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Winter Recipe: Steak Tips with Red Wine Sauce (Treat your Valentine!)
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- 1½ pound sirloin steak tips, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces (add salt and pepper)
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 shallot, minced
- ½ cup red wine (i.e. Cotes du Rhone or Pinot Noir)
- 1 teaspoon packed brown sugar
- ½ cup beef broth
- ¼ teaspoon minced fresh thyme
- Pat steak tips dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. Heat oil in 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking. Add steak tips and cook until well browned all over and meat registers 125°F (for medium-rare), 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to plate and tent loosely with aluminum foil.
- Add 1 tablespoon butter to now empty skillet and melt over medium heat. Add shallot and cook until softened, about 2 minutes. Add wine and sugar and simmer until nearly evaporated, about 3 minutes. Add broth and any accumulated steak juice from plate and simmer until liquid is reduced to 1/3 cup, about 3 minutes.
- Off heat, whisk in remaining 3 tablespoons butter and thyme. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Return steak tips to skillet and toss with sauce. Makes 4 servings.
Protecting your Eyes with Sunglasses
Strutting around outside is something that we do everyday, an activity we use to indulge in the warmth and brightness of the sun. But as science explains, exposure to the sun over certain periods of time can be detrimental to our health. This is especially true with eye health, considering the amount of radiation released by the sun and absorbed by our eyes. The sun releases Ultra Violet radiation, or UV radiation, which is an extremely high frequency wavelength of electromagnetic radiation that can damage multiple parts of our eyes. UVA rays are known to cause damage to the retina and the macula, parts of the eye where central vision is obtained. UVB rays are known for causing damage to the lens and the cornea, which are the outer parts of the eye and are responsible for focusing light. In general, prolonged exposure to UV rays can result in macular degeneration, cataracts, pterygium, skin cancer, and corneal sunburn. Sunlight also emits infrared radiation and blue light radiation, which are also known to cause damage to the eyes.
With all the risks involved with exposure to the sun, you owe it to yourself to take the necessary precautions to protect your eyes, and the best way to do this is to wear sunglasses. There are a myriad of selections for sunglasses, and finding the pair and lens filter that are right for you can be a difficult endeavor. But no matter what pair of sunglasses you end up choosing, make sure your sunglasses at least have these features:
- 100% UV Protection
- Thick, Durable Lenses
- Durable Frame
If you're looking for sunglasses that feature these benefits and more, NoIR Sunglasses are the products of choice. Every single pair of NoIR sunglasses provide 100% UV protection, and there are filter colors that specialize in blocking Infrared Radiation (IR) and Blue Light Radiation (BPP). There are a total of 54 available filters that provide unique functions, as well as 23 different styles so you can customize your own pair of sunglasses to fit your specific needs. Please refer to the table below to view select styles (click
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Seniors with Depression
Everyone gets blue now and then, especially if there has been a recent loss or significant life change. While it is normal to experience occasional feeliings of being down in the dumps, it is not normal to be depressed on an ongoing basis. Discerning the difference is important. One of the main factors to consider is persistence.
If you are having symptoms like loss of interest in usual activities, changes in eating or sleeping, frequent bouts of crying or intense sadness AND they last more than two weeks, seek the help of a medical professional. If on the other hand you have, like most of us, the occasional "down day" then self-care measures can go a long way towards lifting your spirits. Alone or in combination with medical or psychological help, the following suggestions are things you can do for yourself when you are "in a rut" or just not feeling like yourself.
Physical Activity has been shown in numerous research trials to have a beneficial effect on mild depression or anxiety. The exact reason for this is not known. What is known is that levels of endorphins - the body's natural "feel-good" hormones and some neurotransmitters in the brain are increased through regular physical activity. Other benefits of exercise that may contribute to feeling better are improved sleep, fewer aches and pains, and having a sense of accomplishment.
The recommended amount of exercise for older adults is 30 minutes of moderately intense activity on most days of the week. This should include aerobic activities like walking or biking, strength training, flexibility, or stretching and balance activities.
Laughter has been shown to produce a number of bio-chemical responses in the body, among them the reduction of the stress hormone cortisol, an increase in endorphins and the neurotransmitter serotonin. Those changes result in feeling better and an improved immune system. Laughter is also good exercise, increasing oxygen levels and giving the internal organs a "massage." Obviously if you are feeling blue, you may not feel like laughing. Here are some ways to get laughter into your life:
- Movies or TV. Many of us have a favorite funny show or movie that never fails to bring a smile to our face. If that is the case for you, make it a point to watch those often.
- Jokes. Look for Jokes in the Sunday paper, and other publications. Go out and buy a joke book. Share a joke with someone every day.
- Laugh at yourself and your own situation. Think about what you may be going through and blow it way out of proportion until it becomes absurd. This is an often-used and healthy coping mechanism.
- Attend a humor club or a laughter yoga session. If you don't have one, why not start one?
Get around people, even if you don't feel like it. If you are not feeling like talking much, attend a class, bingo game or other event that places you side-by-side with others. If you feel the need for conversation, look for a support group or other more social settings. Being with others will be a distraction from thinking about yourself and can help you to be in the moment. Finding one or two people with whom you can connect and share concerns will help you live a more optimal life.
