Maintain hydration during exercise: From joint health to sun exposure, Dr. Maja Gray has answers

Dr. Maya Lundborg-Gray, M.D.

What are some easy ways to get in exercise now that summer weather is here?
First, change your mindset. Don’t look at exercise as exercise. Think of exercise as leading an active lifestyle, which you could do solo or with your family and friends. Physical activity is any form of exercise or movement of the body that uses energy. Performing active chores at home such as walking the dog instead of letting the dog out and doing yard work are ways we each do this already. If you are fortunate, walk or bike to work. Now that the sun is out and weather is warm get outside and move. [Read more…]

Q&A: Nicole Garnsey, nutritionist

From juice cleanses to natural foods, we ask a nutritionist

Registered Dietician Nicole Garnsey sits with healthy food props she uses to educate clients at her Washington Street office in Watertown. Photo by Justin Sorensen/NNY Living.

Nicole Garnsey is a registered dietitian, certified dietitian nutritionist and certified diabetes educator who owns and operates Feed the Soul Nutrition, Watertown. We asked her about some of the latest health trends, nutrition and healthy eating to help on the path to wellness.

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Good oral health plays a critical role

Dr. Scott LaClair, D.D.S.

Link to better overall health ‘well supported and undeniable’

How is good dental health and oral hygiene important for good general health?

Study after study has confirmed a link between dental infection and poor dental health with many problems outside the mouth to include but not limited to stroke, heart disease, life-threatening infections, malnourishment and depression. People with healthy teeth have been shown to live longer, happier, healthier lives than people with poor oral hygiene. The connection of a healthy mouth to systemic heath is both well supported and undeniable. [Read more…]

Prepare kids for illness prevention

Dr. Karen Williams

From ticks to gluten-free eating, Dr. Karen Williams answers reader questions

Ticks were a widespread problem this summer because of the dry weather, what’s the first thing to keep in mind after a tick bite?

We have been seeing an increase in tick-borne disease, such as Lyme disease, but it’s important to remember that most ticks do not carry disease. You should check for ticks on yourself and your children whenever you have been out near the woods, hiking, camping or near a lot of brush. If you notice a tick, remove it as soon as possible and wash the area with warm, soapy water. The sooner a tick is removed the less likely it is to spread disease. You should call your doctor if you develop flu-like symptoms, a sore at the site of the bite or any rash.

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Sunny season calls for sunscreen: From healthy fluids to vitamins, Dr. Frank Rhode has answers to reader questions

Dr. Frank Rhode

I’ve never had any trouble being in the sun and I actually like a decent tan during the summer months. Is it something I should avoid now or is a little sun good for the soul? Sunlight exposure for about 15 minutes a day helps with Vitamin D supplementation. However, sunlight is a promoter of skin cancers, many quite dangerous, and causes the skin to lose elasticity over time — making your skin look old. You should use sunscreen freely when outside.

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From midnight munchies to mono, Dr. Gregory Healey takes questions from readers

Dr. Gregory J. Healey

With spring comes pollen and grass and I always feel the onset of allergies. What’s the best way to minimize the effects of allergies without something like allergy shots?

Allergens and irritants like pet dander, perfume and smoke can be avoided. But good luck if it’s the family cat. Most pollens, mold spores and house dust mites cannot be completely avoided but basic cleaning, removing broadloom carpeting and closing windows at night help. Dehumidifying the basement and humidifying the interior air in the winter helps, too. Drug therapy includes over-the -counter antihistamines such as fexofenadine, prescription drugs like Singulair and topical nasal sprays with steroids or antihistamines. Do not use over-the-counter nasal decongestants as your nose will become addicted to them. Allergy shots do work but they are time consuming and you will get to know every patient in your doctor’s practice as you wait the half-hour after each shot in the waiting room.

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Is it a cold, or something worse?

Dr. Jason F. White

I’m a healthy 32-year-old who only goes to the doctor as a last resort when I’m sick. At what age should I consider getting an annual checkup or physical? The benefits of annual physicals have recently been debated, however, seeing a health care provider annually provides an opportunity to discuss age-appropriate preventive medical services, to develop a comfortable rapport and to address non-urgent questions about your health.  If you have any new health concerns arise, you will have an established relationship with your provider to be sure it is effectively addressed.

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What do antioxidants really do?

Milly Smith, RPA-C

Flu season is upon us and I have small children. Should I have them get a flu shot and why? Is it possible to get the flu even after being vaccinated? The New York State Department of Health recommends that anyone six months or older should receive the flu vaccine. It is recommended that all children should get the flu vaccine in order to be protected from serious complications if infected with influenza. One of the biggest cons of getting the flu vaccine is that you can develop some minor viral symptoms such as low grade fevers and malaise. Yes, you can still get the flu even if you are vaccinated.
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