Money problems and it’s effects on the elderly

FINANCIAL DECLINE AND THE AGING WOMAN

As you probably have already observed there are many senior citizens that lose the ability to manage their finances as they should for one reason or another.

The question often arises if the elder person is aware that there may be a decline in financial abilities as they age.

Many of the elder citizens with sharp minds and a good education are not as knowledgeable of this fact as you might think.

We just want to give you a head-up on matters so that you’ll know what to expect for your future as a senior citizen.

Seniors may not be as aware as they let on about the pit falls that may occur with the decline of income. This can be a serious delema that causes great inconvenience or even hardship to some.

 

PLANNING AHEAD FOR RETIREMENT

The person that has the ability to plan ahead will weather the storm of financial decline much better than lets say someone that hasn’t given it much thought at all.

Common sense should be a part of the process of figuring out your financial situation as someone contemplates their finances in their golden years.

Being able to make the kind of income that one was accustomed to when they were younger must be taken into consideration as social programs and even retirement programs don’t pay the kind of funds that someone might collect in their twenties or thirties.

Every scenario must be measured carefully to be able to live comfortably when those wages that were paid earlier in life are now a thing of the past.

 

LOSING CONTROL

The lost of control in any ones life can be absolutely devastating, maintaining control of what we do is what keeps us in a place comfort and stability of mind.

To lose control of our day-to-day activities would certainly throw a wet blanket on our lives and could cause disgust to us and those that love us.
Losing control of our lives could make us have a sense of helplessness or even hopelessness.

There are probably none of us that would like to be thought of a being incompetent or not having the ability to manage our own financial affairs, after all we have years behind us of being very wise with our spending and to have someone close to us say that we aren’t the same as we use to be would possibly be degrading to us.

GET EDUCATED TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE

We were not born into this world with instructions on how to address everything so when matters such as this arise the proper steps to take would be to get the training or instructions that it requires to manage the situation.

Families are normally kind of hand offish when it comes helping with managing of a loved ones financial affairs and rightfully so sometimes.

Needless to say, this can be a very uncomfortable topic but it has to be addressed at some point in time. Setting the rules in place early can without a doubt provide a cure for what ever comes down the road later on.

Having an understanding about these types of matters is the best thing in the world.

STEPS THAT CAN BE TAKEN

There are however, steps that can be taken to
reduce or lessen the severity of financial decline and to deal sensibly with them as they occur.

Awareness is probably the key here when it comes to problem solving but activating a plan of action does much more to alleviate or ease the effects of financial decline.

LET’S CHECK THE WARNING SIGNS OF FINANCIAL DECLINE

We will list some signs of a person who is in the state of financial decline. This is not a complete list of things to look for but gives one a guideline of sort of things to start observing in the life of your senior family member or friend.

If you start observing that the person in question is taking a lot longer to complete financial documents or shows a lack of caring to what is being done then the senior may have a bit of an issue.

Not being able to add, multiply or subtract should really send up red flags as this may surely be a sign of decline. When faced with a financial situation and the senior doesn’t quite “get it” over a period of time is definitely something that needs to be addressed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Embarrassing Concerns for Women

CONCERNS BY AGE Groups

LADIES IN THEIR THIRTYS

is a fact that as age becomes more of a factor, there are different issues concerns with the aging woman.

For instance, around age 30, women appear to be more appearance conscious in that age group, certain questions arise about the use of
certain products and what affect it may have on the way they look and how it may affect their health.

One of the things that women are questioning, is the use of the very tight undergarments or shape wear and if the wearing of these so called shape wear garments may be in one way or another harmful to their health or could there be any health risks associated with long term wearing of these undergarments.

The fact is that, if you are wearing these under garments for very long period during the day, the garments themselves could create more heat in certain areas that could lead to a yeast infection. In addition, if you suffer from IBS the wearing of such tight apparel could affect the move of the intestines and make for a very uncomfortable situation.

LADIES IN THEIR FORTIES

Ladies around age 40 have mostly had all the children they are going to have and their questions are very much about how they look.