Help Someone Else
Studies show that older adults who are involved in volunteer activities are less depressed. Having a purpose outside of yourself helps you forget your troubles. Find a way to help others that matches your time and abilities. Simple ways to do this are to:
- Send birthday cards to those around you, even if you don't know them well
- Take some soup to a sick friend
- Call an old friend to say hello
- Support a third world child through a charitable organization
- Smile at everyone you see
Learning to be thankful helps to move the focus from what you don't have to what you do have. Keep a gratitude journal where you write down five things you are grateful for every day. According to a 2003 study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, those who kept gratitude journals on a weekly basis exercised more regularly, reported fewer physical symptoms, felt better about their lives as a whole, and were more optimistic about the upcoming week compared to those who recorded hassles or neutral life events.
Learn a New Skill
Much has been written in recent months and years about the importance of learning new things to keep the brain active. In addition to "building the brain," mastering a new skill helps to increase your sense that you can handle life's challenges. It help you to feel good about yourself and gives you a renewed sense of purpose. Remember when you first learned to ride a bicycle? You were most likely excited and proud of yourself and you wanted to tell and show everyone. Renew that sense of fun and passion by learning a new skill; you are never too old.
Watch Your Diet
For some people, certain foods and drink can impact the way they feel. Pay close attention to what you are eating and try to stick to healthy foods. Stay away from junk food and be mindful about consuming too much alcohol. These things may be done in an effort to "self-medicate," but will have the opposite effect in the end.
Researchers reporting in the May issue of Archives of General Psychiatry have linked low blood levels of vitamin D - the "sunshine vitamin" - and increased parathyroid hormone levels to depression among older adults. The findings from this study suggest that some forms of depression can be treated by consuming more vitamin D and increasing sensible sunlight exposure (15 minutes of unprotected sunlight during non-peak hours). The body makes vitamin D from sunlight exposure to the skin. Milk is fortified with vitamin D as are some orange juices. Vitamin D deficiency has also recently been implicated as contributing to falls in older adults. Be sure you are getting proper amounts of vitamin D and talk with your doctor about supplements.
Know When to Get Help
If you are having symptoms of depression that won't go away and are interfering with your normal activities, seek the help of a medical professional. According to the National Institute on Aging, symptoms of depression may include the following:
- Tiredness, lack of energy
- Loss of interest or pleasure in everyday activities, including sex
- Sleep problems, including trouble getting to sleep, very early morning waking, and sleeping too much
- Eating more or less than usual
- Crying too much or too often
- Aches and pains that don't go away when treated
- A hard time focusing, remembering, or making decisions
- Feeling guilty, helpless, worthless, or hopeless
- Being irritable
- Thoughts of death or suicide, a suicide attempt
Some people will have difficulty recognizing that they are depressed. If you have a friend or family member that you are concerned about, assist them in taking the proper steps to get help. Depression is not normal at any age and it can be very successfully treated. Together, we can chase those blues away!
All Credit goes to the following source:
Senior Living: Ways to Chase the Blues Away." The Creekside Archer Oct. 2013: 20-21. Print.
Driving at an Older Age
As the body ages, there are a variety of daily activities that become more and more difficult for the body to perform. Driving an automobile safely and effectively is no exception. Though there is no set age for people to start losing their ability to drive safely, it is a common occurrence that the mind and body slow down more and more as the years go by. Thus, it is important to account for important factors when you're an older driver.
One of the most common effects of aging effects on the body is the loss of cognition and coordination. Aging slows down the time it takes for the brain to send and receive signals from the body, so expect a loss of hand-eye coordination and reaction time, as well as losing the ability to multi-task effectively.
Driving is not the most simple of tasks, considering the fact that it takes constant attention to multiple aspects of the road to do so safely. When it becomes difficult to comprehend what is happening on the road and react to it in a timely manner, then there are some precautions that should be taken to prevent anyone from getting hurt, especially yourself:
- Plan exactly where you plan on going, and make sure you are familiar with the route you are taking
- Lengthen the distance between you and the cars in front of you
- Avoid left turns
- Keep concentrated and avoid distractions
Being aware of declining vision is essential to being a safe driver. The eye loses the ability to focus quickly and absorb light effectively as the body ages, affecting reaction time and cognitive processes. It becomes especially difficult see all the obstacles the road can provide. Make sure to:
- Get your eyes checked for cataracts or loss of vision frequently
- Keep clean mirrors and glass, inside and out
- Turn your head to check blind spots when changing lanes
Most senior citizens are required to take medications to help them get them through the day. It is absolutely imperative to ensure that these medications won't have a side-effect on the body that might endanger the person who plans on operating a car. Take these steps to make sure you don't make a possibly fatal mistake if you drive while under the influence of your medication:
- Ask your doctor about possible side-effects of your medication, and if these side-effect will hinder your ability to drive
- Read the fine print on your medication bottle
- Do NOT drive if you have taken medication and you feel drowzy, disoriented, or sleepy
Driving requires several motor skills that can be improved by simply being physical. Exercising regularly can help improve the driver's flexibility, reaction time, reflexes, and strength. To further build your motor skills, try working your brain some too. Solve puzzles, play board games, fill out crosswords; anything that makes you think and get's your brain going.
