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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. 

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.

Possible Causes of Poor Nutrition among Seniors

Possible Causes of Poor Nutrition Among Seniors

Good eating habits are important at any age. But, physical limitations and various health issues prevent most seniors, from getting the nutrients they need. Many seniors don’t eat as well as they should. There are a number of reasons why seniors do not get the nutrition they need.

10 Brain Foods that Prevent Dementia After 50

10 Brain Foods that Prevent Dementia After 50

Dementia is a word that scares many older adults. However, did you know, consuming healthy foods when you are 50 lowers your risk of dementia by 90%? This is according to a thesis published by the University of Eastern Finland. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at some of these brain foods.

Walnuts – This variety of nuts is high in heart-healthy and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also the only nut variety that has alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which promotes blood flow to the brain. This is an essential Omega-3 fatty acid necessary for the normal growth and development of humans.

Senior Yoga Tips

Yoga Exercises for Seniors

Yoga is a form of exercise suitable for adults of all ages. It is extremely beneficial for combating fatigue, stress, and pain. Yoga exercises for seniors help with core strength and balance minimizing fall-related injuries. Yoga also helps alleviate various health issues and help seniors feel young and vital. Although you may not be able to do some of the various yoga poses, here are some that can improve your wellbeing and quality of life.

Strength Training for Seniors

Strength training is a controlled, slow exercise that makes muscles work against tension. This method of exercise is extremely beneficial for seniors as it improves balance, coordination, and flexibility. Strength training also fights bone mass loss and eases the pain associated with arthritis. Sadly, many seniors are not reaping the benefits of strength training. Although walking and jogging are beneficial, combining them with strength training exercises can give you added benefits.

Weight Loss After 55

Weight Loss After 55

As you age, you undergo a lot of changes both mentally and physically. It becomes increasingly difficult to lose weight as we grow older. The main reason being that metabolism drastically reduces after the age of 55. However, it does not mean that one cannot lose weight altogether. With the proper lifestyle changes, you can have a healthy weight and maintain it too. There are many measures senior citizens can do to achieve weight loss. Below are some ways that may help you lose weight effectively and keep it off.