Perfect Pumpkin

Pumpkin is currently on a full-flavor takeover. Autumn is here and that means pumpkin flavored everything is at our fingertips. From bagels to beer, you can enjoy this season’s superfood in abundance! Plus, pumpkin itself is actually one of the healthier foods of the season. So, keep reading to find out why it is totally ok to be obsessed with your favorite pumpkin goodies this year and how they can help your body too!

Eating pumpkin and pumpkin flavored treats may be fun, but tripping in a pumpkin patch and falling is not. Worse yet, what if calling out to The Great Pumpkin for help doesn’t work? That’s why you need Life Alert Protection! While wearing their medical alert button you can summon an emergency medical response fast with just one touch of a button. Plus, their dispatch team is available 24/7 so you never have to worry about your personal protection again! Enjoy your pumpkin flavored goodies and decorations this season under the safety of Life Alert Protection.

Having Life Alert Protection will help you with a fall, and having pumpkin during the fall season has the following benefits according to The Daily Burn[1]

  1. Feel Fuller

Pumpkin seeds pack about 1.7 grams of dietary fiber per ounce, while mashed pumpkin pumpkinseeds-eathealthylivefit_com-300x213has only 50 calories per cup and 3 grams of fiber. “Fiber helps keep you fuller longer, which keeps your appetite at bay so you eat less overall,” says nutrition and fitness expert JJ Virgin, author of The Virgin Diet.

  1. Boost Vision

A cup of cubed pumpkin contains almost twice the recommended daily intake of vitamin A, which promotes good vision, especially in dim light, according to the National Institutes of Health. It has also been found to slow the decline of retinal function in those with retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease that can lead to blindness, according to researchers from Harvard. Bonus: Vitamin A also helps form and maintain healthy skin, teeth and bones.

  1. Lower Blood Pressure

Pumpkin seed oil is full of phytoestrogens, which research shows are beneficial for preventing hypertension. When researchers fed rats a diet supplement with the oil, they found that it helped lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressure in just 12 weeks.

  1. Sleep Better

Pumpkin seeds are rich in tryptophan, the amino acid that contributes to post-Thanksgiving dinner sleepiness, says Virgin. Tryptophan is also responsible for helping the body make serotonin, the feel-good neurotransmitter that helps you relax and unwind. Not only do pumpkin seeds promote better sleep, the serotonin will improve your mood, says Virgin.

  1. Protect Your Package

Pumpkins — especially the seeds — are rich in beta-carotene and other antioxidants with cancer protective properties, says Virgin. And pumpkin seeds could be especially healthy for men. Researchers in Taiwan found pumpkin seed oil blocked unhealthy prostate growth in male rats. A quarter cup of the seeds also contains about 2.75 mg of zinc (about 17 percent of the recommended daily intake for adults), which contributes to male sexual health. When young men in a Wayne State University study restricted their dietary zinc intake, they had significantly lower levels of testosterone after 20 weeks.

  1. Have a Healthier Heart

All that fiber can also help protect your ticker, research shows. One Harvard study of over 40,000 male health professionals found that those who ate a diet high in fiber had a 40 percent lower risk of coronary heart disease, compared to those who ate a diet low in fiber. A more recent study by Swedish researchers found that women who ate a diet high in fiber had a 25 percent lower risk of heart disease compared with women who ate a low fiber diet. Men benefitted less, likely because they’re more likely to get their fiber from breads, while women are more likely to get their fiber from healthier sources, like fruits and vegetables, the researchers write. That means pumpkin-laced desserts won’t quite cut it. For a healthier way to add pumpkin into your diet, adding pumpkin chunks to a roasted vegetable medley, or sprinkling pumpkin seeds on top of your salad. Feeling even more creative? Try pumpkin puree in place of nut butters as a spread, Virgin suggests. And for an energizing morning smoothie, blend a high-quality protein powder with coconut milk, chia seeds, pureed pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice. Happy fall indeed!

With so many reasons to love pumpkin, it’s no wonder it is Fall’s most in demand flavor! So if you find yourself wanting to whip up some yummy pumpkin bread muffins, do so under the safety of Life Alert Protection. Their lightweight waterproof button allows you to move around the kitchen, home or wherever safely knowing that help is a button for any medical or home emergency.

So love all things pumpkin this season under the safety of Life Alert Protection! To learn more about all of Life Alert’s lifesaving services, call 1-800-513-2934 for a free brochure.

Works Cited:

  1. Domonell, Kristen. “6 Surprising Health Benefits of Pumpkin.” Daily Burn. 7 October 2014. <http://dailyburn.com/life/health/pumpkin-health-benefits/ >.

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Can Your Clothing Make You Sick?

Dressing for success is a goal we all have every day. Whether it is success at our job, our relationships or just our happiness, our clothes can help us to achieve those goals. However, in some cases, the wrong clothes can make you feel pain and even make you sick.

