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5 Vitamins For Women Over 50

Hello friends, does your medicine cabinet look like this? 

vitamins and supplements

Actually, this is my kitchen cabinet and it’s where I keep my vitamins and supplements.

I remember my grandmother would laugh in amazement as to how many pills some of the women at the Senior Center were taking.  She never took a pill, not even an aspirin, as a matter of fact she almost choked taking an Advil. 

She never took vitamins or supplements and still lived to be 98, the only “ailment” she suffered from was childbirth and arthritis.

Wellness Wednesday Eating healthy was her remedy which I would hope is the same for me, but just in case it’s not, I am taking my daily vitamins. 

I know I have a few bottles of unnecessary ones, so I decided to check in at WEBMD to get their recommendations.

calcium Calcium

Osteoporosis, the bone-thinning disease that most commonly affects postmenopausal women, results from bones that have lost calcium and thickness.  Women between the ages of 51-70 should be taking 1,200 mg of calcium daily, more if doctor recommended.

Foods that are high is calcium include Spinach, Kale, Okra, Collard Greens, Soybeans, White beans, Sardines, Salmon, Perch and Rainbow Trout.    Foods that are fortified with calcium include orange juice, oatmeal and several brands of cold cereal.

vitamin d Vitamin D is calcium’s indispensable partner. It’s essential for proper absorption of the calcium you get in your diet. But as we get older, our ability to synthesize vitamin D in sunlight through our skin diminishes.  We must either get our Vitamin D through food, especially in the winter, or through supplements and you guys already know that I am Vitamin D deficient.  

Foods that provide vitamin D include fatty fish like tuna, mackerel and salmon.  Foods fortified with vitamin D like dairy products, orange juice, soy mile, cereals, beef liver, cheese and egg yolks.

b12 Supplement B-12

Folate Folate

Folic acid helps to metabolize a substance called homocysteine, which has been clearly associated with the risk of heart disease and stroke.  High homocysteine levels has shown to be associated with an increased risk of cognitive decline and dementia.”

vitamin C and E Vitamin E and Vitamin C

 

Vitamin E and Vitamin C are both powerful antioxidants; studies have suggested that they may help protect against diseases of aging as varied as cancer, Alzheimer’s, and cataracts.Half Off Deals

However, just as my grandmother believed: “To get the vitamins and other nutrients we need, food should always be first, and in a balanced diet that includes fruits and vegetables, whole-grain bread, and cereals — especially those that are enriched,” says Smith Edge. “Any decision to supplement ideally should be based on professional input from a health professional.” whole grain bread fruit

So what’s in your medicine cabinet?

Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!

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Menopause Madness | Warm Weather Wardrobe

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Hello ladies…sorry guys but I am just talking to the ladies today, we’ll chat later.

If you are a women of a “particular age” as Wendy Williams likes to phrase it, and you are premenopausal or in full menopause, you know how difficult it can sometimes be getting dressed when it’s hot.  I keep a fan in the bathroom because there have been days that I’ve overheated just putting on my makeup!  In May the weather was fluctuating but now that we are officially into the summer season choosing just the right outfit for work is getting a bit harder. fan blowing

Personally I like wearing sleeveless tanks and sheath dresses all year long and the panty hose and tights are gone as soon as the boots come off. Fortunately at work we can dress casually, however, it is still Corporate so there definitely will be no shorts, crop tops or flip flops.

These are just a few outfits that I’ve worn during the warm Spring weather, next week I will feature my sheath dresses for the summer sizzle.

 

Thrifted denim dress with Avon accessories

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Thrifted blouse and skirt with flats from Marshalls 

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 Thrifted dress and belt, shoes from Avon

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 Maxi Shirts

Thrifted Maxi Sleeveless tank denim wedges from Rugged Wearhouse Maxi from Marshalls maxi skirt

 Like it loose and carefree

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Totally Thrifted

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Weekend Wear

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 Let’s Chat: What are your warm weather wardrobe must-haves?  

BTW, I didn’t forget it was Thankful Thursday.  Despite the extra pounds and hot flashes, I am thankful to still be living a stress free and healthy life.  I am thankful that my son has been moved from the Intensive Care Unit and should be coming home tomorrow.  Of course I am always thankful for my family, friends and my faith.  Come on over to Katherine’s Corner and share some of your Thursday Favorite Things.

Now it’s your turn, what are you thankful for this week?

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Super Foods for Seniors | Stroke Straight Talk

According to MedlinePlus: “A stroke is a medical emergency.   Strokes happen when blood flow to your brain stops.  Within minutes, brain cells begin to die. There are two kinds of stroke. The more common kind, called ischemic stroke, is caused by a blood clot that blocks or plugs a blood vessel in the brain. The other kind, called hemorrhagic stroke, is caused by a blood vessel that breaks and bleeds into the brain. “Mini-strokes” ortransient ischemic attacks (TIAs), occur when the blood supply to the brain is briefly interrupted.” brain stroke

Symptoms of stroke are:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg (especially on one side of the body)
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

Every minute, someone has a stroke and because of the serious damage this brain attack can cause, those of us in our 50’s and 60’s, should take a look at our diets and make the necessary changes to help prevent one from occurring.