Finding and Using a Cane
Persons who need slight, moderate, or significant walking aid can use a cane to evenly distribute their weight when walking. Choosing the right cane is essential, and there are a few steps you can take to find the cane that fits your needs.
First, ask yourself how much support you need. If you need only a little, you can use any cane that is designed to support your weight. Keep in mind that some canes are better suited for decoration and fashion, and should not be used by support-dependent users.
If you need moderate or heavy support, uniform crook handle canes are your best bet. These canes provide reliable support for persons up to 250 pounds because the handle and the shaft are a whole unit and not two separate pieces, adding extra support that most derby handle or fritz handle canes cannot provide. Most
Natural Wood Canes can provide comparable support to crook canes, and even more support if they are natural wood crook canes!
If you're in need of significant weight support, Restored Living highly recommends you use a
Bariatric Cane. These canes are designed to support up to 500 lbs and feature wider handles to ensure a secure grip. Bariatric Canes begin at 44" in length, with some adjustable options for taller individuals.
Correctly Sizing a Cane
Proper use of a cane begins with making sure the cane is the proper length. You can measure the proper length of your cane by standing up straight and keeping your arms at your side. Then follow the following instructions below:
- Remove the rubber tip from the bottom of the cane using a twisting motion
- Turn the cane upside down
- On the opposite the injury/weaker, place the cane against your hip.
- With a slight bend in your elbow (about 15°), mark the cane where it meets your wrist bone.
- Cut cane with any fine toothed hacksaw at the marked point and replace the tip.
- This height should give you a slight bend to your elbow when the cane is placed at your side.
Proper Cane Use
Once you have found and properly sized your cane, it's time to learn how to properly use it!
The first step in proper cane usage is making sure that you're using your cane in the proper hand. This is especially important if you have an injury on one leg that prevents you from applying force on it. If you have a weaker leg/foot, it is highly recommended that you use the hand
OPPOSITE of your wounded leg to hold your cane. This way, you can focus your weight on one side of your body, while you easily maneuver the weaker side when walking.
Now for how to properly walk with a cane: When stepping forward with your wounded/bad leg, make sure to lean most of your weight on the cane. This takes off significant pressure from the leg, and allows the good leg to easily swing forward. Do not use your cane to support your good leg, as this is counterproductive and can cause an injury.
When walking up stairs, make sure to hold on to the handrail with the arm closest to it, with your cane in the other. Take the first step with your good leg, then use your cane to help bring your injured leg to the same step. If you're going down a flight of stairs, do the same as going upstairs, except you want to take a step with your weaker leg and cane at the same time, then lower your strong leg to the same step.
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Gloves and Incontinence Care
Being a caregiver is a tedious and stressful job, especially if their patient(s) is incontinent and needs constant attention. The focus on this type of work is the well-being of the patient, but it is equally important that the caregiver takes care of themselves. After all, without a caregiver being able to perform their best, the patient suffers for lack of proper care.
When stress begins to accumulate, the body's immune system and mental functionality is negatively impacted, preventing the caregiver from providing the concentration and vitality they need to do their job correctly. In times of high stress, caregivers need to take the necessary precautions to make sure they are healthy and mentally capable of caring for their patients.
To prevent the spread of disease or bacteria, it is necessary for a caregiver to consistently wash their hands when they make contact with their patients. And it is imperative that caregivers wear gloves when changing incontinence products, considering the amount of bacteria they are exposing themselves to. Using a reliable pair of gloves during any change is a necessary precaution, and can potentially save the wearer from serious illness. And of course, there are obvious reasons for wearing gloves as a basic sanitary practice.
There are a variety of gloves caregivers can choose from, but the 3 most common and trusted amongst these gloves are Vinyl, Latex, and Nitrile gloves. Vinyl gloves feature a loose fit and a very cheap price. They are great when basic barrier protection is needed, and are easy to put on and pull off. Latex gloves feature a secure, conforming fit, and are probably the most comfortable gloves available on the market. Because of their conforming fit, they provide greater barrier protection than vinyl. But Nitrile gloves are the useful in terms of protection, considering they are more chemically resistant than most gloves, and they feature a conforming fit comparable to Latex.
Regardless of what type of gloves used, caregivers should ALWAYS focus on staying as clean as possible, especially when stress starts to take a toll on your mental and physical health. Remember, it's not just your health and well-being on the line, so take the necessary precautions to keep yourself as healthy and capable as possible for your patient.
Senior Exercise Tips
In a country with an increasing number of individuals being diagnosed with diabetes and/or obesity, it is becoming more and more important for senior citizens to live healthy lifestyles. It's hard enough for a person with a normal metabolism to lose weight or gain muscle; it's significantly harder for a senior citizen to do the same, considering that their anabolic hormones are slowing down more and more as each year goes by.
Even though fitness goals may be more difficult to attain, it doesn't mean that they aren't attainable. There are a myriad of ways to get into shape, beginning with walking. Walking is one of the best cardio workouts you can do for your body. It takes little effort, and applies significantly less stress to the body compared to running. After familiarizing your body with frequent walking, it is a good idea to do some anaerobic exercises to start building lean muscle mass (lifting light weights, push ups, pull ups, etc.).
