While most everyone knows to lather up on sunscreen before going outdoors this weekend and the big
Washington (PRWEB) May 25, 2007
With Memorial Day marking the unofficial start of summer this weekend, RevolutionHealth.com's (http://www.revolutionhealth.com) Dr. Bradly Jacobs, a recognized national leader in Integrative Medicine and Health & Wellness, offers his top 10 tips - with a twist - for staying healthy and safe this holiday weekend.
"While most everyone knows to lather up on sunscreen before going outdoors this weekend and the big "don't" of drinking and driving, there are some additional easy steps to take to make sure your holiday is healthy and pain-free," said Dr. Brad.
1. Get Spicy to Stay Cool. Eat spicy foods to help you stay cool. Believe it or not, spicy foods dilate your peripheral blood vessels, making you perspire which cools your body.
2. A Coat in Summertime. Coat both meats and the grill with olive oil to ensure great flavor, but avoid potential carcinogens. Many of us like the flavor of meats with a bit of char (blackening), but research has shown this method can create cancer-causing substances called heterocyclic amines.
3. The Secret is in the Marinade recipe. Choose leaner meats and marinate them for 24 hours to enjoy flavor without all the fat this Memorial Day. Fatty meats make for tasty barbequing, but you can use leaner, healthier meats and make them more tender and enjoy even more flavor by marinating them.
4. Scream for Ice Cream. Substitute grilled fruit for fat-laden ice cream or cake this Memorial Day. The dry heat of grilling intensifies and caramelizes the natural sugars in fruits. For more ideas on healthy summer desserts, like cantaloupe kabobs.
5. Chill Out. If you're planning a picnic this weekend, keep food fresher and prevent bacteria by using large chunks rather than small cubes. Large chunks of ice last longer and keep foods colder. Just put some water into a sheet cake or baking pan, freeze it and poof!, you have bacteria-fighting ice!
6. A Bug's Life. Try natural alternatives to beat those pesty mosquitoes. You can spray on a diluted liquid garlic concentrate. Or apply vinegar or soybean oil on your skin to prevent the bugs from biting.
7. Headache Relief in a Glass. In these hot summer months, drink a glass of water to relieve headaches. Often headaches are caused by dehydration and can be alleviated by taking aspirin, but it's usually the beverage consumed when taking the aspirin that helps to immediately relieve the symptoms.
8. Get Red-dy to Ward off Sunburn. In addition to sunscreen, load up on red, yellow and orange fruits and vegetables. These have carotenoids that may help naturally reduce sunburn risk. Sunburn is a major risk factor for skin cancer, the most common form of cancer in the U.S.
9. Pool's Open. Fill up empty water bottles and use them for resistance exercises in the pool. It's a fun and easy way to tone and strengthen muscles.
10. Time for Lights Out. Pull out your alarm clock this long weekend. You may be tempted to stay up late, but keeping a regular schedule will actually help you sleep better and make your sleep more restful and restorative.
"Plan ahead to enjoy a safe, fun and healthy Memorial Day weekend with family and friends," said Dr. Brad. "Practicing smart grilling, staying safe in the sun and drinking plenty of fluids can help you make the most of your holiday weekend."
Dr. Bradly Jacobs is recognized as a national leader in Integrative Medicine and Health & Wellness. He was the founding Medical Director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where he was also the Chair of Integrative Medicine and Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine. Dr. Jacobs is a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine, and completed his residency and clinical research fellowship at the University of California San Francisco. He holds a master's degree of Public Health in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Jacobs is board certified in Internal Medicine and has studied acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, yoga and martial arts. At Revolution Health, Dr. Jacobs heads the integrative medicine arena.
For more information on staying healthy and safe this Memorial Day, log onto http://www.RevolutionHealth.com.
About Revolution Health Group LLC
Revolution Health Group LLC was founded in March 2005 by Steve Case to create products and services that empower people by putting them at the center of the health system. Revolution Health's other founding investors and board members include Colin Powell, Carly Fiorina, Jim Barksdale, Frank Raines, Steve Wiggins, Miles Gilburne, John Delaney, Jeff Zients and David Golden. The company is based in Washington, D.C.