The Well

Monthly information and suggestions to promote a healthier lifestyle and a stronger sense of wellbeing.

What’s That On My Skin?

09-01-2019The Well

Skin is your body’s largest organ. It is designed to protect you, but sometimes you have to wonder – what is that thing growing on it?

There are many types of raised skin bumps or growths, they often are harmless and don’t require medical treatment unless they cause discomfort or become infected. Here are some examples.


Does your skin have tiny white bumps? No need to be alarmed, but don’t try to remove these. It’s likely milia, which half of all babies develop, and adults can get, too. When dead skin cells get trapped under the skin’s surface, they can form small, hard cysts, called milia. It’s most common on the face around the nose, chin or cheeks, but can occur on other areas of the body, as well.


What You Need to Know About Coconut Oil

07-01-2019The Well

This month I have an interesting article on Coconut Oil from Nutrition Action Healthletter to share. There is a lot of information out there about a variety of ways to eat healthy for our hearts but perhaps some of these regimes need to be investigated prior to following. Coconut oil is not for everyone, especially when there is family history of heart disease.

According to a recent survey, 72% of Americans classify coconut oil as a “healthy food.” Here’s what the science says.

A 2017 American Heart Association panel reviewed the evidence on which fats in foods raise—and which lower—the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). The experts’ findings: “We conclude strongly that lowering intake of saturated fat and replacing it with unsaturated fats, especially polyunsaturated fats, will lower the incidence of CVD.” Yet many people have heard that saturated fats are harmless.


Having Enough

06-01-2019The Well

“Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?”

Matthew 6:25

Certainly, when we read this passage from Matthew, it is not suggesting we walk around naked or starve ourselves. We do need to clothe ourselves and eat what is good. We certainly can get caught up, though, in our material things, maybe obsessing over the hottest item of clothing out there, or the newest diet fad. We are blessed to live in a place where we can have whatever we what or need. We are blessed to have had opportunities in education and better job choices.

When we listen closely to Matthew’s passage, how often do we still see scarcity? There are some in our community who lack enough income due to health issues, job change, insufficient safety nets, and gaps in our efforts to care for the weakest and marginalized. They are out there, if we choose to see!


Is Your Chair Killing You?

05-01-2019The Well

“Sitting is the new smoking” is a popular phrase. It follows research showing prolonged sitting can lead to an increased risk for obesity, heart disease and cancer.

But unlike smoking, sitting isn’t a lifestyle choice you can simply say “no” to. Many people drive to work and spend hours each day sitting at computers. At home, you sit down for hours watching TV, checking social media or shopping online.


Tips for Long Distance Caregivers

04-01-2019The Well

Here is a great article written by Sharon Roth Maguire, MS, RN, GNP-BC Chief Clinical Quality Officer, BrightStar Care that is very helpful with suggestions for those who are long distance caregivers.

In a perfect world, we’d all live close to our aging parents and grandparents. But careers and the needs of our immediate families often cause us to become long-distance caregivers, spending less time face to face with aging loved ones than we might like.

Many families see each other in person only a few times a year, often around the holidays or special events. Health declines that have developed over time may seem to have appeared out of the blue. When you can’t get together in person regularly, you can keep an eye on your loved one’s health by learning what to watch for and listen for when you communicate.


Your House Could Be Making You Sick

03-01-2019The Well

We all know that we live and work amongst germs that others spread especially in public places, whether it’s the grocery store, the airports, public bathrooms, or even our church. We try and be diligent about washing our hands, covering our mouth and nose when we sneeze, and use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.

Something we may not be aware of is that we can easily track the yucky germs inside our own sanctuaries, our homes. Tracking nature indoors can affect the cleanliness of your home and cause potential health issues, such as frequent colds, asthma attacks, breathing difficulties and allergies.


February is Heart Month

02-01-2019The Well

Do you know your risk for heart disease? Each year in the United States, 1 out of every 3 deaths is caused by heart disease. But heart disease is preventable and controllable. So, it is very important to identify and understand the risks to your heart health.


Simple Tips To Keep Your Stress In Check

01-01-2019The Well

The Holidays can bring on a lot stress, but after the holidays, a coffee spill, bad hair and a broken down car – the perfect recipe for a bad day. Whatever the reason may be, we have all had these kind of days. Most of these bad days are attributed to a variety of causes including work-related stress, a lack of sleep, illness and financial worries.


Fighting Holiday Fatigue

12-01-2018The Well

Small changes make a BIG impact. From Goblins to Gobblers, to Gifts and Goodies…this time of the year can be draining! Some days you can be so low on energy that you are drowsy by lunchtime and in need of a nap by mid-afternoon. Think about all the extras you have been adding to your already hectic lifestyle—office parties, gatherings with the relatives, costume shopping, trick-or-treating, holiday shopping, extra cooking, entertaining guests and visitors from out of town, school parties, religious celebrations.


What Exercise Can Do for The Love of Your Heart

11-01-2018The Well

One of the longest Nurses’ Health Study, which tracked more than 72,000 women aged 40 to 65 for eight years. Those who walked briskly for three or more hours a week were 35 percent less likely to suffer a heart attack or die from coronary heart disease than those who walked infrequently. But no sweat doesn’t mean no benefit. Walking around the block or hitting a shopping mall is better for your heart than sitting around the house. Don’t worry if you can’t do too much at one time. It’s the total amount that matters. If you have time for only a half-hour brisk walk during lunch and then another half-hour walks at the end of the day, you’ll essentially get the same benefit as taking an hour-long walk.