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A TOUCH OF SPICE
5 seasonings that are
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Add some spice to your life for favor and health benefts
By Cathleen Cole
I
ts no secret that spices add flavor
to foods to make dishes even more
delicious. But in recent years,
studies have shown that many
spices add health benefits along
with that zing to the taste buds.
Jau-Jiin Chen, a registered dietitian and associate professor
in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at La-
mar University, is an expert on alternative and complemen-
tary nutrition therapies and traditional Chinese medicine. I
use spices all the time, she said. What or which to use will
depend on the dishes I am cooking.
Douglas Boatwright, a researcher and professor in the
Department of Health and Kinesiology at Lamar University,
is examining the benefcial efects of cinnamon in lowering
blood glucose in diabetics based on the appropriate dosage.
Initially, I added cinnamon to foods for the beneft of lower-
ing blood pressure, he said. Later, through further read-
ings, I ran across the benefts for lowering blood glucose and
cholesterol from cinnamon ingestion.
Take a closer look at these fve spices and blend some into
your recipes for good taste and good health.
Cinnamon
Studies have shown this popular spice helps lower choles-
terol and blood pressure. It has recently been in the spotlight
for its efects on controlling blood sugar. Scientists believe
the favonoid procyanidin may be responsible for these ben-
efcial efects, according to Chen.
Boatwright eats two to four grams of cinnamon a day. Is it
his favorite spice? Im taking the cinnamon for real and/or
perceived benefts, he explained, not for the fun of it.
Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne pepper, also known as capsicum, red pepper or
chili pepper, is used for various problems with digestion
including upset stomach, stomach pain, diarrhea and cramps.
In some traditional healing systems, cayenne pepper is clas-
sifed as a stimulant to increase blood fow, promote blood
circulation and lower the risk of heart disease, Chen said.
In folk medicine, cayenne peppers were used as a topical
analgesic. Today you can fnd ointments sold over-the-coun-
ter that contain the active ingredient from cayenne pepper
to treat muscle pain, toothache and the pain associated with
arthritis.
According to Chen, recent research has demonstrated that
capsaicin, a phytochemical in cayenne pepper, is responsible
for its efects on weight loss by creating feelings of satiety
and increasing metabolism, pain relief by blocking a protein
critical to the transmission of pain signals and cardiovascular
health by enhancing cholesterol conversion to bile acids and
lowering blood cholesterol.
Ginger
Ginger may be benefcial in treating arthritis pain or >>
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reducing post-workout pain, Chen said.
Ginger also exhibits antioxidant and
anti-infammatory properties that may
suggest a potential role in cancer pre-
vention. Ginger is efective in reducing
nausea and vomiting from pregnancy
and motion sickness but mildly ef-
fective in reducing nausea caused by
chemotherapy.
Cumin
In indigenous medicine, Chen said,
cumin seeds have long been considered
a stimulant, intestinal-gas reliever and
useful in treating diarrhea and indi-
gestion, as well as in relieving sleep-
lessness, the common cold and fever.
Recent studies have shown that black
cumin in the form of seed or oil extract
has a wide spectrum of biological ef-
fects including antioxidant, anti-diabet-
ic, anti-infammatory, anti-cancerous
and anti-microbial properties. Most
of the therapeutic properties of black
cumin may be due to the bioactive
component called thymoquinone in the
essential oil.
Many of the studies were done in
animals, Chen said. More clinical
studies in human subjects certainly
are needed. The efects of cumin on
lowering blood-sugar levels could be
explained partly by stimulating insulin
release. In one study, patients with
high blood-lipid levels took one gram
a day of black cumin-seed powder
orally for two months and reduced
their total cholesterol and triglyc-
erides.
Turmeric
The Indian traditional
medical systems use tur-
meric for wound heal-
ing, rheumatic disor-
ders, gastrointestinal
symptoms, de-worming, rhinitis and as
a cosmetic, Chen said. It was found
in animal studies that turmeric can
increase detoxifying enzymes and also
can prevent DNA damage.
The anti-infammatory and anti-
oxidant activities of turmeric appear to
come from its active polyphenolic com-
pound, curcumin, which gives turmeric
its yellow pigment. Curcumin is often
used as a food preservative, favoring or
coloring agent.
