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:
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.
We’ve all heard “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!” But is it?
A statement from the American Heart Association indicates it might be. Their researchers found that we metabolize foods differently at different times of the time. They found that people who eat within two hours of waking had lower heart disease risk factor compared to those who skip breakfast.
The Association cautions that these results are not conclusive because researchers did no further study to determine if people who ate a healthy breakfast also had other health habits that contributed to their lower risk factors.
Nonetheless, the report offered these general guidelines to lower your chances for heart disease and type-2 diabetes:
- Stick to a meal routine. Don’t eat whenever or change you schedule from day to day/
- Schedule your snacking. Just as with meals, planning and timing your snacks can help keep you from indulging in too much junk food.
- Eat less at night. It’s easier for your body to process sugar earlier in the day.
- Eliminate late night snacks altogether. Overnight, your metabolism is at its slowest. Throwing in more calories during this time is asking for trouble.
Our teeth get more sensitive to things like hot and cold foods as we age. That’s because, like it or not, your gums will recede as you grow older.
Here are some tips to combat that:
- Use a “Sensitive Toothpaste”
- Avoid Acidic Food – Like orange juice and tomatoes
- Don’t Brush So Hard!
- Avid “Whitening Toothpastes – They can be very abrasive
The World Health Organization has news about coffee.
First, the bad news. There is evidence to suggest that drinking any hot beverages at or above 140 degrees Fahrenheit may increase the risk of esophageal cancer.
Now, the good news, as long as it's below 140 degrees, there doesn't appear to be any cancer risk from drinking coffee.
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.)
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