Mentioning that we should eat healthier is something we all know. But what other things can you do to help stay you stay “in the pink?”
- Regular Doctor Visits – Don’t wait until something’s wrong. See your doctor regularly. They may detect something that’s easy to deal with – provide it’s caught early.
- Manage Your Meds – As we get older, there are often more medicines we find our selves taking. On those regularly scheduled tips to your doctor, make sure you review your medications with him or her.
- Sleep – Getting a complete night’s rest make be more challenging as we age. Experts say dimming the lights in the hours before bed time as well as a cool , quiet bedroom can help you get the sleep you need.
- Socialize – Visiting friends or relatives (or having them visit you) helps you stay connected to the world and is shown to improve your attitude, which is related to your health.
- Don’t Neglect Your Eyes or Teeth – In addition to visits to your primary care physician, make sure you visit the optometrist and dentist regularly as well.
Believe it or not, your cell phone can cause back pain!
If you're on the phone for long periods of time, bending your neck to cradle to phone or read all those text messages can add up to 60 pounds of additional stress to your back!
Experts recommend two things to combat this:
1.) Invest in ear buds and wear them during long conversations. That way, you don't have hold the phone near your ear.
2.) Keep your head up and your eyes down when reading texts.
So you’ve finally decided you want to get in shape. Your plan is to join a gym and reclaim that hard body you had at 25. Good for you! But here’s a tip.
Gym owners tell us that a large percentage of new gym members only last about a month before their visits start to trail off and then stop all together.
Before you make a long term financial commitment, test your resolve. Find a gym that will either charge you per visit or allow you to go month to month with no long term contract. If you’re still going strong after a few weeks, then you might want to consider signing up for the long haul.
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.
Sure, we all know that exercise is good for you, but recent study shows that an early morning out door walk is beneficial for a few more reasons.
- Sunlight suppresses production of the hormone melatonin, which helps us sleep. Suppressing its production early in the day allows you to produce more at night, when you need it.
- Besides the obvious cardiovascular benefits of walking, regular aerobic exercise also increases the part of the brain associated with learning and memory.
Because of frequent use, overuse and misuse, more and more viruses are becoming resistant.
Here are some simple tips from medical professionals that can help keep antibiotics doing their job longer:
- Wash your hands frequently – It’s still one of the most effective ways to cut down on the spread of viruses.
- Don’t take someone else’s antibiotics – Your friends or family members may mean well, but specific viruses need different antibiotics. The type and amount of antibiotics to take is always best left to a physician.
- Take your antibiotics as prescribed – Not taking them all can breed antibiotic resistance
- Choose foods that are raised antibiotic-free – This is one area where overuse may be having a counterproductive effect.
- Don’t assume you need an antibiotic – There are many viruses that really require other types of treatment.
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.
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