Wishing You a Healthy Halloween!
Halloween is quickly approaching and many are focused more on treats than tricks. In honor of this spooky time of year, Stormont Vail Health has some not-so-scary tips tricks to keep you and your family healthy.
Careful Around the Fangs
“Don’t eat too much candy. It’ll rot your teeth!” Many of us heard these exact words as a child after trick or treating. And for good reasons! The high levels of sugar in candy can erode tooth enamel and cause cavities.
Practicing proper dental care is vital to keeping not only your teeth and gums healthy but also your heart and kidneys.
- Brush your teeth (or fangs!) twice daily.
- Aim to brush for at least two minutes.
- Use fluoride toothpaste.
- Floss once daily and consider using mouthwash.
In addition to regular visits to the dentist, a primary care provider can help you get healthy and stay healthy. Learn more about the many ways our primary care providers empower their patients toward a healthier life.
Leave Some Paper for the Mummy
As we move into colder weather, it’s tempting to eat hearty meals to warm your belly. However, these foods can wreak havoc on healthy diets, while also affecting your digestive system.
Diet plays a monster-sized role in regularity. Too many starchy foods can lead to constipation. Too much sugar and caffeine can cause diarrhea. Stay regular by:
- Choosing fiber-rich foods (eat at least 1.5-2 cups of fruit and 2-3 cups of vegetables per day).
- Drinking plenty of water (around 64 oz. per day).
- Staying active (exercise for 30 minutes per day).
The experts at the Weight Management Center provide their patients with the tools they need to lose weight. From diet and exercise plans to counseling for bariatrics surgery, discover the many ways they can help empower you on your journey.
Don’t be a Zombie
As days become shorter, it’s easy to lose track of time. And let’s be honest, the majority of us probably don’t get the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep each night. However, scientific research makes it clear just how important proper sleep is at any age.
Instead of staying up late binge-watching scary movies, make sleep a priority.
- Stick to the same sleep schedule every day, even on weekends.
- Disconnect from electronic devices for a half-hour or more before bed.
- Carefully monitor your caffeine intake.
Between 50 to 70 million US adults have some sort of sleep disorder. While some disorders are more of a nuisance, others can increase your risk of serious conditions, such as heart attack and stroke. The professionals at the Stormont Vail Sleep Center can empower your sleep and help you get a healthy night’s sleep.
See the Doctor if you’re Feeling like Hyde
We all feel glum from time to time. However, colder weather and shorter days can bring on signs of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Seasonal depression is more common than you may think, approximately 14 percent of Americans experience the “winter blues.”
Symptoms specific to winter-onset SAD include:
- Oversleeping or problems sleeping
- Appetite changes – weight gain or loss
- Feeling sluggish or agitated
- Difficulty concentrating
- Feeling hopeless, worthless or guilty
- Frequent thoughts of death or suicide
The Stormont Vail Behavioral Health Center is staffed by highly trained and compassionate professionals ready to help you overcome these feelings. Discover the many ways they can empower your well-being during the colder months and throughout the entire year.
Better than Witches Brew
You eat right, get plenty of sleep and exercise regularly. But there’s one thing you’re forgetting… a flu shot! Every year, millions of people get the flu. While the majority of them will recover without the need for medical attention, others face serious health complications.
Symptoms of the flu include:
- Muscle aches
- Runny nose
Stormont Vail is urging everyone over the age of 6 months to get a flu shot this year. Visit our flu site for more information about the flu shot and where you can go to get one.
From all of us at Stormont Vail Health, we wish you and your family a happy and healthy Halloween!