Healthy Living

  • Ways to Deal With Holiday Stress

    We all know how damaging stress can be on your overall health. It affects your heart, does a number on your immune system, making you much more susceptible to getting sick, and even causes memory loss. Those are things you definitely don't need, at any time of the year! The holidays can be hard on people, because there are just so many things expected of us. Our obligations to family and friends shouldn't make us feel stressed and overwhelmed, but it can happen anyway.

    You might have holiday parties to go to, lots of presents to buy, and things to cook and bake and decorate. You might certainly want to do these things, but you're pressed for time. And then there's the snow and cold weather adding to the stress of going shopping, standing in line and making your way through the crowded malls and stores to try to get the discounts on the presents you want to buy. All of this on top of a bigger heating bill and other usual bills.

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  • 5 Healthy Holiday Habits

    The holiday season can be so busy that many of us, often, let our health take a back seat. There are plenty of tempting, unhealthy, habits that we can pick up during this time of year. Here are five, simple, holiday habits you can adapt to make sure you stay in tip-top-shape through this hectic and fun season.

    Drink Smart

    Drinking an excess of alcohol is one of the biggest problems people face during the holidays. The ideal of having “more fun” at parties and treating yourself can easily get out of hand. Drinking too much can equate to feeling much worse later on in the day, evening, next day, and some times more. Drink smarter and healthier this holiday season by sticking to champagne and dry wines which contain less sugars and carbs than eggnog, beer, and sweet wines. Stay hydrated and remind yourself to slow down by drinking water or a ginger ale throughout the night. Stay hydrated!

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  • Things You Can Do With Modern Portable Oxygen Solutions

    Oxygen therapy has come a long way in how much freedom you can have while receiving it. Here are just a few things you can do today, thanks to advancements in modern oxygen therapy, that you could have never done 10 years ago. There are tips and suggestions to help you do these things, as well.

    Use Your Oxygen Therapy In-Flight

    Many modern portable oxygen concentrators are approved to be used on board a commercial flight, by the Federal Aviation Administration. When a portable oxygen concentrator is approved by the FAA, it means it's been found to be completely safe for everyone on board, and can be completely relied upon to deliver the amount of oxygen needed during the flight.

    Of course, you would need to make sure the portable oxygen concentrator has enough battery power to last the whole time you'll need it during the flight. Every airline has its own set of rules for bringing an oxygen concentrator aboard, including a physician's statement and a certain amount of extra battery power. You must always check with the airline before booking a flight, to make sure you have everything you need.

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  • New Year’s Resolutions – How to Start Feeling Healthier Tomorrow

    One simple New Years resolution that you can make is just to feel healthier. There are many things you can start doing today to help you feel healthier, and they work amazingly fast. You may wake up tomorrow feeling better than you did today!

    Quit Smoking

    It's amazing how quickly your body starts to bounce back after you've quit smoking. You will notice that your senses of smell and taste will become much stronger. The cough you may have, in the mornings especially, will start to decrease as your airways finish clearing out the tar that you've been breathing in. Electronic cigarettes that allow you to gradually decrease your nicotine intake are one popular method for quitting smoking. You could also try nicotine patches or gum. Keep your hand busy with other things while you are working on kicking the habit.

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  • How to Stay Healthy This Holiday Season

    This is a very familiar scenario for anyone – you're busy shopping or going out and about, preparing for the holiday festivities, when you realize you've caught a cold or even worse – the dreaded flu virus. Anyone who has a clean bill of health will be down for the count for at least a week with the flu, or for a few days with a common cold. But if you have COPD or another chronic illness that compromises your lungs, this could spell big trouble. Not only will you not be able to enjoy the holiday season, but you could even end up in the hospital with an exacerbation.

    You don't have to hide away in your house, however, and miss out on the fun with your family, or the savings in the stores you might be able to find out there. There are many things you can do to protect yourself as much as possible, to keep your risk of illness at a minimum.

