Slideshow: Eat Healthy, a How To

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This is a slideshow I shared at the latest health meetup. I’ve found it somewhat difficult to implement but it’s a great reminder.

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Seeds, Seeds, Seeds – Consume Them

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Chia seeds, flax seeds, sunflower seeds!

The hype for seeds as a dietary supplement has grown immensely this year, with good reason. Though many have purported that they are simply a fad diet, the health benefits are apparent.

Sunflower seeds are everywhere and have been around for what seems like forever. One trip to your local store and you’ll have your choice flavors from blazing buffalo to Scriracha. These tasty seeds actually have many health benefits. Sunflower seeds are a great source of vitamin E. Vitamin E is a naturally occurring anti-oxidant important in helping to neutralize free-radicals.

The two seeds that are growing fastest in popular are, thankfully, two of the best for you. These are chia seeds, and flax seeds. Chia seeds are truly a superfood. Here is a list of just some of the vitamins and minerals health benefits of chia seeds.

  • Protein
  • Iron
  • Calcium
  • Vitamin c
  • Omega 3′s – In fact, Chia seeds are the plant source with the most omega-3 fatty acids. These omega-3s are important in reducing one’s risk of heart attack, and have been shown to help curb depression and symptoms of arthritis.
  • Magnesium
  • Fiber

But how do you eat seeds? This is a question I am often asked, and the first thing I say is that seeds lose their nutritional value when they are cooked. Seeds can, however, be soaked in water. In fact, I often see people consuming chia seeds mixed in with their water.  But ultimately, the answer to this question depends on the seed.

Enjoy eating healthy!


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Drinking Water – Dr. Jerry Hankins’ Blog

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Drinking water is an essential part of maintaining good health. When the amount of water you consume is not equal to the amount of water your body loses, you become dehydrated.  Make sure you are drinking water throughout the day to avoid dehydration and take advantage of all the health benefits water has to offer.

The human body is comprised of 60% water and needs water to help maintain the balance of body fluids that promote normal bodily functions such as digestions, circulation, transportation of nutrients, and regulating body temperature.  When your body needs fluid, your brain will trigger your body’s thirst mechanism.  This should not be ignored!  If you’re already thirsty, dehydration is setting in.

Water can also be used as a weight loss strategy.  The effects are not tremendous, but substituting high calorie beverages with water can help decrease and regulate weight over time.  Foods with high water contents also require more chewing and are absorbed more slowly by the body, causing a person to feel fuller longer.  Foods with high water contents include fruits, vegetables, broth-based soups, oatmeal, and beans.

Additionally, water helps energize muscles by increasing electrolytes, which reduces muscle fatigue.  It is extremely important to drink water before you begin exercising and while exercising to replenish the water that is being lost through perspiration.  Water is also beneficial to your skin.  While it can’t erase wrinkles or fine lines, water combats dehydration, which can make your skin look more dry and wrinkled.

Water can be absorbed from flavored beverages or foods, but the best way to get the water your body needs is by drinking plain water.  You don’t need to drink eight glasses a day, just enough to replenish the large amounts of water that your body loses each day from general physical activity.  However, drinking eight glasses of water a day will definitely help maximize the potential health benefits!

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About Jerry Hankins MD

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Welcome to Dr. Jerry Hankins’ main website. In addition to this website, Dr. Hankins has additional web pages also. One of his main websites is JerryHankinsMD. This post will include information on what you can find over at The homepage of the website includes biographical information on Dr. Jerry Hankins. He attended Delta State University for his undergraduate and then Mississippi State University for their Microbiology Masters Program. The University of Mississippi School of Medicine is where Dr. Jerry Hankins earned his medical degree. Additional biographical information can be found on the website. The blog page of the website includes medical news to consider. The latest post is about ways to combat fatigue without relying on caffeine. It’s definitely worth a read! The website has a contact page for reaching Dr. Hankins. A Google Map of Pell City, Alabama has been embedded to explore the area where Dr. Hankins works. The map is interactive so that site visitors can click, drag, and move around the content. Page visitors can also zoom in and out on the map. More information will be added in the coming months. An RSS feed on the website pulls the latest health news from MedicalNewsToday, which is regularly updated for new, fresh content. The link section on the website can bring you to Dr. Jerry Hankins’ other pages such as this one. You can access his art and photography page as well as his poetry page. The website will continue to be updated each month so be sure to check back for updates. Below is a screen capture of the homepage.

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