Most of you know that I have a daily 3 hour round trip commute to work. So sitting in a car, gripping the steering wheel for an extended period of time over a 5 year span has really damaged my body.
That coupled with the fact that I was the caregiver to my grandmother for over a year prior to her death in 2009 is why I was desperately seeking relief from a Chiropractor.
It was during the 2016 Annual MACCDE Spring Expo that I signed up to receive a free evaluation at Middletown Chiropractic with Dr. Trevor Ennis and his wife and partner, Dr. Becky Keeley.
The office is located on Main Street in Middletown not far from home and is on a convenient route to work, plus the morning and evening hours fit perfectly into my schedule.
My first appointment was at 8:00 am and walking into the brightly lit office I was warmly greeted by the receptionists and felt completely at ease. After completing the paperwork which included extensive medical history questions which would assist “the doc” – which is what I like to call him, determine my immediate needs. Although this was a “FREE” exam, I didn’t feel slighted nor rushed and the x-rays were also included.
Using an inclinometer to measure the range of motion while bending forward, backwards and side to side neck rotations along with the results of the x-rays would determine the plan of action. Needless to say, my range of motion wasn’t as it should have been and the pain in my shoulders, upper arms and neck was quickly determined to be caused by the long car commute.
I have been feeling older than my 54 years and I would love to be able to get up in the morning without feeling the shoulder and neck pain so I signed up as a patient.
Having seen the doc for 4 visits since then, I must admit that I feel a difference and enjoy the “pops” of my neck, the loosening up in my shoulder and spine. But most of all I love the feel of the 4 warm electrodes that releases tension and relaxes my muscles, they actually feels like tiny caterpillars massaging my neck.
I have my “pillow wedge” to use at home for 5 minutes a day to help relieve the tension of having the weight of my head which is tilted too far forward.
Middletown Chiropractic care includes Spinal Decompression, Medical Acupuncture, the Graston Technique, Medical Massages and a good Keurig Cup selection!
If you are suffering from ailments such as headaches, migraines, pain, joint stiffness, weakness, or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, I suggest you seek out a Chiropractor as it should make you feel much better…don’t wait until it’s too late like I almost did!
BTW – this is a non-medical – non-sponsored post, I just wanted to share my experience with The Doc!
Every day, an estimate of 432 billion cells in your body die. Those cells are then replaced by other cells during your body’s natural regeneration process. The quality of these new cells is based on the quality of materials they have to create themselves.
You have control over whether or not the cells will have the proper food and nutrition they need in order to regenerate properly. The healthier your cells, the younger and healthier you look. Below are some tips to ensure that your cells have the proper nutrients, as well as other beauty tips to help you stay young.
Maintain a healthy body weight – A healthy body weight will lower your risk for many diseases, help you feel better, and give you more energy.
Drink lots of water – Water has many benefits including balancing body fluids, energizing muscles, and keeping skin young and healthy.
Eat less sugar – Sugar can depress the immune system making you more susceptible to disease.
Drink less caffeine – Caffeine dehydrates the body and depletes calcium, magnesium and phosphorus levels.
Eat your vegetables – Vegetables are full of vitamins and minerals that protect the body from disease and aging.
Eat more fruit – Fruit is also full of vitamins and minerals essential to the overall health of the body.
Eat smaller portions – Eating less calories lowers the production of T3, a hormone that slows metabolism.
But make sure you eat enough – Your body needs sufficient nutrients in order to survive.
Eat whole grains – Whole grains are filled with vitamins, minerals and fiber.
Eat spinach – Spinach is a Superfood, full of vitamins and antioxidants.
Eat pomegranates – Pomegranates are also a Superfood full of antioxidants that can prevent heart disease and lower blood pressure.
Eat avocados – One benefit of avacados is that the oils found in avocados toughen and hydrate your skin.
Consume more fat – Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation in the body and boost the ability of the body’s enzymes to convert stored fat to energy.
Just make sure its the right kind – Fats and oils can stress the digestive system and raise cholesterol levels.
Eat more fiber – Fiber helps to slow down digestion, helping you feel full longer but also helps food move through the digestive system quicker.
