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Staying Active This Summer

Longer, warmer days give us all more time to get outside and get moving. Staying fit and active is one of the best lines of defense against aging. An active lifestyle will improve your overall health in many ways. Active people tend to be heart-healthy with a lower risk of heart disease, stroke, and lower blood pressure. Additionally they maintain better weight control, improved mental health, and even lower their risk of some cancers.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends 150 minutes of moderate to intense physical activity for adults per week. That means a brisk walk, bike ride, swim, or even mowing the lawn. The CDC also recommends strength training activities twice a week for all muscles; legs, arms, back, core, etc. This means about 30 minutes of exercise a day or as the Surgeon General recommends, 10,000 steps.

Nutrition

Best Summer Fruits and Vegetables

Growing up we’ve all heard how important it is to eat our fruits and vegetables and there is no easier time to get your fill than summertime! Summer provides a wide variety of tasty and colorful fruits and vegetables that are loaded with vitamins and antioxidants. Many summer fruits and vegetables are a great source of fiber which is essential to maintaining a healthy diet. While many fruits and vegetables are now offered year round, buying them at peak season ensures the juiciest, crunchiest, and most satisfying flavors. So this season as you head over to your local farmer’s market, add some of these tasty treats to your basket.

Fruits

Cherries- Rich in antioxidants, these tiny treats pack in the flavor. They are usually available from late May through early August and make a great picnic basket snack.

Healthy & Aware

Water Wellness

Did you know the brain is 80% water and the body is nearly 60% water? With this much water swooshing around in our bodies why do we need more? As quickly as it enters our body, water is already leaving; through sweat, urination, breathing, and evaporation. In order to stay hydrated, we must keep on drinking. How much water we need is up for debate. The long-standing recommendation of eight glasses of water a day has recently been questioned as it has never been scientifically proven. Even so, water is essential to good health.

Choosing the Best Sunscreen

Choosing the Best Sunscreen

With so many sunscreen products available on the market today, it’s hard to know which one will provide the best protection and why. To protect your skin and avoid looking like a lobster this summer, here are some things to know before you apply sunscreen.

UVA and UVB rays

Both UVA and UVB rays are considered cancer-causing. However, UVA (Ultraviolet A) light is the light that causes wrinkles in our skin and UVB (Ultraviolet B) light is what causes your skin to burn. Make sure to choose a sunscreen that is labeled broad spectrum and protects against both UVA and UVB rays.

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The Doctor Is In...

The Doctor Is In... Dr. Radoslav Raychev

Do you know the signs of a stroke? Dr. Radoslav Raychev, the Medical Director of the Saddleback Memorial Stroke Program wants you to know the signs and understand what to do if you think you or someone you know is having a stroke. As a fellowship-trained neurologist and neurointerventional surgeon, Dr. Raychev specializes in cerebrovascular disorders. These include the endovascular surgical treatment of brain and spinal vascular diseases, such as aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, and strokes.

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death - and the number one cause of disabilities - in the US. While medical advances have improved the damages caused by stroke, chances of survival are still best when a patient suffering from a stroke is identified and treated immediately.

Question Of The Month

Does Air Travel Increase Blood Clots?

As summer travel season begins, some air travelers begin to wonder if blood clots or deep vein thrombosis (DVT) are something they should be concerned about. Blood clots typically occur in the deep veins and can happen during long periods of immobility such as air travel. Long distance flights over four hours can increase the risk. Generally when blood clots occur they dissolve on their own. They only become dangerous when they break off and cause blockages- these can be fatal.

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