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How to Eat Healthy Over The Holidays

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The holiday season is the time for parties, festive events, and time with families. During the month of December, you’ll often indulge in treats and lose sight of your health goals. Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to eat healthy during the holidays by following these tips and recipe suggestions.

  1. Remember the holiday is just a normal day. Don’t avoid breakfast and lunch so you can binge on dinner and dessert.
  2. Try having a protein-rich snack one hour before the big holiday meal.
  3. Plan to have some healthy options on the holiday table. There are some links to recipes below.
  4. Check out all the options before you load your plate. Be smart about your choices.
  5. Set a goal, or a limit, and stick to it by sharing it with someone else at the table or writing it down.
  6. You should always have soup, vegetables, or a salad as the first course. It should help curb the craving cycle.
  7. Make sure to finish two glasses of water, preferably with lemon, after the meal.
  8. Have something planned for the after the meal with your friends or family members: a game, cleaning up, a walk…
  9. Eat mindfully, meaning take deep breaths, contribute to a conversation, put your fork down while you chew.
  10. Make sure you enjoy every bite.

Enjoy yummy food while still eating healthy by preparing one of these recipes for a special feast or potluck.

We hope these tips can help you enjoy eating during the holidays. Enjoy these delicious recipes while remembering to treat yourself. Our Northeast Nebraska Imaging team wishes you happy holidays!

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How Well Do You Know Your Bones?

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Bone health should be one of your top concerns, which is why we decided to bring some attention to the subject! As with all things, there are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to your bones. We’re hoping to clear some of those up by bringing you a light hearted game designed by Webmd that will make you a bone expert! So, here’s a list of statements that you have to decide if it is a myth or a fact. All of us at Open MRI of Pueblo bet that you’ll come out on the other end of it and feel like you learned a lot.

 

Babies have more bones than adults.

True. We’re born with nearly 300 bones. As babies get older, their soft bones fuse together which leave 206 bones in your adult body.

 

Your bones never stop growing.

False. Your bones actually stop growing when you reach your late 20s. That’s why it’s important to take care of your bones early on, so you don’t have complications down the road!

 

Your bones aren’t responsible for producing anything.

False. Your bones are actually creating white and red blood cells that are in charge of fighting infection and transporting oxygen and proteins to your tissues.

 

The most common injury is a fracture clavicle.

True. It’s quite easy to break your collar bone, especially when you have a rough fall. Many people might be surprised that this is the number one fracture!

 

All of your bones are connected.

False. While most of your bones are indeed connected, you have one bone that is not. Your hyoid, which is at the base of your tongue, is not connected to another bone. It’s actually in a U shape!

 

Many people are not bone experts, which is why it’s not a surprise if you answered incorrectly on a few of these. It’s important to bring attention to your bone health and start taking action early on. However, it’s never too late to give your bones some attention. You can make lifestyle changes at any age to help your bones live a happier life. Here’s a guide on how to increase your bone health at any age!

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5 Ways To Celebrate National Nutrition Month

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Not many people know this, but March is National Nutrition Month! What does this mean? It means making choices that are better for our overall nutrition this month. In March we should focus on the importance of making better informed decisions about what we eat. Obesity has been on the rise in the U.S., and it contributes to a plethora of diseases such as, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. In honor of National Nutrition Month, we are highlighting 5 ways that you can celebrate and do good for your body in March!

 

  1. Read the ingredients

A lot of times we go through the grocery store mindlessly, just picking up whatever looks tasty and disregarding what the nutritional value is. Most people never look at the actual ingredients of a product. We challenge you this month to read the ingredients on everything you buy. This will show how much sugar, and how processed some foods that we frequently buy are. A good standard of what we all should be buying is that less is more. The less ingredients that are in something, more likely the healthier it is for our bodies.

 

  1. Eat meals mindfully

You have probably heard this before. What does mindfully mean? Eating meals mindfully means that you take time to actually eat food and listen to your body while you eat it. People frequently try and eat meals as fast as they can, it’s a mechanism that dates back to the cave men era. We try and eat as much as we can because back in the days of the cave men humans didn’t know when they were going to eat again. This isn’t true anymore. Try and take 10 extra minutes to sit down and eat each of your meals and you’ll feel fuller and more satisfied.

 

  1. Don’t drink soda

If you don’t know that soda is basically just a glass of sugar, then you know now. Just one can of soda can add over 150 calories and almost 40 grams of sugar, which is well over the daily recommended value. If you drink soda once a day, try and limit yourself to once a week. Instead try and drink fresh brewed tea, or fresh squeezed juice, but be sure there isn’t any added sugar.

 

  1. Don’t start a diet

You’re probably pretty shocked we would say this, but we mean it. Don’t go on a diet for a month, or a cleanse for a week. Make healthy choices 80% of the time, and your entire body will thank you. Research shows that dieting every now and then doesn’t help your overall health. By eating healthy choices 80% of the time, and eating junk in moderation is better than any diet that’s out there.