Super Foods Stroke Straight Talk

  • Walnuts – thin your blood and help prevent clots
  • Salmon – choose wild salmon over farmed salmon.  Eating this fatty fish regularly helps to lower blood pressure and makes blood less sticky keeping it from clotting
  • Orange – this fruit can reduce strokes, lower obesity and fight heart disease
  • Asparagus – a Spring veggie that provides folate and important B vitamin which helps lower your risk of heart disease salmon and asparagus

 

  • Avocados – contains the nutrients to help lower blood pressure, fight heart disease and less congestion from cholesterol
  • Cauliflower – cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower offer the most protection against stroke
  • Bananas – loaded with potassium that helps control blood pressure.  Eat bananas along with fruit juices, potatoes, tomato sauce and beans to keep high blood pressure and strokes away!
  • Blueberries – protects the arteries from free-radical attacks and keep them open and strong 

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  •  Brussels Sprouts –  rich in Vitamin C a powerful antioxidant
  • Brown Rice – steam then add cinnamon and raisins for a healthy breakfast alternative – high in fiber
  • Carrot – healthy dose of potassium and vitamin C both of which protect against heart disease and boost the immune system
  • Cranberries – don’t save for the holidays because the antioxidants, flavonoids and polyphenols can protect you from heart disease.  Try sprinkling dried cranberries over a bowl of oatmeal or barley.
  • Olive Oil – monounsaturated fats make your blood less likely to clot
  • Green Tea – contains theanine which is an amino acid that makes blood less sticky so it can move smoothly through your arteries.
  • Figs – fiber, potassium and magnesium in this small fruit provides extra protection from strokes
  • Bulgar – this hearty, nutty flavored healthy grain can reduce the risk of a stroke
  • Spinach – a good source of folate and magnesium which work to protect from heart disease
  • Pomegranate Juice – improves blood flow and is great when mixed with club soda or sparkling water

pom juice

 

Stay Blessed – No Stress in 2014!

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Super Foods for Seniors | Bone Builders

Hello Friends and Happy Monday

 

Did you know that bad bones bother more than 64 million Americans, are you one of them?  Bone is a living growing tissue and all during our lives new bone replaces old bone but when you are young, it builds faster.  At around the age of 30, bone loss slowly begins to outpace bone formation and growth.  Women like me, in our first few years after menopause are hit hardest by this condition, but it also affects men.

I know calcium does a body good, but there are other foods that contain the nutrients that will keep the bones strong throughout our lives.

Super Foods Bone Builders

It’s takes more than just calcium in milk to keep our bones strong, adding a few of these foods to our diets can also help the cells form new bones.

  • Tomatoes – contains lycopene that helps fight osteoporosis

  • Powdered Milk – add nonfat dry milk to your diet by adding to casseroles and desserts

  • Broccoli – this non-dairy food is full of calcium

  • Cauliflower – this cousin to broccoli is a collagen-building Super Food

broccoli and cauliflower

  • Vitamin D Fortified Milk – contains both the vitamins and nutrients needed to keep your bones strong

  • Apricots – bones need potassium and magnesium to work with the calcium and this fruit contains both

  • Bananas – contains a healthy dose of magnesium which adds in the absorption of calcium

  • pineapple Pineapple – contains Vitamin C which makes collagen which is the fiber that holds bones, teeth and cartilage together

  • Baked Beans – the zinc aids postmenopausal women loss less bone mass

  • Barley – contains traces of minerals like copper which helps form collagen

  • Grits – after menopause, the daily allowance of iron drops from 18 mg per day to 8 mg, but iron levels should remain high and grits is an iron-rich food, 1 pack contains the RDA 8 mg. grits

 

 

  • Peanut Butter – contains Boron which helps estrogen stop osteoclasts from breaking down your bones

  • Tea – the fluoride in tea is just as good for your bones as it is for your teeth

  • Onions – helps to ward off osteoporosis and other bone-thinning diseases

  • Tofu – estrogen helps the body absorb calcium, menopause stops the estrogen supply, tofu and other soy products can make up for that, just don’t overdo it.

  • Cottage Cheese  – great source of Vitamin B12, a cup of cottage cheese contains half your daily requirement of Vitamin B12

  • Carrots – chock full of Vitamin A which keeps the bones, eyes, and skin in good shape. carrots with tofu

  • Herring – this tiny cold water fish is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids which is associated with higher bone density.

  • Prunes – these dried plums are an antioxidant that may slow down osteoporosis after menopause

Dairy foods contain calcium which is good for the bones but for some it may not be so good for their stomachs.   If you are lactose intolerant try a few of these non-dairy foods which are also high in calcium

 

Non-dairy foods with calcium
Food Amount Calcium (Mg)
Total Raisin Bran 1 cup 1000
Collard Greens 1 cup 357
Sardines/can with bone 3 oz 325
Blackeye peas, fresh 1 cup 211
Pork n Beans, canned 1 cup 149
Okra, fresh 1 cup 123
Almonds, raw 1 oz 70
Broccoli, cooked 1 cup 62
Oranges, raw 1 orange 52

 

 Stay Blessed – No Stress in 2014!

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