According to Chen, growing evi-
dence suggests that curcumin is efec-
tive in suppressing carcinogenesis of
several types of tissues and inhibiting
the proliferation of a wide variety of
tumor cells. It has also been shown
to lower blood cholesterol, promote
wound healing, prevent skin wrinkling,
inhibit infammation and suppress
rheumatoid arthritis. Turmeric also
reduces the adhesion of bacterium to
the stomach lining, making it a very
promising agent that deserves further
research, Chen said.
Wheres the
nutrition label?
There arent nutrition labels on
cans and jars of spices. Do spices have
vitamins, minerals, fat or calories?
According to Chen, in the Nutritional
Labeling and Education Act of 1990,
certain foods (including spices) that
do not contain signifcant amounts of
nutrients such as carbohydrates, fat
or protein are exempt from nutrition
labeling.
Spices are from the bark, stem, fruit,
bud or seed of a plant or tree. Plants are
usually low in fat and high in vitamins
and minerals, so they do contain vita-
mins and minerals and are very low in
fat and calories, Chen explained. But
the health benefts of spices may
be attributed to
their
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Lamar Universitys Jau-Jiin Chen and Douglas Boatwright know the benefts
of adding the right spices to your diet.
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concentrated contents of antioxidants
and many diferent phytonutrients that
when used together in cooking may ex-
ert synergistic efects. In other words,
the benefts gained from these spice
combinations may be greater than the
sum of their individual efects.
How much spice
should you use?
For everyday cooking, spices
enhance favor. Health-wise, they
also improve digestion because they
stimulate secretions of digestive
enzymes. That is a signifcant beneft
of using spices, Chen notes, adding
that how much to use in cooking is up
to personal preferences. However, to
see a specifc efect on a certain health
condition, scientifc research is neces-
sary to help make recommendations.
Spices have been used for thousands
of years with no side efects and thats
the beauty of all of these spices, Chen
said. Best of all, they taste much bet-
ter than medicine so start spicing up
your diet with a variety of spices for
good health.
Toast long life ... and spices
By Noelle Carter
Spices or nuts lend extra favor to a dish when theyve been toasted.
Heres how.
When you want to add a little extra depth to a recipe, consider toast-
ing the nuts or spices before adding them to a dish. Toasting helps to
release the favor and oils in the spices and nuts, lending depth and
wonderfully rich favor.
Toast whole spices on the stovetop using a heavy-bottomed saute
pan over moderate heat. Toast the spices, stirring them or shaking
the pan frequently, so they toast evenly. Watch the pan closely so the
spices dont burn. A few minutes are all it should take to bring out the
favors; youll know theyre ready when you can smell them. (You can
toast ground spices too, though this is best done on a parchment-lined
baking sheet in the oven to keep the ground spices from burning.)
Toast nuts on a sheet pan in a 350- to 375-degree oven for several
minutes until lightly darkened and fragrant. As with spices, watch that
the nuts dont overcook in the oven they can go quickly from nicely
toasted to tragically burnt. MCT
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H
ows your diet plan
working? Not so good,
you say?
Take a tip from Brian
Wansink. He heads Cornell
Universitys Food and Brand Lab, wrote
the book Mindless Eating and studied
how big plates make us fat. OK, its not the
plate. But the bigger the plate, the more
we fll it. Dinner plate sizes have increased
36 percent since the 60s, he said. And if
you go from a 10-inch plate to a 12-inch
plate, the amount people serve them-
selves goes up about 22 percent.
A 9-inch plate is better? Maybe not.
Sometimes people start realizing theyve
served themselves less and go back for sec-
onds and thirds, he said.
