Category Archives: Food and Nutrition

More Good News About Olive Oil

The goodness of olive oil has been raved about for years. It is no surprise that almost every day, researchers are finding new, positive attributes to this wonder oil. Most doctors recommend the intake of two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil every day to make the most of what it has to offer you, health-wise. So, if you were not using olive oil in your salads and other forms of cooking, dig into the back of your cupboard and take that bottle out – check the expiration! – and start using it to make the most of its goodness.

Senior Health Activities that Make a Big Impact in 15-Minutes or Less

Seniors these days are just not satisfied sitting in one place and knitting socks! They want to be active adults and do things, go places and basically, live full lives. And we say great going! It is the Baby Boomers that are coming into seniors age group currently and BBs are a unique generation and will be even past 55+ age. They believe “retirement” is just a word, just as “age” is. If you are an active baby boomer, you understand the importance of your health. However, although you are concerned about it, you may not be prepared to spend long hours each day ensuring good health. Lucky for you, there are some healthy activities that you can consider to ensure health which doesn’t take more than 5 – 15 minutes tops.

Foods that Improve Thyroid Health

It is a sad but true fact that the promised golden years may not be so golden after all. As we age, our lives may be plagued with various diseases that take away all the fun of retirement. Fatigue, depression, dementia, high blood pressure and heart disease are just some of these problems. Oh, hey, since we are talking about diseases, let’s add another one to the equation. How about your thyroid health? Your thyroid health may not be easy to detect, but if left untreated, it can cause a wide variety of problems, especially to females in their post-menopausal stage. However, the good news is that with the right food, you can avoid any problems that can crop up with your thyroid. So, let’s ensure thyroid health by eating foods that improve it.

What is the Thyroid?

If you are to read any information regarding your thyroid, then you should know what the thyroid gland is and its function. Very few people pay attention to their thyroid gland. But, it does a load of work in your body. So, here goes….. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located just near the base of the neck. The thyroid secretes several hormones, mainly thyroxine. The thyroid gland ensures proper metabolism, growth and development, energy and maintains body temperature. You can be affected with either hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism.

The Importance of a Calcium-Rich Diet for 55+ Seniors

Health problems that occur due to calcium deficiencies are numerous. This is especially true for the elderly as sometimes, they do not receive adequate nutrients through their diets. A deficiency of calcium can be a major problem as you age. Did you know that bone mass loss starts after you pass the age of 30? Did you also know that this factor causes your bones to become brittle and, as a result, can cause easy breakages? This is of special concern to the ladies as they are more susceptible to an illness called Osteoporosis that usually occurs after the age of 50 thins and weakens your bones. This is a sneaky disease and you may not know about this till you fall and fracture your hip or ankle or wrist. One of the best ways of preventing osteoporosis is by eating calcium-rich foods.

Are Eggs Good for you?

To eat or not to eat eggs? That is the question. There has been plenty of controversy regarding eggs over the past years. So much of conflicting information has been provided regarding the goodness and the harm in eggs, that you can be as confused as me about eggs and their implications. Hearing all this information may have stopped you having a nice sunny side up or a good hearty omelet. So, what’s the real deal about eggs? Are we to eat it or are we to put it aside?

The Truth About Antioxidants for Aging Well

We are all aware of the benefits of antioxidants. These are substances that help the body defend itself against free radicals. Free radicals cause various diseases. Many experts believe antioxidants prevent atherosclerosis – hardening of the arteries, cancer, and arthritis. Antioxidants increase immunity, which prevents free radicals from causing colds, flu, and various other infections. This connection between antioxidants and aging is a new discovery and awareness levels on these anti-aging properties of antioxidants are still at a low level.

Right Nutrition Will Take You a Long Way in the Path of Healthy Living

Nutrition can be described as food or nourishment required to keep an organism growing and healthy. People need a constant source of nutrition to keep themselves healthy. A nutritious food item has a rich amount of nutrients in comparison to foods filled with fats and sugar. Junk food is never the answer as it is filled with fats, sugars, and oil which if consumed too often will make you overweight and unhealthy.

Get a Spicy Jumpstart On Flu Season

You may be able to skip the pharmacy counter, and find some pretty powerful cold, and flu remedies in your own spice cabinet. Medications have their place of course, but often the first line of defense is getting our immune systems up to par going the natural route. Most of us are familiar with good old vitamin C, but many cultures have turned to warming spices like turmeric, and ginger to feed colds, and starve fevers for hundreds of years. Added to smoothies, warmed dairy or non dairy milk or as a tea, experiencing the healing benefits of these spices is simple.

Turmeric with it’s deep golden hue is available as a whole root, or powdered. Known as the main spice in curry power, turmeric is a powerful antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory that many naturopathic practitioners prescribe in place of over the counter ibuprofen. Studies have shown that turmeric may also benefit arthritis sufferers, and slow Alzheimer’s disease by reducing oxidative damage to the brain. As with all spices, make sure you purchase it as fresh as possible.

Nothing is more cozy, and familiar than cinnamon. It’s a signature spice in baked goods, along with having anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. According to WebMD, the medicinal qualities of cinnamon include lowering blood sugar, and cholesterol. One popular remedy for colds, and sore throats is taking cinnamon with raw honey for an antibiotic effect.