The best formula for getting the most out of walking sessions is to spread them out throughout the day. A small study conducted by George Washington University's lead researcher for public health and health services, Loretta DiPietro, shows that "[w]alking 15 minutes three times a day is better for blood sugar levels than one 45-minute walk." Increasing your blood circulation and heart rate continually throughout the day not only helps lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels, it also increases stamina because of greater oxygen circulation and strengthens the immune system for better defense against disease and infections.
Walking can also prevent diabetes if you carefully choose when you go on walks. Taking a stroll after meals is a great way to prevent blood glucose levels from increasing, especially after dinner time. DiPietro states that "Insulin production decreases [at night], and they may go to bed with extremely high blood glucose levels, increasing their chances of diabetes." It is important to note that eating carbohydrate-rich foods at night, like white rice, pastries, candy, and pasta can significantly increase your blood sugar levels, and it is essential for seniors to avoids large amounts of these foods, or avoid them altogether, during dinnertime. If you do happen to eat these foods, try going out for a late-night stroll or ride a bicycle for a ride around the neighborhood.
Seniors should also focus on building lean muscle mass for increased strength and greater endurance. Try to create a nice balance between weightlifting exercises like dumbbell curls and body-dependent exercises like push-ups. For weightlifting, all you need is 5 to 20 pound dumbbells to perform the following exercises for a complete body workout:
- Bicep Curls: Rest dumbbells at your sides, then using only your biceps, raise the dumbbell to shoulder level. Repeat to both arms one after the other, 10-15 reps each. 3-4 sets.
- Tricep Curls: Lift a very light dumbbell straight up with one arm, while the other rests in your lap. Let down and control the dumbbell towards your neck until it is very close or touching the bottom of your neck. Then extend the dumbbell up until it is completely straight again. Once you have done 10-151 reps, repeat with the next arm. 3-4 sets.
- Benchpress: Laying down on a bench with open sides on the left and right, push dumbbells straight up in the air. Then extend downwards until dumbbells touch the outer part of your chest, or get really close to doing so. From there, push up and as your arms are about to fully extend, move the dumbbells as though you're clapping them together. Repeat 15-20 repetitions. 3-4 sets.
- Lunges: While holding 10-15 pound dumbbells at your sides when in a standing position, take a large step forward and lean into your leg until it reaches a 90 degree angle. Your rear leg should be close to or barely touching the floor. Then immediately push back with your forward leg (focusing on your quads) until you are standing straight up again. Repeat 10-15 times with each leg. 3-4 Sets.
- Shoulder Press: Starting in a seated position, lift two 5-15 pound dumbbells and rest them in a 90 degree position, slightly above your shoulders. Then push the dumbbells straight up, and as your arms are about to completely straighten, bring them towards each other. Then bring them down and repeat 10-15 times. 3-4 sets.
- Crescents: Using a flat bench, kneel with one knee on the bench and lean forward to rest on one arm. Then let a 10-20 pound dumbbell hang from your right or left side, then bring the dumbbell up to the side of your ribcage/chest in a circular motion. Then bring it down to the resting position, and repeat 10-15 times. Switch arms and repeat. 3-4 sets.
To balance out your weightlifting, it is recommended that you also do body-dependent workouts. These workouts allow you to use your own body weight and mass, allowing you to be better coordinated with your own muscles, thus increasing agility and reaction time. Try the following workouts and see if they work for you:
- Pull-Ups (if able)
- Jumping Jacks
These exercises are exceptionally effective at creating muscle mass and increasing your stamina. But what good is having muscles if you aren't limber enough to use them? Stretching exercises help with this problem tremendously, especially those that test your balance. Making sure that your muscles are limber is essential to having increased dexterity when performing daily activities, or having better balance to prevent painful accidents from happening.
Just because you're aging doesn't mean that you have to lose your youthfulness. Staying active is the cure for any symptom of "elderliness" and you too can experience the benefits of physical activities, as long as you keep to it and stay determined to reach your fitness goals!
Eating healthy and proper nutritional supplementation is absolutely essential for living a healthy, comfortable life. As a person ages, their metabolism slowly decreases year after year, making it harder and harder to lose weight or gain muscle mass as time goes by. It is also more difficult for senior to retain vital nutrients, making it imperative that seniors eat nutrient rich foods the right way. According to the National Institute of Aging, "Studies show that a good diet in your later years reduces your risk of osteoporosis, high blood pressure, heart diseases and certain cancers."
The first step to eating right is to look at the foods you are eating. Ask yourself; what types of nutrients am I consuming by eating this? Am I taking in too many carbohydrates or fats, and not enough of other nutrients? When choosing and preparing your meals, look for a healthy balance of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids. All these components of food are essential for maintaining healthy muscles, proper organ functions, and an ideal body weight.
If you notice a deficiency of an essential nutrient in your meals, isolate and comprehend what it is you're missing, and either eat foods that are rich in that supplement, or take vitamins specifically concentrated with that substance. For example, if you're running low on vitamin C, try eating more fruits like strawberries, papayas, oranges or kiwis.