To fnd out the diference, we flled three
plates (9-inch, 10-inch and 12-inch) with
spaghetti, bottled sauce and frozen meat-
balls, then tallied calories. The 9-inch
plate holds serving sizes printed on the
packages. MCT
Big plates,
big waistlines
healthy choices
9-inch plate
2 oz. pasta
(1 cup cooked) = 210 calories
cup sauce = 60 calories
3 meatballs (3 oz.) = 250 calories
Total: 520 calories
10-inch plate
4 oz. pasta = 420 calories
1 cup sauce = 120 calories
4 meatballs (4 oz.) = 333 calories
Total: 873 calories
12-inch plate
6 oz. pasta = 630 calories
1 cups sauce = 180 calories
5 meatballs (5 oz.) = 417 calories
Total: 1,227 calories
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Tiffany Derry
on how to make
healthy taste good
By Cathleen Cole
Food has always played a big part in
Tifany Derrys life. She remembers
helping her mother in the kitchen
when she was practically a toddler and
starting to cook by herself when she
was just a few years older. >>
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Beaumonts Tiffany Derry appeared as a contestant
in seasons 7 and 8 of Bravos Top Chef.
Family dinners were an im-
portant part of her childhood
growing up in Beaumont.
Family birthdays and holi-
days were based around big
meals. For Mothers Day, the
men of the family cooked.
For Fathers Day, the women
of the family prepared the
meal. We tried to outdo the
men, Derry noted of the
friendly competition.
Derry credits her mother,
Louisa Austin, for teaching
her how to cook. My mom
was adventurous, Derry
said, adding that she often
tried new foods and recipes.
I think thats the base. I
add on to those things. That
was the foundation. My mom
started it.
The young chef began her
culinary career at Interna-
tional House of Pancakes on
Eastex Freeway in Beaumont
where she started as a server
at 15 years old. One day, the
kitchen staf needed help.
She jumped right in calling
the orders to the cooks and
making pancakes. I loved
it, she remembered. It was
so much fun. But she had to
keep her grades up any-
thing less than the A-B honor
roll at Ozen High School and
her parents would make her
quit her job.
After graduating from
high school in 2001, she
attended the Art Institute
of Houston and earned an
Associate of Science degree
in culinary arts in 2003.
From there she moved on to
ne-dining establishments
as an executive sous chef and
later as an executive chef.
In 2010, she earned a spot
as a contestant for Bravo
televisions reality program
Top Chef and appeared in
season seven, where she was
voted fan favorite after plac-
ing fth. She also competed
among the All-Star chefs in
season 8 and nished fourth.
Although her cooking and
her tastes moved toward ne
dining and ne foods, she
still likes a big stack of pan-
cakes with bacon or a fast-
food burger with fries now
and then. I denitely love
all of that, she admitted.
But I have a deep appre-
ciation for the ner foods. I
denitely cannot go without
the ner foods.
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Tips for
Amateur Chefs
Know where your food
comes from.
Learn technique. Take some
professional classes or read
and practice.
Have fun.
Must-Have
Ingredients
Derrys top must-have ingredients
in the kitchen:
mustards including Creole
and Dijon
vinegars including champagne
and red wine.
kosher salt
Top Chef contestants Antonia Lofaso and Tiffany Derry
wait for judges comments.
In the Lock Down episode, Top Chef contestants
had to make a dish with whatever they could fnd
in the aisles of a Target store.
Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio discusses
a dish with Beaumonts Tiffany Derry.
People want
healthier options
that still offer favor.
Tiffany Derry
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Many chefs tend to get chunky, but
Derry does a pretty good job of keep-
ing the extra pounds of. She takes
kickboxing classes and loves volley-
ball, basketball and golf. I eat a lot
so I have to do something to maintain
my weight, she said. Its harder, she
noted, when she travels a lot and eats
out three times a day.
When she creates a menu, she
makes a point of adding some healthy
choices. I try to do vegetable courses
plenty of grilled items and lighter
fare, she said. People want healthier
options that still ofer avor. Her top
must-have ingredients in the kitchen
are mustards including Creole and Di-
jon, kosher salt and vinegars including
champagne and red wine.
She has some pointers on how
to cook recipes that are lighter and
healthier. One of the ways is to use
herbs garlic, shallots, mustards, she
explained, noting that they add avor
without adding high calories. Salads
with dark greens and vegetables are
also a good choice. And dont overcook
vegetables, she advised. If you dont
want to eat them raw, you can saut
them in a little extra-virgin olive oil.
Grilled sh is good too with a garnish
of homemade fresh salsa made with
limes, oranges, bell peppers and extra-
virgin olive oil.
