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    Water Aerobics: Fun Exercise That Won't Hurt Knees

    Posted by Gordon Atlantic Staff

    Sat, Apr 12, 2014 @ 04:16 PM

    Stay healthy with exercise and health insurance from andrew g gordon inc

    Do you like to exercise and have fun but have issues with your knees or shoulders or…?  I had 4 knee surgeries and then a total knee replacement 10 years ago.  I have found that water aerobics has been very beneficial to me.  Water Aerobics can burn up to 600 calories in a one hour work-out!  You use the water to your benefit.  Any jumping has little or no impact on your knees.  This is a complete work-out.  All muscle groups are utilized, including your core.  You work out to music and the hour flies by (some classes are only 45 mins)!  Not to mention names, but I have found Webb’s ProFitness on Rte 53 in Norwell to be my favorite water aerobics place – and they have won many awards for their water aerobics programs.  They have many skilled instructors and class times vary – morning, nights and weekends!  No excuses – there is a time for everyone!  Think of doing aerobics on land – the pounding to your joints and knees, etc. – none of that while you are in the water!  I love to go all year round.  There is nothing like being in a pool exercising while it’s snowing outside.  Try it, you’ll like it….it’s fun and it’s good for you, too!  [Always check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program.]

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    On-line Banking

    Posted by Sue Bird

    Wed, Sep 04, 2013 @ 09:02 AM

    Pay for your personal home auto life insurance online with Andrew G Gordon IncIf you participate in on-line banking and have set up your policies to be paid by your bank, you need to pay special attention to notices from your insurance company of any policy #, remittance address or premium changes. Additionally, be sure to allow enough time for your payment to reach its destination. Not all insurance companies receive payments electronically and are mailed to the company.

    We often see remittance addresses changing in our industry and on a less frequent basis, we see the policy #'s changing which is usually due to system conversion at the company. You should review your policy each time it renews or any time you make a change to the policy as the price will change and you will need to adjust your payment amounts on your on-line banking account.

    The easiest way to avoid a late payment for any of the reasons above is to sign up for Electronic Funds Transfer so that your payments are just withdrawn automatically. This way, you usually avoid installment fees and your payments are spread over a longer period of time, thereby reducing the monthly installment amounts.

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    CPR and AED General Info

    Posted by Ben Gordon

    Wed, Jul 24, 2013 @ 10:05 AM

    Heart Health

    As I am sure you are well aware, the heart is one of the most important organs in your body, second only to your brain. And if something happens to it, the rest of your organs would quickly shut down as a result. The heart acts as a motor for all the blood, which transports nutrients and oxygen to your cells and remove carbon dioxide from your body. If your heart stops beating, your cells will soon be starving for oxygen.

    Cardiac arrest is a life threatening emergency that can be brought on from cardiovascular disease, electrocution, or drowning. When cardiac arrest occurs, your heart is beating too weakly or irregularly to move blood through your body. When someone is suffering from cardiac arrest they will be unconscious, not moving or breathing, and there will be no pulse. At this point it is vital to call 911 and, if you know, begin CPR.

    CPR vs. AED

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    CPR, which stands for cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is a combination of chest compressions and rescue breaths. The chest compressions help to move the blood through the body, and stave off cell death for a while longer. The rescue breaths are meant to provide some oxygen to the victim. It is important to remember that CPR can involve broken ribs, vomiting, and hysterics, so if you are not properly trained or prepared, don’t dive in.

    AEDs, which are also associated with CPR, are machines that recognize heart rhythms and provide an electrical shock to the heart with hopes of restarting a regular beat. AED stands for automated external defibrillator. If that doesn’t ring a bell, they are the machines that doctors use in T.V. shows when they yell “clear” and then bring their patients back from a flat-line. Using an AED may be referred to as defibrillation because it interrupts ventricular fibrillation, a state of chaotic electrical activity in the heart. Ventricular tachycardia, excessively rapid and inefficient beating of the heart, may also occur and can be corrected by an AED as well.

