How the DASH Diet can nurture mind, body, and spirit

first_img Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! New research shows that the DASH diet may have another major benefit: improved mental health.In a six-year observational study, researchers closely tracked the eating habits of nearly 1,000 older adults. The study showed that people with diets closely resembling the DASH diet had an 11% lower risk for depression. Meanwhile, participants who habitually ate the saturated fats, red meats and fewer fruits and veggies associated with the Western diet had a greater likelihood of developing depression.For Catherine Nesov, a licensed mental health counselor at Florida Hospital, the study comes as no big surprise.“If we’re engaging in a healthy diet, it will have a direct correlation on our mood,” Nesov says. That’s because the food we eat plays a huge role in how well our brain works.“The brain functions on the fuel we give it,” says Nesov. “If we’re eating well, it’s like we’re giving the brain premium gasoline. The more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants we give the brain, the better it will perform.”If fruits, veggies and whole grains are premium fuel, then take-out foods and frozen meals are examples of the low-quality stuff. While quick and convenient, those salty, sugary, pre-packaged items can take a huge toll on our cardiovascular and mental health.“Overconsumption of salt and sugar results in a chemical imbalance of the brain and directly impacts the levels of dopamine the brain is secreting, which correlates with depression and anxiety,” Nesov explains.There’s a laundry list of other ways salt and sugar can make your brain work at sub-optimal levels. Sugar is linked to cellular inflammation, which is another likely culprit of depression and anxiety. And while some salt is good for the body, consuming too much of it can disrupt the neurological system, weaken immune health and increase fatigue – another risk factor for depression.Beyond the nutritional benefits of DASH, Nesov says embracing healthier eating nourishes the soul.“This diet is primarily about the body, but it’s also about the spirit,” Nesov says. “When you start taking care of your body and making healthy choices with food, you’re expressing the greatest form of self-love. One of the keys of depression is learning how to love yourself more.”How Older Adults Can Benefit from DASHThe DASH diet may be a special blessing for older patients, who commonly develop depression as a side effect of social isolation, memory loss, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, stroke and other ailments. In addition to more vitamins and nutrients, older adults will get something else: a new challenge.“Eating healthy gets them moving because they need to prepare the food rather than just reach for a frozen meal,” Nesov says. “It also utilizes the brain a bit more because they’re looking up creative recipes.”The DASH diet may also help older patients avoid adding another medication to the pillbox.“The older you get, the more medications you’re likely to be on,” says Nesov. “Rather than just putting them on an antidepressant, these are simple strategies that can improve their overall well-being”How the DASH Diet WorksDASH isn’t so much a “diet” as it is a lifelong approach to healthy, well-balanced eating. By reducing sodium and incorporating foods rich in fiber, potassium, calcium and magnesium, a person may be able to reduce his or her systolic blood pressure by eight to 14 points over time.Here’s a breakdown of a typical day on DASH:Grains: 6-8 servings Including brown rice and other whole grains, whole-wheat bread, cereal and pasta.Vegetables: 4-5 servingsA variety of dark leafy greens and nutrient-packed veggies like carrots, tomatoes, broccoli and sweet potatoes.Fruit: 4-5 servingsFilled with fiber and antioxidants, fruit can be fresh, frozen or canned, as long as there is no added sugar.Dairy: 4-5 servingsOpt for fat-free or low-fat milk, yogurt and cheese, but be aware that some fat-free cheeses may be high in sodium.Lean Meat, Poultry and Fish: 6 or fewer servings (equal to 1 ounce or less)Focusing on eggs, heart-healthy fish such as salmon and tuna, and lean poultry such as skinless chicken breast.Fats and Oils: 2-3 servingsCertain fats are beneficial for the body, but be sure to avoid saturated and trans fats.In a given week, DASH dieters should also have 4-5 servings of nuts, seeds and legumes, and fewer than five servings of sweets.The DASH diet’s basic principles of plant-based nutrition align with Florida Hospital’s CREATION Health model for preventing disease and improving overall health – something Nesov says can help us be more in tune with God and nature.“CREATION Health is based on biblical texts, and if you think about it, God gave us everything we need,” Nesov says. “The human body is a gift. How can you better appreciate it when you’re taking care of it every day?”Getting Started on DASHPatients interested in switching up their diet should first identify what it is they want to achieve.“If you’re ready to choose a healthier lifestyle for your overall wellness, make sure that you become your own advocate in identifying how you would like to increase your functioning or what symptoms you’d like to decrease,” Nesov advises.Once you’ve settled on your goals, get your health team involved. “Your physician, nutritionist, any specialty doctors you work with and even mental health providers can help ensure your diet is going to be safe and successful to your specific health needs,” Nesov says. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The VOICE of HealthFrom Florida Hospital Apopka You have entered an incorrect email address! 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Probe to discover if Superbug had role in hospital deaths

