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February 16, 2021
Can 2 Coffees a Day Keep the Heart Doctor Away?
Maybe you're the type of coffee drinker who treasures their first cup, sipped out of a "But first, COFFEE" mug every morning. Or maybe you have a quadruple shot of espresso to slingshot you into your morning. No matter how you choose to drink your java, you may be surprised that that cup of deliciousness is actually GOOD FOR YOU! Yep, you read that right!
According to a new study, published on February 9, 2021 in the journal Circulation: Heart Failure, there are some serious health benefits to grabbing that mug in the morning. So go grab a cup of coffee and let's get to it!
You may live longer
Your body may process glucose better
That’s the theory behind studies that found that people who drink more coffee are less likely to get type 2 diabetes.
You're less likely to develop heart failure
Drinking one to two cups of coffee a day may help ward off heart failure, when a weakened heart has difficulty pumping enough blood to the body.
You are less likely to develop Parkinson's Disease
Caffeine is not only linked to a lower chance of developing Parkinson’s disease, but it may also help those with the condition better control their movements.
Your liver will thank you
Both regular and decaf coffee seem to have a protective effect on your liver. Research shows that coffee drinkers are more likely to have liver enzyme levels within a healthy range than people who don’t drink coffee.
Your DNA will be stronger
Dark roast coffee decreases breakage in DNA strands, which occur naturally but can lead to cancer or tumors if not repaired by your cells.
Your odds of getting colon cancer will go way down
One in 23 women develop colon cancer. But researchers found that coffee drinkers — decaf or regular — were 26 percent less likely to develop colorectal cancer.
You may reduce your risk of getting Alzheimer's Disease
Almost two-thirds of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease are women. But the caffeine in two cups of coffee may provide significant protection against developing the condition. In fact, researchers found that women age 65 and older who drank two to three cups of coffee a day were less likely to develop dementia in general.
You're not as likely to suffer a stroke
For women, drinking at least one cup of coffee a day is associated with lowered stroke risk, which is the fourth leading cause of female deaths.
January 26, 2021
6 Ways to Prevent a Heart Attack While Shoveling Snow
As a big time SNOW LOVER, I'm excited at the prospect of some snow next week! (Totally bummed about waking up today to nothing!) However, there are some health issues that relate to snow, one of which is heart attack!
I thought I would share some quick tips to keep my friends safe!
1. Don’t shovel first thing in the morning. Most heart attacks occur first thing in the morning, when your blood is most likely to clot. Give yourself time to get up and moving before going out and grabbing the shovel. You’ll also give the sun a chance to warm up things a bit.
2. Warm up before shoveling. Shoveling snow is exercise. It’s hard work. Take a few minutes before to stretch, move about and get the ‘blood flowing’ before undertaking any strenuous activity, including shoveling snow.
3. Use a smaller shovel. A shovel full of wet snow is especially heavy when the shovel is big. It may take a little longer, but many small loads will be better than fewer heavy ones.
4. Dress appropriately. Cover your hands, head and mouth. Covering your mouth with a scarf will help you inhale warmer air and can help avoid respiratory problems.
5. Shovel in shifts. If you need a rest, take a rest. Taking 15 minute breaks can help lessen the load on your heart.
6. Watch for warning signs. Tightness in the chest, lightheadedness and dizziness are all signs of a heart attack. If you suspect you’re having a heart attack, call 911.
January 21, 2021
National Hugging Day: 5 safe, feel-good hug alternatives amid the coronavirus pandemic
Try some tea
Instead of a hug, brew yourself a steaming cup of comfort with your favorite coffee or tea for anxiety-reducing effects like hugs can provide.
Try a warm bath with bath bombs infused with calming essential oils or a good book to keep you company.
These heavier-than-usual blankets have gained popularity in the past few years since laying them over yourself mimics the feeling of a hug or being held and, in turn, may calm the nervous system.
Give your mind a hug with some guided meditation and yoga.
Lean on Your Pets
We may not be able to hug on our human loved ones, but we can hug our pets. Research shows owning a pet can help combat health concerns around loneliness, so go ahead and give (and get) some extra love from your furry family members whenever you're feeling isolated at home.
January 18, 2021
Pass the Time and Save a Life
Between COVID-19 and cold weather, we seem to have lots of time on our hands. Why not learn something new, like Hands-Only CPR!? We may be a little biased but we think learning CPR and how to use an AED is the most important skill you can have. Did you know that Hands-Only CPR only has two steps? Check out the video!
December 1, 2020
We are proud to announce the opening of our second location!
On November 27, 2020 we began teaching classes at our beautiful new location and we are super excited! After considering multiple areas in Baltimore, we settled on Hampden. I mean, who doesn't love Hampden?! Our building is gorgeous with all the charm and character that you would expect from this little pocket of Baltimore City. If you register for a class at this location and you have never explored this area, you seriously need to make a day out of it! I can't wait to explore more!