Drink green tea – Green tea is full of antioxidants that help rejuvenate skin cells, heal scrapes and bruises, and protect against sun damage.
Don’t smoke – Smoking not only causes premature skin aging, but it destroys cilia in your lungs, keeping dirt, pollution, and chemicals trapped in your lungs.
Reduce alcohol intake – Alcohol inhibits communication signals in the brain, depresses the nervous system, and inhibits bone marrow’s ability to regenerate new blood cells.
Moisturize your face – Whether you have oily or dry skin, moisturizer is necessary to hydrate your skin and keep the moisture in balance.
Moisturize your neck – Because most people forget to moisturize their neck, it tends to age faster than the rest of their face.
Exfoliate– Exfoliation rids the skin of dry skin cells,creating a healthy, smooth appearance.
Remove makeup every night – Not removing your makeup daily can dry out your skin, block and stretch pores, and deepen wrinkles.
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Avoid heat in your hair – Heat damage causes split ends, breakage, and dry and frizzy hair.
Get a hot oil treatment– The oil treatment opens the cuticle and allows moisture to penetrate the hair shaft.
Wash your face with milk – Milk contains protein, fat and amino acids that can reduce redness and exfoliate the skin.
Baby your hands – Hands are one of the first places to show age, keep them lotioned and keep your nails manicured.
Be gentle to your feet – The health of your feet contributes to your overall health. Wear shoes that fit and get heel or arch support if necessary.
Avoid tanning– Sun damage, next to smoking is one of the leading causes of premature skin aging. For more information about safe tanning, visit this blog.
Always use sunscreen– Always protect your skin, use sunscreen with natural minerals like zinc oxide.
Remember to sunscreen the back of your hands – We wash our hands many times throughout the day, washing the sunscreen right off. Reapply sunscreen periodically.
Shield your car windows – On average, we get 200 hours of sun exposure a year through commuting. 80% of a person’s sun exposure is through widows. Protect your skin from the rays of the sun.
Use lemon juice on sun spots – Lemon juice can help fade sun spots, dilute it with water and apply with a q-tip once a day.
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Wear less makeup – Some cosmetics suffocate the skin and can make wrinkles stand out.
Shave correctly – Shaving can irritate the skin, so be sure to use clean razors, never shave dry, and make sure to rinse the skin well after.
Use the right kind of soap – There are different soaps geared towards different skin types, make sure you get the right kind.
Exercise regularly – Exercise burns calories, boosts good cholesterol, improves mood and increases energy.
Stretch often – Stretching helps keep joints and muscles mobile and reduces the effects of aging.
Take Vitamin A– Vitamin A helps the immune system, vision, and bone growth.
Get enough Vitamin D – Vitamin D is necessary for the regulation of calcium absorption and helps maintain healthy bones and teeth.
Use beauty products with retinol – Retinol reduces substances that break down collagen in the skin after being in the sun.
Reduce stress – Stress has been linked to cancer, lung disease, depression and other health problems.
Fall in love – Passion is powerful, releasing hormones that reduce stress and anxiety.
Do yoga – Yoga is designed to strengthen the inside and outside of your body, reinforcing muscles around the spine, lengthen muscles as well as reduces stress.
Keep your brain sharp – Continue to keep your synapses firing to prevent diseases like Alzheimer’s. Do sudoku puzzles, keep up on current events, etc.
Enjoy life – Focusing on positive things in life reduces stress and slow decline in physical functions.
Finding the beauty in every day – Finding the beauty in every day can make us feel grateful and happy.
Avoid people who complain about their age – Negativity is contagious, so avoid it whenever possible.
Surround yourself with vivacious people – We become like the people we associate ourselves with, so surround yourself with youthful, energetic people.
Be a part of a group – Not only will you feel like you belong, people who have more associations have less cognitive decline as they age.
Travel – Whether it’s to Paris or through your neighborhood, traveling adds love, laughter, and experience to your life.
Plan for the future– Having something to look forward to will make you feel hopeful.
Be extravagant sometimes – Treating yourself to something special can make you feel important.
Don’t feel sorry for yourself– Focusing on the negative will make you unhappy, increasing stress and anxiety.