Weight gain is probably the biggest concern during this period in a women’ life but also they may have noticed they may also have an increase in their shoe size.

LADIES IN THEIR FIFTIES

As women age into their fifties, they may start to experience menopause.

The issue with menopause is not the only issue that women will probably face.

Having issues with their bladder can be a great concern during this period of their llves Bladder leakage is not so uncommon at this time and it will become more noticeable when a woman coughs or laughs or puts any stain on the abdomen.

Be aware that now there is a patch that can be worn on the abdomen and don’t need a prescription to buy it, it can can be bought over the counter.

The medication in this new discovery can usually clear the issue up in a timely manner.

WOMEN IN THEIR SIXTIES

Sixty has been described by some as the new middle age and the reason for that may be the new advances in technology and more awareness of how our bodies function.

We are so thankful of the strides that science has made over the years but there still remains conditions that we must deal with as we reach a certain period in our lives.

Even though heart disease and other issues are still an ever present threat to women sixty and above, the methods for early diagnosis of certain diseases have greatly improved longevity and the quality of life for millions of women all over the world.

Healing medicines that have been invented in the last few years have proven to have been a god send to thousands of people all over the world.

Cosmetics that can help the skin to appear younger and more vibrant can do wonders for the women who suffer from wrinkles and such things as never before in history.

DIET AND EXERCISE A KEY COMPONENT

There is no remedy as great as taking care of oneself and following a regimen of proper diet, rest and exercise at any age.

The combination of these three key ingredients can be one of the best defenses in the war against aging and health care for the body.

Regular medical check ups and reading the newest articles in print can help immeasurably in your quest to a healthier more abundant life. All the best to you as you approach the best years of your life!

Migraine Headaches……..What causes them.

WHAT ARE MIGRAINE HEADACHES?

Migraine headaches are recurring headaches that are mostly felt on one side of the head.

It is a neurobiological disorder that involves both neurological and vascular changes in the brain during an attack.

During the headache, an artery outside your skull starts to enlarge. This releases a chemical that causes inflammation, severe pain and more enlarging of the artery.

Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea are often associated with a migraine attack.

This prolongs the emptying of the stomach into the small intestines, decrease blood circulation (resulting in cold hands and feet) and heightens the sensitivity to both light and sound.

Some causes may be an allergic reaction, loud noises, bright lights, stress, lack of sleep, smoking and drinking alcohol and a person menstrual cycle.

CANDIDATES FOR MIGRAINE HEADACHES

It is estimated that people between 35 and 55 years of age are the best candidates for getting migraine headaches.

While 18% of the cases are women only about 6% are men. Caucasian and lower income groups tend to be more affected than other groups.

Migraine is the third most widespread illness in the world. There are around 50 million people in the United States alone that complain of headaches each year.

Migraine is the cause of the loss of millions of dollars each year in time lost by employees from their jobs.

FOODS THAT CAUSE MIGRAINE HEADACHES

Some foods that trigger these headaches are chocolate, red wine, yogurt, bananas, any alcoholic beverage, citrus fruits, and onions.

Remember all individuals are not the same thing that triggers migraine headaches will not always affect another person.

Also, among the foods that trigger migraine headaches are aged cheeses.

Aged cheeses include cheddar, blue, brie, Parmesan, Gouda, Gruyere, Swiss and mozzarella.

The reason aged cheese generally causes migraines and fresh cheese does is that aged cheese contains more of a substance called thiamine.

Thiamine is formed in foods as they age or undergo fermentation. But you should consume any cheese with a bit of caution until you are absolutely sure that it will trigger a headache.

Three citrus fruits that are known to cause headaches are oranges, grapefruit, and lemon.

These fruits contain histamines and histamines trigger what is called cluster headaches.

These headaches are characterized by intense pain on one side of the head over the eyes or in the temple area.

Nuts like pistachios almonds and cashews can all trigger headaches.

People that are sensitive to caffeine can develop migraines after drinking coffee, green tea, and soft drinks containing caffeine.

The caffeine in these drinks can also be used to stop a headache also and many over the counter pain relievers contain caffeine.

