Dennis Says: Battle of the Enchiladas

Another easy at home meal choice. I love Hispanic-style food. Do these prepared enchilada meals measure up to my discerning taste standards? We will find out – there is a winner. Check out the humor and graphics add ins! Hurray for the microwave oven! Sometime soon let’s do a budget wine tasting to accompany our budget meals. Click below to watch the video! [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVpc9zZdNnY[/embed]  

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Dennis Says: Mac N Cheese Face-off

This is the second installment of “Dennis Says”. Seniors might need easy at home prepared meal choices. Especially for those who live alone. These meals are affordable for seniors on a budget. But are the meals tasty? I have to admit I am not a mac & cheese aficionado, but I will find out if these are tasty meals. Click on the video below! [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pT6EpsQnLQ[/embed]    

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Sleep Your Way to Better Bones

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Did you know that most bone-building happens while you’re sleeping? That’s right! Good quality sleep during the night is crucial for building strong, healthy bones — and avoiding osteoporosis. How can that be? Well, it all starts with your circadian rhythm… which is basically your 24-hour internal clock. You have circadian rhythms that regulate all kinds of things inside your body, like your eating habits, hormone releases, body temperature fluctuations, and others. One of the most important is your sleep-wake cycle (the time you spend sleeping vs. being awake). All of these different circadian rhythms are kept in sync by

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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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How Much Daily Water Does the Body Need?

A book that caught my eye, or should say, a book's title that caught my eye, Your Bodies Many Cries for Water: You're not sick, You're Thirsty, by F. Batmanghelidj, M.D. The title got my attention. It's based on a pioneering physician's twenty years of clinical and scientific research into the role of water in the body and explains a breakthrough discovery that Unintentional Chronic Dehydration produces stress, chronic pains and many painful degenerative diseases. The physician author says, "Dry Mouth is not the only sign of dehydration; and waiting to get thirsty is wrong. And simply adjusting your water

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New Research on Probiotics and Bone Health

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I have good news for anyone who enjoys probiotic foods…  Your bones may be stronger for it! As you may know, probiotics are helpful bacteria that boost your immune system, guard your gut against harmful invaders, and more. You can find them in fermented foods like yogurt, kefir (fermented milk), and even pickles.  And new research reveals a certain probiotic strain may help protect against bone loss. Swedish scientists reported their surprising findings in the Journal of Internal Medicine. It was the first-ever human study of this particular probiotic’s effects on bone density…  A First-Of-Its-Kind Investigation The scientists followed 70

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Home Canning: So Much More Than Preserving Food

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Home canning is a great way to preserve excess produce. However, there are many benefits to canning, beyond taming your garden’s bounty of cucumbers and zucchini. A little canning history For centuries, people have looked for ways to preserve their food (including fermentation). The first record of canning comes via the battlefield. In the 1700s, as Napoleon Bonapart led his armies across Europe, feeding his troops became a challenge. Soldiers traveling over the continent carried food supplies with them, but the food would spoil. Desperate to find a solution, the French government offered a prize to anyone who could find

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How To Keep Your Immune System Strong

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During these tough times of the Coronavirus, please stay healthy and your immune system strong. In a recent newsletter from eDoc Health, which offers good information on keeping our immune system healthy and fit, I want to share with readers. A physician wrote the newsletter and gave beneficial tips to help us fight the flu and other viruses. Lifestyle factors that Impact the Immune Function Exercise - Depending on your level of exercise, it can be good or bad for your immune function. Maintaining a regular exercise routine, which consists of at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day,

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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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