Believe in yourself – Seeing problems as challenges rather than setbacks helps us feel empowered, allowing us to accomplish more and feel younger.
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Take the time to be beautiful– Taking the time to get ready in the morning will make you feel better about yourself for the rest of the day.
Never say you are “too old” – Saying you are too old for something creates a self-fulfilling prophecy that will make you become as “old” as you act.
Engage in positive self talk – Positive self talk can lower depression, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, and create better resilience to hardships and stress.
Spend time with children– Children know how to be happy and carefree. We could learn a thing or two from them.
Get enough sleep – It is scientifically proven that people who sleep less age faster.
Keep up on your eye exams – When you can’t see properly, you squint, overcompensating your eyesight and deepening frown wrinkles.
Visit your dentist regularly – Oral health is directly related to overall health; your dentist can help make sure your teeth and gums are healthy.
Get a massage – Massages regulate blood pressure, purge toxins, relax the body, and stimulate the skin.
Laugh every day – Milton Berle said “Laughter is an instant vacation”. It can calm nerves, strengthen the immune system and help us bond with friends.
Be grateful – Grateful people experience less depression and stress, are more likely to serve, exercise more, and achieve their personal goals.
Take breaks – Taking the time to breathe can relax the body, refocus us, and decrease anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, and other problems.
Go outside– Fresh air reduces stress, boosts the immune system, and energizes our bodies.
Take your time with life– Fast paced lives are often stressful. Slow down and take the time to relax.
Avoid using mobility aids unless necessary – Depending on mobility aids actually weakens our body’s natural ability to move.
Read 15 minutes a day – Reading can make you feel calm, improve your memory and can lessen your chances of developing Alzheimer’s.
Learn something new every day – Learning makes you feel young and alive. It also keeps your mind active and slows the degeneration of the mind.
Reduce Screen Time – Reduced screen time increases brain performance and boost the quality of sleep.
Don’t act your age – Do something that you are “too old to do”; play on a playground, hike a mountain, or get a popsicle. You are only as old as you feel.
We are often subject to stress, the chronic and primarily psychological pressures of modern life. Yet we also suffer consequences when the body’s biological mechanisms for handling stress go awry. Fortunately, we have the ability to control our reaction to stressful situations.
85 percent of adults know that they may suffer adverse health effects from stress
An estimated 75-90 percent of doctor’s visits are related to symptoms caused by stress
Stress has been linked to leading causes of death – heart disease, cancer lung ailments, accidents and suicide, as well as numerous other disorders.
Unmanaged stress can suppress the immune system
People under constant stress may accumulate fat around their abdomen due to higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
What is Stress?
Stress occurs when there is a mismatch between the demands we experience and the resources we have to deal with those demands. A stressor is a situation, event or demand that causes stress. Stress is not an event, but our reaction to that event. When left unchecked, physical, emotional, and mental resources can become depleted, leading to illness symptoms of chronic stress including:
Chronic muscle tension and headaches
Chest pain and a rapid heart rate
Frequent illnesses or infections such as colds
Intestinal problems or pain
High blood pressure
Changes in appetite
Insomnia and teeth grinding
Irritability and lashing out
Increase in smoking, drinking or drug use
In order to overcome and change some of our negative responses to stress, we can use alternate strategies including:
Prayer or meditation
Practicing coping and relaxation skills
Improving organizational and time management skills
Categorize Your Stressors
A helpful exercise is to list all your stressors. Include everything – traffic, workload, disorganization, lack of communication, relationships, illness, housework, etc. You might find that simply creating the list makes you feel a little more in control. Take each item on your list and ask yourself two questions about each one:
1. How important is it?
2. Can I control or change it?
Focus most of your resources on those stressors that are important and controllable. Action is when you do something that actively changes a situation. Examples of actions include learning time management skills, using problem solving skills, practicing assertive communication or implementing money management.
Stress Coping Techniques
Coping skills help offset the negative effects of stress. They do not change the situation, but they give you a positive outlet and help your mind and body rest, rejuvenate and recover. They include: physical activity/exercise, a nutritious diet, adequate sleep, using positive thoughts, finding fun and laughter and effective time management.
