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The Health Benefits of Wine
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Wine, wine, wine.  What health benefit can an alcoholic beverage provide to me?

With every May 25th being National Wine Day, what better time to talk about the benefit of sipping your favorite fruit of the vine or press of the grape. In moderation, of course.  A few things to consider as benefits of a glass of wine on a regular basis:

  • Lower mortality from cardiovascular disease as it dilates one’s arteries and increases blood flow.
  • Increased levels of HDL, the good cholesterol, and helps prevent LDL, the bad cholesterol from damaging one’s arteries.
  • Protection from several forms of cancer as the phenolic compounds and antioxidants in wine slow and inhibit the growth of the invading cells of cancers including breast, prostate and oral.
  • Increases bone mineral density and reduces the risk of osteoporosis.
  • Improved memory and staving off of Alzheimer’s and dementia because of a chemical, resveratrol, that allow for better oxygen and glucose flow in the brain.
  • Healthier skin due to the antioxidants and polyphenols that revitalize the skin.
  • Weight loss by burning belly fat drinking white wine.

While these are the benefits of drinking wine, we must stress that this is in moderation (usually no more than 1 glass each day for women and 2 glasses per day for men). Keep in mind that every one’s body is different, and one must consider the risks as well as the benefits of consuming any food or beverage.

Prevention is the best medicine in the fight against illness and disease.  It is our top priority to ensure the safe and immediate treatment of your illnesses and injuries, with the goal of getting you back on track faster to good health.

Frontline ER is an acute care emergency room providing healthcare services to the communities we live and work within. Give us a call or contact us through our website should you have more questions about our services.

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Go Play Outside!”—Mom
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It’s really no coincidence that May is when we celebrate Mother’s Day as well as National Play Outside Day.  Mom was always after us when we were children to “go play outside>”

And for good reason: growing bodies need activity as well and good nutrition.  Here are a few reasons to scoot your young’uns out the door and into the yard:

  • Good old Vitamin D.  It helps everything from bone development to building immunity.
  • Let’s face it, play is exercise. And at least an hour a day is good.
  • Executive function. Yup, the brain benefits, too. Things like creativity and the ability to multitask get developed when we play.
  • Risk taking. While we don’t want them in danger, we don’t want our children to be in a bubble, either. Play develops confidence and bravery to face life’s challenges.
  • With play, children learn how to make friends and work together. It’s a good complement to the structured setting of school or teams.
  • Appreciation of nature. Seeing and being in the woods, splashing through a stream, seeing and interacting with animals helps them understand, and appreciate, the larger world.

By developing the habit of exercising and being with others and outside, you can prepare your children with a broader sense of life and its complexities.  But if they are injured while taking those risks or fording that stream, come see us.  We are in the business of making sure they are kept healthy and survive childhood.

Frontline ER is an acute care emergency room providing healthcare services to the communities we live and work within. Give us a call or contact us through our website should you have more questions about our services.

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