 

  1. Eat more protein

We all love our protein, but eating the right type of protein has a huge impact on how protein works in your body. Protein such as, fatty fish, eggs, lean chicken, and beans are the best types of protein for the body and will keep you fuller for longer. Proteins such as bacon, and lots of red meat are proteins to indulge in only 20% of the time.

 

With these tips you can make the most of National Nutrition Month! Remember, even though it’s only nutrition month in March we should all be striving toward better nutrition year round. At Open MRI of Pueblo, we put a huge emphasis on overall health. That’s why we offer the lowest priced MRI’s for all of our patients. Book your appointment today!

 

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Health Researchers Want You To Eat Chocolate

 

 

Health researchers want you toJust in time for the end of Valentine’s Day! Health researchers WANT you to eat chocolate! So if you ate too much of it yesterday, fear not, you may be off the hook.

 

Dr. Georgie Crichton and his colleagues wanted to further document the health benefits of chocolate. Researchers found 968 people between the ages of 23-98 and had each participant fill out a survey that gathered information about their chocolate consumption. Their answers ranged from never, once in a while, to daily.

 

After collecting their chocolate indulging frequency, their cognitive function was measured through various tests—visual-spatial memory, organization, verbal memory, working memory, scanning, and tracking.

 

Once they gathered their data, it was apparent that those that ate chocolate once a week significantly out shined the cognitive abilities of those that rarely or never ate chocolate. The ideal chocolate eaters were not only significantly higher, but they outscored the other participants in every category tested.

Researchers were not surprised by the results considering that chocolate contains caffeine which increases alertness. Dr. Crichton noted that these positive effects are not specific to dark chocolate, it also applies to milk chocolate and white chocolate. While it’s obviously that over consumption isn’t healthy, it is perfectly fine to indulge once a week. Feel free to bring in some chocolate to your next MRI appointment, at Open MRI of Pueblo, we won’t mind.

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Cheers! To Aging Like Fine Wine


“Growing into your future with health and grace and beauty doesn’t have to take all your time. It rather requires a dedication to caring for yourself as if you were rare and precious, which you are, and regarding all life around you as equally so, which it is.” –Victoria Moran

Society has trained us to believe that being youthful is the only way to feel good about yourself. Well, that’s just not natural because we all age and that’s perfectly fine. Why should any of us try to turn back the clock when we can just ensure we age gracefully? Each and every year billions of dollars are wasted as people try to defy the natural process of aging, to turn back the clock, to spit in the face of Father Time and cling to the ever-elusive facade of youth. What people don’t realize is that growing older doesn’t necessarily separate you from your youth, your independence, your athleticism, or from living your life. Age is simply a number and it’s what you do with your body and mind that determines how old you really feel.

 

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.” –George Bernard Shaw

Think about it this way. Have you ever met a 22-year-old who complains about their joints and can constantly be heard saying, “I have the body of a grandma”, or seen an elderly couple out running at a faster pace than you could in high school? When it comes to feeling young and healthy, for most people it’s simply a case of following some basic tips and tricks to keep old age at bay. Here’s a little inspiration to really drive home this point. This 80 year old woman hasn’t lost her vest for life and out there dancing like any young person can!

Getting older isn’t a bad thing. It’s something to look forward to, to enjoy, and to cherish. We encourage you to share your favorite tips and tricks to feeling young and healthy as you age on our Facebook page or in the office. Help give others the key to enjoying this stage of their lives! Here are a few of Open MRI of Pueblo‘s tips to keeping your body healthy so you can age like fine wine.

  • Exercise
  • Make sure to get enough sleep
  • Try to eat a balanced diet
  • Have a positive mindset
  • Don’t stress; enjoy life
  • Stay on top of your health
  • Find time for fun

 

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New Study: Can Exercise Cure Cancer?

 

We’ve all heard that exercise is good for our health and well being—stress relief, weight loss, dopamine induced waves of happiness, etc. But, what if exercise could be a major treatment to cancer? We’re serious. This isn’t a gimmick to try and trick you into exercising. According to Medical News Today, a new study revealed that exercise can actually reduce the growth and size of a tumor.

 

Scientists noticed that mice that spent their free times running on a wheel demonstrated a 50% reduction in tumor growth and size. They had previous knowledge that exercise improves functionality and outcomes in cancerous patients, but this observation spurred a study that would specifically hone in on the adrenaline rush experience by high intensity work-outs.

 

Senior study author Pernille Hojman, of the University of Copenhagen, and her colleagues decided to inject tumorous mice with adrenaline to replicate exercise’s effects on these mice. They noticed that their natural killer immune cells, which regulate tumor size, began to infiltrate the bloodstream which eventually leads to the tumor. So, exercise releases adrenaline which allows NK immune cells to float freely in the bloodstream and make contact with the tumor.

