Recently, I got my annual physical and blood work done and after thinking about the past couple of years, I came up with a few potential helpful suggestions on making your yearly physical and blood work the most beneficial:
Make sure you are specific and clear about what blood panels you want looked at. I’ve had some nurses forget which panels I want to be done or not pass on communication to other nurses. Also, if you have a specific cancer history in your family, you may want a specific panel done that is not normally done. Sometimes I need to repeat this every year for nurses to remember.
Here are a few specific foods and their health values and cautions:
Fish- Fish are known to have Omega 3 Fatty acids and other helpful vitamins and minerals. Fish may lower your risk of strokes and heart attacks as well as contribute to brain health. Cautions involve the number of servings eaten in one week. Because of potential mercury content, I usually eat about 2 or, at the most, 3 servings of fish a week.
Dark, leafy greens- Included in this category are kale, spinach, and lettuce such as Romaine, for example. They are rich in vitamins A, C, and K. Major cautions include the need to purchase or raise clean, healthy greens without infectious bacteria and awareness of pesticides used on inorganic greens.
This is a brief commentary on wine drinking covering benefits and cautions and is a general no reference compilation of facts that can be looked up in many health magazines and other online articles. All of the suggestions I have practiced in my own life.
Personally, I enjoy drinking wine at the end of a long week. I think there are health benefits for many of us if done in moderation. It can be a good way to end a long day when you are planning on retiring to bed in the next couple of hours and are not going to be behind the wheel of a vehicle until the next day.
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