Monday, September 15, 2014

Football can make you ill

Football stress, that is. The excitement during, the anticipation leading up...according to Jody Gilchrist, a nurse practitioner at the Univ of Alabama Birmingham's Heart and Vascular Center.

Time for yogurt.

Tight games, crushing defeats...these produce heightened sensory inputs that release adrenaline and increase BP.

The body does not know from good and bad stress--it's all stress.

Then people eat and drink more--and more "bad" things. Two drinks should be the limit, the docs say.

Some other tips:

Watch the game with people you enjoy.

Do some pushups and situps during the breaks (does anyone do this?).

Take a walk at half-time.

Veggies instead of chips.

Keep salt to a minimum.

Forget sodas--high in sodium

Are you having fun yet?

All probably good advice--you decide.

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