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The Health Benefits of Eggs
Are you feeling confused about what to eat these days? You’re not alone. Nutrition guidance seems to be constantly changing. Why? The short answer is nutrition is always evolving as new research helps improve our understanding of what to eat and why.
It’s Time for the Flu Vaccine
Influenza, commonly called "the flu," is caused by the influenza virus, which infects the respiratory tract (nose, throat, lungs). Unlike many other viral respiratory infections, such as the common cold, the flu can cause severe illness and life-threatening complications in many people. Significant flu activity can begin as early as October, last as late as May, and typically peaks in February.
Healthy Recipe: Roasted Salmon
In terms of health benefits, salmon is an ideal meal. Having two servings of salmon each week has been said to help reduce risk of having a heart attack, help control blood pressure and infuse your body with all kinds of beneficial vitamins.
Don’t Be Afraid of a Colonoscopy
A colonoscopy is one of those procedures no one likes to talk about, but which is critically important to your continued healthy life as you age. Screening for colon cancer and rectal cancer is an important function of colonoscopy. Cancer of the large bowel, also called colorectal cancer, usually develops from a benign precursor, a polyp. A polyp is a mushroom-like growth on the inside wall of the colon or rectum. Polyps grow slowly over many years; some become cancerous, others do not.
Importance of Skin-to-Skin Contact and Breastfeeding
During pregnancy, babies are as close to their mothers as they can possibly be, receiving all the necessary things to keep them protected, receiving warmth, food, and oxygen from their mother.
Once they are born, they are abrupt without these essential needs. Placing these infants skin-to-skin with their mothers immediately decreases their stress level and places them back as closely as possible to that warm protected environment to which they have become accustomed.
Lasting Benefits of Breastfeeding
The first two years of life are the most critical time periods within a child’s life to ensure the infant is receiving all the essentials needed for proper growth, health, and development.
Research has proven breast milk to be a superior source of protein for infants. Breast milk is composed of fats, carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, minerals, water, and contains all the vital nutrients that the infant requires for the first 6 months of life.
Know About Immunizations
August is National Immunization Awareness Month, which has the goal of raising awareness about the important role vaccines play in preventing serious -- sometimes deadly -- contagious diseases and encouraging people of all ages to make sure they are up-to-date on their vaccines.
Healthy Recipe: Thai Green Curry
Years ago, as a personal chef for a local family, I needed a recipe that would be versatile for the differing palates of the husband and wife. The wife was a fan of meats – lamb, steak, chicken. The husband was more vegetarian and preferred vegetables and tofu.
UV Safety Awareness Month
Temperatures are up, the sun is out and we are all ready to begin enjoying our favorite outdoor activities for summer. During these long days, the average person will spend more time outside exposing themselves to ultraviolet (UV) rays. These rays damage the structure of our skin cells and cause damage to the connective tissues increasing your risk of cancer. With that it in mind, it is important to understand the risks and protective measures to take while enjoying the summer.
Healthy Recipe: The Marinade
This marinade recipe is frequently used at my own home. We call it ‘The Marinade’. When I put it together, I make a triple batch every time. Then I store it for up to two weeks in my fridge, in an airtight container such as an old sauce jar.
Keep it Cool this Summer
In the Lompoc Valley, residents are more apt to start worrying about high temperatures in the fall, when our area traditionally sees the mercury climb in September and October.
School is out now, Flower Festival is around the corner, and word comes that temperatures are expected to be on the rise in the next few days.
No June Gloom, for the time being at least.
Give Blood, Give Life
World Blood Donor Day asks “What can you do?” “Give Blood. Give Now. Give Often.”
LVMC supports and promotes the importance of World Blood Donor Day, raising awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products. LVMC also thanks all donors for their life-saving gifts of blood.
Men's Health Awareness
In an effort to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys, LVMC has created the following information graphic. Please continue reading for more information.
Sleep, One of the Great Mysteries
Sleep is one of the great mysteries of neuroscience. Like the origin of the universe is for the astrophysicist, sleep has puzzled brilliant minds since antiquity. Ancient Greece prayed to the sleep god Hypnos to restore their bodies and minds. Hypnos is where we get the word hypnosis. The Romans had their own sleep god, Somnus, from which we get the word somnolence (sleepiness). We no longer pray to sleep gods, but we remain zealots in our desire for the restorative powers of sleep.