If you're looking for a supplement that will provide you with the necessary vitamins and nutrients you need, then look for senior multivitamins. One of the most popular multivitamins for seniors on the market today is called Centrum Silver Chewable Tablets for Adults 50+
. All you have to do is take one chewable, delicious tablet daily, combined with a healthy and balanced meal system, and you'll receive the daily nutrition you need every day.
As mentioned earlier, you should have a balanced diet for yourself. Eat 3-4 small to medium sized meals throughout the day, and make sure you stop eating once you feel full. Eating right, over time, will show results as long as you stick to your healthy lifestyle, so stick with it and see what healthy eating can do for you!
Superfood for Seniors
As the body ages, the need for more nutritional, healthier foods increases. For many seniors, eating healthy is difficult because of the dedication and willpower it takes, which can be difficult because of the daily nutritional requirements they have. Fortunately for many, there is an up-and-coming food that provides exceptional nutritional benefits, and also tastes fantastic! This superfood is called Quinoa, a pseudocereal grain familiar to healthy individuals around the world.
A common nickname for quinoa is "the Gold of the Incas" or THEE supergrain, because of how delicious it tastes and how nutrient-packed it is. Quinoa contains high amounts of fiber, vitamins, antioxidants, anti-inflamatory compounds, and essential minerals, which when consumed, can help reduce the risk for certain diseases like Type 2 Diabetes. We'll delve into specifics with the main nutritional groups found in quinoa that can help you live a long, healthy life.
High Protein Content
An unfortunately common side effect of aging is the mild to severe loss of muscle tissue. Without strong, reliable muscles, seniors are more prone to falls and have higher dependency on others because of their lack of strength to perform certain tasks. A simple solution to weakened or complete loss of muscle is consuming higher quantities of protein. Quinoa contains high quantities of proteins, especially the crucial amino proteins lysine and isoleucine, as well all nine amino acids found in the human composition. These proteins are essential for the synthesis of muscle tissues and the maintenance of proper bodily functions. Adding Quinoa to any senior's diet will help them become stronger, more independent individuals.
High Calcium Content
Along with muscle loss, bone deterioration is almost a guarantee as the years pass. As calcium composition in our bones and bodies diminish over time, our bones become brittle and may form holes (osteoporosis) and the body's ability to clot blood and send electric signals via the nervous system. According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, "One out of two women and one in eight men over age 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime." Fortunately, milk and yogurt are not the only source of calcium compounds we humans have access to, so no more excuses to the individuals with lactose intolerance! Quinoa contains a great amount of calcium per serving, especially compared to other grains (contains twice as much calcium as whole wheat). Eating quinoa is definitely an effective way to increase bone density for seniors.
Quinoa's Antioxidant Rich Composition
Quinoa is rich in antioxidants, chemical compounds designed to prevent oxidation reactions in the body that cause cell death and can affect vital functions of the body. Thus, eating quinoa can aid in maintaining proper bodily functions, especially the proper growth of new tissues and the repair of damaged ones.
Riboflavin Rich Content
Maintaining a healthy weight can be especially difficult for older individuals to obtain, mainly because of significantly slowed metabolisms (how quickly and effectively the body processes foods and minerals). One of the keys to achieving a higher metabolism for seniors is increasing their consumption of the organic compound Riboflavin. Quinoa is rich in Riboflavin, and eating this superfood consistently can help stimulate a senior's metabolism, while promoting energy potential increase in muscle and brain cells. Consuming more Riboflavin can help not only with a healthy weight, but can also promote a more active, energy-filled lifestyle.
High in Fiber
Certain seniors who may not have eaten too healthy in their earlier years may be suffering from the consequences now, with excessively high blood sugar and blood pressure levels. Eating quinoa can help with these problems because of one vital nutrient: fiber. Fiber aids in regulating blood sugar levels and is largely responsible for proper digestive system functionality. And because of its low glycemic index and chemical composition, quinoa is an excellent choice of grain for diabetics or persons with sensitive digestive systems.
Quinoa is Simply the Right Choice
Quinoa is absolutely perfect for almost anyone looking to improve their diet or take in more nutrients, especially for seniors age 50 and over. Incorporating a healthy amount of quinoa in a diet can bring significant results, and can lead to a better life no matter what age you are!
Water and its Benefits
Water is an absolute necessity to the human body, considering that approximately 70% of the human body is composed of it. In terms of bodily functions, water is the main transport mechanism for oxygen and minerals throughout the body, and is also the main component for disposing of bodily wastes. Water also regulates the pH of the body, allowing essential proteins and a variety of compounds to properly perform their functions, increasing your overall health.
It is a common belief that the more pure your drinking water is, the more beneficial it is to your well-being. Believe it or not, this is not the case. Pure water, referring to a pH neutral sample of water, does not contain ionized electrolytes, which means it has no beneficial value for the human body at all. In fact, drinking pure water will most likely kill you, considering that its properties as an exceptional solvent would dissolve away most crucial minerals it comes in contact with.
The type of water you want to be drinking is called Alkaline Water. This type of water contains the cations of alkaline earth metals like magnesium and calcium, and anions like carbonates and sulfates. Because of the presence of these electrolytes, the pH of Alkaline Water ranges from 8-9, and is more basic than acidic. Thus, this type of water helps with the transportation of minerals and oxygen, while also aiding in maintaining a healthy heart rate. And the fact that Alkaline Water has a low nuclear magnetic resonance indicates that the water molecules have a closer bonding radius, making it less stressful for the body to absorb it.