Knowing how to help aging parents is tough for everyone. It can be an unexpectedly difficult topic to address for all parties involved because it usually entails painful emotions that are difficult to process. If this is an experience you are going through, know that you are not alone and that it’s ok to feel what you’re feeling.
Here are some simple tips that will help you get through this difficult time and find your aging parents the right care:
Recognize the signs.
The first step in helping your aging parent is recognizing the signs that they need additional or professional elderly care. One adult child reported that it took his aging father driving his car through the back wall of his garage to realize he needed assisted living. But there are many simple signs that can let you know your parent needs help before anything that drastic happens:
Does your parent tend to wander, even in the short time it may take you to go to the bathroom, or step into the other room for a moment? They might be experiencing dementia.
Do they display aggravated behavior later in the day? This is another sign that they might be experiencing dementia.
Is their current home becoming a less safe place for them? If so, they probably need the attention that you can’t give them on your own.
Senior woman on wheelchair taking her husband’s hand.
Have an open conversation.
Broaching the subject of assisted living, or any kind of elderly health care for that matter, can be incredibly difficult for both parents and adult children. It can be especially challenging when a parent is refusing help. That’s why it’s best to recognize the early signs and approach the conversation before they need urgent help. It might also be necessary to enlist the help of others, in hopes that the more loving support they have, the more likely your parent will change their mind about getting help. If all else fails, know that you can call social services if your parent is of serious danger to themselves or others.
That all being said, remember that your parent is much more likely to agree to receiving elderly care if you have an honest, upfront, and open conversation with them about it. Communicate love and concern as you address this subject and discuss options. Let them know that you are looking out for their best interest and listen to their concerns as well. You may be surprised at how open they are to getting the help they need.
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Scope out your options
It’s important to take the time and effort necessary to research your care options before deciding on any particular plan. If you’re concerned about your budget, remember: you’re looking for the right help, not necessarily the most expensive. In any therapy situation, it’s important to find the place where the patient will receive the individual, personalized care that works best for their condition. It’s easy to be quickly enamored by a care center or program that appears to be the most expensive, has the most state-of-the-art equipment, the newest looking facilities, etc. But the most expensive place isn’t always the right one; especially for the elderly.
If your parent is going to receive home care, there are plenty of options beyond simple housekeeping and daily check ups. Social work, chaplain assistance, and a wide variety of therapies (including physical, occupational, speech, and music) are just a few of the home care options available today. Click here for an idea of what kind of home care treatments are available to you and your parent.
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Be your parent’s advocate
Empathy is key in establishing a healthy relationship between you and your parent at this stage of your lives. Empathize with your parents. Put yourself in their shoes and be their advocate with the rest of the world. Any nurse will tell you that it’s your responsibility to be your loved one’s advocate in any medical situation. Do your part to see that your parent’s needs are being met. No matter what the situation, continue to spend time with them. The more love and attention elderly parents have from their family members, the more likely they are to live a rewarding elderly life.
Ten years ago a co-worker gave me this list and I have kept a copy of it on my desk ever since. It is still relevant today and I hope you find it helpful on this “Feel Good Friday”
Go to bed on time
Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed
Say, “no” to projects that won’t fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health
Delegate tasks to capable others
Simplify and unclutter your life
Less is more (although one is often not enough, two are often too many
Allow extra time to do things and to get to places
Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don’t lump the hard things all together
Take one day at a time
Separate worries from concern. If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you do and let go of the anxiety. If you can’t do anything about a situation, forget it.
Live within your budget; don’t use credit cards for ordinary purchases
Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc.
K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut) This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble
Do something for the KID IN YOU everyday
Carry a Bible with you to read while waiting in line (there’s an app for that now)
Get enough rest
Get organized so everything has its place
Listen to a tape while driving that can help improve your quality of life
Write down thoughts and inspirations
Every day, find time to be alone
Having problems? Talk to God on the spot…Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don’t wait until it’s time to go to bed to try and pray
Make friends with Godly people
Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand
Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good “Thank you Jesus!”
