• By Laurel Kelly

Housecall: Are whole grains part of your healthy diet?

October 7, 2019
a display of whole grains and whole grain products

Whole grains: Hearty options for a healthy diet
All types of grains are good sources of complex carbohydrates, as well as some key vitamins and minerals. Whole grains are healthiest, and eating a variety can make your meals and snacks more interesting. If you're like most people, though, you're not getting enough whole grains. See how to make whole grains part of your healthy diet.

Understanding psoriasis
Psoriasis is a common skin condition that speeds up the life cycle of skin cells, causing cells to build up rapidly on the surface of the skin. The extra skin cells form scales and red patches that are itchy and sometimes painful. There is no cure for psoriasis, but you can manage the symptoms. Learn more about the symptoms and risk factors for psoriasis, and when you need to seek medical care.

What causes discolored semen?
Semen is normally a whitish-gray color. Changes in semen color might be temporary and harmless, or a sign of an underlying condition that requires further evaluation. Learn more from Dr. Erik Castle, a Mayo Clinic urologist.

What are the side effects and risks of melatonin?
Melatonin supplements can help treat sleep disorders and generally are safe for short-term use. There could be side effects, though, and melatonin supplements can interact with various medications. Learn more from Dr. Brent Bauer, director of the Mayo Clinic Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program.

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Honey sage carrots
Acorn squash with apples
Roasted red snapper
Baked apples with cherries and almonds

Fitness tip: Get physical at home
Time spent at home doesn't have to be couch potato time. Fit more physical activity into your home life with these tips:

  1. Wake up 30 minutes early. Use the extra time to walk on your treadmill or take a brisk walk through your neighborhood.
  2. Gather a group. Ask friends or family to join you for a walk after dinner or on a Saturday morning.
  3. Be active while watching TV. Use resistance bands, or do pushups or squats during your favorite show.
  4. Involve the whole family. Ride your bikes. Take a trip to the pool. Make it fun!

Need practical advice on diet and exercise? Want creative solutions for stress and other lifestyle issues? Discover more healthy lifestyle topics at mayoclinic.org.

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