues like heart disease. And a recent report  concluded that walking can help curb sweet cravings, boost the immune system and ease joint pain. To make walking more effective, think FIT , which stands for frequency (500 steps within seven minutes six times per day), intensity (3,000 steps within 30 minutes each day) and tenacity (at least 10,000 total steps per day).

GET OUTSIDE (SAFELY): The popularity of smartphones and streaming TV has made it easy – and entertaining – to stay inside. In fact, recent research  has found that some people spend 90 percent of their time indoors, limiting exposure to daylight and fresh air. This can have negative consequences, including for children and their eye health. Studies  have found that exposure to outdoor light may help reduce the risk of nearsightedness, the inability to see far off objects clearly. To gain the potential benefits of being outdoors while helping stay safe, children and adults should wear sunglasses that block both UV rays and blue light, as well as apply sunscreen to help reduce the risk of skin cancer.

MAINTAIN YOUR HEARING HEALTH: Summer is a popular time for sporting events and music concerts, which can lead to exposure to loud sounds. Crowd noise at sporting events can exceed 90 decibels, while music concerts can reach 110 decibels. Prolonged exposure to sounds above 85 decibels can contribute to gradual hearing loss, so it is a good idea to use ear protection  when seeing your favorite team or band. Likewise, extended listening to music or digital content through headphones or earbuds may damage hearing overtime. To help prevent that, turn the volume on your electronic device to 60 percent and listen for no longer than 60 minutes at a time, and never listen to earbuds while using power tools or a lawn mower.

STAY SAFE OVERSEAS: With people heading out on summer vacations, it is important to recognize that up to 20 percent  of travelers suffer an illness or injury while on vacation. Before traveling out of your home state, review your health plan and understand what it covers, including if you have access to a national or local network of hospitals and health care providers. For people traveling overseas, contact your primary care doctor or travel medicine clinic to determine what pre-screenings or immunizations might be recommended or required, based on your health history and countries on the itinerary.

Following these tips may help you focus on fun, friends and family during the summer, while helping maintain or improve your health now and in the future.


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Boxford Public Health Department offers tick and mosquito safety tips

The Boxford Public Health Department is reminding residents to protect themselves against illnesses transmitted from ticks and mosquitoes this summer.

“It’s so important for residents to be vigilant and take precautions to protect themselves from mosquitoes and ticks, especially as they are spending more time outdoors in the warmer weather,” said Boxford Public Health Director Kendell Longo. “Please consider these safety tips and contact us if you have any questions.”


In this area, ticks are especially prevalent from April to September, but residents should remember that tick bites can happen anytime of the year. Ticks hibernate during the winter months and look for a host to latch onto when temperatures rise.

To prevent contact with ticks and avoid tick-borne illnesses, the Boxford Public Health Department recommends the following tips provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Avoid direct contact with ticks

• Avoid wooded and brushy areas with high grass and leaf litter — ticks wait in vegetation and attack from below.

• Keep a tidy yard.

• Walk in the center of trails.

• Use mosquito repellent on exposed skin, being sure to follow product instructions.

Find and remove ticks from your body

• Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors to wash off and more easily find ticks that may be crawling on you.

• Conduct a full-body tick check using a hand-held or full-length mirror to view all parts of your body. Check areas carefully where ticks like to hide — between the toes, backs of the knees, groin, armpits, neck, along the hairline, and behind the ears.

• Ticks can ride into the home on clothing and pets, then attach to a person later, so carefully examine pets, coats and gear.

• If you find a tick attached to your skin, don’t panic. Use a pair of fine point tweezers to grip the tick as close to the skin as possible and pull straight out with steady pressure.

• You should not apply kerosene, petroleum jelly, nail polish, or a hot match tip to remove the tick. These measures are not effective and may result in injury.

• Circle the calendar date and note where on the body the tick was removed. You may want to save the tick for identification.

• Your physician may choose to treat you following a deer tick bite. Notify your health care provider if you have been bitten by a deer tick or if you develop a rash or other signs of illness following a tick bite.

Common symptoms of tick-related illnesses

If you have been bitten by a tick, the most common symptoms of tick-related illnesses are:

• Fever/chills: With all tick-borne diseases, patients can experience fever at varying degrees and time of onset.

• Aches and pains: Tick-borne disease symptoms include headache, fatigue and muscle aches. With Lyme disease, patients may also experience joint pain. The severity and time of onset of these symptoms can depend on the disease and the patient’s personal tolerance level.

