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Providence Healthy Living Blog

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY MEDICINE ON YOUR FORK!

The evidence is building about the health benefits of this spice. There is some evidence that it may increase serotonin and modulate cortisol — increasing our happiness and decreasing our stress hormones. Basically it is a good source of antioxidants, and something we should try to have more often in our diet!

WHY A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP IS IMPORTANT AND HOW TO GET IT TONIGHT

We all know sleep is important. We’ve been told so by our mothers and fathers, and we’ve told our children the same. We’ve seen news reports of car accidents caused by people “asleep at the wheel” and witnessed far lighter misfortunes in “caught snoring” videos on YouTube. But beyond that, what is the danger in missing a few hours of shut-eye each night? Why is sleep so important?

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY: WHAT IT IS AND HOW IT HELPS

"I'm 90 years old... I don't need a job!" …That’s one of the more amusing responses Occupational Therapist Olivia Lockhart has heard. She understands, though, as important as this treatment is for people, it is still much less known than its therapeutic cousins: Physical and Speech.

SHORT SLEEPERS VERSUS LONG SLEEPERS… HOW MANY HOURS DO YOU REALLY NEED?

We all know sleep is important. We’ve been told so by our mothers and fathers, and we’ve told our children the same. We’ve seen news reports of car accidents caused by people “asleep at the wheel” and witnessed far lighter misfortunes in “caught snoring” videos on YouTube. But beyond that, what is the danger in missing a few hours of shut-eye each night? Why is sleep so important?

ADVANCE DIRECTIVES: THY WILL BE DONE

No one likes talking about dying or what kind of care they would like to have if they become unable to make medical decisions. However, it is important to have the discussion about Advance Directives to help honor your wishes and to offer peace of mind to you and your loved ones.

Recent News

WHAT ARE THE CHANCES I'LL GET THE ZIKA VIRUS?

The virus is most commonly transmitted when an Aedes aegypti mosquito bites a person with an active infection and then spreads the virus by biting others. Originally discovered in a Ugandan forest, the aggressive mosquito is now predominantly raising concerns in Central and South America. If there are no infected mosquitoes in your area, you're very unlikely to contract the disease.

DON'T SIT ALL DAY .. TRY ONE OF THESE STANDING DESKS

Nine of the best standing desks head-to-head in a battle to discover which ones had the smoothest transitions, the most stable footing, and the quietest motors. After that, it was all aesthetics.

BACK-TO-SCHOOL ASTHMA ATTCKS LINKED TO COMMON COLD

Children with asthma are most likely to experience an attack at the start of the school year and after long breaks, and exacerbations appear to be linked to the common cold virus. These are the findings from research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

8 WAYS TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR NEXT DOCTOR’S VISIT

Have you ever left your doctor’s appointment and realized you forgot to mention a symptom or ask a question, or failed to fully understand the instructions you were given? If we’re lucky, we get about 15 minutes of face time with a doctor, so it’s often difficult to remember everything you wanted to bring up or that was discussed.

5 FOODS THAT FIGHT HIGH CHOLESTEROL

It’s easy to eat your way to an alarmingly high cholesterol level. The reverse is true too — changing what you eat can lower your cholesterol and improve the armada of fats floating through your bloodstream. Fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and “good fats” are all part of a heart-healthy diet. But some foods are particularly good at helping bring down cholesterol.