There are a few empirically unproven benefits to drinking Alkaline Water, which include:
- Maintaining healthy skin
- Sharpening mental alertness
- Antioxidant properties
- Supports immune system
- Slows the aging process
About Blood Pressure
Maintaining a healthy blood pressure level is key for living a long healthy life, but how can you maintain something that you know nothing about?
Blood pressure is the force applied to the walls of arteries by blood. At any point in time, there are two varieties of blood pressure; systolic and diastolic. Systolic blood pressure is the measurement of blood pressure when the heart beats, which is when blood pressure is at its highest. Diastolic blood pressure is measured in between beats of the heart, which means the heart is resting and blood pressure is at its lowest.
A blood pressure reading can be obtained by combining the systolic and diastolic results. The systolic pressure is recorded on top of the diastolic pressure, and is measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg). The following data, provided by the National Institute of Health, depicts typical blood pressure results:
- 119/79 or lower is normal blood pressure
- 140/90 or higher is high blood pressure
- Between 120 and 139 for the top number, or between 80 and 89 for the bottom number is prehypertension
Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, occurs when a person's blood pressure measures at 140/90 or higher. The effects of hypertension can be severe, possibly resulting in a stroke, heart attack, and heart or kidney failure. Increased blood pressure can be caused by many different sources, mainly:
- High blood salinity
- Poor state of health of kidneys, blood vessels, and nervous system
- Abnormal hormone levels in the body
Treating High Blood Pressure
According to the National Institute of Health, here are the key ingredients for maintaining a healthy blood pressure level:
- Eat a heart-healthy diet, including potassium and fiber, and drink plenty of water. See: High blood pressure and diet
- Exercise regularly -- at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise a day.
- If you smoke, quit -- find a program that will help you stop.
- Limit how much alcohol you drink -- one drink a day for women, two a day for men.
- Limit the amount of sodium (salt) you eat -- aim for less than 1,500 mg per day.
- Reduce stress -- try to avoid things that cause you stress. You can also try meditation or yoga.
- Stay at a healthy body weight -- find a weight-loss program to help you, if you need it.
Your health care provider can help you find programs for losing weight, stopping smoking, and exercising. You can also get a referral from your doctor to a dietitian, who can help you plan a diet that is healthy for you.
What are the causes of Vision Impairment?
There are many causes leading to the eventual or sudden impairment of vision. The most prominent of vision impairment causes are macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma. Other causes may include eye disorders such as Conjunctivitis, chemical burns or sports injuries, hereditary defects, and diabetes.
Could vision loss or impairment be due to age?
No. It is true that the human eye changes as we age, but not to the point where vision impairment occurs. If this has happened to you, especially sudden vision loss, know that it is not normal and should be checked as soon as possible. Protect your eyes by staying in the know. Inform yourself and your loved ones.
What are the symptoms of Vision Impairment?
Depending on the cause for vision loss, certain symptoms will occur. For a generalized example, symptoms of vision impairment may include:
- With cataracts, vision may be cloudy or fuzzy, and there may be problems seeing shapes.
- With diabetes, vision may be blurred, there may be shadows or missing areas of vision, and difficulty seeing at night.
- With glaucoma, there may be tunnel vision and blurry vision.
- With macular degeneration, the side vision is normal but the central vision is slowly lost.
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What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease in which your blood glucose levels are too high. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies. When you have diabetes, your body either doesn't make enough insulin or can't use its own insulin as well as it should. This causes sugar to build up in your blood. Without enough insulin, the glucose will stay in the bloodstream instead of being given into your cells for energy.
Over time, too much glucose in your blood causes serious problems. It can cause damage to your eyes, kidneys, and nerves. Diabetes can also cause heart disease and stroke. If the diabetes is severe enough, it can even cause the need to remove a limb. Pregnant women can also get diabetes; this is called gestational diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes symptoms can include fatigue, thirst, weight loss, blurred vision and frequent urination, though some people have no symptoms. A blood test can show whether or not you have diabetes. Exercise, weight control and following a meal plan can help control your diabetes. You should monitor your glucose level and take medicine (if prescribed) as well.
Symptoms of diabetes
People who think they might have diabetes are highly recommended to visit a healthcare physician for a true diagnosis. They might have SOME or NONE of the following symptoms:
- Frequent urination
- Unexplained weight loss
- Sudden vision changes
- Tingling or numbness in hands or feet
- Feeling very tired much of the time
- More infections than usual
- Nausea, vomiting, or stomach pains
Different types of diabetes
Type 1 diabetes, or juvenile-onset diabetes, could account for about 5% of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body does not produce insulin effectively, or at all.
Type 2 diabetes, previously called adult-onset diabetes, can account for about 90% to 95% of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. In Type 2 diabetes your body does not produce and/or use insulin well.
Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that affects only pregnant women. If not treated, gestational diabetes can cause problems for mothers and babies. Gestational diabetes develops in 2% to 10% of pregnancies but usually disappears when the pregnancy is over.
