Dizziness linked to hearing problems

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“Dizziness has many possible causes, including inner disturbances, motion sickness, and medication effects,” explains the Mayo Clinic.  “How dizziness makes you feel, your triggers, and how long the dizzy spells last provide clues for possible causes.”

           Inner ear imbalances are often linked to dizziness — that uncomfortable woozy, light-headed, spinning sensation.  Dizziness isn’t a disease, but a symptom of various problems.

           The Mayo Clinic says, “Your sense of balance depends on the combined input from the various parts of your sensory system.  These include your eyes; sensory nerves, which send messages to your brain about body movements and positions; and your inner ear, which houses sensors that help detect gravity and back-and-forth motion.

           “Vertigo is that false sense that your surroundings are spinning or moving.  With inner ear disorders, your brain receives signals from the inner ear that aren’t consistent with what your eyes and sensory nerves are receiving.  Vertigo is what results as your brain works to sort out the confusion.”

           The Mayo Clinic states that a viral infection of the ear’s vestibular nerve can cause intense, constant vertigo.  Meniere’s disease, where excessive inner ear fluid builds up, may cause sudden episodes of vertigo, lasting for several hours.  Meniere’s may also cause fluctuating hearing loss, ringing in the ears, and the feeling of a ‘plugged’ ear.

           Dramatic blood pressure drops, anxiety, sedatives, dehydration, and low iron levels may also contribute to dizziness.

           People experiencing sudden, severe dizziness should seek medical attention.  Mild cases, coupled with light-headedness, may be relieved by lying down briefly, which allows more blood to flow to your brain, recommends WebMD.  Slowly sit up, then stand.  For dizziness with a spinning sensation, don’t lie flat, but prop yourself up slightly.  Move slowly to avoid falling, and call your doctor if fainting, nausea, or vomiting develop.

For more information, contact Susan Rogan Hearing, (630) 969-1677 for the Westmont office, (708) 588-0155 for LaGrange Park, or visit www.susanroganhearing.com.

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Prepping your food can make all the difference in your diet

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Joshua Steckler, the owner of Push Fitness  a personal training studio located in Schaumburg, specializing in weight loss, muscle toning, and nutrition.  He shared in the Daily Herald Newspaper on September 17, 2016 that if you consistently find yourself grabbing snacks from the vending machine or stopping off for fast food, it’s time to start prepping. Preparation takes time up front, but definitely pays off in the long run.

Try the following tips and never again settle for limited options.

1. Prepare your food ahead of time. OK, this seems obvious, but, if you don’t have food prepared, you’re going to grab whatever food is available at the last minute; and many times it won’t be a choice to be proud of.

If you don’t have time to sit down and make breakfast in the morning, make sure you have healthy options available to grab before you run out the door.

If you’re at the office all day, prepare your lunch and snacks the night before so you can grab it along with your breakfast on your way out in the morning. This way, you have all the healthy food you need to get you through the day. Continue reading

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Foundation Recognized for Healthy Eating-Out Program

Healthy Eating Meaning Fresh, Nutritious And Low Fat Eating

The article shown below was  published by Impact DuPage on September 21, 2016.  Healthy Lombard is honored to have its efforted recognized by this wonderful organization.

Municipalities across DuPage County are working to make an impact on strategic issues, such as Healthy Lifestyles. In Lombard, the Healthy Lombard coalition is working with restaurants to create and promote healthier menu options. In an effort to increase healthy eating and reduce obesity, restaurants are improving the local food environment by adopting Healthy Lombard criteria for healthier dining options. Developed by a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist participating in the coalition, these criteria include having food options that are low-calorie, have beneficial ingredients, and that are low in fat, cholesterol, and sodium.

Four restaurants located in Lombard, including restaurants such as Maxfield’s Restaurant and Main Street Cafe, have already agreed to participate and will be displaying the Healthy Lombard designation in the restaurant for customers to identify. By implementing strategies to increase and promote healthy eating options, Healthy Lombard will help our community reach intended outcomes and advance the well-being of DuPage County.

Check out our Healthy Eating Options Page to see the menus of two restaurants that are participating in this project, Maxfields on Roosevelt Road and the Main Street Cafe on Main and St. Charles Rd.

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How Much Water Do YOU Drink?

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Nancy Nance, NASM Personal Trainer,at www.nancynance.com shared that when she asks her clients, “How much water do you drink each day?” she is always surprised when she hears people say they only drink one bottle of water a day.  That one bottle is usually a 12-ounce

According to Nancy, our body needs more water to be able to function properly. Water to the body is like gas is to a car. You need to put the gas into the car in order for it to run smoothly. You can’t add other liquids instead of gas and think it will still run ok. When we drink coffee, pop or alcohol, if does not replace drinking water. Actually, for every cup of coffee you need to drink 2 cups of water.
So, how much water do you need to drink? Optimally, you want to drink half your body weight in ounces. So, if you are 100 pounds, you need 50 ounces of water. Now, you may be thinking there is no way you can drink that much water. Nancy encourages you to start by just adding an extra glass or bottle each day for a week or two and then keep increasing until you get to your goal. You can do it!
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6 Things MS Nurses Wish Their Patients Would Do — And Why

We interviewed three nurses who specialize in MS care (and see hundreds of patients every year) to find out what they think are the most important steps for people with multiple sclerosis to take. You’ve probably heard some of this advice before, but it bears repeating — especially because, as the nurses note, some of these tips can lead to big improvements in your quality of life.

1. Exercise (the Right Way)

For Mary Filipi, PhD, an MS care specialist and assistant professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing in Omaha, the first thing she tells many of her patients to do is get enough of the right kind of exercise.

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T-Chi: A Mental Art for Seniors

 tciCollege of DuPage Nursing student  Ben Furman shared that senior citizens often find themselves in the position of having plenty of spare time, likely for the first time in their lives.
Naturally, the question arises of what to do with it! T-Chi is an activity that not only benefits the people doing it, but also those around them! T-Chi is a cognitive and emotional therapy that was initially developed as a modality to help people with Alzheimer’s Disease. It utilizes elements of tai chi, qigong, meditation, Therapeutic Touch, and prayer. It is essentially a technique for developing attention and intention in a specific manner.
The practice is simple, but not easy. First our attention is put on something that
can be seen or touched. In the beginning the goal is to be able to place the attention where we want, whenever we want, and hold it there as long as we want. After we gain greater control over our attention we can then begin to practice fixing the attention
on our thoughts and feelings. This is more challenging, but developing skill over what thoughts and feelings we choose to engage with allows us to practice good mental hygiene.

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Remember: September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

FORWARD-LogoAnn Marchetti, FORWARD Director shared that FORWARD places a high priority on reducing the rates of childhood obesity in DuPage County, as highlighted in the annual FORWARD BMI report.
Over the next 3 years, FORWARD will work with community leaders and key stakeholders to improve nutrition and physical activity within schools, worksites, and for children in the early childhood years. This work needs your helps and Ann invite each one of you to become familiar with the three-year goals below, and to partner with FORWARD to help  meet or exceed the objectives.  
Check out resources and next steps here: for worksites, for early childhood centers, and for schools.
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