Derry has a new restaurant in the
works. She and her two business part-
ners will open Private Social in Dallas
in August. One part of the restaurant
will have a private, ne-dining atmo-
sphere. The other part will be an open,
more social area with a communal table
and less-expensive dishes perfect for
sharing. The private dining room will
have a glassed-in chefs area for patrons
to see the master at work. All chefs are
rock stars, Derry joked. She doesnt
want to hide her show behind walls.
Shell also have her own herb garden
and will buy meats and vegetables from
Ingredients
2 pounds Mahi fllets
10 limes
1 scotch bonnet
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 head radicchio, julienned
1 fennel, julienned
large red onion, julienned
3 clementines or tangerines,
segmented
cup extra-virgin olive oil
Micro cilantro, for garnish
3 corn tortillas, julienned and fried
Directions
Slice the fsh on a bias sashimi style.
Squeeze the limes over the fsh
and add salt and pepper. Add the
radicchio, fennel, red onions, and
clementine segments in a mixing
bowl, and then season with salt and
pepper, and olive oil and set aside.
To serve, lay 4 slices of fsh on a
plate and a place small amount of
salad atop of fsh. Garnish with the
micro cilantro and olive oil and then
top with the fried tortilla chips.
Tiffanys
Mahi Mahi
and Radicchio
Ceviche
All chefs are
ROCK STARS
Tiffany Derry
local farmers. I want people
to know and appreciate what
they are putting in their bod-
ies, she said. The cuisine
will be New American with
a blend of tastes including
Italian, Mexican, Asian and
Southern fare. I am a fu-
sion, she explained of her
culinary talents.
Whats her favorite
healthy meal? Any kind of
grilled sh whatevers
fresh with gazpacho as
a sauce and a mixture of
vegetables roasted in garlic
and olive oil. She likes her
desserts simple and avorful.
Im a chocolate lover, she
admitted.
Derry ofers some tips for
amateur chefs. First, know
where your food comes from.
I love farmers markets, she
said. Second, learn tech-
nique, such as sauting, and
you can cook anything, she
advised. And nally, have
fun. Its not rocket science,
she noted. Go to the grocery
store, pick out a new vegeta-
ble and play with it.
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Sure its great for sunburn, but aloe vera
has other healing properties
By Todd Senters
A
loe vera has been used
topically for thousands
of years to treat burns,
rashes and numerous
other dermatologic
conditions, but research
suggests aloe vera can also be good for
your health: helping to regulate blood
sugar, reducing elevated blood lipids and
improving symptoms of gastrointestinal
disorders.
According to Patty Howie, assistant manager of Basic
Foods, an organic and natural foods market in Beaumont,
aloe vera is known to signicantly improve the absorption of
essential vitamins and minerals.
Other signicant benets of
aloe vera include intestinal regu-
lation and symptom relief from
heartburn and stomach ulcers,
Howie said.
But to get these benets, How-
ie emphasized you must consume
the outer leaf of the plant. For
this reason, consumers should
look for products produced from
the whole leaf of Aloe Vera.
Basic Foods sells a variety of
aloe juice products, from an aloe
water beverage, aloe vera juice
This summer,
DRINK
your aloe
home remedies
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Basic Foods in Beaumont
sells a variety of aloe juice
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concentrate to aloe vera supplements.
I recommend consuming two ounces of Aloe Vera juice
three times each day, as part of a daily health management
plan, said Marcia Cavett, also of Basic Foods. As with any
change in nutritional support, you need to discuss the daily
use of aloe vera with your physician.
Because of the natural way Aloe Vera works with your
gastrointestinal system, it can afect the way some prescribed
medications are absorbed by the body. Howie added.
Recordings of the medicinal properties of Aloe Vera date
back to approximately 2,200 BC and were well-documented
by Hippocrates around 400 BC. Even so, research continues
today to better understand precisely how Aloe Vera interacts
with the human body in an efort to unlock other potential
health benefts.
Aloe Vera is believed to improve cell communication
which can stop or slow the progression of cancer, Howie
said. It is also believed to reduce liver infammation and
prevent the formation of kidney stones. Aloe Vera is known
to have antibacterial and antiviral properties, and is efective
in treating herpes-related viruses, like Shingles and Chicken
Pox.
