Katz Health Tips, November 2016
1: Take Sleep Seriously
Women who suffer from insufficient sleep are more likely to develop a variety of chronic conditions, including hypertension, diabetes, depression and obesity, as well as certain types of cancer. A lack of sleep also reduced productivity and quality of life. Yet, an estimated 50 to 70 million US adults have at least one sleep or wakefulness disorder (source: CDC). If you have trouble falling asleep, maintaining sleep, awaken earlier than you want or suffer from excessive sleepiness during the day, talk to your doctor. There may be an underlying cause for your sleep problem, and a diagnosis can be a first step to resolving it.
2: Manage Holiday Stress with Exercise
With the holidays approaching, many of us find ourselves too busy to fit exercise into our routine. Yet, the stress relief that comes with exercise is particularly beneficial during this hectic time of year. Exercise increases your sense of well-being by boosting your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters, called endorphins. It’s the perfect way to shed daily tension and irritation. Even if you don’t have time for a full workout, a little exercise can go a long way to helping you feel your best.
3: Make It a Healthier Thanksgiving Dinner
Enjoy this year’s holiday feast without the guilt or weight gain. By substituting some of the sugar and fat in holiday recipes with lower calorie ingredients, you can make healthier alternatives that taste great. Try using fat-free chicken broth to baste the turkey. Fruit purees can often replace butter or oil in baked goods. Plain yogurt or fat-free sour cream is ideal for dips, mashed potatoes and casseroles.