Family Health

Sleep away your stresses

As adults, we sleep about one-third of our lives, and the times we are not awake are of no less value than our waking hours. In fact, studies show adequate sleep time — not too much or too little — is essential to health and may help to reduce the risk of chronic diseases and conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and depression.

If we don’t get enough sleep, we may feel as if we haven’t slept at all. According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults need seven to nine hours of sleep each day; children and teens need more than this.

7 ways to survive spring allergies

There’s nothing like springtime in Kentucky. Maybe it’s the beautiful bluegrass, the Kentucky Derby festivities … or the fact that our area has been named “the most challenging place to live with allergies” by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

If you suffer from seasonal allergies, there are ways to survive them and enjoy all the good things spring has to offer. Here are some tips from Brian A. DePrest, M.D., family physician:

The four-letter word we shouldn’t be afraid to say

Many of us who are lucky enough to share our lives with little ones — our own or those of family and friends — may be familiar with the children’s book, “Everyone Poops.” This popular little tome reminds those of all ages that there is no reason to be embarrassed to talk about such a vital function, especially when it could save your life.

Going the distance after joint replacement surgery

More than 7 million people in the United States have undergone total joint replacements to get back mobility and full function of joints like the hips and knees. Most people who undergo joint replacement surgery are able to return to an active lifestyle pain-free with proper rehabilitation and conditioning, including participating in races like the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and miniMarathon.

This is what 2,000 calories looks like

Medical experts say that about 2,000 calories is the magic number that an average person should consume each day to maintain their weight, give or take a few hundred calories whether you are a man or a woman and depending on how active you are.

So what does 2,000 calories look like? It’s a little shocking.

On one hand, you could have a quarter-pound cheeseburger, large fries and a strawberry shake.

Yep, that’s it! A day’s worth of calories in one meal.

The truth behind 4 common digestive health myths

We’ve all read those stories or seen infomercials about how someone had two months’ worth of meat stuck in their intestines and needed to get it flushed out. Or that some celebrity “cleansed” for a week to fit into a dress for an awards show. Are these stories for real? Rajesh Joseph, M.D., gastroenterologist with Norton Gastroenterology Consultants of Louisville, debunks some common myths about how our digestive system works.

Neti pot: Can it clear your nose?

That gunk clogging up your head has got to go somewhere, so why not send it down the drain?

That’s the idea behind nasal irrigation systems, including the popular Neti pot, which some people swear by to manage their clogged-up pipes. Folks with allergies and frequently congested sinuses are among the biggest fans of nasal irrigation devices, which use a saline solution to rinse and moisten irritable, dry nasal passageways.