Laugh some more
Take your work seriously, but not yourself at all
Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can)
Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most)
Sit on your ego
Talk less; listen more
Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe
Every night before bed, think of one thing you’re grateful for that you’ve never been grateful for before. GOD HAS A WAY OF TURNING THINGS AROUND FOR YOU.“If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)
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Hello friends, I hope all is well in your world. If you have been following me for some time then you know how I feel about keeping my skin moisturized and well protected. Every night before bed I always slather my feet with a cream or body butter then put on a pair of cotton socks which I eventually kick off within an hour.
I use eye serums and face moisturizers after thoroughly removing all traces of makeup before going to bed then I attack any ash on my hands, knees and elbows by applying a good moisturizer as needed.
Recently, I had a opportunity to try 24KaritGoldShea Butter and I can honestly say that this is a great body moisturizer. I have been using it on my feet, hands, and even on that burn scar on my leg which I told you about a few weeks ago. Hubby loves using it daily on his knees, elbows and feet and the mini men have used it on their hair, scalp and face.
24KariteGoldShea Butter is a premium Shea Butter which has been hand processed by a women’s cooperative in West Africa, “Heal your skin and heal the world…one jar at a time.” I have used it as a massage oil as well, which feels great when slightly warmed using a double boiler method. B24KariteGold SheaButter contains unrefined, hand harvested wild crafted Shea butter. You can use this product safely on your body, face, lips, hair, scalp, nails and feet.
I will be taking some of it on vacation because it also has sun shielding properties. Shea Butter has a history of being successful when used to alleviated and improve external skin conditions such as itching, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, soreness, wounds burns, scarring, acne and stretch marks.
Check out this video review then leave me a comment as to how you have used Shea Butter as part of your beauty regiment.
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I have been married for 25 years, am a mother of two sons in college and have a full time job in Corporate America, I lead a very busy and active lifestyle. I can’t let a little bladder leakage stop me from from doing what I need to do; whether it’s traveling long distances on the weekend or just commuting back and forth to work on a daily basis, and thanks to Depend Silhouette Active FitI can live leak free!
I’ve had an overactive bladder my entire life, even as a young girl I was constantly running back and forth to the bathroom. It had gotten to the point that my grandmother needed to write notes to the teachers advising them of such. They thought that whenever I raised my hand requesting permission to go it was because I was just trying to get out of class.
As I aged, had children and then a surgical procedure in 2009, my bladder became weaker. My daily commute is 3 hours so I have to time myself before drinking that first cup of coffee…praying that there are no major traffic tie-ups. I also keep an extra Depend Silhouette Active Fitin my purse just in case “pee happens”.
I can’t have a cup of coffee first thing in the morning, instead I must wait until there is less than 30 minutes of travel time remaining. I wish I could take just a sip, but I can’t…to simply cross my legs and pray that my bladder cooperates is not an option.
In the afternoons, the cut off time for drinking any beverage is 3:00 p.m., hours before I begin my evening commute home. In addition to my full time job I also teach Blogging and Social Media classes as well as present at various workshops and seminars throughout the state of Delaware. In these instances I definitely have to limit my liquid intake or not drink at all to ensure my bladder is empty before the sessions begin. I would hate to have to run out in the middle of one to use the restroom.
At work, when I have to go…I have to go…there is no swirling in my chair. Oftentimes, I’ve had to put callers on hold or simply hung up on them and rushed to the ladies room which fortunately isn’t far from my office. When attending local events I make sure that I know where all the restrooms are located; I’ve even used a men’s bathroom (empty of course) because the lines for the ladies’ were too long.
Being over the age of 50 isn’t a mandate for having a leaking bladder, as a matter of fact a few of my younger blog followers have also experienced bladder leakage, either from coughing, laughing or sneezing too hard. They initially found it to be embarrassing but have since come to realize that ‘pee happens’ and that they are not alone because bladder leakage affects over 51 million people both men and women.
Throughout the years I have tried various types of pads but the Depend Silhouette Active Fitare by far much more comfortable than any of them.
When I purchased my first box of Depend Silhouette Active Fit from Walmart, I was a bit apprehensive about wearing them. I thought that they would be big and bulky and very noticeable under my clothing, even my husband gave me a look like “REALLY!”