Other specific types of diabetes that result from specific genetic syndromes, drugs, malnutrition, infections, and other illnesses, which accounts for 1% to 5% of diagnosed cases of diabetes.
Risk factors for diabetes
Type 2 diabetes risk factors include older age, obesity, having a family history of diabetes, a prior history of gestational diabetes, physical inactivity, and race/ethnicity. African Americans, Hispanic Americans and some Asian Americans are at particularly high risk for type 2 diabetes. Risk factors are not as defined for type 1 diabetes than for type 2 diabetes, but genetic, autoimmune, and environmental factors have some effect on developing type 1 diabetes.Gestational diabetes occurs more frequently in African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, and women who have a family history of diabetes than in other groups. Obesity also is associated with higher risk of gestational diabetes. Women who have had gestational diabetes have a 35-60% chance of developing diabetes in the next 10–20 years.
Are there treatment options for diabetes?
In a sense, yes. Eating healthy foods, getting enough physical activity, and insulin injections are the basic therapies for type 1 diabetes. The amount of insulin taken has to be balanced with food intake amounts and other daily activities. Blood glucose levels must be closely monitored through frequent blood glucose testing. This is usually done with blood glucose meters and other diabetes treating devices, like the ones here.
Getting proper physical activity, eating healthily, and blood glucose testing are the basic therapies for type 2 diabetes as well. In addition, many people with type 2 diabetes need an oral medication, insulin, or both to control their blood glucose levels.
People with diabetes need to take responsibility for day-to-day care, keeping blood glucose levels from going too low or too high. People with diabetes should see a healthcare physician to monitor their diabetes control and help them learn to manage their diabetes. In addition, people with diabetes can see:
- Endocrinologists who specialize in diabetes care
- Ophthalmologists for eye examinations
- Podiatrists for normal foot care
- Diabetes educators who teach skills needed for daily diabetes management
There is no cure yet for diabetes, although research is being developed and actively pursued. Some ideas include pancreas transplantation, artificial pancreas development, islet cell transplantation, and genetic manipulation (inserting insulin producing genes into other cells). However, each of these has challenges, such as preventing immune rejection.
Though these treatments sound promising, the best way to cure diabetes is to never get it. Preventing diabetes can be done through physical activity and a healthy diet. There is research being done on what triggers diabetes genetically as well.
What is Incontinence?
is the involuntary loss of urine and/or feces at an inappropriate moment or in
an inappropriate place. The leakage volume can vary from very small to
considerable. Incontinence is not an illness; it is a symptom that indicates a
disturbance in your body functions."
Association of Continence Advisors
Bladder control problems usually happen when the muscles are either too
weak or too active. If the muscles keeping your bladder closed are weak,
you may have accidents when you sneeze, laugh or lift a heavy object.
This is called stress incontinence. If the bladder muscles are too
active, you could feel a strong urge to urinate even when you have
little urine in your bladder. This is called urge incontinence or
overactive bladder. There are other causes of incontinence as well, such
as prostate problems, pregnancy, stroke, diabetes and nerve damage.
Treatment of incontinence depends on the problem type you have and what
will best fit your lifestyle. Treatments include simple exercises,
medicines, special devices or procedures prescribed by your doctor, or
What Are Causes of Urinary
has two functions;
1) to act as a
container for urine and
2) to act as
a pump. One’s bladder functions by receiving signals, which initiate voluntary
evacuation. When these signals are not being received properly, the bladder
common cause of urinary incontinence is a dysfunction(s) in the muscles that
regulate urine control; the internal and external sphincter muscles.
Involuntary evacuations can be a result of these dysfunctions.
What Are Causes of Fecal
incontinence is not as common as urinary incontinence, and, by many opinions,
far more difficult to deal with. It can isolate people from their families,
friends, and normal lives because of how embarrassed or wrong that person
There are a
large variety of causes to fecal incontinence. These causes include, but are
not limited to:
- Damage to the anal sphincter muscles
- Damage to the nerves of the anal sphincter muscles or the rectum
- Loss of storage capacity in the rectum
- Pelvic floor dysfunction
Know You Are Not Alone!
Incontinence (also known as bladder weakness and overactive bladder)
is not something new or rare; it’s actually quite common among people 65
through 85 years of age. Not just in America; WORLDWIDE. According to a
large number of international surveys, an estimated 10-15% of all women and
approximately 5% of men suffer from urinary incontinence. And according to the
National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC), “More than 5.5
Million Americans have fecal incontinence.
affects people of all ages—children and adults. Fecal incontinence is more
common in women and older adults.”
How can I change a loved one’s mind about getting help by wearing incontinence products?
Make sure your loved one does not think this is their fault. Incontinence is not their fault. Be honest with them. Let them know that the incontinence underwear is just a precaution in case they can’t make it all the way to the bathroom in time. Both you and your loved one want them to use the bathroom properly. This is just a way to reduce the stress. However, don’t let them have a choice about wearing the incontinence product, make it part of the daily routine.
To make it feel normal for your loved one, don’t call the incontinence supplies adult diapers or their brand name. Many people find it helpful to put the incontinence underwear next to normal underwear. This makes it more comfortable, since both types of underwear are in the same place in your loved one’s room.
How can I take care of someone with incontinence?
