5 Facts About Eating Disorders

Eating DisordersEating disorders are a serious issue that people often don’t realize they have. Or perhaps they are unable to recognize a friend or loved one that suffers from an eating disorder.

There are many types of eating disorders and not all of them result in the individual looking emaciated. Keeping this in mind, here are 5 facts that can give you a better understanding of eating disorders and how they may affect you:

    1. You can still be close to or even above your ideal body weight and suffer from an eating disorder. Patients who suffer from Bulimia Nervosa often appear to be at a healthy weight. However, they may be engaging in bingeing and purging behaviors. If they are constantly going to the bathroom following a meal, this may be a sign they are vomiting what they have just eaten. 
    2. The main cause of eating disorders is body dissatisfaction. A person who might be suffering from an eating disorder will often spend an inordinate amount of time looking at themselves in the mirror, may make frequent negative comments about their physical appearance, and will insist they are overweight even if they aren’t. 
    3. A disruption in normal eating patterns in a person can indicate they have an eating disorder. Common disruptions include:
        • bingeing certain foods
        • consuming excessive amounts of appetite suppressants
        • developing a strong dislike for foods previously enjoyed
        • drinking too much water and/or coffee
        • eating smaller portions than usual
        • no longer eating with others
    4. Individuals with eating disorders often develop eating rituals, such as moving their food around their plate, chewing for a long time before swallowing, cutting their food into smaller pieces, and taking much longer to eat. These rituals are meant to make it look like they are eating when, in fact, they are not.
    5. Eating disorders can be accompanied by:
        • dental erosions
        • hair loss
        • irregular menstrual cycles
        • low blood pressure and pulse
        • low energy
        • vulnerability to upper respiratory infections

These are five facts about eating disorders you should know. For more health tips, visit us at The Benefits Store

What You Need to Know About High Blood Pressure

High Blood PressureYour blood pressure is measured as part of routine doctor office visits, but do you actually know what your blood pressure reading means? You’ve know high blood pressure is a bad thing, but why? Understanding what having high blood pressure means could help encourage you to live a healthier lifestyle and lower your risk for high blood pressure.  

The Risks of High Blood Pressure

According to 2017 studies, it’s estimated about 50% of American adults have high blood pressure. This is a huge increase from 2003, when roughly 30 percent of American adults had high blood pressure. The following are some of the potential dangers of high blood pressure:

    • According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), around 30% of American adults had stage 1 high blood pressure in 2017.
    • High blood pressure is one of the biggest risk factors for stroke, heart disease, kidney disease, and congestive heart failure.
    • In 2013, high blood pressure was named one of the primary or contributing causes of death for over 360,000 Americans.
    • One in every 6 American adults has high total cholesterol, which is linked to high blood pressure. 
    • The health risks caused by high blood pressure costs the U.S. an estimated $46 billion a year in healthcare services, medication costs, and missed days of work. 

Preventing High Blood Pressure

You can make a number of lifestyle changes to help prevent high blood pressure. This includes:

    • Drinking alcohol in moderation
    • Eating healthy
    • Engaging in routine exercise  
    • Maintaining a healthy weight
    • Managing stress
    • Quitting smoking

Anyone can be at risk for high blood pressure, but improving your overall wellness can help prevent it. Healthy lifestyle changes can also help prevent other potential health complications that are linked to high blood pressure.

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Work Pressure Impacts Female Weight Gain

female weight gainThe pressure you experience at work can have a negative impact on your health. This is something that is widely known; we’re aware a stressful work environment can cause physical and mental health issues at home. However, a new study has revealed women, in particular, are prone to gain weight as a result of stress at work. 

Work Pressure Study

The study was performed at Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. It included 3,872 participants; both men and women. Participants were investigated on three different occasions over a 20-year period. Their ages ranged from 30-50 or 40-60.