Some people say that artificial sweeteners such as Nutra sweet and equal also trigger migraine headaches along with diet drinks, sugar-free sweets, low-calorie desserts, and light yogurts.

Sulfites which are a preservative in fruits like prunes, apricots, figs, red and white wines also are triggers for migraine headaches.

Tannin the ingredient found in apples, pears, apple cider seems to be a trigger for some individuals for getting migraine headaches as well.

MEAT PRESERVATIVES

Deli meats and pepperoni are all full of nitrites and these are all triggers for migraine headaches.

These same preservatives are found in sausages, jerky, and lots of other meats that are cured, pickled, smoked or canned. Among some of these are chicken, turkey and corned beef.

HOW TO AVOID GETTING A MIGRAINE HEADACHE

Noises, flashing lights, and sensory stimulation are a common trigger for headaches, staying away from any environment that these stimuli are present would help greatly.

It would help greatly to avoid night driving, glaring sun, and even going to the movies. Take frequent breaks from your computer or even watching t.v.

Check your choices of foods, avoid alcohol, chocolate, Processes foods, wines or beer, and artificial sweeteners as well.

Get the proper nutrients. Minimize your time outside, hot and humid weather is triggering to some individual.

Skipping meals, make sure you eat with 45 minutes to an hour after you get up in the morning.

Make sure that you are getting enough water and that you are getting plenty of rest and sleep. We advised that getting too much sleep can cause a headache as well.

It may be difficult at times but avoid as much stress as possible if you’re a candidate for getting migraine headaches.
Engage in yoga or light aerobic exercises. Don’t do any heavy lifting as this may trigger your headaches.

In closing, take care of yourself and take notes of anything that might trigger migraine headaches in you.

 

 

 

 

 

Having A Good Laugh Reduces Stress!

How to relieve stress

Want to relieve stress, have a good long laugh. Whether it’s watching a funny video, reading a funny book, a gathering of friends at a funny show or watching a funny movie.

TRY TO STOP THINKING ABOUT THE PROBLEM

One other good way of reducing stress and tension in your life is just to simply stop thinking about the thing that is causing the stress.

One way that you can help reduce anxiety or stress is to take up some kind of craft like knitting or sewing.

These are wonderful distractions for any problem that might be causing you stress for a while, even though it’s not a permanent fix or cure-all for what ails you.

That precious amount of time that your mind is not on your stressful subject can work wonders.

Reading an interesting book is very good for reducing stress as it can completely take you away from your situation by getting you totally engrossed in the content of the story.
Anything that can take you away from the problem you’re having can give you time to clear your head and face the issue head on again.

ENGAGING YOUR SUPPORT SYSTEM

It’s always good to have someone to vent to when you’re under pressure, whether it’s a family member like Mom or Dad a sister, if you’re religious, maybe talk to your pastor or priest, a close friend or a spouse.

Tell them exactly what it is that has you under stress and don’t hold back. Your support group may not be able to solve the problem completely but it can work wonders just getting it off your chest sometimes.

DO SOMETHING NICE FOR YOURSELF

A person should never under estimate the power of a good foot massage, body massage or head massage.

A good massage can even reduce depression along with anxiety, helps in getting rid of pain and stiffness in your body, enhance immunity.

Massage increase circulation, reduce spasms and cramping, helps remove dead skin cells, reduce fatigue, increases joint flexibility.

Massage promotes tissue regeneration, eases medication dependence.

It is said that the gentle massage of a masseur can help the relief of toxins from the body and helps to improve your complexion, and improve the look of your hair.

Massage can even tighten loose skin after weight loss but watching your diet is important as well.

The physical touch of a person releases endorphins and hormone in the body, the release of these hormones can give relief to you and give your body a sense of well-being.

FOODS THAT REDUCE STRESS

Certain foods can actually help the body reduce its stress level.

Things that stress out one person may not be stressful to another, we are all different and are stressed by different things.

Foods such as Blueberries help the body to fight against stress, spinach is a great stress reliever as it contains lots of magnesium and thus helps you feel more relaxed.

