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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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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Will Eggs Increase your Cholesterol?

Addressing Cholesterol myths: Do eggs cause high cholesterol? Eggs have long been a staple of the American breakfast. Whether you enjoy them sunny-side up, scrambled, hard-boiled, or as an omelet, eggs are no doubt a great start to the morning. Unfortunately, there are myths surrounding eggs, particularly regarding their cholesterol levels. If you’ve been diagnosed with high cholesterol, then you probably steer clear of eggs altogether, and if your doctor has warned you about your cholesterol levels, then you may need to cut back on egg consumption. The good news is that you don’t need to fear eggs any longer,

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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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Safe Food Storage For Seniors

Safe Food Storage For Seniors

Seniors are considered to be are a high risk of getting food poisoning. As you age, your immune system can fail to protect your body against infectious organisms. In most cases of poisoning, food is contaminated with bacteria such as salmonella or E. Coli or viruses such as the norovirus. If you are over 65, it is therefore important to store food safely, to bring your chances of food poisoning down considerably. Safe Food Storage For Seniors Why are seniors at a higher risk of stomach upset? As you age, your immune system is naturally weakened and organs can become sluggish in their functioning.

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Startling Dangers of Non-Stick Pots and Pans

Each day, millions of Americans are unwittingly cooking extra fat into their meals. But it has nothing to do with their food choices! In fact, you can’t even see, hear or taste this nasty little weight-gainer.  Startling Dangers of Non-Stick Pots and Pans What’s the culprit? It lives in common cooking utensils likely in your cupboard right now... … non-stick pots and pans! Specifically, the PFAS (perfluoroalkyl substances) found in non-stick pots and pans. PFAS are man-made chemicals commonly used to prevent food from sticking to cooking surfaces. But they’re also used to make fabrics waterproof and stain resistant… and

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