Aloe Vera is a rich source of over two hundred naturally-
occurring nutritional substances, including 20 amino acids,
eight enzymes, nine minerals, plant sterols, monosaccharides
and polysaccharides, antioxidants, vitamins A, C, E, B com-
plex, and glycoproteins.
It is commercially available in several forms, including
lotions, gels and liquids. For use in treating skin conditions,
such as wounds, rashes and burns, research has shown that
both topical application and oral ingestion are equally as
efective. For other health benefts, Aloe Vera should be con-
sumed orally.
Whether you have a simple problem or a severe problem
it is a safe bet that you can fnd relief from drinking aloe vera
juice.
What is aloe vera?
In total there are about 300 species of Aloe Vera, the most important
in terms of healing properties being Aloe Barbadensis Miller. Aloe
Vera is a cactus-like plant but is actually part of the lily family. It
contains 74 known nutrients and all the synergistic factors needed to
facilitate their complete absorption.
Suggested uses: Anti-infammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and
energy tonic
Other possible uses: Digestive tract irritations such as colitis, ul-
cers and irritable bowel syndrome, cleansing stomach, liver, kidneys,
spleen, bladder and colon, arthritis, asthma, bladder and kidney
infections, cancer, constipation, diverticular disorders, hemorrhoids,
heartburn, heart disease, immune stimulation, indigestion, insomnia,
kidney disease, leg cramps, leukemia, skin health, stomach distress,
tumors, white blood cell production and general health tonic.
Possible side effects
If you are using oral corticosteroids, such as beclomethasone,
methylprednisolone, or prednisone, it is important not to overuse or
misuse Aloe vera juice. A potassium defciency can develop, and you
may experience toxic effects from the medication.
Although it is removed, in practice Aloe vera juice may sometimes
still contain tiny quantities of the laxative compound found in aloe
latex. Should you begin to have cramps or diarrhea do not ingest any
more of the juice.
Allergies to aloe vera are rare. Yet any food can be a potential al-
lergen. Test a small amount on the inner arm to see if any reaction
takes place. If no irritation on the skin is observed then it is gener-
ally tolerated. If ingestion causes diarrhea, then reduce the amount
you ingest, increasing use slowly over several days until the desired
amount is tolerated.
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W
hen one of
Americas most
beloved medical
superstars says
there are specific
health benefits to
owning a pet, you pretty much have to
believe it, right?
In April, natural-health guru Dr. Andrew Weil blogged,
Research has demonstrated [companion animals] can
have a calming efect on people, help reduce blood pres-
sure and anxiety, and can encourage socialization.
Pets (or the more PC companion animals) have
such a positive impact on health physical, mental and
emotional that some hospitals make provisions to allow
family members to bring patients pets in for visits. Under
strict regulations, of course.
Many hospitals also have programs that provide for
visits from specially trained pets and their handlers. At
Christus Hospital in Beaumont, thats the Pet Partners
program, which is run by the Delta Society, a nonprot
organization formed specically to facilitate such visits.
Its pretty clear that pets can have benecial efects on
patients, their behavior, attitude, outlook, said Dr. Leon
Hicks, a pediatric surgeon at Christus and advocate of
the Pet Partners program. And Im sure that somewhere
among all of the research, someone has measured things
like blood pressure and heart rate and certain substances
in the blood that are associated with more well being.
According to Michelle Hammerly, director of education
at Christus, The visits are a distraction from the normal
intrusive touch that people experience in the hospital, a
break from the sterile environment, and they bring a little
bit of the home environment into the hospital setting.
But its not just after the fact where pets can contrib-
ute to a persons health and well-being. Theres no better
excuse-buster for exercising than owning a pup. No matter
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Ace the dog visits Christus St. Elizabeth patient Hannah Best as part of the
Pet Partners program.
how must-see the TV lineup is on any
given night, that furry, four-legged
workout buddy is going to remind you
when its time to well go. And that
means putting on your running shoes
and his leash and hitting the concrete.
And while backing out on a human
exercise partner might result in some
hurt feelings, ignoring the need of a pet
partner could mean something far more
ugly (and harder to clean up).
Plus, walking with an animal is
such an exercise in wonder and awe
Gotta smell this! Gotta chase that!