Cashews are a great stress reliever as they contain vitamins B6 which helps reduce depression and zinc that helps reduce anxiety, black tea which is known to reduce stress.

Milk can be considered a stress reliever, milk contains an amino acid that signals the brain to release serotonin which produces a calming effect, dark chocolate, broccoli is rich is folic acid and is a great stress reducer.

Avocados are also to one of the best stress reducers ever and make you feel full and satisfied.

The fatty acids in salmon helps the brain reduce the spiking of stress hormones and adrenaline.

Drinking water is one of the most important things you could do to offset stress in your life.

Are Breast Implants Safe?

WHY BREAST IMPLANTS

Breast augmentation has been the number one cosmetic procedure done in the United States for many years now. According to statistics nearly five percent of women in the United States have breast implants.

Implants are said to define and improve the appearance of lots of women who have small breasts as well as for those who want to increase their bust size for different reasons.

It might be also mentioned that breast implants are used in women who have experience cancer of the breast and had either one or both of their natural breast removed by surgical means.

For the most part breast implants are considered safe by the Food and Drug Administration but some women being different their varying opinions as to implants being safe or harmful.
There are several kinds of implants, Saline and Silicone, neither of the two have ever been directly the cause of any health issues in women although Saline implants are somewhat preferred over Silicone.

WHAT ARE SOME NEGATIVE ISSUES OF HAVING BREAST AUGMENTATION?

Some women have complained about aches and pains, headaches, fibromyalgia, thyroid imbalance and other symptoms as well.
It would be worth mentioning at this point that all implants at some point will develop a hole and leak, it’s just a natural occurrence, as all man-made materials break down over time and implants are no exception to the rule.

One advantage that the Saline implant has over the Silicone is that if it should happen to develop a hole in it you really can’t tell if it has failed or not it just gets smaller in volume on the side that the leak has occurred.

On the other hand the implants that consist of silicone if a leak should occur it’s really no big deal, the older implants were made a lot differently than they are today, they have more viscosity and are more dependable to a degree.

Silicone is the most commonly used implant but has gotten a bad reputation in the past.

There are still on going studies being carried out by the Food and Drug Administration to see if either the Saline type of implant or the Silicone type of implant has any reason for concern as far as being a cancer causing agent.

It has been suggested that those recipients of either Saline or Silicone implants do follow up inspections every ten years or so not to see if there’s a risk of cancer but for leakage, swelling or redness in the area.

OTHER ISSUES BEING TALKED ABOUT

Can a breast implant explode due to high elevation, when you’re flying or mountain climbing, the simple answer to that question is absolutely not.

The implants today are made of such high quality medical grade material that it would be impossible for that to happen.

Even when getting a mammogram or if the wearer were in a car crash the results would still be the same.

Is a woman ever too old to have breast implants, the answer is no but there are conditions that must be considered.

As a woman increases in age, her breast tissue changes, the skin tends to stretch and sagging comes into play. There must be in some cases a breast lift before there can be a breast augmentation.

There have been issues bought up by a few women, one of these conditions was called moldy breast.

It was said to have left one of the victims covered scars, with pain, fibromyalgia and other issues she says were bought on by the breast augmentation she had years previous.

If you are considering a breast augmentation, get all the information that is available to you.

Talk to your doctor to see if you are able to withstand having breast implants. Consider why you are getting implants, are the risks worth it.

Although most say that the procedure is completely safe remember this is not a difficult operation but pays the plastic surgeon very well.

All operations come with some side effects, don’t allow implants to effect your health negatively.

 

 

 

What causes back pain in women?

MUSCLE STRAIN

One of the most common causes of lower back pain is straining. This kind of pain is not just limited to a certain age group but can happen anyone at any age.

In lots of cases, upper and middle back pain is caused by overuse, muscle strain, or an injury to a muscle, ligaments and the discs in your back. Did you know that a bone in your back can be broken from only an injury or simply turning or moving the wrong way?

