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The Health Benefits of Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning

Spring has finally arrived, which means flowers are blooming, birds are chirping and the sun is shining! For many of us, it also means it is time to start spring-cleaning: dusting, decluttering and organizing our homes after a long winter. While spring-cleaning has the obvious benefits of organized, more spacious closets, sparkling counter tops and spotless floors, it also has been associated with multiple health benefits:

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Healthier Alternatives to Caffeine

Smoothies

Did you know the United States consumes the highest amount of caffeine, weighing in at 971 tons? According to the Heart Research Funding Organization, a majority of the caffeine we consume is coffee. Caffeine is consumed at least once a meal and not always in beverages. Caffeine can be found in protein bars, chocolate, yogurt and ice cream, candy and even in some waters. Research has found that consuming over 500-600 mg of caffeine a day can lead to a variety of negative side effects, such as insomnia, nervousness, restlessness, irritability, nausea, an accelerated heartbeat and muscle tremors.

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Heart Disease Prevention

Heart Health

Did you know the month of February is American Heart Month? American Heart Month is dedicated to spreading heart health awareness and promoting a heart healthy lifestyle. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S., taking more than 610,000 lives each year. Although you cannot alter some risk factors of heart disease, such as your family history, sex or age, there are still many prevention steps you can take to protect your heart:

• Exercise regularly. Being active everyday can significantly decrease your risk of developing heart disease. Even if it is only for a mere 30 minutes, set aside time each day for physical activity, such as swimming, walking your dog, hiking the trails or taking a dancing class with friends.

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Tips for a Better Night's Sleep

Sleep

Many of us are guilty of considering sleep as simply a part of our nightly routine, underestimating its importance to our quality of life and well-being. A good night’s sleep is essential in maintaining both mental and physical health and productivity. The recommended amount of sleep is seven to nine hours each night; however, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 30 percent of working adults in the U.S. are sleeping six or fewer hours a night. This year, let’s make our mental and physical health a priority by practicing these tips to get a better night’s sleep:

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Preventing Slips and Falls this Winter

Winters in the Midwest can often be harsh, causing people to suffer serious injuries as a result of slipping and falling on patches of ice or snow. These slips and falls can lead to lacerations, broken bones and even brain injuries. Follow these simple tips to stay safe and healthy this winter season:

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Staying Healthy and Happy During the Holidays

Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s – the holiday season is supposed to be a time of celebration, joy and togetherness; however, the stress and business of the holidays can truly affect our physical and emotional health. Here are some simple, effective tips for staying healthy and happy this holiday season. 

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