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Importance of Fish Oil for Active Adults

Importance of Fish Oil

Fish is an excellent source of Omega 3 fatty acids. Eating fish on a regular basis is without a doubt, beneficial to a healthy life. However, it may be difficult to obtain the adequate fish necessary for a healthy life. The proper requirement for fish oil is huge. For example, you need to eat 2.3kg of snapper or 1.1kg of canned tuna every day to obtain the required fish oil for your body. As this is not possible, the best thing active adults can do is consider fish oil supplements. But, why is fish oil so vital for a healthy life?

Routine Medical Tests for Seniors

Routine Medical Tests for Seniors

As we age, we need to invest a significant amount of time looking after our health. With age comes wisdom, as well as, various health issues. There is a wide range of screenings and tests that can be considered in order to avoid various health issues which are common among seniors. Here are some of them.

Influenza Vaccination – Older adults are more likely to have complications from flu than younger ones. This is because your defense mechanism becomes weaker with age. So, in order to avoid all the problems with influenza get your flu shots every year, without fail.

Pneumonia Vaccination – According to the CDC the most amounts of deaths, from pneumonia, occur in the elderly. The CDC recommends, seniors over the age of 65, be immunized against pneumonia.

Health Benefits of Ginger

Ginger adds a certain zest and zing to your foods. It’s aromatic and spicy and is excellent with any type of dish, especially stir-fries. Fresh ginger root is not a seasonal herb, and therefore, is available year-round. Not only does ginger provide flavor to your foods, but it also has many health benefits. Here are some of them.

Anti-Inflammatory Benefits

Ginger has been used for medicinal purposes for many years. It is considered an Ayurvedic medicine in the south Asian continent. It contains compounds known as gingerol, which prevents anti-inflammatory conditions, such as, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Regular consumption of ginger, therefore, will decrease pain associated with these conditions and improve mobility.

A Few Mysterious Pains that Should NOT be Ignored

Aches and pains are an expected part of life. It does get worse with the aging process. There are some pains that you can identify and correct with a few pain medications. However, there are others, which linger and disappear after some time. These pains should never be ignored. These pains could be the root of some underlying, more serious, problem.

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.

Winter Safety Tips for Seniors

Winter is here, and it promises to be one of the worst. All that ice, snow, and cold temperature make life extremely challenging for all concerned. The challenge is doubled for seniors. Here are some winter safety tips for seniors to adhere to.

Sweet Potatoes – Great Taste and High in Nutrition

Sweet potatoes are one of the greatest foods for health and taste. These inexpensive, readily available distant cousin of potatoes is are a powerhouse of nutritional goodness. Contrary to popular belief, sweet potatoes are not yams but are in the same family as morning glories. This delicious, starchy, tuberous root must be made a part of your diet. Here’s why.

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.