Katz Health Tips, May 2017
1: Protect Yourself from Lyme Disease
Experts predict an increase in Lyme disease cases this year, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have already reported that New York has more cases than any other state. When enjoying the outdoors, it’s important to protect yourself from this tick-borne illness by using insect repellent, avoiding off-trail, wooded areas, wearing light-colored clothes so that you can spot ticks, and checking your clothing and body when you return from an area that may have ticks. These common-sense precautions in areas where ticks are prevalent can help you stay Lyme-free while still enjoying nature.
2: Combine Exercise with Mindfulness
Tai chi is an ancient Chinese, non-competitive martial art that has been shown to improve balance, fitness and flexibility while also reducing pain, helping to manage stress and anxiety and improving overall mood. Often referred to as “meditation in motion,” tai chi advocates gentle physical exercise as a way to achieve serenity and inner peace. Tai chi groups and classes can be found at local gyms, martial art studios, senior centers and through many park and recreation departments. Visit our Center for Wellness and Integrative Medicine to learn more. Speak with your doctor before starting any exercise program.
3: Enjoy the Many Benefits of Sweet Potatoes
Many consider sweet potatoes to be just for Thanksgiving meals. Yet, they offer a powerful nutritional punch that can be enjoyed all year long. Rich in vitamins B6, C and D, this high-potassium tuber can be enjoyed in soups, casseroles, stir-fry meals, or just baked. And because sweet potatoes’ natural sugars are released slowly in the blood stream, they don’t cause blood sugar spikes and can provide a balanced source of energy without fatigue and weight gain.