But once I put them on, I found them to be very comfortable, they didn’t ride up my leg and there were no panty lines which is a definite plus. I wear dresses and skirts to work everyday and jeggings on the weekends and you can’t see a thing, I am still styling and profiling in my OOTD blog posts.
25 Easy Ways to Boost Your Immune System [Guest Post}
Author: Alyssa Craig
April showers brings May flowers…and sniffles, sneezes and allergies! Spring is blooming and so are illnesses! If you have small children, or are more easily susceptible to getting sick, you may be looking for simple changes you can make to boost your immune system. Luckily, there are many ways you can take charge, so take a look at the list below and start integrating these habits into your daily life.
Move More: Shoot for at least 30 minutes of exercise, five times per week. If it is easier, break it up into 10 minute increments and use it as a great way to break up your work day.
Ditch Tobacco: Do not smoke and avoid secondhand tobacco smoke. Period.
Maintain a Healthy Weight: Whether this means losing a little weight or simply maintaining your current healthy weight, being at a healthy weight is good for your health.
Drink Only in Moderation, If at All: Alcohol abuse can lead to immunodeficiency, making you more susceptible to communicable diseases. The less you drink, the better your body will be at fighting invaders.
Get Adequate Sleep: The average adult needs 7-9 hours of sleep per night. So don’t forget to catch your zzz’s to help make your body stronger.
Wash Hands Frequently: We touch a lot of things throughout the day, including things many other people have touched. We then touch our own faces and handle food that goes into our bodies. Wash your hands often to prevent germ transfer.
Eat Plenty of Fruits and Vegetables: Focus on those rich in vitamins C and E, plus beta-carotene and zinc for great immune system power. By making sure your diet consists of natural, brightly colored foods, you will easily eat nutrients your body needs.
Practice Meditation: Stress is an enemy to a healthy immune system so find some time in your day to practice some breathing exercises. Clear your mind and find some zen.
Laugh: Believe it or not, laughing curbs stress hormone levels and boosts white blood cells that fight infection. So pop in your favorite comedy tonight to prevent that cold!
Spend a Little Time in the Sun: Just 10-15 minutes of sunshine in the summer produces enough vitamin D to boost your immune system. Use supplements during the winter if you have a vitamin D deficiency.
Reduce Your Intake of Simple Sugars: Did you know 75-100 g of sugar solution (about two 12 oz. sodas) will reduce your body’s ability to fight infection? Cut back on sodas and sweets so you don’t hinder your body’s capability to take down illness.
Smiling: Not only does smiling boost your immune system, but humans have about 19 types of smiles, giving you many options to improve your health quickly! Check out these other cool facts about smiling.
Add Some Zinc: Zinc is a powerful tool when it comes to boosting your immune system. You can find it naturally in red meat, chicken, fish, eggs, legumes, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds.
Spend Time with your Friends: It’s been proven that a rich social life enriches your life, as well as your health! So go ahead, throw that party this weekend. Doctor’s orders.
Drink Water: Water helps cleanse the body and remove toxins, helping to remove things that could damage your ability to fight off disease.
Eat Brazil Nuts: These nuts are rich in selenium, a powerful antioxidant that can greatly improve immune response. Keep a bag in your desk for a great afternoon snack.
Schedule a Massage: You now have permission to pamper yourself, all in the name of health. Massages are a great way to relieve stress and crank up your immune system.
Incorporate Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is a superfood that works for many things beyond food. So go ahead and use it for cooking or as a lotion. It contains lauric acid which likes to dissolve the lipid barrier of harmful viruses and bacteria.
Add Garlic to Your Meals: Your sweetie might not like it, but garlic can help improve your body’s infection fighting capabilities.
Think Positively: While this sounds too good to be true, being optimistic and positive can actually prompt your body to produce more immunity boosting abilities.
Eat More Protein: Make sure you are eating plenty of lean, healthy proteins to protect your body.
Listen to Music: Listening to music that makes you feel good and soothes you can help improve your immune system as the body takes cues from your mood and emotions.
Participate in a Group Drumming Session: If you have ever wanted to be a drummer, this is your chance. Group drumming has been shown to enhance natural killer-cell activity.
Engage in Mentally Stimulating Activities: A study showed a connection between the immune system and the part of the brain that handles planning, memory, initiative, judgement, and abstract thinking. So do some puzzles or play a challenging card game!