LIFTING THE RIGHT WAY TO AVOID BACK INJURY

Many people believe they know how to lift properly and safely. They
are then in disbelief when they injure their back during a “simple”
lift. After getting a back injury from lifting, many people will
comment, “but I even bent my knees!” Therefore, there must be more to
safe lifting than just bending the knees.

COMMON CAUSES OF STRAIN

Lifting a heavy object, or twisting the spine while lifting, Sudden movements that place too much stress on the low back, such as a fall, Poor posture over time, Sports injuries, especially in sports that involve twisting or large forces of impact.

A one-time injury that damages a muscle, tendon, or ligament is considered an acute muscle strain.

These injuries usually occur after a sudden, jarring impact or during activities that include heavy lifting or excess pressure on the spine.

Chronic strains, on the other hand, are caused by repetitive movements that gradually overstretch or tear the muscle.

Chronic muscle strain is more common in athletes or people with physically challenging occupations.

Stressful, repeated motions can cause muscles to tighten or tear.

Sports such as rowing, playing golf or even baseball can cause strain due to repeated, forceful movement.

Chronic strain may grow worse over time and pain can also get much worse if the muscles or muscle is already sore and then absorbs much more stress.

When low back and core abdominal muscles are weak, the lower back is more prone to injury.

Slouching forward in a chair adds much strain on the lower back muscles and on the spine. Also, tight hamstring muscles place strain on the back as well.

Lifting from the ground, or overhead are common causes of lower back problems.

Safe lifting methods include such as keeping the item you are lifting close to your chest and avoiding any twisting motion of the upper body while you’re lifting.

Starting a new sport or activity may lead to a muscle strain by putting sudden, unfamiliar stress on a muscle or group of muscles.

SYMTOMS OF PULLED MUSCLES

Strained muscles usually feel sore, tight, or achy. Pain that feels hot or tingling is likely caused an irritated nerve.

Low back pain worsens with movements of certain kinds that bother the affected muscles. An example of this would be a flare-up of pain when sitting down or getting up from a seated position.

There can also be pain when bending forward or when you get up from a laying down position.

Typical movements may be limited when a low back muscle is strained, making it difficult to bend, shift position, or walk for extended periods of time.

A strained muscle can become inflamed and feel very tender to the touch. Muscle spasms and cramps that can produce excruciating pain and very limited movement and the affected area may also be swollen.

WHAT CAN BE DONE TO EASE BACK PAIN

The use of heating pads increase circulation, which improves healing and relieves tension on the strain muscles.

Heat therapy is usually recommended starting about 48 hours after an injury. Apply a towel between the heating pad and the back to prevent getting burned.

Applying heat before starting an activity can reduce pain related to the body movement. Applying the heating pad for a few minutes can help tremendously before getting out of bed and will alleviate some stiffness.

A simple massage will increase circulation and relax muscles, the massage will improve the range of motion and help decrease pain.

Walking can work wonders to reduce pain and being active is important to keep your spine healthy. Walk as little as five minutes a day can relieve lower back pain and the associated stiffness and discomfort.

Avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting. This can intensify the pain and actually worsen the condition.

In addition to heating pads you could also apply ice packs to the affected area. Please limit the application of ice packs to no more than twenty minutes at a time, up to 10 times in a twenty-four-hour period.

MEDICATIONS FOR BACK PAIN

Your choice of over the counter pain relief depends on you. If you are aspirin sensitive, stay clear of any product that contains aspirin.
Acetaminophen tablets are probably best for you if you have high blood pressure or heart condition or other underlying issues that may intensify by the use of certain over the counter medications.

If ever there is doubt about what would be best to take the smart move would be to see you doctor.

What is Fasting?…is it safe?…what are the benefits?

WHAT IS FASTING?

Fasting is the act of abstaining from some or all food or drink, especially as a religious observance.

Some people who fast, say that they have noticed that they have increase energy, better digestion and has helped in maintaining an ideal weight.

Let’s establish what intermittent means first of all, it means that this is not doing without food or drink for long periods of time but at irregular intervals.

This could mean that you only ate at a certain hour of the day or maybe you skipped a day and ate and drank on odd or even days of the week.