    Good Samaritan Law

    If one does provide care to a stranger suffering from cardiac arrest and harms them, perhaps breaking a rib during CPR, that person is protected under the Good Samaritan Law. This law protects a person who in good faith provides assistance for a victim of a crime (or emergency) shall be liable in a civil suit for damages resulting from the assistance, with the exception being willful, wanton or reckless conduct. The purpose of the law is to encourage bystanders to help someone who is suffering, without fear of repercussions.

    Classes

    Both the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association provide training for CPR and AEDs, and you can take classes with either one. Below are the links to find some classes near your.


    Remember, there are constant studies being done to find the most effective life-saving methods, and so they are always changing with new data emerging. Once you get certified, you will need to re-certify every one or two years, depending on who you take the training with. Hopefully you will never need to use your new found knowledge, but I’m sure it will be appreciated if you do.

    This blog was written to provide general information regarding CPR and AEDs. Do not refer to this blog during a medical emergency. I am not an authorized CPR instructor, just someone who has taken the course a few times. Learn more about life insurance here.

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    How to Get the Most out of Gordon Insurance: Personal Insurance

    Posted by Gordon Atlantic Staff

    Mon, Jul 22, 2013 @ 11:04 AM

    So far we've gone over how to utilize Gordon's eBooks, blogs, and whiteboard videos. That's very good and all, but let's finally talk about some insurance "stuff" because Gordon Insurance IS, in fact, an insurance agency.

    As you can see below, the "Personal Insurance" tab appears right on our home page. This will lead you to all you need to know about insuring your personal items and hey- you might be able to insure things you didn't even know you could!

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    Now let's take a look at some of the options under the personal insurance menu. We guarantee you'll be impressed- it includes the standard home, auto, and life insurance that are very necessary, but it includes more. We work with insurance companies that can provide coverage for your watercraft, RV, motorcycles, fine works of art and expensive jewelry- you name it. Each individual category has its own page, and each page is full of information for you relating to that particular category.

    Personal Insurance

    If you're interested a quote, you can click the "Get Quote" button in the black box (located in the upper right hand corner), or if you want to ask a question, there is a gray box below the black box which will direct you to the form.

    If you like the information you see, consider the personal insurance options that you may want to be available to you. If you want to fill out a form, they take roughly three minutes to complete and allow for you to add in any questions you may have about the product. We will quote you so it's important to give us the best information you can provide so we can get you the most accurate quote. And, if that wasn't good enough, all of our quotes are free. Meaning: if you don't like what we give you, or you maybe aren't ready to pay for that insurance, then we won't hold it against you.

    So go ahead and get that coverage! Knowing what you need to insurance for yourself and what you want to insure for yourself is half the battle. Here's the rest.

    Any other insurance questions? Simply ask away by clicking the button below. Or, if you're ready, contact us for a quote. Learn more about personal insurance here.

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    Diabetes: Are You at Risk?

    Posted by Gordon Atlantic Staff

    Mon, Jul 08, 2013 @ 08:28 AM

    Prevent diabetes with doctors visits and health insurance from Andrew g gordon incHaving been recently diagnosed as "pre-diabetic" I thought it wise to get some information regarding the disease. So I "Binged" it and came up with the following definitions.

    Hyperglycemia: A condition characterized by excessively high levels of glucose in the blood. It occurs when the body does not have enough insulin or cannot use the insulin it does have to turn the glucose into energy. It is often an indicator that the diabetes is out of control.

    Hypoglycemia: Conversely, hypoglycemia is a condition of abnormally diminished glucose in the blood. The world hypoglycemia literally means "low sugar blood".

    Pre-Diabetes: When a person's blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be Type 2 Diabetes. Risk factors include age 45 or older and overweight.

