Monday, February 18, 2019

Lift Heavy Boxes with Your Brain

Before setting out to lift a heavy box, a piece of equipment, etc., lift it with your brain. Size it up and ask yourself if lifting this object by yourself is worth an aching back. 
If you decide you can manage a heavy object by yourself, follow these back saving guidelines:

1.  Stand as close to the object as possible. 
2.  Bend your knees (don't bend your waist). 
3.  Concentrate on lifting with your thigh muscles (not your back muscles). If your thigh muscles aren't up to the job, get someone to help you lift the thing. 
4.  While you're lifting, keep the object as close to your body as possible. 
5.  Don't twist your waist while you're carrying the object; if you must turn, turn with your feet. 

Remember that pushing a heavy object is easier on your back than pulling.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Q: How's the Water?

A: Wet.

Q: How do you make Holy water?
A: You boil the Hell out of it.

Q: What did the ocean say to the other ocean?
A: Nothing, they just waved.

Q: What do you call an old Snowman?
A: Water.

They say that the body is made up of 90% water. 
So... I'm not fat. I'm just Water Logged!

Okay... I'm officially tapped out of water jokes. 😉 Time for a little seriousness. Proper hydration is no joke.

Drink Water to Improve

Joint Lubrication
The maintenance of Body Temperature
How cells manage Energy 
Mental function: clarity, concentration, depression, temper



Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Located in the same place things are temporarily forgotten and almost remembered.

What is this?

The tip of your tongue! Awesome microscopic image of taste buds.



Our tongue allows us to taste, eat, swallow, spit, talk, sing, and even kiss.

Taste buds test food - we can tell if the apple might be bad or rotting, as opposed to nutrient rich and yummy.

When you gain weight, so does your tongue. A larger tongue, lends a higher risk towards sleep apnea. The tongue is more likely to block air passages during sleep. 

The tongue is the only muscle that works without any skeletal support - much like an elephant trunk, or octopus tentacle. 

Chameleons, frogs, and anteaters, catch insects with their tongues. 

Cats have backward facing barbs on their tongues, which helps to hold their prey, and clean their fur. 

The Blue Whale’s tongue weighs about 5,400 pounds - thats about the size of an elephant. 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

The Mind-Body Connection is Real

Another mind/body/immune system article! 💕 

Dr. Anoop Kumar, an Emergency Department physician, feels so strongly that “the mind-body connection is real,” he not only organized, he leads a meditation session for fellow doctors, nurses and staff. 

“As a child, Anoop Kumar was surrounded by the teachings of Eastern philosophy. He says he came to recognize a common message woven through philosophy, science and spirituality - a message of well-being. It’s that message that helped inspire him to write his first book, “Michelangelo’s Medicine.” (now I have to get the book...) 

Favorite take-away - “...the human being is not only a human body.... we must include other elements, like emotion, thought, intuition, desire and consciousness.”

A close tie - “...poorly managed anxiety and stress contributes to disease.”

Friday, January 5, 2018

Stick to your New Year's Resolutions

Happy New Year!

In light of good intentions, resolutions and hope for positive growth, I thought I'd share How to Rewire Your Brain to Love Healthy Habits.

I need to work on many of the suggestions. They all resonate - pick my cues, make it automatic, work the three R's (reminder, routine, and reward), define my motivators, and s focus on baby steps.

Follow your Gut to treat Depression, PTSD & Anxiety

Trauma, PTSD, anxiety, fight-or-flight can all be connected to our gut. Our digestive system and our brains are connected.

Trauma Affects Your Digestive Health In Very Real Ways

Gimme some Skin

The largest organ you have - your skin.

Skin helps regulate body temperature, responds to touch, heat and cold... and quite important to our immune system, protects us from external elements. If damaged, it will try to heal, leaving behind scar tissue.

You probably knew all that. But did you know that your skin has its own ecosystem? Check it out - What Is The Skin Microbiome? Your Body's Largest Organ Has Its Own Ecosystem That You Need To Know About