This is entirely up to the individual as to the time of day or the number of days they were going to fast, abstaining from food or drink or both.

DOES FASTING HEAL THE BODY?

What conditions are healed through fasting you might ask, fasting itself does not heal the body but just like many other live entities the body possess the power to both cleanse and heal itself.

What fasting does is give the body conditions on which it heals and cleanses itself.

As we medicines to treat our ailments and diseases, this adds to our body toxicity which is of not benefit whatsoever to our body.

As the body gives us signals that its trying to heal itself by acting abnormally according to the way we’re led to believe, let me describe it this way if your car has a “service engine” light to come on should we ignore it or cut the wire leading to the light?

If we cut the signal wire that says something has gone wrong and is giving us a warning sign we should pay attention to the warning not cover it up or let go untreated.

Like we stated earlier, fasting gives the body the opportunity to heal what’s wrong with it naturally.
Fasting is good for your body but done wrong it can be dangerous and long-term lasting consequences.

WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR BRAIN WHEN YOU FAST?

As you are well aware the brain is one of the most important parts of the body and it is the part of the body that you should want to run perfectly all the time.

Intermittent fast is said to help to increase the brains power and that it is fasting not eating that causes the brain to run in tip-top condition all the time.

WHAT ARE SOME BENEFITS OF FASTING?

You may wonder what are the benefits of fasting. One good benefit of fasting is that is causes your body to rest, Even in the Bible fasting is mentioned for spiritual enlightenment
and also modern day medicine says that fasting allows your gut to rest and naturally build your hormone level.

If you suffer from leaky gut syndrome, constipation or diarrhea intermittent fasting can work wonders for these conditions and let’s not forget weight loss and detoxification.
Other benefits include blood sugar control by reducing insulin resistance, helps fight inflammation, enhances heart health by improving blood pressure, boosts metabolism, increases muscle strength, delays the aging process and could help in the prevention of certain cancers.

NEGATIVE SIDE EFFECTS OF FASTING

There are truly some great benefits to be had by fasting but the downside is there is also some negative things that can be caused by fasting.

If you are a person that suffers from diabetes or low blood sugar, fasting can cause spikes in your blood sugar and cause crashes which are dangerous.

It is best to seek the advice of a doctor if you plan to fast for periods that exceed twenty-four hours.

Attempting to fast could offer great results but it could be unhealthy if done wrong.

One should consider their age and medical conditon before any fast is attempted.

Water fasting could dehydrate the body to a certain degree and could cause problems if continued for long periods.

The same things apply when it comes to abstaining from food for long periods of time.

Use some discretion and not jump into fasting just because someone said the benefits were to great to ignore.

A healthy individual should start a little at a time until he or she has been conditioned for longer periods of time. Think safety whatever you do!

 

 

 

 

 

diet soda dangers

 DIET SODA DANGERS

The dangers of diet sodas. There have been studies carried out that confirms the fact that drinking diet colas has a negative effect on our body if we only have one swallow of it.

There have been dozens of warnings that have advised us that drinking these drinks were in fact detrimental to our health.

The high sugar content of colas increases insulin levels in the body which in turn increases blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

The increased use of sugar encourages weight gain in the body and also diabetes, as well an increase risk of having a heart attack.

One thing that should be mentioned is that sugar causes our skin to have more wrinkles and other sighs of growing older

. Be aware that the chemical in the soda promotes the growth of “Bad” bacterial growth in our intestines. Although it’s sugar free it won’t necessarily help you lose weight.

HOW MUCH CAN I DRINK SAFELY?

It has been proven that just drinking one can of these diet colas can start immediately to affect our body.

No amount of these colas are safe to consume as they begin their negative effect from the time they’re consumed.

Just the consumption of one can per day can start a person to having problems with high blood pressure.

Women who drink these drinks especially have been show to suffer from type 2 Diabetes, what do you think?
Are the dangers of drinking the sodas really worth the few moments of pleasure they supposedly give?

Drinking diet sodas may not have any calories but they don’t contain anything good either.