first_imgThe standard of cleaning of patient equipment and the environment needed improvement in both the haematology and cancer ward and the surgical area.  Welcoming the HIQA report, a spokeswoman for the UL Hospitals Group said that infection prevention and control (IP&C) procedures and proper antimicrobial stewardship is taken with the utmost seriousness.“While we have acted on the findings on hygiene, we also draw attention to HIQA’s positive assessment of the screening and other mitigation measures around CPE within the Group.  Measures to fight CPE have been stepped up, including the forming of a strategic committee.“UL Hospitals has developed a quality improvement plan in regard to CPE.“Apart from screening, this includes use of an isolation ward to reduce the risk of cross-transmission; flagging all CPE positive cases and CPE contacts and reporting new cases appropriately through our infection prevention and control team.Since the new plan was implemented, the number of new CPE detections in UL Hospitals has decreased from 57 in 2015 to 43 in 2017.  A second ward at UHL has also been refurbished at a cost of €300,000 to comply with IP&C standards, but “it is acknowledged that this is not the ultimate solution to the shortage of isolation facilities at UHL”.  “The long-term solution for this is single occupancy rooms for inpatients such as that provided at the 50-bed unit in Ennis Hospital. We plan to provide a new 96-bed block at UHL and this priority capital project has gone to the design stage. The new emergency department at UHL is designed very much with IP&C in mind and facilitates the management of relevant patients in en-suite isolation rooms”. The hospital group has also completed its own internal review and has commissioned a review by a senior microbiologist from the UK, into deaths of patients with a CPE detection where a patient subsequently died.   Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR DOZENS of patients at the University Hospital in Limerick were exposed to a potentially lethal ‘superbug’, an inspection by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has revealed.The announced inspection took place in September when more than 70 people had been in contact with the CPE superbug, which has developed resistance to strong antibiotics. Facebook Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Previous articleLimerick hurlers all set for fundraising Fight NightNext articleOliver says other factors may be at play in Munster transfer talk Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash NewsProbe to discover if Superbug had role in hospital deathsBy Bernie English – December 7, 2017 1696 TAGShospitalHSE. HIQAlimericksuperbugUHL Print Twitter A review is now underway to find out if the bug caused or contributed to the deaths of any patients. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The report acknowledged that an application from the hospital for additional infection prevention and control nurses as well as scientists and another pharmacist with expertise in antibiotics was turned down by the HSE.On the day of the inspection, 449 patients were in the hospital and 95 needed isolation in single rooms. Only 42 were isolated and 28 were in wards with patients who were not an infection risk. Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Email Advertisement Linkedin WhatsApplast_img read more