Let Your Emotions Out in a Constructive Argument: Keeping your emotions cooped up will only cause harm and can make you more susceptible to illness. Still be kind, but don’t be afraid to have a discussion when something upsets you.
You may already be participating in many of these suggestions, but if not, they are easy enough to work into just about any schedule. Let’s face it, if it’s going to keep you and your family from getting sick as frequently, it’s well worth the investment.
Wow it seems like it has been forever since I last featured a chapter from the Superfoods for Seniors book, but it has been on my desk at work for the longest time so I guess it’s time to begin again.
The last chapter we discussed was Tummy Tamers, and this week we will pick up with “Bowel Disease Basics”. As most of you know, my hubby was diagnosed with Small Intestinal Cancer and had surgery approximately one year ago in March. Although the cancerous cells were removed, they have since noticed a growth albeit small one in a lymph node and have been monitoring him closely. We are not claiming the possibility of it being cancerous, we are however, eating right as not aggravate the cells.
According to the book, the 17 Superfoods that help to cure intestinal ills are as follows:
Cooked Rice – the starch is tough enough to withstand stomach acids and encourages the growth of probiotics which is a valuable bacteria.
Oats – soluable fiber dissolves in water, forming a gel that slows food down in your intestines, giving your body the chance to make butyrate. Rolled oats are best and are great with blueberries, another soluble fiber.
Yogurt – packed with probiotic power, look for those labeled “active cultures”.
Yogurt is an easier calcium source to digest than milk.
Lentils – a great source of iron for people with anemia often found in people with IBS. If you prefer not to eat beans, try other iron rich foods like clams or chicken.
Artichokes – High in magnesium which is hard to absorb if you have IBD or celiac disease. Try steaming and dipped lightly in mayo with lemon juice or plain yogurt with Dijon mustard. Other foods high in magnesium are green peas, potatoes, sweet potatoes, spinach, okra, scallops and beans.
Butterhead Lettuce – switch from iceberg lettuce to butterhead lettuce to get 4x more vitamin K which helps the blood to clot properly. If you bruise easily, have excessive bleeding or nosebleeds you may be vitamin K deficient. Butterhead lettuce includes Bibb or Boston, try adding these to your salads instead.
Orange Juice – fortified with Vitamin D because people with IBD or celiac disease often absorb less Vitamin D than average, which is also a risk for osteoperois.
Turkey – high fat foods can cause cramping and diarrhea so cut the fat with turkey which is lower in fat and can add zinc to your diet. Zinc had wound-healing powers which may be loss if you are taking steroids for IBD.
Chickpeas – add more folate-rich chickpeas to your diet to help control colon cancer risk. If they are too high in fiber for you, try eating raw spinach or canned condensed chicken noodle soup.
Pumpkin – just ½ cup of pumpkin will provide as much Vitamin A as a whole cup of carrots. Vitamin A helps to protect the lining of your intestines.
Lima Beans – if on steroids which robs your body of potassium, then eating Lima Beans which are rich in potassium will help to replace it. Lack of potassium causes confusion, drowsiness, dizziness, kidney damage, paralysis and irregular heart beats.
Marinara Sauce & Olive Oil – both contain high levels of Vitamin E a powerful antioxidant.
Cranberry Juice Cocktail – contains higher amounts of antioxidant vitamins such as vitamin E and C. Helps to reduce the minimum steroid dosage needed to control ulcerative colitis symptoms.
Collard Greens – leafy greens such as collards, kale, and turnip greens can help you add calcium without milk’s consequences.
Sardines – rich in calcium, vitamin D and omega-3 fish oils sardines also contain selenium which help lower the increased colon cancer risk associated with IBD.
Rainbow Trout – contains omega-3 fish oils which can help prevent relapses of Crohn’s disease but limit your consumption to 12 oz or less per week because some may contain mercury with PCB’s.
Pineapple – has been linked to the improvement of ulcerative colitis symptoms in older adults. Fresh pineapple is better than canned or in a gelatin.
Disclosure: I am not in the medical field so please check with your own physician before making any changes to your diet.