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Benefits of Soursop

Soursop – The Cancer Killer We Never Knew About

I have heard many stories about various fruits and vegetables that reduce the risk of cancer. So, when a friend told me about this cancer-fighting fruit called soursop, and to add it to my breakfast routine, I wondered a bit as to why she was insistent on this fruit is such a good preventer of cancer. I was also a bit curious as to why if it was so good, that we don’t hear much about this wonder-fruit. As is the usual case, I conducted a little research and came up with a few facts, which I decided has to be shared with you, my readers. 

5 Myths about Aging and Health

5 Myths About Aging and Health

The aging process is inevitable. Many people dread this, and this is due to many myths and stereotypes that have been around for generations. These myths also negatively affect how we look at the older generation. Here are five common myths about aging and health you really ought to forget about.

Tips For a Healthy Spring Makeover

Tips For a Healthy Spring Makeover

With winter behind us, and longer days ahead, the coming months are an exciting time to revisit those January resolutions and kickstart our health goals. As markets become more bountiful, and sidewalks thaw out to make way for running shoes, the energy behind this seasonal shift has an irresistible way of getting us off the couch, and out into the open. From cleaning up our diets to developing a solid routine, our homes aren’t the only ones that can benefit from a spring cleaning.

Find Joy in What Moves You
If you have a love-hate relationship with exercise, you’re not alone. Nothing puts the brakes on a fitness routine like a workout that feels more like a chore, so if slaving away on the treadmill isn’t feeling inspiring, consider changing it up! Now that the weather is warming up, find a form of movement that motivates you like riding a bike, running, hiking or even taking the dog on a brisk morning walk. The Centers for Disease Control recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity per week which doesn’t have to be regimented exercise, and can easily include anything from yard work to reaching the top of a breathtaking summit.

Popular Arthritis Exercises for Seniors

Popular Arthritis Exercises for Seniors

Arthritis is a common problem for many seniors. Pain is the most significant symptom of arthritis. In the past, many believed exercise was taboo for people with arthritis. However, research shows us this is not true. Exercise, the low-impact kind, is extremely beneficial for seniors with arthritis. Here are some popular low-impact exercises that can be incorporated into your daily routine.

Forget Downsizing – Boomers Want More Square Footage

What constitutes a happy, and fulfilling life? Quality of living is having healthy social relationships, including exercise each day, and loving your surroundings. This concept is why active lifestyle communities do what they do. Recognizing what’s important to today’s discerning baby boomers, active adult communities are designed to meet their needs, offering an all-encompassing experience for this next chapter.

Back in the day “retiring” meant cookie-cutter smaller-scale housing, playing bingo, and getting old. This couldn’t be further from the truth in today’s age where folks are continuing to work well beyond 65, and want to get a head start finding their ideal home. According to an article written by Forbes, the demand for homes within 55+ communities has become increasingly popular, as are the amenities these homebuyers are seeking. It’s gone way beyond the idea that the kids have moved out, let’s downsize. Buyers are taking the opportunity to go bigger, and better looking for luxury features, in prime locations to perhaps pursue around two careers or just savor their hard-earned retirement.

Health Benefits of Celery

Celery is a low-calorie vegetable with many health benefits, belonging to the Apiaceae family. It helps detoxify the body and has a calming effect on the body and mind. These are not the only benefits of celery. Continue to find out why you should include celery in your daily diet.

Anti-inflammatory Benefits

Celery protects against inflammation in the digestive tract. This is a problem many seniors are familiar with. The non-starch polysaccharides appear to be the main factor in helping against digestive inflammation. Celery also helps with other types of inflammation, such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. So, eating more celery just may help you find some relief.

55+ Seniors, are you Prepared for a Stroke?

55+ Seniors, are you Prepared for a Stroke?

These days, you don’t have to be of a certain age to get a stroke. Even 30-year-olds are falling prey to this “silent killer”. If you are over 55, and lead a sedentary lifestyle, or suffer from high blood pressure or diabetes, then you are at high risk of getting a stroke. The best thing to do, now that you are aware of it, be prepared and practice stroke prevention.

What is a Stroke?

You may know what a stroke is, but some may not be aware of exactly what a stroke is and how it occurs. A stroke occurs due to an interruption or failure of blood circulation to the brain. Decreased blood flow prevents oxygen from entering the brain cells resulting in a stroke. A stroke can occur in two ways. One is caused by a blockage of blood flow and the other is caused by excessive bleeding. Approximately 80% of strokes occur due to a blockage of a blood vessel. This is referred to as an ischemic stroke. An ischemic stroke can occur in three ways. It can be due to the formation of a blood clot in the blood vessel of the brain or neck (thrombosis), the movement of a blood clot from another part of the body to the neck or brain (embolism), severe narrowing of an artery leading to the brain causing a lack of blood flow (stenosis). The second type of stroke is a hemorrhagic stroke which occurs due to bleeding in the brain or the spaces surrounding the brain.

Feeling Puzzled May Boost Your Brain Power

If you though the therapeutic effect of crossword, and jigsaw puzzles was all in your head, you’re absolutely right. Carefully strategizing the answer to 35 across or lining up your edge pieces is like calisthenics for your brain, and something you should be doing more often. Working on a puzzle reduces stress in a way that hours spent watching mindless television can’t do, and according to researchers may also improve your long term cognitive health. Need a lift? Instead of looking for the remote, give your brain a good workout instead.

The Happiness Effect

The feeling you get when you’ve found that missing piece is the mood enhancing chemical dopamine. It makes you feel accomplished, and good about yourself, so if you’ve just completed a 1,000 piece masterpiece, your brain is likely running on all of its feel good cylinders. If you’re looking to spice up your social life, puzzles make for a fun group activity to do with family, and friends, so why not reschedule your next poker game, and brainstorm over a puzzle instead?