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3 Ways Seniors Can Improve Their Health, Heart, and Soul

 

 

3 Ways Seniors Can Improve Their Health, Heart, and Soul 

by Guest Blogger Jason Lewis

Looking for more reasons to smile during your golden years? Improving quality of life is a common aspiration for seniors and older adults. You may already be eating healthier and exercising more to take better care of yourself, but do you know how to make even more of an impact on your physical and mental health? The keys to doing so may be easier than you think, but there are steps many seniors tend to miss. So, here are three ways you can make the most of your life and take more control of your health.

 

Get Those Regular Check-Ups at the Dentist

 

If you have more reasons to smile as a senior, you want to be sure that smile is clean and healthy. Beyond aesthetics, your oral health influences processes throughout your body that may surprise you. Poor dental health has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease as well as digestive disorders. There is even a cyclical connection to depression

If you are feeling depressed, you may not feel like taking proper care of your teeth and gums. On the other hand, when you let your oral health slide, you may end up feeling self-conscious. So, for your oral, mental, and physical health, be sure to check in with your dentist on a regular basis.

 

Worried about the costs? If your Medicare Advantage plan covers dental, you should use those benefits. If not, look into alternate plans, like Aetna’s Medicare Advantage plans, that will offer coverage for dental exams, as well as vision screenings. Think having dentures means skipping the dentist? According to dental experts, that could leave you vulnerable to gum disease and even oral cancers, so you should still schedule regular exams.

 

Add Exercises for Balance to Your Workout Routine

 

When you work out, you may be thinking of your heart health and weight. But should you be thinking about reducing your risk of being injured by a fall too? The answer is a resounding yes! Falls account for millions of injuries each year, and some falls can even be fatal. Whether serious or not, you don’t want to put yourself at the risk of experiencing a fall in your senior years. So, how can exercise help? Your workouts can help keep you from falling, but only if you add enough strength training and balance to your fitness routine. Something as simple as a leg raise can help steady your body while building up the muscles needed to keep your legs sturdy. Want to decrease your fall risks and increase your mood in the process? If so, you should consider adding more yoga or tai chi to your fitness plans. Both will work to boost your balance and mood, but the slow pace of tai chi may be a better fit for some seniors.

 

Go Volunteer with Your Favorite Local Charity or Cause

 

Taking more time to care for your oral health and balance can be good for your body and brain. However, if you want a boost for your soul, you should think about giving back to your community. When you give a part of yourself to a cause, you are not only helping to enrich the lives of people in need, but you are also giving yourself the gift of knowing you made a difference. Volunteering is the perfect way for seniors to leave a positive legacy, but it can also provide a much-needed social connection. Not only do those social connections help prevent loneliness and depression, but they may also help improve your memory. Wondering where to start when looking for opportunities to give back? While you’re reading this article, you can also check out volunteer match sites that will help you figure out what kind of work will be right for you, whether it’s helping people learn to read or building homes for the homeless.

 

There are a million ways to keep yourself healthy and thrive as a senior. Hopefully, this short list gives you a better idea of the not-so-common steps you can take to improve your quality of life and to nourish your mind, body, and soul.

 

 

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Prison Health w/ Dr. Erick Eiting

Please watch the latest episode of The Bulldozer Health Show!

In this episode Wendy is on location in New York, New York with Dr. Erick Eiting. The for-profit prison system is discussed in relation to health care and other social issues, as well as available healthcare for prisoners, healthy food, and much more! Sponsored in part by: The CT Medical Marijuana Critic, Total Hemp U.S., The Barling Clinic, Better Living Rx, and Sage Advice LLC.

 

Thanks for watching!

Peace,

Wendy Love Edge

http://www.bulldozerhealth.org

Probiotics: Guest Blog from Reviews.com

Probiotic Supplements

If you read the news at all, you have probably noticed that “probiotic” and “gut health” have become buzzwords. There has been a big push recently regarding all of the great health benefits that you can receive from taking a probiotic supplement, but you may not really understand why taking a pill full of bacteria is good for you.

As part of taking back your health, we look to natural supplements. This article will explain what exactly a probiotic is, why your gut health is so important and what to look for when shopping for a probiotic supplement.

 

What is a Probiotic?

Believe it or not, your body plays host to trillions of bacteria and yeasts. Many of these bacteria are “good” or “healthy” strains that help to keep your gut healthy balanced. While bacteria generally have a bad reputation for causing illness, there is now a rapidly growing body of scientific research that shows that certain strains of bacteria in your gut can actually help prevent some health issues. Live cultures of these beneficial microbes are what we know as probiotics.

Probiotics can be found naturally in certain foods that are fermented with bacteria, such as yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, and kombucha. In America, however, probiotic supplements have gained far more popularity than foods with naturally occurring, healthy bacteria.

 

How Can a Probiotic Improve My Health?

The effects of your gut health are far-reaching. Because there is a delicate balance between certain healthy strains of bacteria that keep the harmful strains in check, any disruption of that balance can lead to a myriad of health problems. The healthy microorganisms living in your gut also help your body digest food and absorb nutrients, so an imbalance can easily trigger nutrient deficiencies, inflammation, hormone production problems, fatigue or even mental health issues.

You may have noticed that when you take antibiotics, you have a greater chance of experiencing stomach upset or other digestion issues. This is because antibiotics can kill off the good bacteria alongside the bad, so you are more likely to get sick. Taking a probiotic can help replenish the lost, helpful bacteria.

Probiotics can also help people with Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome and Clostridium Difficile infections better manage their symptoms.

There is still plenty of other research being done regarding the effects that probiotics can have on fatigue, obesity, boosting the immune system and preventing urinary tract infections.

 

How Do I Know Which Probiotic to Choose?

Now that you know a little bit more about what probiotics are and how they work, you may be thinking about adding a supplement to your daily routine. The selection of probiotics can be absolutely staggering if you aren’t prepared beforehand, so it is important to learn what to look for in order to receive the most benefits possible.

First of all, your personal mixture of gut bacteria, or microflora, is as unique to you as your fingerprint. This means that there is no “one-size-fits-all” probiotic. In general, it is best to decide what you hope to gain from taking a probiotic supplement in order to choose which one is right for you.

Second, the delivery method matters. Because the entire purpose of a probiotic is to get live, healthy bacteria into your gut, the supplement you choose will have to be able to safely transport those bacteria through your digestive tract. If the cultures don’t survive the extremely acidic ride to their destination, there is no point in taking them. This is why it is best to look for encapsulated probiotics rather than chewables or liquids.

 

Final Considerations

There are plenty of great reasons to add a probiotic supplement to your health regimen and almost no reasons not to. If you have any concerns or a unique health situation, however, it is always best to consult your general practitioner before you start taking anything new.

Overall, there is a lot of promising research about the benefits of balanced gut health, so a probiotic may be just what you need to take your health to the next level.

 

Information on a probiotic supplement with the research from Reviews.com can be found here: http://www.reviews.com/probiotic-supplement/.   

 

Thanks very much to Reviews.com for submitting this guest blog.

Peace,

Wendy Love Edge

Take back your health America!

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