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Get a Vitamin Boost Through Food

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Instead of taking supplements, look to healthy foods to boost your vitamin intake. Start with these four simple tips from Debbie Kurzrock, a registered dietitian at Mills-Peninsula’s Dorothy E. Schneider Cancer Center in San Mateo. Read More

Vitamin Supplements: Yes or No?

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Half of all Americans take vitamin supplements, according to a recent Gallup poll. But are vitamins in pill form really good for you?

“Most adults with a balanced diet don’t need to take supplements,” Tarini Anand, M.D., a Mills-Peninsula internal medicine doctor, says. “In fact, a variety of natural foods, rather than supplements, is the best source for getting all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients you need to stay healthy.” Read More

Natural Vitamin Recipe: Carrot Apple Slaw with Cranberries

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One of the best ways to boost your vitamin intake to stay healthy is by eating a variety of natural foods. Try this recipe loaded with natural vitamins from The Longevity Kitchen, by Rebecca Katz, M.S., a book Debbie Kurzrock, a registered dietitian at Mills-Peninsula’s Dorothy E. Schneider Cancer Center in San Mateo, recommends regularly to her patients.

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Your Good Sleep Guide

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Can’t sleep but not sure why? Before you assume you have a medical sleep disorder, find out if your personal habits are undermining good sleep.

Do you watch movies or work on the computer until right before bed? Do you have a frothy coffee drink in the afternoon to perk you up? Do you stay up late and sleep in on weekends?

Mehran Farid-Moayer, M.D., a sleep specialist at Mills-Peninsula Health Services, suggests this checklist to improve your snooze. Read More

Your Healthy Weight

Fifty-seven percent of American adults say they would like to lose 20 pounds or more, according to findings of the NPD Group in the 2013 Eating Patterns in America report.

This desire for weight loss comes as no surprise. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 60 percent of Americans are overweight or obese.

So what’s the magic number you need to reach on the scale for optimal health?

“There’s no such thing,” Heidi Stroessner-Johnson, M.D., a Mills-Peninsula internal medicine doctor, says. “It’s very individual from person to person.”

Family history, genetics, body frame, medical conditions, pregnancy, lifestyle – these are all factors that determine what the scale should read for each individual.

Body Mass Index

“I don’t just look at one thing when I help my patients determine healthy weight goals,” Dr. Stroessner-Johnson says, “but a good place to start is the Body Mass Index.” A simple mathematical formula based on height and weight, the Body Mass Index (BMI) is used to measure body fat. The CDC offers a free, online calculators you can use to calculate your BMI. Read More

How to Boost Your Health With Exercise

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We all know we should exercise. Yet with our busy lives, working out can quickly fall off our “to-do” list. But exercise may be as powerful as medication for many health conditions, making it worth reconsidering.

Studies have found that exercise offers benefits similar to anti-inflammatory drugs, insulin medication, anti-anxiety pills and weight loss drugs. Exercise can make such a big difference for your health, it’s worth starting even if you already have diabetes or heart disease. It’s never too late to get benefits, says Mimi Jones, R.N., a cardiac nurse and exercise physiologist who teaches fitness in the Mills-Peninsula Cardio-Metabolic program.

How can you take an “exercise pill” to boost your health? Follow these tips.

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Sleep Changes in Teens & Adults

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Good sleep is just an elusive dream for many of us. We wake up feeling worn out, and our day has only begun.

Thirty-five percent of American adults sleep less than seven hours a night, despite research that shows our bodies need seven to nine hours of sleep to function well, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And nearly 38 percent of us say we’ve fallen asleep by accident – in class, at work or at home – at least once in the previous month. In fact, the CDC calls insufficient sleep a public health epidemic.

But unlike most health problems, poor sleep does not have just a few causes that affect everyone equally. “The obstacles to good sleep are very different depending on your age and your gender,” says Mehran Farid-Moayer, M.D., a sleep specialist at Mills-Peninsula Health Services. “Knowing the obstacles that affect you personally is the first step toward good sleep.” Here’s a short guide to common sleep problems at different ages. Read More