Gotta walk in circles for no particu-
lar reason! that it makes time and
distance go by almost unnoticed. Before
you know it, your weight is down,
your blood pressure is down, your bad
cholesterol is down and the good stuf
is up partly because youre walking
more and throwing a stick in the park
on Saturday mornings.
But maybe the most signifcant ben-
efts of pet ownership are mental and
emotional. Unlike increased exercise,
which is a conscious choice on the
part of the owner, these just happen,
perhaps imperceptibly at frst. But all
of a sudden, life just seems better. Its a
health boost especially for those sufer-
ing from depression.
People who enjoy animals, and
especially people who live alone, [are
those most likely to see emotional and
mental benefts from owning a pet],
Hammerly said. The presence of a pet
and the responsibility to care for it can
fll a lot of empty time and space.
The unconditional love and the
loyalty pets show, and the routines they
often build around their owners also
are important contributors to an overall
sense of well-being. Never underesti-
mate the importance of feeling needed.
Hammerly warned, however, that
the intense feelings owners can have
for their pets can almost be a detriment
should the owner become ill or other-
wise unable to care for the animal. Its
an especially important consideration
in the case of someone who is elderly or
living alone.
The inability to care for a pet can be
so stressful, Hammerly said, that it can
work against the owners recovery.
To keep that from becoming a prob-
lem, its important for family members
to ensure that the pet will be taken care
of in the case of an illness or extended
hospital stay.
Its also important that pet owners
be able to aford to feed and otherwise
provide for their animal companions
needs, since unwieldy fnancial obliga-
tions arent good for anyones health or
well-being.
Owning a pet is a personal decision
and comes with a lot of responsibility.
Once that decision is made, the benefts
are endless, Hammerly said. Pets be-
come part of the family and contribute
to health, wellness and recovery like
any family member can.
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in U.S. cats
and dogs
By Lindy Washburn
Diabetes is on the rise but hu-
mans arent the only ones sufering.
Diabetes diagnoses are rising at an
even faster rate among dogs and cats
than their human companions, accord-
ing to a national analysis of pet health
released in April.
The 2011 State of Pet Health re-
port is based on data from more than
2.5 million dogs and cats that visited
pet hospital facilities in 43 states.
This kind of data has never been
available before, Dr. Jefrey Klausner,
a veterinarian and chief medical ofcer
for the Banfeld Pet Hospital chain,
based in Portland, Ore. We want to
share it with professionals and pet
owners.
Nationally, diabetes rates increased
by nearly a third among dogs in the
last four years and by 16 percent
among cats. It is much more common
among cats. By comparison, human
diagnoses of diabetes rose 10 percent
over the same period.
The surprisingly high incidence of
diabetes, he said, stems in part from
rising rates of obesity.
We have increasing obesity in dogs
and cats, just like in humans. Its no
mystery how that occurs: overfeeding
and lack of exercise.
How can you tell if your pet has
diabetes? The most common signs are
excessive urination, excessive thirst,
and weight loss, despite a good appe-
tite, according to veterinarians. Once
diagnosed, managing this chronic
disease can be time consuming, usu-
ally including twice-daily insulin
injections, a change in diet and regular
monitoring by a vet.
Millions of pets are getting insulin
twice a day, he said. Dogs can be
diabetic for years and do just fne.
Cats can be somewhat harder to treat
because they are smaller, and harder
to fnd for the daily injections.
The best bet: Make sure Buster and
Tiger get enough exercise and dont
become overweight. MCT
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Dont call it water aerobics
By Todd Senters
H
ey, tough guy. Yeah, you
waiting to pump iron
on that oversized waffle-
iron-looking thing. That
little old lady who just
climbed out of the pool
in her sensible one-piece and aqua socks?
She can probably kick your butt, so watch
out.
Well, probably not. But dont underestimate the power
of the water-loving souls who partake in the aquatic ftness
classes at the local gym.
Yes, aquatic ftness. Forget what you think you know
about what used to be called water aerobics and get in the
pool!
