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Your Health

What your cravings say – and don't say – about health

 

’Tis the season to put even the best good-diet intentions to the test. Even if you typically eat foods high in nutrient density and whole foods – and you’ve seen the improvement in energy, sleep, mood and blood sugar – being surrounded by tempting treats can stir up cravings.

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Do you need vitamins to supplement a well-rounded diet?

Many people take vitamin supplements in an attempt to make up for what might be missing health-wise from daily diets. But is this a good health practice?

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CDC: National Health Survey underway in Santa Clara County, throughout country

Santa Clara County is among 15 counties across the country selected to be part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which provides data on public health problems from a national perspective.

The National Center for Health Statistics randomly selects 5,000 residents annually to participate in the survey to provide information for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Alkalign looks beyond the barre to bodywork


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Exercise aficionados go beyond the ballet barre during Alkalign Studios’ Recharge class to focus on myofascial release and stretching.

While core offerings at Alkalign Studios in Los Altos focus on strengthening and stretching the body the way a ballerina would before a performance, a new line of classes approach the body from another angle.

The studio at 249 First St. last spring split off from its former identity as a Dailey Method location, reinventing itself as an independent studio that teaches barre method and now has the freedom to improvise as well. The new Recharge classes focus on the bodywork that athletes (and office workers) use to roll out the knots and ease the kinks of shoulders, legs and wrists.

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Stanford Library provides resources to care for caregivers

November is National Family Caregivers Month. Caregivers include family and friends who manage the care of people who are older, ill or disabled.

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Have you gotten your flu shot yet?

The single best thing you can do to prevent getting the flu is get vaccinated every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months and older get an annual flu vaccination.

A flu vaccination takes approximately two weeks to take full effect in your body, so don’t wait until the flu season is well underway before getting your vaccine. Act now for your best chance to avoid contracting the flu, characterized by a high fever, all-over body aches and severe cough and sore throat.

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Vitamin D helps your mood and fights the flu

Vitamin D helps improve cognitive function, stabilize mood and regulate hormones. Several studies show that the powerful ally also reduces risk of heart disease, colon cancer, prostate or breast cancer, and plays a role in preventing multiple sclerosis, diabetes and high blood pressure.

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