Each patient is different and will have different physical and mental abilities, so their requirements may be different. But here is a good start:
• Prepare Yourself
- Before leaving the house, make sure your loved one goes to the bathroom. Carry spare incontinence products and wipes
with you wherever you go, in a purse, bag, or your car. It is also a good idea to know how accessible restrooms are where you’re going. Away-from-home facilities usually accommodate your loved one if you let them know of your concerns. It can also help if you know how to manage any medication your loved one is taking that affects their incontinence.
• Establish Routines- This helps your loved one predict when they might need to go. Incontinence underwear will offer that back-up as well. In your routine, be sure to give yourself some time too, so that you can have a break and a change of scenery. In a routine, be sure that both of you stay healthy, so incorporate enough rest time and exercise, in addition to a balance diet.
• Don’t be afraid to talk- Ask your healthcare professional if you have questions. Support groups for your loved one also can help them be more comfortable and find the answers you both need. Other people may have good ideas, such as how to make the right environment for your loved one, what clothing to wear, and where to put trash cans.
What are some signs that my loved one should wear incontinence products?
It’s a good idea to have your loved one start wearing incontinence products when the first major signs show that he can’t perform bathroom duties on his own. Signs of this include: not reaching the bathroom in time, forgetting where the bathroom is, confusing other objects for a toilet, and not remembering what to do in the bathroom. Less obvious indicators include: less self-esteem, anger, and withdrawing from friends and family. Multiple incidents are a good indicator that it is time to think about an incontinence product, from protective underwear to disposable pads.
How can I help loved ones sleep well?
Prepare, Prepare, Prepare. Limiting drinks, especially after 6 at night, will help them, since their bladder will have less pressure. Avoiding certain foods and drinks like alcohol, caffeine, chocolate, artificial sweeteners, hot spices, carbonated drinks, and acidic foods and drinks will help reduce bladder irritation. Urinating twice immediately before bed can also help. However, there is no guaranteed way. The best back-up plan is an incontinence product. Choose the incontinence product that matches his or her needs, remembering that you want something that will hopefully last through the night.
Let Us Help You!
Here at Restored Living, we know how difficult it is
to deal with incontinence. We know how socially and emotionally taxing it can be. And most
of all, we know how difficult it is to personally cope with the problems that
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Abena - Who They Are
In 2003, Abena was
founded from a company of more than 45 years of experience in the field
of diapers. Beginning from a jute sack company to a baby diaper
producer, Abena provides strong, reliable adult diapers for every
incontinence need. Whether customers require light or heavy protection
from urinary or fecal incontinence, Abena has a solution.
Abena adult diapers are also specifically tailored for any lifestyle;
from mobile athletes to rest home patients, as well as catering to any size user. Restored Living provides the following Abena Incontinence Products
adult diaper products are specially designed incontinence briefs for
customers who require protection against moderate to heavy incontinence,
while maintaining a soft, breathable adult brief. Abena Abri-Form adult
briefs provide optimal leakage prevention against urinary incontinence,
at the same time providing an excellent combination of comfort and
security for the user. These adult briefs are suitable for any kind of
lifestyle, especially for high-demanding situations.
incredible maximum liquid volume capacity of 4000mL, Abena Abri-Form
adult briefs can go for long periods of time without needing to be
replaced. This provides care-givers and users alike relief from the
stress of multiple changes, reducing the number of times needed per day,
while still providing the best protection available on the market. Abri-Form adult briefs are convenient; perfect for
individuals managing incontinence in their daily life. Abena Abri-San
consumers who prefer discretion, but don't want to compromise
protection, Abena Abri-San adult pads are the ideal solution. These
adult incontinence pads provide maximum protection from all levels of
incontinence, with an impressive volume capacity of 3600mL. Abena Abri-San
incontinence pads are perfect for users who have active lifestyles,
preventing leaks with soft, sturdy barriers on the lining of each Abena pad.
also features a unique incontinence pad for fecal incontinence, called
the Abena Abri-San Special. This Abena product is "specially" designed with
in pockets to contain feces, even when released under pressure. The
Abena Abri-San Special is specifically manufactured to be economical, so
frequent changes between pads can be made without affecting finances. Abena Abri-Flex
like normal underwear, Abena Abri-Flex incontinence pull-up protective underwear move up and
down freely, allowing for equal or greater dignity and discretion than other
leading brands. The flexible, breathable waistband fits securely on the user, but does not compromise comfort. Abena Abri-Flex adult briefs, like all Abena products, are also reliable in absorbency and leakage protection; the maximum holding up to 2200 mL of liquid. These adult briefs are perfect for those who live faster-than-normal lifestyles, while at the same time great for those who aren't as mobile. Abena Abri-Flex can also be a great choice if the user wants a product that is easy to put on and take off. Abena Premium Products
Almost every single Abena incontinence product we offer our customers are categorized as "Premium." What this means is each Abena incontinence product in our vast selection is completely composed of fully breathable material. The ability of a product to breathe is crucial to maintaining healthy skin, as well as preventing ulcers, rashes, and other skin maladies. And the best part is, Premium Abena incontinence products do not leak any easier than their plastic counterpart. Premium Abena incontinence products are simply the best available in absorbency and protection.
Do Something About Your Incontinence
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