2016-09-16 / Health & Medical

SEPTEMBER is... National Food & Safety Month

Clean produce properly to avoid contaminants

The demand for fresh produce has increased in recent years as more people are turning to fresh fruits and vegetables for their nutritional value. That increase in demand has forced many suppliers to import more produce from other countries, which could be putting consumers’ health at risk.

Although the United States and Canada may have stringent standards for produce, many other countries do not. Less stringent regulations overseas can result in irrigation water carrying sewage, pollutants and parasites to crops, and herbicides and pesticides may be used in abundance in foreign countries where such usage is subject to little, if any, oversight. Fewer regulations means some farms pay more attention to profit than to the purity and safety of crops. The Pure Food Growers of America states that the average American consumes more than 10 pounds of insecticides and herbicides every year from produce. Many of these substances are proven carcinogens.

Thoroughly washing and soaking fresh produce is the key to removing potential hazards from foods. Organic fruits and vegetables may be less risky, but even organic foods are susceptible to contamination because of potentially unsafe handling practices.

All produce should be washed before eaten. Before cleaning produce, stock up on a few supplies. You will need a large plastic bowl, some apple cider vinegar or baking soda and a produce brush. Add enough cool water to cover the produce you will be washing. Add either three tablespoons per gallon of water of the vinegar to the bowl or sprinkle about three tablespoons of the baking soda into the water. It’s best not to mix both the vinegar and the baking soda, or you may end up with a foaming, overflowing concoction thanks to the chemical reaction that occurs when vinegar mixes with baking soda.

Add the vegetables or fruit to the treated water and allow it to soak for around 10 minutes. Use a vegetable brush to thoroughly scrub the produce. Some foods, like celery and lettuce, have dirt or bugs trapped in their ribs and folds. Soaking and scrubbing can dislodge any bugs. Instead of washing the entire head at once, wash lettuce leaves as they are used to retain the vitamins and minerals.

After rinsing the produce, allow to dry before eating. A salad spinner can help dry lettuce and cabbage leaves so they are not soggy.

It is best to wash produce right before using it rather than washing it in advance. Moisture encourages bacterial growth and hasten spoiling. Even foods that have a rind, such as melons, should be washed prior to eating to avoid contamination from the rind to the flesh inside.

The Dirty Dozen

Certain foods are dirtier than others in terms of the pesticides they contain. However, foods that were grown without pesticides may still be contaminated by animal feces and bacteria from the soil and irrigation. That being said, here are the 12 foods that are most likely to contain the highest amounts of pesticide residue, according to The Environmental Working

1. Apples
2. Celery
3. Cherry tomatoes
4. Cucumbers
5. Grapes
6. Hot peppers
7. Nectarines
8. Peaches
9. Potatoes
10. Spinach
11. Strawberries
12. Sweet bell peppers

Providing home care for you and your loved ones

At New England Family Healthcare, we strive to provide the best in-home services for you or your loved ones at affordable rates. Since 2001, we’ve been helping people with personal care (bathing/dressing), light housekeeping, grocery shopping, meal preparation, companionship and the like. If you or a family member have had surgery, are going through a course of treatment, or can no longer do some of the everyday household chores you’ve always done, call us at 699-4663 for a free consultation.

Think you need a hearing aid?

If you need or think you might need a hearing aid, you should call Mark Vail today — he’ll test and evaluate you for the hearing aid you need in the comfort of your home and you’ll be happy with it.

By visiting people in their homes, Mark can make the best assessment of what the person’s needs are. Sometimes, he visits people at their places of work because of concerns there. This attention to detail shows up in the low return rate he has.

You can reach Mark Vail at 284-9600 or toll free at 877-284-3400. Call today and you’ll be hearing better soon.

Cupping at MassageCraft

What’s good for the Olympians is good for you. Originally known as “fire cupping” in China, a glass globe is heated and applied to the skin. The heat creates a vacuum and pulls the skin in to the cup. At MassageCraft we use cups with a valve and a pump to create the suction. The cup is either placed on a single point or the practitioner glides it over the surface of the skin for a more vigorous application. Tight areas become reddish purple and speckled, and then fade over a few days.