    Diabetes: A disease in which the body is unable to properly use and store glucose (a form of sugar). Glucose backs up in the blood stream causing one's blood glucose (sometimes referred to as "blood sugar") to rise too high.

    Symptoms: Symptoms of diabetes can develop suddenly (over days or weeks) in previously healthy children or adolescents, or symptoms can develop gradually (over several years) in overweight adults over the age of 40. Symptoms of diabetes include frequent urination, lethargy, excessive thirst, and excessive hunger. Treatment includes changes in diet, oral medications and in some cases, daily injections of insulin.

    Types of Diabetes: There are several types of diabetes, but the most common are Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes, sometimes called juvenile diabetes, begins most commonly in childhood or adolescence. In this form, the body produces little or no insulin. In the United States, approximately 3 people in 1000 develop Type 1 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is the more common form of diabetes and occurs in approximately 3 to 5% of Americans under 50 years of age and increases to 10 to 15% in those over 50. Type 2 is considered a milder form of diabetes because of its slow onset- sometimes developing over the course of several years and because it usually can be controlled with diet and oral medication.

    Risk Factors: Individuals who are at a high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes include people who:

    • are obese (more than 20% above the ideal body weight)
    • have a relative with diabetes
    • belong to a high-risk ethnic population (African, Native American, Hispanic, or Native Hawaiian)
    • have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes or have delivered a baby weighing more than 9 pounds
    • have high blood pressure (140/90 or above)
    • have a high density lipoprotein cholesterol level less than or equal to 35 mg/dL and/or a triglyceride level greater than or equal to 250 mg/dL
    • have had impaired glucose tolerance or impaired fasting glucose on previous testing

    If you have any concerns about your health, do not hesitate to contact a doctor or a health professional. Learn more about life insurance here. Get some life insurance exam tips here!

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    Water, the Miracle Molecule

    Posted by Ben Gordon

    Wed, Jul 03, 2013 @ 12:25 PM

    Water can improve your health and life insurance from Andrew G Gordon IncAs we enter into the summer months, it is important to remember the importance of water, the miracle molecule. Water is important for nearly every function inside your body, from transporting energy to your cells, to keeping your body cool. Having worked as a camp counselor for several years, I’ve seen and suffered from dehydration first hand, and I’ll tell you: it is miserable. Luckily, it is simply fixed.

    A few fun facts about water:

    • Water is a polar molecule that has a 105° angle between its hydrogen molecules.
    • Humans are roughly 55% to 65% water, depending on body type.
    • Water is vital for cooling the body, transporting nutrients, controlling muscle movement, and more.
    • Its solid form (ice) is lighter than its liquid form (water) due to its crystal lattice.
    • Its polarity causes water to be a fantastic solvent.

    And now that you know why water is so interesting, let’s learn why it’s so important to stay hydrated. 

    Dehydration can rear its ugly head in a number of ways, some more severe than others.

    Mild Dehydration

    Also known as heat exhaustion. This is normally easily treated and only results in discomfort.  It is caused by a combination of a loss of water and salts.

    • Drink water to stay healthy and get cheap life insurance from Andrew G Gordon IncCrankiness and irritability – a precursor to the major pain to come. Your body recognizes that things aren’t quite right, and as a result, you feel uncomfortable, and in my case, cranky.
    • Lethargy – every action you do costs energy from your body, and every time your cells produce energy, they also consume and dispel water.  Less water means less energy.
    • Cotton mouth – when dehydration gets bad enough, your body begins rationing the water that it has available.  Your organs are more important to keep moist than your mouth, resulting in unpleasant saliva, and bad breath.
    • Headache – if you get dehydrated enough, you will get a headache that can start as a mild discomfort, but without water soon, can quickly escalate to the equivalent of having a monkey with a hammer trying to get out of your head.
    • Heat Cramps – without proper electrolytes and fluid, your muscles will start acting irregularly, leading to painful cramps.