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  • Managing Your Weight Around the Holidays

    During the Holiday season, between Halloween and through New Years, eating becomes a social event. This is the main reason why so many people complain about gaining a few unwanted pounds during this time of year. With all of the delicious foods all around us, and not wanting to offend anyone by not at least sampling their homemade goods, it's easy to overeat. Gaining a few pounds might not be such an issue, but overeating can be dangerous, especially when it comes to what you are eating.

    If you have COPD, eating too much can even make it hard for you to breathe, and it's easy to start to feel full quickly. Don't feel obliged or pressured into eating more than you can handle – your family and friends will understand. A full stomach will push against your diaphragm and in turn put pressure on your lungs, which will become uncomfortable and make breathing difficult. Here are a few tips and tricks for avoiding the weight gain, as well as the bloat.

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  • Three Ways to Relieve Stress and Stay Healthy

    Stress is one of the top contributing factors of many health problems, from high blood pressure to skin rashes. Stress alone might not have caused you to develop COPD, but if you think of it this way, you may have started smoking to calm your nerves when you were under stress. Too much stress over time will begin to wear on your immune system, making it easier for viruses and bacterial infections to make a home in your body. Staying completely stress free in life is near impossible, but there are some things you can do to relieve it for a time, or lessen it.

    When people are stressed, they sometimes end up trying to relieve it in some very unhealthy ways. Doing any recreational drugs, including alcohol, binge eating on junk food, or continuing to smoke cigarettes after your diagnosis with COPD, are among the unhealthy habits. Our stress doesn't always result in these habits, though, they can be much more subtle, such as nail biting, mindlessly picking at your skin or pulling out your hair. Pay attention to your own subtle habits so you can notice when you are stressed. Our bodies tell us things that we don't consciously recognize.

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  • How to Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle with COPD

    Depending on how severe your diagnosis of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, you should be able to at least put the progression of this disease at a standstill, as long as you make a few healthy lifestyle decisions. You won't be able to cure yourself of this disease, only because you can't reverse the damage that has been done to your lungs. Making everyone aware of COPD is the first step in making sure the disease doesn't advance so far, that you need to be using a home oxygen concentrator for most of the day. To stay healthy, you will need to ask yourself a few questions.

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  • The Benefits of Tai Chi for People With COPD

    When you have a chronic lung disease, exercise might be the furthest thing from your mind. You are probably picturing someone running, doing push ups and taking the deep, concentrated breaths needed to bring in the oxygen needed to keep their body going. If you are using an oxygen concentrator for part of the day to get that needed amount of oxygen, you might think that working out is far beyond your reach.

    There are many different ways to exercise, and the classic forms like running and doing push ups or sit ups are only a few of many. Tai chi is one form of exercise that is very unlike these traditional methods, and it has been found to help people with COPD, especially.

    Tai chi originates from China and is thought to be over 700 years old. In a nutshell, it describes a series of specific, slow and deliberate movements, along with breathing and mental concentration. It's hard to know for sure what happened 700 years ago if it wasn't recorded (or if the original records were destroyed), but it's said that a man named Chang San Feng developed it so that monks could defend themselves against attacks. Even though tai chi is slow-paced, it's considered a form of martial arts.

    Tai chi has been growing in popularity over the last 10 or so years, and there have been studies that report that tai chi is a great way of treating, coping with, and even preventing different chronic diseases. Talk to your doctor first to make sure this type of exercise is right for you. Despite tai chi being to known to be helpful for most people, it's always a good idea to consult with your doctor before you start any new exercise routine.

    How it Helps You

    If you don't have access to pulmonary therapy, which might be necessary for you, tai chi is a great alternative. The University of Sydney, Australia conducted a study of COPD patients who practiced tai chi, and compared their health results to COPD patients who did not. They noted how the people who practiced tai chi improved in all areas, including muscle strength and balance, as well as cognitive function and an improvement in memory. As with any other exercise, it drew in more oxygen to all the parts of the body.

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