• Rash: Tick-borne illnesses like Lyme disease, southern tick-associated rash illness, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis, and tularemia can all result in distinctive rashes.

Early recognition and treatment of these infections decreases the risk of serious complications. See your doctor immediately if you have been bitten by a tick and experience any of the symptoms described here.


In this area, mosquitoes are most prevalent from May to August, but remain active until the first time temperatures fall below freezing. In Massachusetts, mosquitoes can spread West Nile Virus and eastern equine encephalitis.

West Nile Virus infections can cause fever, headache and body aches, with a skin rash and swollen lymph glands. A small number of people who are infected can develop a more serious illness, which can cause headaches, high fever, stiff neck, confusion, muscle weakness, tremors, convulsions, coma, paralysis, swelling of the brain and even death.

Symptoms of EEE include high fever, stiff neck, headache, and lack of energy. Encephalitis, the swelling of the brain, is the most dangerous complication of EEE and can cause coma and death. Residents should see their doctor if they develop any symptoms of West Nile Virus or EEE.

The Boxford Public Health Department encourages residents to follow these tips provided by Massachusetts Department of Public Health:

• Use insect repellent any time you are outdoors. Be sure to follow the application directions on the label.

• Be aware of peak mosquito hours, which are generally from dusk to dawn. Wear protective clothing when outdoors during peak mosquito hours such as long sleeves, long pants, high socks, hats with netting to cover the face, and any other clothing that will cover exposed skin.

• Use mosquito netting around baby carriages or child playpens when your baby is outdoors.

• Make sure screens are repaired and are tightly attached to doors and windows.

• Remove standing water from places such as puddles, ditches, birdbaths and gutters, which are breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

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SIHF Healthcare offers back-to-school health tips

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EAST ALTON | SIHF Healthcare is preparing parents for the back-to-school craze. By following these health tips, your little ones will be in tip-top shape on their first day.

Improper backpack use can result in strained muscles. Children should always use both straps because slinging it over one shoulder can cause back pain. Adjust the straps so the bottom of the pack sits at your child’s waist and regularly remove unnecessary items to keep it light.

Sleep is vital to children’s development. 

“Encourage a consistent bedtime for your kids by developing a routine,” said Dr. Michael Koenig, pediatrician at SIHF Healthcare, No. 2 Terminal Drive in East Alton. “Have them put electronics away at least one hour before bedtime. This is critical to their rest as electronics have been shown to disrupt the natural sleep-wake cycle.”

Educate your child on the food pyramid and how to eat healthily while still eating delicious food. Studies show a nutritious breakfast gives children more energy and improves concentration.

Teach your child to avoid sharing hats, combs, lip balm, earbuds, and drinks because they easily spread germs. Remind them to cover their mouths when they cough with the corner of their elbows and encourage frequent hand-washing.

The pediatricians at SIHF Healthcare want to keep your child healthy this school year. Whether they need physicals, dental exams, vaccinations or same-day sick visits, each provider will oversee children’s health, ensuring strong development. 

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U of G launches weekly podcast with health tips for families

By the age of five or six, your kids will form eating, exercise and sleep habits that can last a lifetime. The Guelph Family Health Study is testing new ways for kids to learn healthy habits early – habits that can significantly lower a child’s risk for disease now and in the future.

Our podcast, Healthy Habits, Happy Homes provides evidence-based advice, tips, tools, and interviews with experts to help your family develop healthy home routines!

Launching on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, the Healthy Habits, Happy Homes podcast is a trusted place for families with young children to listen for health advice. Each week, families will learn about new research findings related to family health and parenting. Every episode is practical and includes tips to help families apply the research findings in their own homes.

Our first episode is all about the importance of family routines and features an interview with Dr. Jess Haines. Dr. Haines is the Associate Director of the Guelph Family Health Study and a professor in the Department of Family Relations Applied Nutrition at the University of Guelph. In this episode she shares practical tips from the research and her own experiences as a mom of two!

In future episodes we focus in on a wide range of healthy family behaviours including eating local foods, improving physical activity and sleep, reducing food waste and feeding the good bugs in your gut!

Look for Healthy Habits, Happy Homes on the



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Tips to help you achieve a healthy summer lifestyle

Two people were injured, including one person who is in critical condition, after a shooting Sunday night in Glendale, police said.

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Three tips on how to manage your emotions

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