DRINKING SODA AND TOOTH DECAY-THE CONNECTION

Let’s not be ignorant of the fact that after drinking a sugary soda the teeth, the gums and also the tongue are covered with that sugary concoction for hours.

The soda breaks down the enamel of the tooth causing them to be more susceptible to decay and rot.

If just have to have a soda drink it use a straw so that the soda doesn’t fill your mouth with the sugary mix but lands at the back of the throat by-passing the teeth and gums.

It might be inconvenient at the time but a good rinse using fluoridated
water from the tap or brushing the teeth wouldn’t be a bad idea.

WHAT ABOUT KIDNEY FAILURE?

It should be noted that sugary treats and the like are not the contributors to kidney failure but artificial sweeteners are.

It is a proven fact that the dietary version of colas, made with products other that sugar are more destructive that the versions that are made with sugar as a sweetener.

CAFFEINE LEVELS IN DIET DRINKS

Check the caffeine level in your next bottle of cola, see if there isn’t an unusually high amount the stuff in each bottle or can.

Caffeine causes nervousness, irregular heartbeat, insomnia and sleep problems.

Other problems bought on by caffeine consumption are the increased risk of getting certain types of cancer, depletion of vitamins and minerals and cause breast lumps and also birth defects.

Lessen the effects of this sugary slurry by just having one or two cans a week, no more, does it make sense to consume something that has been proven to be caustic and then expect to have good health?

 

Now to maintain healthy bones for a lifetime

TAKING PEOPER CARE OF OUR BONES

Let us first remember that our bones contain calcium and lots of it, in fact over 99% of the calcium in our body is in our bones.

Taking this in consideration, wouldn’t it be in our best interest to boost the amount of calcium in our body to make sure that our bones were getting the right amount to keep them healthy?

Our bones can get what is called Osteoporosis, this is a condition that causes the bones in our body to become weak and fragile.

Our body doesn’t make calcium so in order to get the calcium in needs we need to eat and drink those things that will nourish our bones.

FOODS THAT BOOST OUR LEVELS OF CALCIUM

One food that is great in increasing the levels of calcium in our body is Sardines. Don’t allow the smell of the sardines deter you from eating this amazing source of calcium.

These little guys can have over 300 milligrams of calcium in them. Another amazing source of calcium is Salmon, you can expect to get about a 180 milligrams of calcium from this amazing fish.

WHAT HAPPENS AS WE AGE

As women grow older we see a hormonal decrease and we’ll experience a decrease in bone density.

This is where therapy comes in, along with eating and drinking foods and fluids that benefit and strengthen our bone, exercise is also needed to help.

One good thing to practice is posture, sitting and standing correctly can greatly increase the strength of our bones.

Walking, who would’ve ever imagined that taking a simple stroll could actually help to make our bones much more resistant to fractures and bone breakage.

Any type of weight bearing exercise, within reason, can help us maintain strong bones throughout our life.

GOOD WEIGHT BEARING EXERCISE TO INCREASE BONE STRENGTH

One of the best exercises that can be done is to get down on your hands and knees and lift one arm at a time for a few seconds, also lift one leg at a time for a few seconds.

As you get better at doing this, try lifting a leg and an arm at the same time and hold for a few seconds. This kind of exercise not only strengthens the bones but also helps our balance as well.

Doing push-ups is another great weight bearing exercise that you could employ in you efforts to increase your bods’ bone health.
Gently get down on all fours if this is comfortable for you and with your arms, gently start pushing up you body weight.

If is a bit hard to manage, just go to a wall and using your arms push your body towards and away from the wall. This should be done with your back straight and when you are comfortable using both arms try it using just one arm. But don’t overdo it.

Remember that your legs also need to strengthened also, so if you have stairs at your house, you can gently step up on a stair step and step down, repeat with the other leg until you’re comfortable that you’ve done your best.

Use what you have at home to do these simple exercises to save on the cost of a therapist unless you feel more at ease using one.

You can also use weights in your endeavor to strengthen your bone structure but start at using one pound weights and then as you’re comfortable you can graduate to more weight.

