If you’re taking a blood thinner, avoid fish oil supplements. Those supplements can also thin the blood. If you like eating fish, don’t worry. Fish that we eat contain very small amounts of fish oil, so they should be safe.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, consult your doctor.

Waking up in the middle of the night with heartburn? Relax! It could be your diet.

Cut down on these foods and see if that doesn't make a difference:

  • Alcohol
  • Chocolate
  • Tomatoes
  • Citrus Fruit
  • Spicy and/or Fatty Foods
  • Caffeine
  • Peppermint
  • Spearmint

Have you been keeping up with all your vaccinations?

Experts estimate that nearly 66% of Baby Boomers over 65 have not yet had their shingles vaccine. More than 40% haven't had a tetanus booster in the last decade.

Hey, we're not indestructible. In fact, our age bracket is one where shingles, the flu or other viruses can have serious consequences.

Do yourself a favor. Consult with your doctor about getting your flu shots annually, a tetanus booster every 10 years and by all means, make sure you've had your shingles vaccine (even if you've already had a shingles outbreak).

As we head into winter, the experts say turning down your thermostat can cause your body to produce a hormone called irisin that can lead to burning more calories and weight loss!

You don’t have to live in a meat locker. Lowering the temp in your home between 75 to 68 should do the trick!

Chances are he or she is very good. But about 1% if doctors account for nearly 33% of all malpractice claims paid.

If you’ve just moved to a new area or maybe you had to change doctors for one reason or another, you can research physicians on Surgeon Scorecard. You can find it at: www.projects.propublica.org/surgeons/

If you’re concerned about your health (and what Baby Boomer isn’t), the 2017 Senior Health Report is available from the United Health Foundation. Best of all, it’s free!

Visit AmericasHealthRankings.org to obtain your copy.

BTW – the healthiest states for Boomer Health are Minnesota, Utah and Hawaii. The 3 “unhealthiest”: Mississippi, Kentucky and Oklahoma.

The report is based on this definition of health from the World Health Organization:
“Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

Having trouble falling asleep because something is bothering you?

A recent study shows that if you write down what’s bothering you AND how can solve that problem just before going to bed, you increase your chances of falling asleep faster!

If you’re jogging for the health benefits, you may want to slow down just a bit.

According to a recent study, walking at a brisk pace provides just as much benefit as running when it comes to lowering blood pressure and cholesterol!

New research shows that fighting with your husband, wife, or significant other can have an effect on your health.

People who rage with anger are likely to develop problems like high blood pressure and chest pains. Those who stuff their anger and stew silently are more likely to develop muscular pains, particularly in the neck or back.

Researchers stress the need for better communication between spouses/partners and, if necessary, the use of a professional counselor or therapist to help.

  1. Take a 30-minute walk every day
  2. Get at least 7 hours of sleep every night
  3. Spend time with a friend or loved one every day - during times of social distancing, a phone call if not a personal visit

Vaping – the practice of smoking using an “electronic cigarette” has been touted as a safe alternative smoking, but is it really?

If you are a current tobacco smoker, the answer is – it’s safer than regular smoking, but it’s not safe.

Studies have confirmed that those who vape are 30% more likely to development chronic lung disease than those who don’t smoke at all. There are also preliminary reports that vaping may present other health problems.

So, the healthiest response would be – not to vape!

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