Cupping is excellent for working out stubborn, old injuries. It is used on the back and extremities to reduce pain and tightness. When used on the upper back it can alleviate the symptoms of a cold, asthma and sinus congestion.

All practitioners at MassageCraft are trained in cupping. It can be a part of your massage or acupuncture treatment. Put yourself in the hands of our skilled staff. Our practitioners have over 75 years of combined experience in eastern and western massage techniques, acupuncture, polarity, and yoga.

MassageCraft & Acupuncture Clinic, established in 1991, has convenient locations in Biddeford and Old Orchard Beach. We accept Workers Comp and some private insurance upon benefit verification.

Call 286-8416 or 934-0849 for an appointment. OPEN SUNDAYS. Please visit us at our web site: www.massagecraft.com

Aging Excellence

In May 2015, the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers changed its name to “Aging Life Care Association” (ALCA - aginglifecare.org) . “Aging Life Care” is a holistic, client-centered approach to caring for older adults facing on-going health challenges. Aging Excellence has always been a certified and proud member of this organization since its inception. Our Aging Life Care Professionals are certified health and human services specialist who act as a guide and an advocate for families who live near or far and are

caring for older relatives here in Maine. They provide the expertise and answers at a time of uncertainty and assist clients in attaining their maximum functional potential. The individual’s independence is encouraged, while safety and security concerns are also addressed. Our Aging Life Care Professionals are able to address a broad range of issues related to the wellbeing of their client. They also have extensive knowledge about costs, quality, and availability of resources in Maine.

Coastal Wellness Health

We are happy to announce the opening of Coastal Wellness Health, a complementary medical practice in South Portland.

Complementary medicine is used by nearly 40% of Americans, solely or with other medical treatments.

Dr. Schmidt and Dr. Stockwell combine 25 years of experience in the field of complementary medicine, having helped numerous people regain health and restore balance.

Dr. Ursula Schmidt, LAc is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist as well as a MS in Chinese Medicine

Dr. Beth Stockwell, ND is a naturopathic doctor having trained in medical science, diagnostic skills and natural healing.

With their combined skills Dr. Schmidt and Dr. Stockwell are able to diagnose, manage and treat a variety of acute and chronic conditions. Their treatments are minimally invasive, gentle on the body and address the whole person.

For more information please visit www.coastalwellnesshealth.com

Perplexed, bewildered, dazed, or confused about health insurance?

Karen Vachon, licensed health insurance agent, helps senior citizens, individuals, families, and self-employed small business owners, navigate their health insurance options. From Medicare to Obamacare she gets up close and personal to the individual needs of her clients and their situation; helping people tap into available resources to best protect life’s twists, turns, and surprises.

“Whether you are a senior planning for retirement and transitioning from either individual or employer coverage to Medicare, or an under 65 individual , family, self-employed small business owner, Karen helps people navigate their health insurance options and enroll in plans that best meets their needs and budget.

Karen reviews individual situations. She helps determine if people qualify for a Special Enrollment Period. She tackles the challenging issues such as high prescription costs, doctor networks, and tax penalties. She also educates people on how to use their plan – from preventive care to Medicare 101, knowing how it all works is more important than simply having it!

Tired of 1-800 eternal hold? Feeling perplexed, bewildered, dazed, or confused? Call Karen! 207-730-2664. There is no fee for her service.

5 low-calorie snacks that stray from the norm

Snacking may not seem like part of a healthy diet, but the right snacks can help men and women fight midday hunger without contributing to unwanted weight gain. The following low-calorie snacks won’t compromise adults’ efforts to maintain healthy weights, and they might prove useful as men and women look for that extra boost during the day.

1. Popcorn: Popcorn is low in calories and a good source of dietary fiber. Popcorn also is high in polyphenols, which are antioxidants that have been linked to reductions in heart disease and certain cancers. Airpopped popcorn that is prepared without any oil is your best option, as a cup of such popcorn may only add up to about 30 calories. Avoid adding salt or butter or purchasing premade popcorn that is heavy on both, as both ingredients can compromise the health benefits of popcorn.