    Heat exhaustion is fairly easily treated. All it takes is to remove oneself from the heat by getting under some shade and rehydrating. Try to replace your lost water and salt with water, a sports drink, or fruits like oranges or peaches. Avoid soda however; its high sugar content may make you even thirstier. But remember, the best protection from dehydration is prevention; a general rule for me was to have two tall glasses of water before I had my first glass or can of soda for the day.

    Severe Dehydration

    In severe cases, dehydration can lead to the more serious condition: heat stroke. You can recognize heat stroke by the following:

    • Some body parts are hot and dry, while others are wet and clammy
    • Disorientation, confusion, and hallucination may occur
    • Extremely high body temperature

    Heat stroke is extremely dangerous and should be treated immediately, so if you suspect someone is suffering from it, try to rehydrate them and get them to a hospital. Again, remove them from a heat source and try to cool them by giving them water and fanning them.

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    Food Allergies

    Posted by Gordon Atlantic Staff

    Thu, Jun 27, 2013 @ 05:42 PM

    Food allergies used to be a very uncommon thing. Unfortunately, now they are becoming less and less uncommon. In fact, the rapid rate at which the percentage of people in the world with food allergies is growing is astonishing... and slightly horrifying. Did you know that there are more than 200,000 visits to the emergency room per year because of food allergies? Wow.

    If you are not one of the roughly 15 million Americans with a food allergy in the country, then maybe this article doesn't affect you so much. Or, does it? With the large number of people with food allergies in the country, the odds of you knowing someone with a food allergy are higher than you may think. That leads me to my next point- how much about food allergies do you think you know? How much about food allergies do you actually know? Even people with food allergies don't have all the answers, but maybe this article can bring a few important things to light.

    Protect yourself from allergic reactions with health insurance from Andrew G Gordon IncWhat's Actually Happening

    Biologically, when a person has a food allergy, that person's immune system is recognizing a certain protein present in the food as harmful. Different proteins are present in different foods, so a person's reaction to one food versus another is quite understandable.

    However, the problem many medical researchers and scientists now face is: why? Clearly something is wrong with biology of humans with food allergies- but how come it affects so many people so similarly? Food allergies aren't necessarily genetic, so there are still some unanswered questions about why certain people have this condition.

    Types of Food Allergies

    Stay safe with food allergies like peanuts with health life insurance from Andrew G Gordon IncPeople can be allergic to all different sorts of foods. The most common food allergies include:

    • peanuts
    • tree nuts (which are different than peanuts, and include nuts such as cashews, walnuts, almonds, pistachios, pecans, etc.)
    • milk
    • soy
    • eggs
    • fish (halibut, haddock, cod, etc.)
    • shellfish (shrimp, lobster, etc.)
    • wheat

    These eight ingredients account for approximately 90% of all food allergies. But other allergies exist as well. Some other food allergies include red dye (such as Starburst, Skittles, and other candies) as well as the food allergy to sesame seeds, which seems to be coming more and more common across the globe.

    Symptoms/Possible Reactions

    Chest painSymptoms can range far and wide. Some are as simple (although I use 'simple', please do not think that food allergies with less severe life-altering reactions are not as bad; these reactions are still dangerous and pose an issue to the person with the food allergy) and some are deadly. Some common symptoms include:

    • hives
    • rashes, eczema, and redness of the skin
    • itchy mouth and eyes
    • nausea and possible vomiting
    • stomach and digestive pain
    • drop in blood pressure (which can lead to fainting)
    • swelling of the throat
    • shortness of breath
    • severe chest pains

    Reaction symptoms are certainly not limited to that list. Any sort of discomfort or irregular change in homeostasis might be a reaction to a food allergy.