Participants were asked about their workplaces:

    • How much time they had to perform their work duties
    • How often they were given contradictory demands
    • What they felt the psychological pressure was

These questions helped identify the level of job demands. Additionally, questions were asked about:

    • How often participants learned something new at work
    • Whether their job required imagination or advanced skills
    • Whether they were able to choose what to do and how to do it as part of their job

The men and women that had little control in their work tended to gain more weight over the course of the study. However, long-term exposure to high job demands affected women much more than men.

Major weight gain occurred over the course of 20 years for over 50% of the women who were subjected to high work demands. The gain in weight was roughly 20 percent higher than women who were subject to lower job demands.

Researchers believe the reason women were affected long-term was possibly due to the combination of their job demands as well as the greater responsibility that most women have at home as well. Those factors often make it difficult for them to maintain a healthy weight because they may not have the time to exercise regularly.

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5 Home Remedies That Really Help a Cold

The common cold can be quite a nuisance; unfortunately, there is yet to be a cure for it. However, there are a number of home remedies that can help alleviate some of your symptoms and which can help you recover quicker. The following are five home remedies that are particularly effective if you have a cold:

  1. Drink lots of liquids – You’ll want to make sure to stay hydrated. To flush out the toxins in your body, be sure to drink lots of liquids, such as water or juice. Staying hydrated will help loosen congestion. Avoid liquids such as sodas and alcohol, which actually contribute to dehydration.
  2. Sip on warm liquids – If you have a sore throat, sipping on warm liquids can be very soothing. It can also help to ease your congestion by increasing mucus flow. Warm liquids like chicken soup, tea, and warm water with lemon juice are all good options. Avoid drinking coffee.
  3. Gargle salt water – A sore throat is a common cold symptom that can be incredibly uncomfortable. Gargle an eight-ounce glass of water with a half teaspoon of salt to help soothe the pain. 
  4. Add moisture to your indoor air – Adding moisture to the air inside your home is a good way to reduce congestion and prevent your throat from drying out. A cool mist vaporizer or a humidifier are both effective ways to add moisture to your air.
  5. Get lots of rest – The most important remedy is rest. Your body uses a lot of energy fighting off a cold. The more rest you get, the more likely you are to recover quickly.

If your symptoms are particularly bad and these home remedies aren’t quite doing the trick, then you may want to try an over-the-counter cough and cold medication. There are decongestants and antihistamines that are appropriate for patients ages 5 and older, and they may offer some relief from your cold symptoms. For more health tips and general advice, visit us at The Benefits Store today.

Can Too Much Sleep Kill Me?

Sleeping Too Much

Most experts recommend adults sleep at least 6 to eight hours a night. Getting plenty of sleep helps promote a healthy body and a fully functioning brain the next day. But this doesn’t mean the more you sleep, the better. In fact, sleeping too much can actually be detrimental to your health. A new study revealed adults who sleep more than they should may be more at risk for heart disease and even death.

Researchers spent almost eight years studying the effects of sleep by analyzing data from almost 117,000 adults 35-70 in 21 countries. The following are some of the conclusions they were able to draw from the research:

  • Individuals sleeping between six and eight hours a night experienced a 7.8 per 1,000 rate of heart disease and death.
  • Individuals sleeping between eight and nine hours a night experienced an 8.4 per 1,000 rate of heart disease and death.
  • Individuals sleeping between nine and 10 hours a night experienced a 10.4 per 1,000 rate of heart disease and death.
  • Individuals sleeping over 10 hours a night experienced a 14.8 per 1,000 rate of heart disease and death.

The risk of heart disease and death jumps five percent, 17 percent, and 41 percent for every hour you sleep per night over the recommended amount. The rate of heart disease and death also increased for people who slept less than the recommended amount: individuals who sleep less than six hours a night have an average rate of heart disease and death of 9.4 per 1,000.

One thing worth noting is that sleeping too much doesn’t directly cause heart disease and death. Sleeping too much is a symptom of an underlying problem that increases the rate of heart disease and death. Poor health often causes people to sleep more than they should because the body is attempting to recover.

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