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:
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.
As we age, most people know that our sight and our hearing deteriorate. What most don’t know is that our other 3 senses (smell, taste and touch) can also diminish.
Here’s some practical tips for keeping your senses sharp.
Sight: Exercise (helps blood flow to your eyes) and a good amount of sleep
Hearing: Wear ear plugs around loud noises (lawnmower, power tools, etc.), watch your weight (lower blood pressure helps keep the cells in your ears healthy)
Smell: Exercise, avoid strong aromas and even spending time smell familiar aromas can help maintain your sense of smell
Taste: Maintain good dietary health (blood sugar, etc.) and experience more complex and intense flavors when eating
Touch: Exercise and practice touching and being touched (hugs, pet the dog or cat, schedule a massage, etc.)
When we were younger, we made fun of those awful TV commercials where the older lady wailed: “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.”
These days, for many of us, it’s not so funny any more. Each year more than 25,000 older adults actually die falls and millions more are injured.
As we age, many factors increase out instability. These includes arthritis, weakening bones, inner-ear problems and diabetes.
Experts say one of the best ways to avoid falling in to recognize some of the most common danger zones:
Getting out of the tub or shower – We all now the phrase “slippery when wet” and we all know the wettest place in any home is the bathroom. If you have a tub, consider using a tub mat or applying one of the many non-slip coatings for tubs and showers that are available today. You might also want to consider installing a grab bar on the wall to help you get into and out of the tub.
Just walking down the hall – Loose rugs and slick hardwood floors can cause falls. Check the common walkways of your home for hidden hazards.
Getting out of bed – Most of us aren’t really fully awake when we first get out of bed in the morning. Some medications can increase the chances of dizziness when you first arise. Take you time. Sit up, perhaps do some stretching exercise to make sure you have a clearer head before getting your feet under you.
Wearing high-heels – While this is primarily a concern for women, there are some boots that can present challenges for either gender. Wearing high-heels or other types of footwear can increase your risk when walking in unfamiliar places.
Everybody knows you need to walk 10,000 steps a day to maximize your personal health, right? Wrong. Turns out that “10,000 steps” figure did not come from any scientific study. It was made up by somebody in the marketing field because it sounded good.
Recent scientific studies of approximately 17,000 women showed only 4,400 steps provided a health benefit, while the maximum benefit came at 7,500 steps.
Just as we eat foods that can help keep our bodies healthy, there are foods that can improve brain activity.
Here are 5 “smart” things to eat:
- Orange Juice – Helps improve memory
- Split Peas – Helps mental processing speed
- Walnuts – Helps the heart as well as the brain
- Asparagus – Help the brain create new neural pathways
- Shrimp – Helps maintain the brain’s signaling system
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.
The idea that we need less sleep as we grow older is false. Research shows 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night helps keep our brains sharp. Lack of good sleep on a consistent basis can lead to depression on even dementia!
Here are some tips to help you make it through the night:
Avoid Long Naps – If you must nap during the day, try to keep it under 30 minutes
Socks – Yes, wearing socks to keep your feet warm can actually help you sleep sounder and longer
Keep Discussion Pleasant – Try to avoid discussing topics like politics or finances that can raise your stress level in the last few hours before bedtime.
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