This month we discuss common illnesses you can catch just by swimming in a pool, the health impact of poor air quality and why your phone may cause sleep trouble.

Sunrays Aren’t the Only Thing You Can Catch at the Pool

As the temperature climbs, many individuals will flock to the pool to find some relief from the heat. While the cool waters can be refreshing, they could also be contaminated with bacteria that can make you sick. Read on to learn about the three most common illnesses you can catch from spending a day at the pool.

Cryptosporidium (Crypto)
Crypto, a chlorine-resistant parasite, is one of the most common culprits for post-pool day illness and can cause diarrhea, stomach pain and nausea. Unfortunately, symptoms can last up to two weeks. To avoid getting sick, don’t swallow pool water or touch your face until you’ve showered with soap and hot water.

Pinkeye
Swimming pools often contain a variety of chemicals and (potentially) other people’s bodily fluids, both of which can cause pinkeye. Pinkeye is an uncomfortable inflammation that can lead to burning eyes, excessive tearing and redness. To avoid getting this infection, wear well-fitted goggles.

Hot Tub Rash
The warm water in hot tubs causes chlorine to break down quickly, making the chemical ineffective in killing the germ that causes an itchy skin infection and a bumpy, red rash. To avoid getting this rash, shower immediately after going into the hot tub and be sure to wash your swimming suit before wearing it again.

Consult a medical professional if you believe you are experiencing any of the above issues.

 

 

Trouble Sleeping? Your Phone May Be to Blame

According to a new study from the Physiological Society, using your phone before bed can disrupt your sleep schedule and prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep.

Specifically, the study found that those who use smartphones or tablets before bed had a later sleep onset than those who didn’t. The study also found that those who used their phone or tablet before going to sleep had lower levels of the sleep-regulating hormone, melatonin. Lastly, the study found that electronic device usage before bed reduced the period of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, a vital component in our sleep patterns.

So, if you’re having trouble sleeping, try putting your phone or tablet away before heading to bed.

Poor Air Quality in Your Home Could Be Making You Sick

Air circulation in your home is easily restricted, often leading to poor air quality and adverse health effects. In fact, indoor air can have higher levels of pollutants than outdoor air and can cause environment-related health problems.

Among other conditions, poor indoor air quality can lead to upper respiratory irritation, skin irritation, chills, fever, cough, chest tightness, congestion, sneezing, runny nose, muscle aches and pneumonia. To improve the quality of air in your home, consider doing the following:

  • Install a radon mitigation system to reduce the level of radon gas in your home.
  • Monitor your home to make sure there is adequate airflow and that proper exhaust systems are installed.
  • Ventilate your house well by opening doors and windows and running fans when you are painting, using staining products or doing other home improvement tasks.
  • Have a service technician inspect your appliances annually to ensure these items are working properly.

 

 

Recipe of the Month – Open-face Egg Salad Sandwiches

  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, peeled
  • 15 mL (1 tbsp) each of no-fat, plain Greek yogurt and light mayonnaise
  • A pinch of fresh ground pepper
  • 1 celery stalk, finely diced
  • 60 mL (¼ cup) finely diced red bell pepper
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
  • 5 mL (1 tsp) chopped fresh dill or parsley
  • 2 leaves of leaf lettuce
  • 2 slices of whole-grain bread or pumpernickel rye bread

PREPARATIONS

  1. In a bowl, use a fork to mash eggs until they are crumbly. Stir in the yogurt, mayonnaise and pepper. Add celery, red pepper, green onion and dill. Stir until combined well.
  2. Place lettuce on bread slices and divide egg salad on top.

Makes: 2 servings

Nutritional Information (per serving)

Total Calories 191
Total Fat 8 g
Protein 10 g
Carbohydrates 19 g
Dietary Fibre 3 g
Sodium 325 mg
Total Sugars 3 g

Source: Government of Canada


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