Speaking of things to put on your body, do you own a piece of clothing or an accessory that could potentially save your life? With Life Alert Protection, you can say yes! Slip on their lightweight, waterproof emergency medical alert pendant under your clothing, around your neck or wrist and immediately gain 24/7 personal protection. No matter what life threatening emergency you may face, push the button on your pendant and summon an emergency medical response fast! Don’t hesitate; add a lifesaving accessory to your closet today with Life Alert Protection!tight clothes

As for the rest of your wardrobe, Everyday Health[1] has a list below of clothing you may currently have in your closet that could be posing major threats to your health and well-being.  Read below to get all of the facts.

1. Skinny Jeans, Tight Pants and Digestive Issues  

Tight clothing that pushes into the abdomen, everything from jeans to belts and compression undergarments, can be problematic, “particularly and especially when somebody overeats,” says Jamie Koufman, MD, a reflux specialist. Pressure on the stomach, known as intragastric pressure or intra-abdominal pressure, can trigger acid reflux — pushing stomach acid back up through the lower esophageal junction, where the esophagus and the stomach meet, causing heartburn.

Acid reflux is common, and not just for older adults, according to Dr. Koufman, who says about 37 percent of the 20 to 30-year-old age group gets it. Even someone who isn’t prone to acid reflux can develop reflux if they wear a tight article of clothing often over a two-week period, she says. However, it’s not just the millianials that are prone to this, listen up all you 60 year old spanx wearers…snug-fitting corset-style [undergarments and] shirts can have a similar effect, says Koufman. “It’s not a good idea to wear something tight to a dinner, particularly if it’s late in the day as well.” And if you must wear compression undergarments under a dress or a tight belt with a new pair of pants, Koufman suggests eating smaller, less fatty meals to reduce the risk of reflux, and trying to loosen things up after you eat, if you can.

2. Compression Undergarments and Nerve Pain 

Designed to smooth out flab and bulging tummies, body-shapers like compression undergarments and control-top pantyhose have a downside. “Tight garments on the lower abdominal region and the upper thigh can cause a condition called meralgia paresthetica, irritation of the nerves in the front and outer aspects of the thigh,” says Orly Avitzur, MD, a neurologist and medical adviser to Consumer Reports. “We’ve known about this for many years and used to see it in women who wore girdles. Now we see it in other compression garments, which have become quite a common fashion accessory. So we’re seeing more and more of that in this generation of women who are trying to look sleek in their clothing.” Symptoms include burning, pain, tingling in the thigh area and hypersensitivity to the touch, according to Dr. Avitzur.

3. Tight Ties, Tight Shirts and Poor Circulation 

Men can have issues with tight-clothing, too, Avitzur says. Although she hasn’t seen it in her practice, literature suggests tight neckties can lead to circulation problems in the neck. A study published in the journal Stroke Research and Treatment, in which researchers used a necktie apparatus to mimic the effects of a tight tie on 40 healthy males, found modest changes in cerebrovascular reactivity, which relates to the dilation ability of arteries in the brain — a potential marker for stroke. The study’s authors theorize that the changes likely aren’t enough to influence stroke risk in healthy adults but could potentially affect risk in adults with other stroke risk factors.

4. Irritating Fabrics and Allergic Reactions 

Certain kinds of fabrics are more likely to cause irritation and allergic reactions, says Neeta Ogden, MD, an adult and pediatric allergist. “Interestingly wool fabrics in particular can cause allergic reactions in people, typically called contact dermatitis,” Dr. Ogden says. “It’s an itchy rash that can sometimes even have bumps on it and seems chronic.” People who have sensitive skin or a history of eczema are at a higher risk of irritation from these fabrics, Ogden says, as are people who have allergies in general.

5. Synthetic Materials, and Irritation and Infection

Clothing dye is a common cause of allergic skin rash, says Ogden, “especially blue and orange dyes in clothing and other items.” Elastics on socks, underwear and bras can also cause rashes in some people because of the rubber, she says. Particularly if you find you react adversely to these dyes, Ogden recommends washing new clothes before wearing them for the first time. Synthetic materials like nylon and Lycra can also cause problems when used in underwear. Unlike breathable cotton, these fabrics keep in moisture and heat — providing a breeding ground for yeast infections.

Clothing is a great way to express yourself, but if you don’t want to show your medical alert, Life Alert’s emergency pendant is lightweight, waterproof and can easily be concealed under your clothing. Plus, if your personal emergency involves a medical problem versus deciding if you should wear white after Labor day, Life Alert’s dispatch team is available 24/7; simply push the button on your pendant and summon help fast!

Clothes shouldn’t make you sicker; instead, they should enhance your life and make it better. Get an accessory that not only enhances your life, but gives you freedom and independence to live alone in your own home. For a free brochure on all of Life Alert’s lifesaving services call 1-800-513-2934.

Works Cited:

  1. Clayton, Jaimie Dalessio. “5 Ways Clothing Can Make You Sick.” Everyday Health. 12 November 2014. <http://www.everydayhealth.com/pain-management-pictures/ways-clothing-can-make-you-sick.aspx >.

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