Category Archives: Food and Nutrition

Omega-3 Rich Oils Help Fight Macular Degeneration in 55+ Seniors

Macular degeneration, the gradual loss of central vision, is one of the leading causes of blindness among 55+ seniors. Macular degeneration occurs in two forms. These are dry macular degeneration and wet macular degeneration. There is no cure for dry macular degeneration and it occurs gradually. Wet macular degeneration occurs quickly and treatment is necessary upon the appearance of symptoms as this is more serious than dry macular degeneration. High blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, obesity, smoking and light exposure can increase your risk of macular degeneration. However, there is good news for those at high risk of macular degeneration. Scientists have found Omega-3 rich oils may help prevent the dysfunction in retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) responsible for macular degeneration and retinopathy.

Health Benefits for 55 + Active Adult Seniors

5 Health Benefits of Blueberries You Never Knew About

There are several fruits and vegetables that are extremely high in nutrients. Carrots contain beta-carotene good for eyesight, oranges contain Vitamin C and broccoli contains iron and other nutrients, etc. You may be aware that blueberries are extremely high in nutrients. It is packed high with antioxidants and Vitamin C. However, did you know, blueberries are excellent to fight aging, lowers blood pressure, protects the heart and boosts memory too? Well, they do.

Five Reasons to Go Nuts with Nuts

The reputation of nuts has undergone a major change over the past decade or so. Touted as fatty food, in the past, today nuts are considered healthy and even diet-friendly. So, what do you know… Who do I believe? I needed to find answers about nuts and whether they were good for me before I started eating them. After all, I didn’t want to drop dead of a heart attack or something because I read somewhere that nuts were good for me and began eating it in earnest. So, here’s what I gathered…

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?