Is Alcohol Good or Bad for Your Bones?

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So you enjoy a glass of wine or two with dinner, the occasional cold beer with friends, or a fancy cocktail at social gatherings...  But have you ever wondered how alcohol might affect your bone health?  After all, research shows that once you hit age 40, you lose about 1% of your bone density a year. This is especially concerning for women who are at increased risk of developing osteoporosis — a condition where bones become weak and prone to fracture.  Does this mean you have to give up your glass of wine with dinner? Well, it depends on whether

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Where Do Vitamins & Supplements Fit in Senior Care?

Where Do Vitamins & Supplements Fit in Senior Care?

When you open the medicine cabinet or kitchen cupboard of the typical senior, you’ll find a collection of daily vitamins and supplements. Over the past several years, the American vitamin and supplement industry has experienced steady growth. Much of that growth has been driven by products marketed to seniors. Manufacturers use labels like “silver” and “platinum,” while claiming that vitamins play and essential role in senior care and elderly health. But according to medical professionals, many of these products offer marginal benefits — if any at all. Doctors say that most seniors shouldn’t be getting their micronutrients in pill form.

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Foods that Reduce Inflammation

Foods that Reduce Inflammation

Inflammation is your body’s natural way of protecting itself when you are injured or sick; it helps to defend your body and to also stimulate natural healing.  Conversely, chronic inflammation can be harmful to your body and it is often linked to diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, or fibromyalgia.  Little do many know, some of the common foods we eat can play a role to improve the inflammation in our body. Foods that Reduce Inflammation The first food is berries, most common being strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and my favorite boysenberries.  Berries are small fruits packed with fiber, vitamins and most

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Does Eating Organic Make a Difference?

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If you’ve ever wondered if organic food really is better for you, there’s a large new study with another answer. Researchers published their findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association in December 2018.  The researchers followed 68,946 French adults for an average of 5 years each. They wanted to know if the adults who ate organic food most often had less risk of cancer than those who ate it least often. By the end of the study, here’s what they found:  The people who ate organic food most often had a 25% less risk of getting cancer than

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Tips on Healthy Eating as You Age

Tips on Healthy Eating as You Age

A healthy diet is as important during your twilight years as it is when you’re young. But if you’re like most of the aging population, you can’t eat like you once could. Your appetite might be less robust and your metabolism has probably slowed down some, which means that you’re more likely to gain weight even if you’ve maintained the same diet for years. Additionally, good senior care must focus on a healthy diet to support certain aging-related conditions and risks, especially the health of the heart, lungs, joints and bones. Making a few small adjustments to your diet will help

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Understand How Leptin Affects us As We Age

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As we age, the importance of improvements to our diet cannot be underestimated. In many ways it becomes more imperative to watch what we eat and take care of ourselves, especially if you’re managing a long term health condition or illness. What we eat, and put into our bodies directly affects how we function on a day to day basis, and making a few subtle changes to our eating regime can offer a whole host of benefits from increased energy to better sleep at night. Understand How Leptin Affects us As We Age The Importance of Fats  Many of us may

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How to Help Your Aging Parent Get Proper Nutrition

How to Help Your Aging Parent Get Proper Nutrition

    It isn’t uncommon for a person to eat significantly less as they get older. Your aging parent may eat less because he/she is less active, which can lead to decreased appetite, or because he/she isn’t able to prepare food. However, even though your aging parent isn’t burning as many calories, she still needs to take in proper nutrition to maintain a healthy body weight and remain strong. How to Help Your Aging Parent Get Proper Nutrition Malnutrition is common in seniors, which can affect their risk for diseases and their ability to fight disease. Some things caregivers can do

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Fasting Helps Slow Aging

Fasting Helps Slow Aging

What is the answer to a healthy long life?  Some may say its being active, while some may say it is what we eat.  Well science is trying to find an answer to this question and turns out the answer to long life is rather "How we eat". Think back to our ancestors, and I mean  way back. These people didn’t have food readily available to them at all times so they would go through periods of “fasting” until their next meal. Well, this idea of fasting for a period of time is being heavily researched and the findings may

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Preventing Heat Stress & Heat Stroke in Seniors

For many people, summer is the year’s most enjoyable season. But for seniors, the extreme temperatures of July and August can represent a serious health concern. At Visiting Angels, our elderly care providers take extra care every summer to protect seniors against the dangers of heat stress and heat stroke, both of which can be especially dangerous for seniors, so we know how crucial protecting seniors against the heat can be. Preventing Heat Stress & Heat Stroke in Seniors There are many reasons why heat stroke is a particular concern among the elderly. Unlike younger adults, seniors’ bodies have trouble regulating

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