Debbie Mandel’s
Turn On Your Inner Light
Weekly Wellness Newsletter
May 12, 2004

Affirmation of the Week
It is neither the win nor the loss
that makes you triumphant,
only your feelings about yourself.

Health Tips of the Week

  • Low-carb versions of comfort foods -- bread, pasta, and ice cream -- often contain more fat and calories than regular versions, says the June issue of Consumer Reports. "Low-carb" labels can be misleading. Low-carb products contain sugars that are replaced with "unnaturally high concentrations" of sugar alcohols, refined grains, and starches -- all of which are carbohydrates and contribute to caloric intake. And here you thought you were eating low carbs all along…
  • Adding cinnamon to coffee, cereal, or toast helps control blood sugar and cholesterol A small dose works as effectively as a large one, all you need is less than half a teaspoon.
  • Paxil has been shown to work for irritable bowel syndrome: 95% of the serotonin in the body is in the intestine and increasing serotonin positively affects the nerves in the gastrointestinal tract. Researches claim that people with irritable bowel syndrome tend to have problems with the way sensations arise in the gut, the way these sensations travel through the nerves to the brain, and/or with the way the brain processes these signals. Paxil and other serotonin uptake medication are likely to help. Don’t forget to adhere to a high fiber diet! Synergy between Paxil and a high fiber diet is most effective.
  • Scientists have found that people who spent a lot of time in the summer sun beginning in their teens, throughout their 30s, and after age 40 were twice as likely to develop an early form of age-related macular degeneration than those who stayed out of the sun. Put on your hat and sunglasses.
  • Instead of finding a workout buddy, partner your workout with your dog. Walk to your good health and that of your dog’s.

Article of the Week - How to Fall Asleep and Stay Asleep

The news from Iraq is frightening and demoralizing. Technology has enabled us to work late into the night causing our brains to whirl around in an alert frenzy unable to shut down. Meanwhile our daytime dilemmas quietly steal into our nights. No wonder we have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. Research indicates that losing as little as one and a half hours sleep for just one night reduces daytime alertness by about one-third. Memory and the ability to think and process information are impaired. Sleep deprivation also makes us prone to mood changes, attention deficits, slower reaction times, and increased risk for accidents, especially driving. And sleep deprivation is cumulative, building a sleep debt that must be paid. Counting sheep is boring and doesn’t work anyway. So we lie in bed listening to the loud ticking clock and our own heart beating anxiously – we worry that we will not function well the next day and that we will tire easily More.. -- Other articles

Frank Mikulka's Fitness Tip Of The Week
I’m upper middle-aged and I seem to have lower back problems. Well, more or less, I feel like I am falling apart. Can strength training stop the decline? (Maury, West Hempstead) Answer

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Radio Show Guest of the Week - Julia Griggs Havey
Tune into the Turn On Your Inner Light Radio Show Sunday mornings 7:30 - 8:00am on WHLI 1100 AM in Long Island. ( show archive).
On May 16, 2004 Julia Griggs Havey, 130 pounds overweight lost it and went on to become a beauty queen, happily married, and the author of Awaken the Diet Within

Debbie Eisenstadt Mandel, MA is the author of Turn On Your Inner Light: Fitness for Body, Mind and Soul, a stress-reduction specialist, motivational speaker, a personal trainer and mind/body lecturer at Southampton College. She is the host of the weekly Turn On Your Inner Light Show on WHLI 1100 AM in Long Island and has been featured on radio/ TV and print media.

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