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This is about the time in January when it’s getting a little harder to keep that resolution. That burst of energy and willpower you had at the start of the year has started to wane as the daily routine of life lures you back into bad habits.

As we roll into cold and flu season, many of us will be guzzling those over-the-counter remedies we think we help us cope with the symptom.

There is a potential downside. Actually there are SEVERAL potential downsides.

Acetaminophen – Many over the over pills and fluids contain this common pain reliever (the main ingredient in Tylenol). It’s also found in many cold medications. If you taking both pain relief pills and cold syrup, you may quickly find yourself consuming way more than 3,000-4,000 milligram dosage recommended as the maximum safe dosage.

Too much acetaminophen can lead to nausea, stomach pain, loss of appetite and ultimately to liver damage. (We don’t have to tell you that liver damage is something we want to avoid.)

Be a Romper Room Do-Bee: You should also stay away from alcohol when taking acetaminophen. And check the ingredients of all the medications you’re taking to keep yourself under that 3,000-4,000 milligram number.

A new study indicates that a diet rich in vitamin C can cut the risk of developing cataracts in people over 40 by 33%.

Researchers stress that the benefits does NOT come from popping vitamin C tablets, but from natural food sources, such as citrus fruit and dark green vegetables.

Bon appétit!

 

 

 

As we grow older, many of us begin experiencing trouble sleeping through the night. If you find yourself waking up in the dark multiple times during the night, try these “sleep hacks” to getting a good night’s rest:

  1. Stay in the Dark – If you do wake up, don’t turn on a light, check your cell phone, or get up to watch TV. This can mess up your internal clock and make you more likely to wake up at the same time the next night.
  2. Upgrade Your Bedding – Is your pillow worn out or uncomfortable? How long has it been since you replaced your mattress? New bedding may be your ticket to dreamland!
  3. Stick to a Schedule – Our internal clocks are not as adjustable as they once were. Try and keep your bed time and the time you rise the same – 7 days a week. (No matter how tempting it may be to sleep in on Saturday morning.)

We pretty sure you’ve probably never heard of “oil pulling.”

It’s a practice that comes from ancient India that involves swirling coconut or sesame oil in your mouth for 20 minutes a day. Studies show that the oil “pulls” bacteria from the mouth.

There are those who also claim it whitens teeth, but there is no current research to back up that claim.

Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean spending more money for “organic’ or “natural” foods.

Foods that are natural and downright inexpensive include:

  • Bananas
  • Peanut Butter
  • Green and Black Teas
  • Cabbage
  • Beans
  • Lentils
  • Carrots
  • Oatmeal
  • Salmon
  • Sweet Potatoes

Who knew? Experts agree that some foot pain is caused by inflammation. Nuts, seeds, legumes, veggies, fruit, and fish are all rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that can reduce inflammation. Also cooking with olive oil may help.

Disease prevention experts say those of us over 65 may be facing a health care crisis we could easily avoid!

Nearly 2/3 of American over 65 have not had the shingles vaccine and 40% of us haven't had a tetanus shot in the past decade. Add to that nearly 1/3 of Boomers have not been vaccinated for pneumonia.

If you fall into one of these categories, do yourself a favor and make an appointment with your doctor today!

As we age, our bood pressure tends to go up. Those in the know say we should be shooting for a rate of 130/80. If you find yourself creeping over that line, doctors recommend more cooking at home than eating out (more than 70% of our sodium intake now comes from food prepared outside our homes.

You may also want to increase your intake of potassium - a mineral found in may fruits and vegetables.

As always, best to consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet.

One of the most asked questions on Google is: "How many glasses of water should I drink daily?"

We'll save you a Google search. Research shows that drinking 4 to 6 glasses of H2O a day is best.

 

 

1. It’s Okay to Say “No”

We all tend to get overbooked during the holidays. Remember, you don’t have to accept every invitation you receive.

2. Take Some “Me” Time

Yes, the holidays are time for family and friends. But it doesn’t have to be 24/7! This tip goes with the first one. Make sure you reserve some alone time to decompress.

3. Watch the Holiday Treats

Most of what we eat over the holidays is carbohydrates (candy, cookies, etc.). Protein not only helps with weight maintenance, but it takes longer to digest, meaning it takes a longer time to get hungry again

4. Keep Exercising

Don’t wait for New Year’s to resolve to stay fit. Make sure you’re getting plenty of exercise before that ball drops on Dec. 31!

5. Do for Others

Not only is that the real meaning Christmas, but helping others also makes us happy!

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