Category Archives: Health and Wellness

Health Benefits of Using the Steam/Sauna Room

Steam and sauna rooms have begun taking on a new meaning in this day and age. Most gymnasiums and hotels are all equipped with them and this enables you to sit back and relax and sweat your stress and worries away. According to sources, heating the body above its normal temperature, as in steam rooms and saunas, activates various bodily functions and produces chemicals and enzymes that help fight pain and infection. If you were hesitant about using steam rooms and saunas, you shouldn’t be. So, next time you get the opportunity, make the most of it and see how it can benefit your system.

Benefits of Grapefruit

Health Benefits of Grapefruit

Grapefruit has been around for decades. I think the fruit was discovered in Barbados. It is believed to be a crossbreeding between the orange and the pomelo. Ok, so the breading of the fruit is not all that clear, but I have to tell you that one thing is quite clear. This is one fruit considered to be one of the healthiest on the planet. There are really powerful health benefits in this fruit that you really have to read this article to know. One thing you should keep in mind though, grapefruit or grapefruit juice can interact with certain medications. So, I advise you to speak to your doctor before you make the most of its health benefits.

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Are you at Risk of Developing Diabetes?

Have you noticed when you pass 50+ our list of medications increases with every passing year? First, we start with medication for managing HP and heart conditions and then move on from there to medication for arthritis, bladder issues, digestion problems, etc. etc. Well, let me add another medication to this long list. How about diabetes medication? According to the New York City Health Department, as of June 10th, diabetes is at an all-time high. It contributed to 5,695 deaths in the past year. Furthermore, diabetes claims at least one life every 90 minutes. Aren’t these appalling statistics? What should we do?

Overcoming the Empty-Nest Syndrome

Overcoming the Empty-Nest Syndrome

Many boomers go through the Empty-Nest Syndrome once their children have moved out and they find themselves all alone at home. No running around getting things together, no drop-offs and pick-ups from schools and no planning dinner menus anymore. Many boomers wait for this freedom while they are rushing through life with their kids and responsibilities. But, when it finally dawns on us, along with this free time comes the most awful feeling in the world, loneliness. This is when the Empty-Nest Syndrome comes into play.

Let’s Drink to Good Health

What do Merlot, Cabernet, and Syrah have in common? Well if you’re thinking a leisurely afternoon at a winery than you’re right! But did you know that enjoying that glass of red wine is good for your heart and may prevent falls?

The skins and seeds of the grapes used to produce red wine contain a powerful antioxidant called resveratrol which has been shown to have effective anti-aging properties. Antioxidants as we know work to protect tissues and cells in our bodies against inflammation, cancer, and free radicals. A glass or two daily can inhibit cell damage caused by Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Research has also shown senior citizens to have an improvement in motor function thus reducing the frequency of falls. Does white wine have the same benefit? The difference is in the production. White wines, as opposed to reds, are produced without the grape skins which is where the antioxidant is found.

Can’t I just drink grape juice? You could. Concord grape juice is a good non-alcoholic alternative, but the levels of resveratrol are not quite as high because the entire grape isn’t always used in the process. If alcohol is off-limits for you, resveratrol is available in supplement form and is equally effective in its antioxidant benefit.

Red wine is still an alcoholic beverage so remember to enjoy in moderation. Certain prescription drugs should not be mixed with alcohol, so check with your doctor or pharmacist to know if there are any precautions to be taken.

It’s always nice to know when something like wine can be good for your health. Paired with the right foods especially good quality dark chocolate and you have a winning combination! But then again chocolate and red wine are always a winner, right?

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Why Senior Males Should not Ignore BPH Symptoms

Illnesses are common with the aging process. Both men and women can expect their share of various illnesses. These include arthritis, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, heart attacks, strokes, etc. Some diseases affect women more than men and vice versa. However, one problem that women are exempted from, and affects mostly elderly gentlemen quite often, is benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH.

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How to Stay Young at Heart

Your Age should not Limit your 55Plus Active Lifestyle and Hamper your Activities

Some make the mistake of thinking that they are over the hill when you enter their 40s. But what happens when you enter your 50s and 60s? Have you crossed the hill and climbed a mountain? The aging process can be either received with happiness and contentment or with sadness and depression. When you think about it, age is just a number. It is how you feel as you age that really gets you down. If you are entering the mid-40s or 50s or even the 60s, keep in mind, how you feel about your age is all in the way you look at it. If you choose to look at it as a carefree, exciting second youth, sans all the burdens of future expectations and family responsibilities, then, this is going to be one of the best phases in your life!

The Importance of Companionship for Seniors

Retirement should be a happy time. It should be a time of enjoying everything you ever wanted to do without the stress of work. It is a time to visit family and friends and have family and friends visit us. Yet, this does not happen to many seniors. Unfortunately, many seniors face a lonely life after retirement. This can lead to various health problems.