    One severe type of reaction is known as anaphylaxis, which requires immediate medical treatment. People who have had milder reactions to allergens before can still experience anaphylaxis after consuming the same allergen. Anaphylaxis is most commonly marked by the symptoms:

    • difficulty breathing
    • reduced blood pressure and fainting
    • skin rashes and swollen lips
    • nausea, vomiting, and other forms of gastrointestinal upset

    If a person experiences one of these reactions to a food allergen, immediate action is required and after administration of medication that person MUST visit the emergency room, regardless of whether symptoms have stopped or not.

    Medications

    Different reactions require different medications. With anaphylaxis, the use of an epi-pen is required. Epi-pens contain epinephrine, a natural hormone in the body, and it helps assist blood circulation in the body. For lesser reactions, I typically take some form of Benedryl or Tylenol. Make sure you consult your doctor about the most appropriate method for a food allergy reaction.

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    Advice

    • If you have a food allergy and you are eating out, be sure to let the chef know that you have a food allergy so the restaurant can do the best they can to accommodate your needs.
    • If you are serving someone with a food allergy, be aware of cross contamination. Sure, those brownies may not have peanuts or tree nuts in them, but the knife you used to cut the butter for the batter also sliced a classic PB&J sandwich some minutes before.
    • Read the ingredients on all items in supermarket. Allergens should be bolded and/or listed at the bottom. If something is shared on the same equipment, it is advised that the person with the allergy does not eat it.
    • If you are unsure of the ingredients (such as something from a bakery); do not eat said bakery item.

    Food allergies are still a mystery, and hopefully the mystery will be unraveled as time progresses. But for now, we can all do a small part in keeping our friends with food allergies healthy and alive. If you have any other safety questions, or are interested in a free quote for any type of insurance, be sure to let us know by clicking the buttons below!

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    Coffee, You, and Your Insurance

    Posted by Gordon Atlantic Staff

    Wed, Jan 23, 2013 @ 02:07 PM

    Know how coffee affects your life insurance with andrew gordon incWhat are the odds that you had some form of coffee today? There's more than a 50% chance that you did (Coffee Statistics). Now, some people believe that coffee is extremely bad for your health, while others argue for its merits. We'll explore both sides of the argument today so you can better inform yourself of your (healthy? dangerous?) habit.

    Pros to Coffee

    1. It's delicious. Some people just absolutely love the taste. And now, so many different flavors of coffee are available (hazelnut, french vanilla, caramel, blueberry, etc.). If you don't like one flavor, you can always try another until you've found your perfect match.

    2. Health benefits. We've all heard people claim that coffee is bad for you. Surprisingly enough for those people, there are certain health benefits that have correlated with drinking coffee, such as delayed development of Alzheimer's disease and prevention/removal of depression. Talk about some positive aspects, right?

    3. Focus. Coffee can actually help people focus, and we want to be productive at work and not absent-minded on the road. If a cup of coffee helps the world be a better, safer place, then coffee is certainly the way to go.

    Is coffee addiction affecting your health life insurance Andrew Gordon IncCons to Coffee

    1. It's addictive. Caffeine, the oh-so famous ingredient of coffee (excluding decaf), is a drug, just like nicotine found in cigarettes. The only difference here is that coffee hasn't been linked to nearly as many health problems as smoking cigarettes has. No matter, the caffeine is an addictive drug, and regular coffee drinkers will eventually feel the need to have caffeine.

    2. Health risks. Coffee has been linked to health risks such as insomnia and depletion of naturally developed neurotransmitters. People don't sleep enough as it is in this busy world; coffee only aids to that. Caffeine replaces neurotransmitters in the brain, but scientists claim that by replacing these neurotransmitters, the body will no longer produce them on its own.

    3. Your wallet. If you brew your own coffee at home, then you save quite a bit of money. Coffee drinkers that buy at Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, and other coffee shops spend quite a bit. Even if your coffee order isn't elaborate, and if you choose not to buy a breakfast sandwich or a bagel, you spend anywhere between $10-$20 on coffee a week. Multiply that by 50 (if we allow you two weeks vacation time), you could spend $500-$1000 on coffee in a single year. Yikes.

