Dr. J’s 5 Simple Tips for May!

May 1, 2024

Discover the power of simple, daily adjustments to enhance your well-being and fully embrace life this spring. Dr. James Jimenez, a renowned expert in the field of wellness, has carefully selected a few science-backed strategies for May to help you seamlessly integrate effective self-care practices into your daily routine.

These evidence-based techniques support your physical, mental and emotional health, promoting balance and vitality. By incorporating these strategies, you can experience the benefits of prioritizing self-care, such as reduced stress, increased energy and improved overall health.

1. Prevent Osteoporosis

Studies show that Vitamin D is necessary for the body to absorb calcium, the building blocks of bone. Healthy sun exposure doses and Vitamin D-rich foods (sockeye salmon, canned tuna and fortified milk) are the best ways to get your daily dose of Vitamin D. Supplements are sometimes necessary, so regularly have your blood level checked by your doctor.

Other Factors in Preventing Osteoporosis

While Vitamin D is essential for bone health, it’s not the only factor preventing osteoporosis.


  • Consuming a diet rich in calcium, magnesium and Vitamin K
  • Engaging in regular weight-bearing exercise and strength training
  • Avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption
  • Maintaining a healthy body weight

2. Drink Room Temp Water

Drinking cold and warm water is beneficial in certain situations, but room temperature water has been proven to provide the most health advantages! It can boost your metabolism in the morning and keep you from feeling thirsty during the day. It also stimulates the digestive system and can aid in weight loss.


  • Keep a reusable water bottle with room-temperature water near you throughout the day to encourage regular hydration.
  • If you prefer the taste of cold water, try gradually adjusting to room temperature water by letting your cold water sit for a few minutes before drinking.
  • Enhance the flavor of your room-temperature water by adding slices of lemon, lime, cucumber or mint leaves for a refreshing twist.

By making room-temperature water your go-to choice for daily hydration, you can unlock a range of health benefits that support your overall well-being. Remember, staying consistently hydrated is critical, so aim to drink water throughout the day, even if you don’t feel thirsty.

3. The Mood-Muscle Connection

Did you know that mood-altering chemicals are found directly in our muscles? Resistance activity is necessary to improve bone density, prevent insulin resistance and maintain good physical health. In addition, recent clinical trials indicate that a range of cognitive and mental benefits are realized through the actions of myokines, chemicals released by muscle tissue that communicate with the brain. These include improved memory, learning and mood. Exercise muscles regularly using weights to activate these crucial chemicals!

4. Dealing With Pollen Allergies at Home

In the spring, tiny yellow particles called pollen result from blooming trees. They end up in your nose, eyes or lungs and cause symptoms such as sneezing, congestion and watery eyes.

The Cleveland Clinic suggests:

  • Stay inside when pollen levels are highest or on windy days.
  • Close your windows and use air conditioning or fans to stay cool.
  • Avoid being outdoors in the morning and early afternoon when pollen levels are higher.
  • Wear a dust mask when you’re outside. A hat and sunglasses can also help.
  • Use high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters in your home.
  • Remove and wash any clothes that have been outside immediately.
  • If you spend time outside, shower and wash your hair before getting into bed.
  • Take any allergy medications as your healthcare provider suggests or prescribes. Discuss any side effects with them and let them know if you’re finding relief from your symptoms.

5. Reduce Inflammation By Eating Beets

The combination of betalains and nitrates in beets makes it a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory food. The nitrates work to remove harmful compounds from your bloodstream. Eating beets may be especially helpful if you have rheumatoid arthritis or fibromyalgia. Low in cholesterol and fat, they can also improve heart health and reduce high blood pressure. Add beets to your diet for all these benefits and more!

Easy ways to incorporate beets into your daily meals:

  • Salads: Grate raw beets or slice cooked beets and add them to your favorite salad for a pop of color and nutrition.
  • Smoothies: Include cooked or raw beets in your smoothies for a nutrient boost. Beets pair well with fruits like berries, oranges and apples.
  • Roasted vegetable medley: Cut beets into chunks and roast them alongside other vegetables like sweet potatoes, carrots and onions for a hearty, colorful side dish.
  • Hummus: Blend cooked beets into your homemade or store-bought hummus for a vibrant pink dip that’s perfect with pita chips or fresh veggies.
  • Sandwiches and wraps: Add sliced cooked beets to your sandwiches or wraps for an extra layer of flavor and nutrition.
  • Beet juice: Juice fresh beets with other vegetables like carrots, celery and ginger for a refreshing, antioxidant-rich beverage.
  • Beet soup: Prepare a comforting beet soup, like borscht, which combines beets with vegetables, broth and herbs for a satisfying meal.
  • Beet pasta: Grate cooked beets into your favorite pasta sauce or add them to homemade pasta dough for a stunning pink hue and added nutrients.
  • Beet chips: Thinly slice raw beets and bake them until crispy for a healthier alternative to potato chips.
  • Beet pickles: Pickle sliced cooked beets in a mixture of vinegar, sugar and spices for a tangy, sweet condiment that pairs well with salads and sandwiches.

Take Care of Your Whole Body

Now you’re primed with easy yet impactful tips to boost your health and happiness! But pain can interrupt your enjoyment. If ongoing vein problems are hindering your wellness journey, see Dr. J*. His cutting-edge laser vein procedures can improve your symptoms and help you regain an active lifestyle.

*James Jimenez (“Dr. J”), M.D., is an experienced vein specialist certified by the Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine. Call The Vein Center of Florida today at 1-800-910-VEIN to schedule your consultation.