Straight Talk about Good Posture

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Oct 20, 2016 9:26:58 AM

Good posture improves balance and circulation. Poor posture is bad for your health. It throws your head forward and strains the muscles in the neck, shoulders, back, and knees–a prescription for pain and injury down the road.

Do you slouch down in your easy chair to read or watch TV? Hunch over the sink to brush your teeth? Carry a heavy shoulder bag? Regularly wear high heels? Strain your wrists and crane your neck for hours at the computer?

If so, it’s time to sit up, straighten up, balance your load, change shoes, and take a break. Use this infographic for quick tips to improve posture while sitting at a computer or standing.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Hot Weather and Alcohol Don't Mix—Here's Why

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Jul 26, 2016 12:13:28 PM

Whether it’s frozen daiquiris by the pool, martinis on the patio during happy hour, or a few cold beers after mowing the lawn, alcoholic beverages seem to perfectly complement the long, hot days of summer.

But because heat and alcohol affect the body similarly, mixing the two can be dangerous.

“Consuming alcohol outdoors in the summer heat can lead to a variety of heat-related illnesses, such as dehydration, heat cramps and potentially heat stroke,” says Robert Czincila, DO, chief of Emergency Medicine at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery. “Even worse, many people don’t realize these things are happening because they think they’re quenching their thirst.”

“Alcohol is a diuretic, which causes you to urinate more frequently and perspire more than normal,” continues Dr. Czincila. “Add that to a hot day when your body is already working hard to keep itself cool and you’re at increased risk for dehydration.”

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Topics: Emergency Medicine, Health and Wellness

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