Don’t Dine with Your Computer

1007Eating in front of a computer can cause you to pack on the pounds! A study conducted by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition proved that those participants who ate lunch in front of a computer (while playing solitaire) reported not feeling satisfied, versus those that ate the same amount without distractions and who instead felt satisfied. Allowing yourself to concentrate on just your meal will help you gauge and appreciate the act of nourishment, and will help you stop reaching for additional calories throughout the day.*

Avoid distractions when you sit down and eat. Instead, concentrate on your food, chew slowly and take the time to appreciate tastes and textures to ensure that you take it all in.

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*http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1339074/Eating-lunch-office-desk-makes-hungrier-later.html
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Stand Up for Your Health

standWhile we know that extensive sitting is not good for our physical health, studies are proving that sitting for too long may be detrimental to our mental health as well. Women who sit for more than seven hours per day were found to have a 47% higher risk of depression than women who sit for four hours per day or less. The risk is relevant to children too, as those who sit for long hours in front of the TV or computer experience more problems like anxiety, depression and poor self-esteem.*

You can minimize the damaging effects of sitting for too long by making standing and stretching a part of your daily routine. Commit to getting up and stretching ideally every 15 minutes, or at least at the top of every hour. Also, monitor your children and encourage them to get involved in physical activities like games and sports.

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Dr. Kim

*http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/sitting-feel-depressed-study-article-1.1449990
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Prevent Computer Injuries

computerIn order to have a comfortable and safe workstation, your must achieve proper positioning of your mouse and keyboard. To reduce your risk of injury, keep your computer mouse and keyboard at the same height. Poor placement of either can lead to musculoskeletal disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis.*

In addition to properly placing your mouse and keyboard at your desk, make an effort not to rest your hand on your mouse when you’re not using it. Consider purchasing a keyboard tray that holds your mouse as well, which will provide a more comfortable angle for your wrist when typing and clicking at the computer.

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Dr. Kim

*http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=22781
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Don’t Dine With Your Computer

deskEating in front of a computer can cause you to pack on the pounds! A study conducted by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition proved that those participants who ate lunch in front of a computer (while playing solitaire) reported not feeling satisfied, versus those that ate the same amount without distractions and who instead felt satisfied. Allowing yourself to concentrate on just your meal will help you gauge and appreciate the act of nourishment, and will help you stop reaching for additional calories throughout the day.*

Avoid distractions when you sit down and eat. Instead, concentrate on your food, chew slowly and take the time to appreciate tastes and textures to ensure that you take it all in.

Express your love today!

Dr. Kim

*http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1339074/Eating-lunch-office-desk-makes-hungrier-later.html
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Turn Off Your Lights

Are you getting too much light at night? Might sound like a silly question, but studies have shown that too much exposure to dim light at night can be linked to depression as well as alter our body’s normal hormonal responses. The increase in dim light exposure is due to people staying up late and watching TV, working on the computer, or even just having a night-light. When our bodies lack sufficient time in darkness it can suppress the release of melatonin, change our natural circadian rhythms, and can also make us more susceptible to obesity, diabetes, and reproductive problems.[1]

Minimize your time in front of the TV or computer at night! Give your body the chance to get back to a normal light-dark cycle and a natural rhythm.

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Dr. Kim

[1]http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/25/health/time-light-depression/index.html
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How to Prevent Eyestrain in front of the Computer

Computers are everywhere! We spend hours on them at work, at home, and anywhere else we can get a WiFi signal. One major consequence of this is eyestrain. To help reduce eyestrain, look at how you are viewing your monitor. Position the monitor directly in front of you about 18-28 inches (or arm’s length) away. The top of the monitor should be level with your eyes, which means you are viewing the monitor at 10-20 degrees below your eye level. Think of it like how you hold a book for reading.[1]

In addition, make sure the light in the room is balanced with your monitor. The light should come from the sides and not behind or directly in front of the computer.

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Dr. Kim

[1]http://www.standard.net/topics/features/2010/07/24/avoid-eye-strain-hours-front-your-computer
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Electromagnetic Pollution

TVs and computers produce electromagnetic vibrations at a frequency of around 100 to 160 hertz. In comparison, our brain waves vibrate at 8 hertz. That means our bodies are regularly exposed to frequencies that are 20 times higher than those of our brains! This can lead to problems with concentration, nervousness, insomnia and even cancer.*

Make an effort to reduce the time you spend in front of the TV or computer today. Take frequent breaks while using your computer, and don’t keep it on unless you are using it.

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Dr. Kim

* Michrowski, Andrew. “Electromagnetic Pollution.” http://www.consumerhealth.org/articles/display.cfm?ID=19990303163909

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