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Natural Doesn’t Always Mean Safe

Some Herbal Supplements Should Be Taken with Caution

Just because something is natural doesn’t mean it’s always safe! After all many mushrooms are poisonous and they’re natural, aren’t they?

According to doctors, these common herbal supplements carry some degree of risk:

Ginko and Ginseng – When these are mixed with blood-thinning meds, they can cause excessive bleeding

Kava – Shown to cause liver damage

St. John’s Wort – Can interfere with high blood pressure meds and satins

In you have any questions, may sure you take with your doctor about any herbal or vitamin supplements you are taking.

Isolation as Bad as Smoking?

We all know modern society is more disconnected than the world we grew up in. That is especially true as we age.

Isolation is different than simple lonliness. Isolation means emotional and physical disconnection with friends and family members and researchers say it affects more than 8 million Americans over the age of 50.

Prolonged isolation can contribute to poor health. A recent study suggests it's as bad as smoking 15 cigarettes!

To find oout your risk of isolation, AARP has posted a quiz online at their webite. If you'd like to take the quiz, click here.

Tips for Managing Arthritis

When we were young, “joint” probably had a different meaning than it does for many of us today. If you are one of the 52.5 million adult Americans who have some form of arthritis, joint is where the pain can be and the National Arthritis Foundation has multiple ways you can ease your pain by “being good to your joints.”

Keep reading to discover some of them:

Read more: Tips for Managing Arthritis

Taking the Burn Out of Heartburn

As we get older, sadly, we can’t eat like we once did and heartburn may become a problem, particularly during the nighttime hours.

The experts say these foods can be part of the problem:

  • Caffeine
  • Citrus
  • Chocolate
  • Tomatoes
  • Spicy Foods
  • Fatty Foods
  • Alcohol
  • Spearmint or Peppermint (Who knew?)

The first rule in relieving the discomfort is: don’t go to bed on a full stomach!

Other things that might help:

  • Lose weight (which eases the pressure on your stomach)
  • Elevate your head – if you can, your head should be about 6 to 8 inched above your body to help prevent reflux
  • Minimize your meals – Try eating smaller portions more frequently
  • If you smoke, stop – tobacco smoke can weaken the gateway between your stomach and esophagus.

Be Healthy - Eat Chocolate!

Yes! Here's a health tip we just know you're going to want to follow!

Doctors say that eating two squares of dark chocolate (60-70% pure cocoa) can actually help prevent diabetes.

Before you break open the Hershey's, make sure you consult with your personal doctor.

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