Aquatic ftness is a real workout. Gone are the days when
classes were merely cool-water stews of elderly arms and
less-than-perky bosoms bobbing to the oldies in the shallow
end of the pool. Because it ofers a thorough workout with
less pressure on the joints than land-based training, aquatic
ftness still draws a predominantly older crowd but not
exclusively. The pool is cool nowadays for athletes, pregnant
women and people of all ages and ftness levels who want to
start an exercise regime or who are limited in what they can
do because of injury or illness.
Pool workouts can include hardcore cardio, dance moves
and weight training, all of which look like what people do on
Aqua ftness brings the
hardcore gym to the pool
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Aqua ftness at the William P. Hebert Health & Wellness
Center at Christus Hospital in Beaumont.
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dry ground.
The diference is that water is easier on the joints,
said Peyton Jones, group ftness supervisor at the William
P. Hebert Health & Wellness Center at Christus Hospital
in Beaumont, which ofers myriad aquatic ftness classes
year-round. You can get a really efective workout because
the water is buoyant and allows you to work in 360-degree
resistance. Plus exercising in the water is just a lot more
fun.
Of course, no matter how trendy aquatic ftness be-
comes or who else joins them in the water, the older crowd
is always going to be comfortable exercising in the pool.
But even the senior enthusiasts are stronger and have more
endurance these days. Theyre savvy enough to know
theyre on to something.
Sally Blewett, for example, is a graceful 73-year-old
with an easy smile who embraces a holistic approach to
aging well - eating right, pampering herself with spa treat-
ments, socializing, engaging in church services and, of
course, exercising regularly. Shes in the pool four days a
week at The Wellness Center.
It keeps me fexible, and it just makes me feel so good
and so strong, she explained. Ive been doing this for 11
years, since my husband died. Im alone, so its also good
for socializing and keeping up with friends.
James Ward and Daryl Bertrand are two of the small
handful of men in the aquatic ftness classes at The Well-
ness Center. Both attest to the healing power of water.
Before I started doing this 15 years ago, my back hurt
so bad I couldnt lift my hands over my head. Its a whole
lot better now, Ward, 77, said.
Bertrand, 69, who has been doing aquatic ftness for
about a year, at his doctors suggestion adds, I had lower
back pain so bad I could hardly do anything. But I feel the
diference now, in muscle tone. I lost a little weight and I
can walk a whole lot better.
Jones said many people are surprised by the intensity of
their water workouts. While most people can participate in
aquatic ftness, underestimating the work involved is one
of the most common mistakes.
Someone who isnt really self-aware might have
problems. It might be a diabetic who thinks the workout
is going to be easy, but then she burns more calories than
she expected to and she doesnt have a snack ready at the
side of the pool, Jones said. Or someone with asthma
who doesnt bring an inhaler. It always makes sense to be
prepared for anything the frst few times, until youre more
aware of how your body is going to react.
Across the board, aquatic ftness is gaining momentum
as a serious workout and taking a rightful place on the
agenda at national ftness conventions. Currently theres
a push to shake things up, so its newest iteration is Aqua
Zumba, which combines the low-impact environment of
the pool with a booty-shaking dance routine.
Participants are becoming more sophisticated and
dont want to do the same thing every day. They want
more of a challenge, Jones said. Instructors are trying
to be more creative, to bring more awareness, make water
classes more fun and just get more people into the pool.
Before You
Take the Plunge
Before signing up for any aquatic ftness class, it
pays to do your homework. Check out the facility
and if possible, take a trial class. Things to investi-
gate include:
Is the pool indoors or outdoors? If theres only
an outdoor pool, what is the facilitys policy
regarding classes that are cancelled because of
weather conditions?
Are the pool and locker room areas clean and
well maintained?
Is there a certifed lifeguard on duty during class-
es, and is he or she trained to perform CPR?
What about temperature? Warm might feel good
at the start of the class but become uncomfort-
able as exercise progresses.
What are the instructors credentials? Aquatic
ftness instructors should have certifcation from
the Aquatic Exercise Association.
What will you wear? Women should opt for
simple one-piece bathing suits with support in
the bust. Men are fne with longer swim trunks
and no shirt or maybe one specially designed
to wick away water. Everyone should invest in
aquatic footwear or aqua socks to avoid having
their feet torn up by the bottom of the pool.
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What is an Articial Spinal
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