 

This isn’t just a freak incidence. In order to verify this finding they decided to have mice that didn’t produce NK cells work out at the same level of intensity. As it turns out, the tumor was unaffected and kept growing. The adrenaline induced NK cell was the cause of the tumor’s reduction in size.

 

Can you believe that exercise can actually reduce the size of a tumor? How inexpensive and amazing is that? The study is just the beginning and researchers have more work to do in order to figure out more specifics and ensure that humans will respond the same way that the mice responded, but this is an incredible finding. You can read more about the study here.

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Prostate Cancer Awareness: Because Men Matter Too

In 1989 the week of September 17th to September 24th was chosen as Prostate Cancer Awareness Week. For those seven short days, non-profits like Prostate Cancer Foundation worked tirelessly to try to bring attention to a disease that kills over 29,000 men a year, a disease that few people know very much about.

One of the problems prostate cancer awareness advocates have faced is that the disease has a difficult time competing against its’ more popular counterparts. While breast cancer awareness can be fun to campaign for—with little pink ribbons, “save the tatas” bracelets and catchy slogans like “big or small, save them all!”—prostate cancer is one form of cancer that it seems to make people uncomfortable to talk about.

It’s not as glamorous as some other diseases, the slogans aren’t as catchy, and there’s little you can do to make the disease responsible for the second most cancer deaths in the US among men seem lighthearted. You can’t “decorate a prostate”, you’ll never sell “save the prostate” bracelets successfully, and it’s difficult trying to raise awareness about a disease that makes most people blush or cringe when mentioned.

Despite these obstacles, prostate cancer awareness advocates have fought tirelessly to do just that: to get people out of their comfort zones and start paying attention to a very serious disease that impacts a large portion of the population. Over the years, their efforts have finally started paying off.

Ten years after Prostate Cancer Awareness Week was founded, the entire month of September was officially designated as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, bringing more attention to the disease. We’re thrilled that the disease is starting to garner more attention, that it’s something that’s beginning to come to the forefront of conversation in regards to men’s health.

This month, we encourage you all to familiarize yourself with the details of prostate cancer, to get yourself screened if applicable, and to do everything you can to spread awareness among your friends and families about the disease, its prevention, and treatment options. It’s time for ALL of us, not just those of us in diagnostic imaging, to consider Prostate Cancer just as important as Breast Cancer. It’s time to care about our men as well as our women.

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Personal Satisfaction: Why Being Proud of Yourself Matters

This week I read a great article on Livestrong called “How to Be Proud of Yourself”. I’ll admit that when I first read the title, I rolled my eyes—being proud isn’t something that most people I come in contact with struggle with—but after reading the article and doing a little bit of research, I think the topic is one that deserves some attention.

Be the best.

We live in a society that pushes being the best. Being the strongest, being the skinniest, being the most beautiful, being the smartest, being successful…the list goes on and on. And in the face of such impossible demands, it’s easy to end up despising yourself, or at least certain aspects of yourself. “Dissatisfaction”, being “critical”, having “problem areas” or “negative character traits”, “self-loathing”. Everyone has a different way of referring to it, but in the end it all means the same thing: you have taken your measure and found yourself lacking.

When scrutinized by ourselves, by strangers, by society as a whole, it becomes almost impossible not to only see the flaws. What many people don’t realize is that this personal dissatisfaction can lead to depression and anxiety disorders; keep you from sleeping well; cause irritability, sadness, anger, frustration; result in lashing out at yourself or the people around you; lead to an eating disorder; and decrease your overall quality of life.

At Open MRI of Pueblo, we understand just how hard it can be deal with the pressure of society, to constantly strive to be the best. But we don’t agree with the message that society is sending. We’d like to alter it a little to reflect a mantra that we hold dear:

Be the best that you can be.

Take this next statement to heart, and try to remember it whenever you’re feeling discouraged.

The best you isn’t a size 4. The best you isn’t a CEO. The best you isn’t 12% body fat with a six-pack. The best you doesn’t drive a Lamborghini or live in a mansion.

The best you lives for the moment. The best you sees the beauty in the world. The best you knows your flaws and understands that they’re what makes you you, what makes you beautiful, what makes you unique. The best you has a positive mindset. The best you rises above the superficial demands of society and looks deeper. The best you sees the strengths. The best you loves, accepts, and is proud of yourself, no matter what.

Our staff is always striving to be the best that we can be. To be a quality resource for those seeking help with their health, to form deeper relationships with our patients, to be a confidant, to offer guidance, to show our support, to always be there for out patients. We love who we are, we love what we stand for, and we love what we do. Our wish is that our patients feel the same way about themselves.

“One of the things I’ve learned is that when you fight for something you believe in and you tell the truth and you do your best, you can always hold your head up high and no one can take that away from you.” –Vanessa Kerry