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    Coffee and Insurance

    And finally, (here's the insurance part!) if you are going to be going through a medical exam for life insurance, the caffeine from coffee will cause you to have high blood pressure and an increased heart rate. This only adds to the costs of life insurance. Life insurance is one of the most complex forms of insurance, and many, MANY factors go into determining it. Heart rate and blood pressure are two of the aspects, and drinking coffee will only increase these.

    You might scoff at the idea that coffee could affect your life insurance. However, coffee can affect your insurance because whether you consider it to be positive or negative, caffeine from coffee does affect your health.

    Sources

    Is Coffee Bad or Good for Your Health? (Huffington Post)

    Coffee and Health Website

    Top 15 Effects that Coffee Has on Your Health

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    7 Sins of Insurance

    Posted by Gordon Atlantic Staff

    Fri, Jan 11, 2013 @ 03:19 PM

    Everybody makes mistakes, but a couple of guidelines can help you avoid them. Especially with insurance, you don't want to learn from mistakes. You would much rather get it right the first time, whether it's dealing with car accidents or house fires or hurricanes. To help you out with your insurance ideology, a list of the seven deadly sins of insurance has been prepared just for you:

    1. Don't be lazy. Dont be lazy with insurance andrew gordon inc

    One of the seven sins is sloth, and no, I'm not talking about the animal. Not taking the time to learn about your insurance and/or procrastinating your insurance needs will not put you in a good place. It's far better to look at your insurance options sooner rather than later. Who knows? Maybe your path to not-being-lazy begins with this blog post- keep reading! (We have plenty of other posts for you too!)

    Spend the right amount on insurance and stay covered with andrew gordon inc2. It's not all about the price.

    Yes, price is important. But it's not the only thing. Slightly more expensive policies may cover a lot more than your basic policy. For a few extra bucks a month, would it be worth it to add this to your coverage? The odds are that if you won't really notice the difference in your wallet, then consider the more expensive policy with the greater coverage. Speak to your insurance agent if you have any questions about prices.

    Jewelry3. Know what you're purchasing.

    Insurance has a language of its own, and everybody is susceptible to misinterpreting it. It's important to know your insurance vocabulary, and even then, to know what it all means. (Helpful hint: if you can speak in plain English about your policy and it's coverage, then you're good. If you can't, contact your agent and understand exactly what policy you have and what you might want to get/lose in the future.) Be wary, certain policies may not cover for what you think they might. A good example of this is a homeowner's policy that will not cover for fine jewelry. If you need a collection, fine art or jewelry quote, click here.

    Get the best insurance with andrew gordon inc4. Shop for policies.

    People don't always like change, but change with insurance can be a good thing. You might not know it but, other insurance options may be out there with the same coverage for a lower price, or better coverage for the same price. We do the shopping for you here at Andrew G. Gordon, Inc.- just click here to request a quote and we'll find the most suitable one for you. Just don't leave yourself limited to the same old, same old. You could be missing out.

    Get the right amount of coverage with andrew gordon inc5. Have the perfect amount of coverage.

    This might surprise you, but it is possible to have too much insurance. It's just as possible to have too little. Over-insuring and under-insuring are equally as bad but for different reasons. With too much insurance, you will be paying an excessive amount for your coverage (and that's just unnecessary). If you are under-insured, your coverage may not adequately provide for you in a scenario where you need to file a claim (i.e. car damage). Your insurance agent will always help you find a suitable policy which covers an appropriate range with a reasonable price.

    Get discounts on your insurance with andrew gordon inc6. Ask about discounts.

    If you qualify for insurance discounts, you sure should use them! Insurance discounts are often rewarded on the basis of an excellent driving record, home security systems, extra driving classes, etc. Don't be too proud to ask about some of these amazing discounts; they could end up saving you a lot! For auto discounts, click on the link. 

