You don’t have to buy an expensive gym membership and drive yourself to the edge to feel better.
Research shows that simply walking for as little as 5 minutes a day can help you combat some of the things that develop as we age. For instance:
Arthritis: Walking at a leisurely pace can help ease the pain of arthritis as much as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs! It strengthens muscles that support the joints can help you shed pounds and reduce joint stiffness. Experts recommend starting out with a 5 min walk 5 days a week, gradually building it up to 30 minutes a day. If you feel worse 2 hours after completing your walk, take a less intense walk the next time.
High Blood Pressure: You may need to walk a bit longer to see a reduction in blood pressure. Aim for at least 1-and-three-quarters of a mile most days of the week. Again, you don’t need to exert yourself – a leisurely pace is fine.
Insomnia, Depression, Osteoporosis and even Diabetes can all be helped by a daily walk.
As always, before you begin any exercise regimen, consult with your physician.
Yes, that organic produce may be free of pesticides and synthetic fertilizer, but it’s no safer from germs that may come from harvest, transporting and having it out on display at your grocer’s.
Experts will tell you that germs don’t really discriminate based on how the food was grown. As with any raw produce, make sure you wash it once you bring it home from the store.
It's no big secret that as we age, our bones tend to grow a bit more brittle. Here's what the experts say you can do to keep your bones strong:
1. Cut out soda - The acid in those fizzy drinks can diminish bone mass
2. Work out every day - A daily walk can help keep bones strong
3. Get enough calcium - Baby Boomers need up tp 1,2000 miligrams a day
Eye problems, that is. As we age, there are two very common problems with our eyes.
Dry Eye – This problem is amplified by our near constant use of screens (TV and computer). Staring at a screen reduces our blink rate. It’s blinking that KEEPS OUR EYES LUBRICATED. If you spend a great deal of time in front of the computer or consuming video entertainment, you might want to invest in simple, inexpensive artificial tears.
Floaters – This is a more serious problem. As we age, the gel-like substance that coats that back of our eyes can become detached in small amounts. You notice this as the sudden appearance of black spots that move around. While there is no specific treatment, most of the time, this problem is minor. Eventually the floaters settle out of your line of vision. However, should you see new floaters of flashes of light in your field of vision, consult your eye professional immediately for an evaluation.
Yes, you can get too many of some vitamins. Pay attention to your daily intake of:
Vitamin A: More than 10,000 IUs may cause nausea, headache, dizziness or blurry vision
Vitamin B6: A daily does in excess of 100 milligrams can lead to nerve damage
Vitamin C: A recent study found that high doses of this vitamin doubles men’s risk of developing kidney stones
Vitamin D: Over 10,000 IUs a day can cause frequent urination and poor appetite as well as kidney problems
When we snack, we probably think about calories, blood sugar, etc.; but dentists tell us we should also be thinking about our teeth.
Foods made with white flour and/or sugar can feed the bacteria in our mouths and could cause problems. Nuts, healthy meats or non-sugary beverages might be a better choice.
As we age, the dangers of a winter cold increase. For adults 65 and older, that nagging cough can turn into flu, pneumonia, kidney failure or more.
Medical pros remind you of 3 things you can do to keep winter bugs from going viral in your system:
- Get Your Flu Shot
- Wash Your Hands – Especially if you visit friends or family members in a hospital or nursing home
- Don’t Smoke – Studies show even 1 cigarette can lower your ability to fight off a virus for the up to 24 hours after you smoke it!
New medical research indicates that light may be of significant help in treating a number of medical conditions.
Among those now be studied for the positive effects of light therapy are:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Sleep Disorders
- Skin Cancer
If you or someone you love is affected by these conditions, consult with your physician.
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.
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