Katz Health Tips, April 2017
1: Protect Your Eyes from the Sun
With spring in full bloom, it’s time to get some fresh air and enjoy the outdoors. Along with shielding your skin from the sun’s UV rays, it’s also important to take precautions to protect your eyes. Too much exposure can raise the risk of certain eye conditions, including cataracts, solar retinopathy and cancer. To protect your eyes while outside during daylight hours, wear UV-blocking sunglasses and a broad-brimmed hat. Even during cloudy days, the sun’s rays can be harmful, so it’s important to keep those shades handy! And, make sure to visit your eye doctor for regular checkups to evaluate any vision changes and to proactively check for any potential issues that could impact your vision.
2: Squeeze in a High-Intensity Interval Training Workout
It can be difficult to find time for regular workouts. An increasingly popular option for busy women is high-intensity interval training (HIIT). Consisting of short, intense bursts of exercise combined with less-intensive exercise or complete rest, these workouts can be completed in 20 minutes or even less! In a study conducted by researchers from the University of New South Wales, Australia, women experienced a reduction of total body fat and subcutaneous leg and trunk fat by participating in a high-intensity intermittent exercise program.
3: Add Some Heat to Your Meals
Spicy foods are ethnic staples in many warm climates, but why do some of us crave spicy foods? One theory is that your body craves specific nutrients that the body requires but may be out of balance. As anyone who adds spice to their meals knows, spice can make you sweat, which is the body’s way of cooling a person down. Capsaicin, the main compound in chilies, displays a myriad of health benefits in clinical studies, including the ability to increase metabolic activity and burn calories. Other spicy foods may help reduce the damaging effects of LDL (bad cholesterol) and fight inflammation. Try incorporating some spices into your dishes, such as cumin, coriander and ginger to enjoy both their unique flavors and natural health benefits.