FOODS THAT HELP OSTEOPOROSIS AND PROMOTED BONE STRENGHT

To make your bones stronger and deter bone loss use these to help. Using coconut oil, coconut oil is great for cooking and you can consume a couple of teaspoons per day as well.

The old saying goes, an apple a day keeps the doctor away and it also helps maintain bone strength.

Sesame seeds are a very good source of calcium that can add strength to your bone structure, chew on a handful of these each day and release all the goodies that are contained inside them.

Another good food that helps is almond milk, almond milk contains magnesium and potassium that are essential for bone strength.

Eating prunes on a daily basis can help prevent fractures and osteoporosis.

Another good food to help your bones is pineapple, the minerals inside pineapple can help preventing and treating osteopororis.

Dark leafy green vegetables such as collard green, spinach, mustard greens and kale are all beneficial in helping to strenghten your bones.

Cabbage is another great vegetable to help your bones along with green peas.

 

Diseases That Effect Minority Woman More…Sickle Cell Anemia

WHAT IS SICKLE CELL ANEMIA

 

By definition Sickle Cell Anemia is a chronic inherited anemia that occurs primarily in individuals of African, Mediterranean, or southwest Asian ancestry who are homologous for the gene controlling hemoglobin S and that is characterized especially by episodic blocking of small blood vessels by sickle cells also called sickle cell disease.

Sickle Cell Anemia is a genetic disease and affects the red blood cells. It changes the cells from a flexible disc into a rigid crescent shape.

When red cells take this shape veins get blocked. This can cause damage to many organs. The organ damage increases with time and leads to an early death.

This disease starts in childhood and lasts for a lifetime. When the cells take on the shape of a sickle, the cells also become sticky.

This causes difficulty in blood flow when cells flow through long narrow veins and capillaries. Low oxygenation occurs when the cells go through low oxygen areas and only complicates this already horrific disease.

CARRYING THE TRAIT

If anyone inherits one sickle cell gene and one normal gene usually don’t have any of the symptoms of the disease itself but the bad news is they can pass the disease to their children.
If a child has both parents that has the trait then the child has a 50/50 chance of having the disease. When the child has the trait of the disease he or she can pass it along to his or her off-springs.

AGONIZING PAIN

The most common sign that accompany’s Sickle cell anemia is pain that may be dull, stabbing, throbbing, or sharp, and seems to come out of nowhere.

How severe it is and how long it lasts varies. Some people have crises here and there, while others may have them every month.

You might feel the pain anywhere in your body at any time. It may occur in the hands, feet, legs, chest, lower back or the arms.

You could experience difficulty breathing, exhaustion, tiredness, painful erections (if you’re a male), headaches and dizziness, and sometimes difficulty in moving certain body parts.

WHAT OTHER THINGS CAN SICKLE CELL ANEMIA CAUSE?

People with sickle cell disease, especially kids, are more likely to get infections. That’s because the disease damages the spleen, this is the part of our body that helps your body filter bacteria out of your blood.

When sickle cells block blood flow to the bones of major joints, it can cause bone tissue to die, it often happens in the hip joints of teenagers and adults with sickle cell disease.

PAIN MANAGMENT

Drink water or other fluids when your symptoms start. Staying hydrated can help you lessen the intensity of worst of an attack.

Use a heating pad on the area that seems to be hurting worse or take a warm bath to help your whole body. Try a massage, this will bring some relief to area where you are hurting and also help in circulation.

FOODS THAT HELP WITH SICKLE CELL ANEMIA

Eating calcium rich foods like low-fat or fat-free milk, yogurt or cheese, green leafy vegetables, soy milk, orange juice and tofu are all excellent foods that help with this incredibly horrible disease.

LIFE EXPECTANCY WITH SICKLE CELL DISEASE

Among children and adults with sickle cell the median age at death was from forty-two years to sixty-eight years depending on which gender you were or which class of the disease you were effected with.

IS THE A CURE FOR SICKLE CELL DISEASE?

The research that has been done with stem cell transplants is the only hope so far for a cure for this dreaded disease. Most efforts have been concentrating on avoiding crisis, relieving symptoms and prevention of complications.