2. Nonfat Greek yogurt: Though it’s not as low in calories as popcorn, nonfat Greek yogurt is still a low-calorie snack that’s high in protein. Nonfat Greek yogurt may have as much as two times the amount of protein as traditional yogurts, and that’s beneficial because protein helps you feel full longer, which should help you maintain a healthy weight and avoid overeating. Nonfat Greek yogurt also tends to have less sugar than traditional yogurts, and its creamy texture gives many people the impression that they are eating something decadent.

3. Hummus: Made primarily from ground chickpeas, hummus is a protein- and fiber-rich snack that has been linked to a host of health benefits, including a reduced risk for heart disease and certain types of cancers. Dip vegetables such as baby carrots into hummus, and you’ll have a low-calorie snack that’s also high in vitamin A and beta carotene.

4. Pistachios: Many people might read the labels of pistachios and be turned off by the fat content.

But pistachios are low in saturated fat and high in protein, and a couple dozen pistachios may only amount to about 95 calories. Eat pistachios raw and do not add salt, which can negate their health benefits.

5. Grapes: Grapes might not be as popular as potato chips or other widely available snacks, but they are great sources of vitamin K and are loaded with antioxidants. Grapes are loaded with water, making them a filling snack that can help men and women avoid dehydration. According to the U.S. Food and Drug

Administration, one cup of grapes can provide as much as 5 percent of the recommended daily value of dietary fiber despite containing just over 100 calories.

Rolnick Chiropractic

Dr. Ellie’s Health Tips

Health Tip of the Month: Regarding summertime treats, one would be hard pressed to find a more satisfying food than tomatoes. Tomato sandwiches, tomato salad, Gazpacho, a handful of cherry tomatoes, sliced tomato on a big burger, nothing beats a tomato. Tomatoes are loaded with folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin A. Tomatoes are high in carotenoids, chemicals that give fruits and vegetables their yellow and red colors. Carotenoids are what give tomatoes anti-cancer properties. Studies show that eating tomatoes on a regular basis can reduce the risk of cancers, such as ovarian cancer, digestive tract cancers and prostate cancer. Men who eat four servings of tomato product per week were shown to have a 40%-less risk of developing prostate cancer. One study even showed prostate cancer regression after only three weeks of eating 3/4 of a cup of tomato sauce per day! Eating tomatoes decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease and asthma and lung disease. The newest information on tomato nutrition shows that eating tomatoes can help you lose weight. Tomatoes contain chemicals in their skin called bioflavonoids, naturally occurring plant compounds that help fight disease in the plant itself, and give plants their pigment. The main selling point of these bioflavonoids is that they may counteract inflammation in the body. When inflammation is reduced, the body manufactures more of its weight loss hormone, leptin. Leptin plays a major role in suppressing appetite and regulating metabolism, which are both important components of losing weight. So the next time you are trying to decide whether to have a second helping of pasta salad or tomato salad, go with the tomato salad. Not only will tomato dishes taste great but, in the long run, they can help you be healthier and slimmer!

Thought for the Month: Grow your own tomatoes. Use natural fertilizers like your own vegetable compost, coffee grounds and ground egg shells. Guess what? You are growing organic tomatoes!! No pesticides, herbicides preservatives. 100% healthy!!

Chiropractic Thought for the Month: Do you have forward head posture? Does your head seem to lean or jut forward from the front of your body? This lean is indicative of forward head posture. For every inch your head moves forward, the head gains 10 pounds in weight as far as the muscles in your upper back and neck are concerned, because they have to work much harder to keep the head (chin) from dropping forward onto your chest. The extra weight forces the muscles that raise the chin to remain in constant contraction, putting pressure on the 3 Suboccipital nerves. This nerve compression may cause headaches at the base of the skull, and may even mimic sinus headaches. ~ Chirozine.com

For more information about Chiropractic and Wellness , call Rolnick Chiropractic at 207- 283-1168 or check out our web page at www.rolnickchiropractic.com

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