Ex-AFL player’s inner-city house set for auction pre-Christmas

first_img Cooper, Dundovic love nest listed Bright and airy in the kitchen.“We decided halfway through that we were going to put it on the market because we really liked where we are now.”That still saw the property end up with an impressive array of features including a large outdoor entertaining area with Travertine tiles, a pool, professionally landscaped gardens, a built in barbecue, two separate large living spaces, American Oak flooring, a gourmet kitchen with Miele appliances and a butler’s pantry, and a 200-bottle wine cellar. The large master bedroom with walk-in robe and ensuite. Husband and wife team Jamie and Nicky Charman — seen here in their Teneriffe home — are both passionate about renovating. Picture: Lyndon Mechielsen/The Australian The couple love to have friends and family over so good entertainment space was essential. The Brisbane Lions on the 10th anniversary of their three back-to-back premierships (from left) Jonathan Brown, Michael Voss, Ash McGrath, Simon Black, Leigh Matthews and Jamie Charman. Picture: Peter Wallis.“We love entertaining, we love having people around, so we wanted to make sure that it worked for the family but also for entertaining. The key thing was having all that living on lower level through to the pool.”The former Nudgee College student, now a sales executive with Ray White Albion, said they were halfway through the renovation process when they changed their minds about leaving their current home. The house has a 200-bottle double-glazed wine cellar. The pair initially bought the property for their own forever home, he told The Courier-Mail. After retiring from the AFL, Charman had a stint as a kicking coach with the North Queensland Cowboys — seen here with legend Johnathan Thurston during a drill.“Certainly someone’s going to enjoy this,” Charman said of the stunning home — the seventh such project he’s undertaken.“We’ve got a real passion for renovating. We love it. We love doing up old houses. Most of our projects involve doing up old Queenslanders. It’s just a passion of ours.”Ray White Albion principal Dave Treloar has jointly listed the property with Ray White Ascot principal Dwight Ferguson. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK “We both were involved, we bought it to move into and it was going to be a project,” he said.“We pretty much did everything on the house that we were wanted for our own home.”All the living zones were put on the ground floor, so there would be flow through to the outdoors and the pool — one of the best things they like about the property.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours ago 21 Hawthorne Street, New Farm, goes to auction on Thursday December 6 at 6pm.Former AFL player Jamie Charman may have the perfect Christmas gift — his fully renovated inner-city house that’s just hit the market.He and wife Nicky — who owns designer fashion boutiques Calexico and Calexico Man — have put a fully renovated inner city house up for auction just under three weeks from Christmas. The home at 21 Hawthorne Street is in one of the city’s hottest inner-city suburbs, New Farm — with four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a double-car garage on a 405 sqm block. It goes to auction on Thursday December 6 at 6pm — which could see a new owner in by Christmas. “They may make it,” Charman said. “It suits someone who’s looking to move in before Christmas.” Whitsundays back on the rise New title win for ‘The Hornet’ Everything was chosen as if the house was going to be their forever home — because it was. 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The Myth of Backyard Abortions

first_imgCulture Watch 13 July 2015The pro-abortion camp is fond of speaking about rusty coat-hanger abortions and other horror stories associated with illegal abortions. They claim we must have legal abortion or we will return to the bad old days where so many mothers are said to have died. But there are a number of mistruths and deceptions going on here.First, legalising abortion did not make abortion safer. It was made safer in the 1940s and onwards with the availability of antibiotics. As one researcher put it, “Death rates from infections and all types of surgeries, including illegal abortions, had already fallen precipitously after World War II, when antibiotics finally became available to the general public.”Second, the majority of abortions performed before legalisation was done in doctor’s offices, something even Planned Parenthood has admitted. Indeed, as Randy Alcorn states, “The majority of physicians performing abortions after legalization were the same ones doing it before legalization”.Third, the claim that thousands of women died each year in America before the 1973 decision to legalise abortion is simply not true. Bernard Nathanson ought to know. He was a leading abortionist during this period – having performed 60,000 abortions – and helped to make up this figure of 5,000 to 10,000 deaths a year. He says:“I confess that I knew the figures were totally false, and I suppose the others did too if they stopped to think of it. But in the ‘morality’ of our revolution, it was a useful figure, widely accepted, so why go out of our way to correct it with honest statistics? The overriding concern was to get the laws eliminated, and anything within reason that had to be done was permissible”.http://billmuehlenberg.com/2015/07/13/the-myth-of-backyard-abortions/last_img read more