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Seniors’ Nutrition

As people age, proper nutrition can become a challenge. For example, seniors may have smaller appetites, making it difficult to eat enough to ensure good nutrition. They may also have health conditions that change their sense of taste or smell, making some foods unappealing. In addition, seniors who once cooked big, healthy meals for family can find themselves uninspired by the thought of cooking for one or two. But good nutrition is important at every stage of life. Seniors should focus on eating a variety of foods, particularly fruits and vegetables, with some whole grains and protein to help ensure they are getting the nutrients they need.

Why Giving Feels Good

Giving can be good for your mental health. Research has shown that helping others can reduce stress, improve your emotional well-being, and even benefit your physical health. Here are some specific ways giving can be beneficial for health: 1. It promotes physiological changes in the brain associated with happiness. 2. It provides a sense of belonging. 3. It helps keep things in perspective. 4. It can boost confidence and optimism. 5. It can reduce stress and boost the immune system. 6. It can help get rid of negative feelings. All of these benefits can equal a longer, happier life!

Best Treatment For Osteoarthritis

When it comes to osteoarthritis, the best approach is to treat it from the inside and the outside. Specialized nutritional formulations work on the inside of the body by turning off the inflammation-producing mechanisms and strengthening the joints. N.I.R. Laser Therapy works on the outside of the body by decreasing inflammation, thereby reducing pain and stiffness. The laser penetrates to a level that breaks up scar tissue to shrink nodules and increase mobility. Following a multi-faceted approach that feeds and stimulates the joints at the same time greatly enhances the body’s ability to respond. That is why even long-term, severe arthritis sufferers can get relief.

Healing Cell Signaling

The human body has between fifty and three hundred billion cells. Inside every cell, we have mitochondria (some cells have thousands). Mitochondria, when functioning properly, produce redox signaling molecules. Cell signaling carry life-sustaining messages to cells, and your cells respond to those messages, keeping you alive and healthy. As we age, cell signal weakens they can disrupt gene expression. But if you had a way to regulate gene activity with redox signaling molecules, cellular communication would remain strong. Our bodies heal on a cellular level, and the genetic instructions that dictate healthy body function don’t get through without redox signaling.

5 Ways to Improve Sleep for Seniors

If you have trouble falling asleep, you might need to shake things up a bit in order to make good sleep a habit. Avoiding artificial light such as from a laptop, smartphone and so on a few hours before you sleep will help your body release melatonin. Next, adapt your clothes and how many blankets you use to the season as our bodies respond to temperature fluctuations similar to how they respond to light. In addition to the above, a consistent sleep schedule, less sugary food and a regular bedtime ritual will all work in conjunction with each other so that you feel rested.

Using Essential Oils

Aromatherapy is also referred to as essential oil therapy. It can be defined as the art and science of using highly concentrated medicinal plant extracts to promote mental and physical health. Did you know that one of the most effective ways to enjoy the benefits of essential oils is by diffusing? Breathing deeply relaxes the body and allows the essential oil molecules to be utilized very efficiently. Massage is another wonderful way to enjoy essential oils. Add 3-4 drops to 1 oz of coconut oil and enjoy. Never use essential oils directly on your skin without a carrier oil and NEVER ingest essential oils. Just breathe!

Smart in Everything but Reading?

Children who are considered bright underachievers often have vision problems that make reading difficult. Sometimes they’re described as auditory learners because they can remember things they’ve heard much faster and easier than anything they’ve read. A clear sign that a vision problem may be at the root of your child’s difficulties is poor performance on written or standardized tests. It may surprise you to learn that many children who have vision problems interfering with learning actually have 20/20 eyesight (with or without glasses). A Developmental Vision Evaluation is needed to determine if a vision problem is interfering with reading.

Raise Mentally Healthy Kids

A strong foundation in childhood can lead to a healthy, happy, and productive life. Parents can help support positive mental health by forming strong and caring relationships with their children. What are some ways in which parents can support positive mental health in their kids?
Connect – talk and listen to their feelings and experiences.
Be active together – take a walk and build physical activity into family time.
Take notice – encourage and praise the positive behaviours and choices your children make.
Keep learning – encourage your child to learn from both positive and negative experiences.
Give – your time, your words, your presence.

Urinary Tract Infection Prevention!

Urinary tract infections are the second most common infection, instigating millions of doctor visits per year. Most affected are women but about 12% of men will get a UTI, and it usually reoccurs. In looking at urinary tract health, clinical studies have shown that hibiscus flower and whole cranberry reduce the ability of E.coli to adhere to the urinary tract and enter cells, therefore preventing recurrence and lessening antibiotic use. Adding probiotics like the shelf stable Friendly Trio to rebalance bacteria, and antioxidant minerals zinc & selenium synergistically help to eliminate yeast infections that can accompany UTIs, especially following antibiotics.

Setting Healthy Boundaries at Work

Occupational burnout has been defined as a recognizable syndrome by the World Health Organization. Burnout results in physical and mental fatigue, poor productivity and overall health. Employers and employees need to set healthy boundaries to create healthy, high performing workplaces. Here are some great ways to prevent burnout:
• Nourish a safe culture making it ok to admit if the workload is too high
• Compromise and negotiate workload
• Delegate
• Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize
• Create a ‘not-to-do’ list
• Take breaks
• Practice mindfulness
• Practice saying no
• Offer flexibility or telecommuting options
Find more workplace wellness tips at Victoria Grainger, Wellness Works Canada.

Staying Healthy After Menopause

Two major health conditions that can affect women after menopause are osteoporosis and heart disease. To protect yourself against osteoporosis, take 1,200 mg of calcium per day, along with 800 to 2,000 IU of vitamin D daily if you are over 50 years old (be sure to talk to your doctor). Stay active, specifically with weight-bearing exercises, stop smoking, avoid caffeine, and eat a well-balanced diet. Smoking cessation, healthy eating, and exercise can all help to protect you against heart disease as well. Monitoring your blood pressure, reducing stress, and watching your weight are also important.