    7. Be cautious and patient.

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    Many of you are probably familiar with the phrases like "road rage" and "kitchen fire". Don't get angry on the road, or you could face several surcharges in your auto policy. Similarly, don't use failing electrical appliances in your kitchen and burn your house to the ground. If you ever find yourself in need of filing a claim (you probably will at least once), calmly report the claim with as much detail as possible. Your insurance agent is here to work with and help you, but you also have to be able to work with us. Things go a lot quicker and a lot more smoothly that way, and we want you to be able to enjoy your life without fear of loss.

    There you are! The seven deadly sins of insurance. We hope you put into consideration some of these insurance mistakes and avoid making them yourself. If you have any questions about your policy, or would like us to shop around for a new policy for you, feel free to click the buttons below! Or simply contact us. Learn more about personal insurance here.

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    How To Enjoy Winter Safely

    Posted by Gordon Atlantic Staff

    Wed, Jan 02, 2013 @ 05:16 PM


    The Magic Number 98.6

     

    98.6 should be a number familiar to you as it is the average temperature of the human body in degrees Fahrenheit.

    thermometer pic 2019

    The human body constantly reacts to its environment in a process known as homeostasis (starting to remind you of middle school science, right?). The important part to remember is that any drastic change in outside temperature, short or long-term, changes the body's internal temperature. When this body temperature is elevated or lowered, bad things happen. Metabolic processes necessary for life cannot occur quickly, if at all, and the body begins to shut down. In other words, you want to stay as close to 98.6 degrees F as much as possible.

    So how can you do this? Winter seems to be the season of sickness. The sheer number of people rushed to the hospital due to temperature changes is frightening and the number of deaths is even more startling. Who ever said the common cold couldn't kill?

    Fortunately, there are several, easy steps that can be taken in order to keep yourself and your loved ones at a toasty 98.6°, and these steps mostly include wearing warm clothes.

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    CLOTHING IS IMPORTANT

    • 1. Winter coats- Remind your teens that a sweatshirt is not a winter coat. Although a sweatshirt might be easier to find and throw on before you head out the door, a sweatshirt won't keep you warm for extended periods of time. This is especially true if you're going to be doing winter activities such as ice skating or sledding; wear something that is made to keep you warm.

    2. Gloves- Gloves are another thing that are often avoided. Yes, they can sometimes be a pain, but they do keep your fingers and hands warm and able. Have you ever tried using a cell phone with frozen hands? It's not pretty- your hands shake and it takes about three times as long to upload that sledding pic to Instagram.

    3. Hats- You know that a large portion of the body's heat is lost through the head. Because people have different types of hair, hair length, or no hair at all, it's safe to say that head warmth is not equally bestowed. The best way to keep your body heat at prime is to wear a hat, or maybe some earmuffs (ears can get cold pretty quickly).

    4. Socks- Whether you love them or hate them, you lose a lot of heat through your feet, as well. Wear slippers around the house (cold floors will draw heat out) if socks are not your cup of tea.

    Eat and drink warm this winter to stay safe with personal life insurance from andrew gordon incFOOD AND DRINK

    Speaking of tea, drinking warm beverages such as hot tea, hot coffee, and hot chocolate can help warm you up, especially after being outside for a long period of time. While the drink won't affect your body temperature too much (there's that homeostasis again), your hands and mouth are very sensitive. This sensitivity to the heat will make you feel warm all over.

    Hot meals, such as soup and mac n cheese, will also help you remain warm in the winter.

    Colder foods like ice cream, while delicious, do not do much for you when it comes to staying warm. So if you're going to have some ice cream, try to add some hot fudge or warm apple pie.

    Come on, this is Massachusetts! You're bound to get cold sometime! Bundle up, be safe, be warm, and have a wonderful winter!

    If you have a question one of our insurance professionals can answer for you, use the form at the top left of this blog. Or you can always call us at 1-800-649-3252. 

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