Taking a Bite Out of Senior Diet Myths

There are many diet myths about what complicates a normal diet. But how can you tell the difference between healthy diet facts and fads? Well, to sort out the truth, here are senior diet myths that many people still believe.

Senior Diet Myths

The right diet is arguably the most important aspect of healthy aging. And here are the myths you should stop believing.

You Should Avoid Eating Fats

For most U.S. individuals, reducing their fat intake is a good choice. However, there are bad fats and good fats. Trans saturated fats are the worst kind, whereas polyunsaturated fats are good for you. Trans saturated fats have no known health benefits and can increase your cholesterol. These are often found in pastries, frozen pizza, and margarine. 

On the other hand, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats are good for you since your body needs them as a source of energy. They also assist in your body’s process of absorbing vitamins and minerals and reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.

You Can Get the Nutrition You Need From Pills and Supplements

According to this article, supplements can fill in the gaps of a balanced diet, but nutrients from food are more important. As people age, it becomes more difficult to absorb nutrients from food. However, there are dangers to getting nutrients from supplements. Namely, getting too much of a good thing. In addition, seniors with chronic conditions requiring medications should always consult their physician before making any drastic change to their diet and avoid negative interactions.

Senior Malnutrition Doesn’t Exist

Though malnutrition should be nonexistent in the developed world, many seniors suffer from it due to difficulty absorbing nutrients mixed with fixed incomes. Paying for everything from food to medications on a fixed income is an undertaking in and of itself. Unfortunately, some of the most affordable foods are some of the least nutritious. So, a poorly arranged diet that is rich in calories but bereft of nutrients will result in both weight gain and malnutrition. This malnutrition in seniors can lead to deficiency diseases regardless of being overweight or skinny.

Follow a Healthy Dieting Guideline and You Will Be Fine

Though it is often a good idea to follow the nutrient guidelines provided by experts, such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture, most of these guidelines are not made for senior populations. It doesn’t take into account difficulty chewing, interactions with medications, and common conditions in senior demographics that could become worse with certain foods. Food guidelines should serve as a point of reference, but you should always consult your doctor when it comes to what you should or should not be eating.

It Doesn’t Matter If You Eat Alone or With Others

As discussed in this article, it is just as important to stay social as you age as it is to diet and exercise. This lack of daily socialization can result in cognitive and physical problems. You may find yourself unable to make nutritious foods or prepare filling meals. Also, eating alone can increase the likelihood of skipping meals altogether. Eating in isolation can also exacerbate conditions like anxiety, loneliness, and stress.

Ideally, seniors should eat with others at least some of the time. This is made substantially easier in senior living communities, given the prepared meals and social environment. This environment and careful attention to nutrition are some of the leading benefits of a CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Community).

It’s Natural For You to Lose Your Appetite

Due to metabolic changes, seniors need less food than younger adults, However, appetite loss is a red flag at any age. Simple problems like a decrease in sense of taste or dental problems can lead seniors to eat less, however, an outright loss of appetite could be a sign of bigger problems.

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Heart Health Myths Busted and How to Load a Better Plate

There are a lot of myths out there about your heart health and heart disease. We are here today to clear up some confusion. Not only is it essential to know the facts and the fiction of heart disease, but you also need to know what to put on your plate for cardiovascular wellness. Here, you will get the best of both worlds.

Heart Health Myths

If I Had High Blood Pressure or High Cholesterol, I’d know it.

No, unfortunately, you wouldn’t unless you received a blood pressure test. That’s the only sure way to determine hypertension (high blood pressure) or high cholesterol. The symptoms and risk factors are commonly silent. A person can be in shape and thin but still have high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

Heart Disease Looks the Same in Men and Women

Not true, we’re afraid. Heart disease affects the sexes very differently. According to one study published in Circulation, 43% of women felt no chest pain before a heart attack and were more likely to experience fatigue and sleep disturbances instead. Although men tend to have more “classic” symptoms, they are less prevalent in women. 

Young Women Aren’t at Risk for Heart Disease

Our research determined that this too is a myth. Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women. It’s not just a concern for women in their 60’s and 70’s but a problem for the young as well. As the risk factors that contribute to heart disease increase at younger ages, so too does the risk of heart disease. The factors include:

  • Type Two Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Hypertension

Exercise and Activity is Bad For You If You Have a Heart Condition

As you may have guessed, this is not only a myth but a particularly detrimental one. After a heart attack, most people are encouraged to get right into rehabilitation and an exercise routine, usually with a coach. There are very few people who would be restricted significantly from exercise.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Aspirin are Good For Heart Health

For the most part, this one is true. However, there are some caveats to their benefits. Common aspirin recommendations for heart attack prevention occur at age 50 for men and 65 for women, if there are no other complications. That being said, aspirin can exacerbate stomach issues and some allergies.

Omega 3 fatty acids are especially beneficial to people who already suffer from cardiovascular issues and are trying to prevent another from occurring. However, taking a higher than the recommended daily dosage can lead to excessive bleeding.

How to Load Your Plate for Heart Health

The obvious answer is “with heart-healthy foods.” Here is a list of foods to add to your daily diet to promote heart health:

  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Berries
  • Avocados
  • Fatty fish
  • Walnuts
  • Beans
  • Dark chocolate
  • Tomatoes
  • Almonds
  • Seeds
  • Garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Edamame
  • Green tea

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5 Best Healthy Food Trends to Make the World a Better Place

No, this is not a fad diet article, but rather something more optimistic. Today, we are here to discuss healthy food trends that are on the rise to help make the world a better place.

Healthy Food Trends

Greenhouses and Community Gardens

Greenhouses and community gardens aren’t only a healthy eating alternative, but it’s healthy for the environment as well. Local community gardens and greenhouses help provide essential produce to a healthy diet while diminishing your carbon footprint.

Food Sharing

Food sharing, or family-style dining, has been steadily growing in popularity to diminish food product waste. This can lessen the amount of food that goes to waste because people can choose their own portions as well as reduce the amount of water used to rinse multiple dishes at restaurants, like saute pans. 

Who You Support

As generations grow more eco-conscious they are really starting to show it with their wallets. More today, people are looking to support their local restaurants and grocers as essential parts of the community and avoiding large corporate enterprises for their shopping and dining needs. 

Rethink What You’ve Been Taught

Nutrition is a science and like every other science, as we learn more about it what we think changes. It’s important to be open to changes in what you were taught. This doesn’t mean following every new food fad, as many of those fads will fade. Nutrition science doesn’t usually change radically, but slowly over time.

Less Single-Use Plastic

It started on the west coast initially as California banned plastic straws and plastic bags as the rest of the nation followed suit. Most recently, the San Francisco International Airport banned single-use plastic water bottles. However, it’s not just bans making people and companies rethink single-use plastic products. Many of these bans are occurring due to more eco-activism and awareness of everyday individuals.

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The Mental Benefits of Stretching and How to Harness Stress Management

Have you ever experienced achy joints or back pain? Sure you have. Pain can interfere with our ability to focus and makes us more reactive in social and professional situations. One way to battle negativity caused by pain is to harness the mental benefits of stretching. 

Mental Benefits of Stretching

While most people know that exercise is essential for your overall health, not nearly as many people are aware of the power of stretching for mental health. Some think of stretching and exercise only in the context of yoga, however, stretching is a vital part of any exercise routine. Additionally, stretching can be done on its own without any additional activity to improve your health, mood, and mental well-being. You can expect to experience these benefits with regular stretching:

  • Help managing stress
  • Help with pain management
  • Boost energy levels
  • Enhance inner peace and positivity

Why Should You Stretch?

As we mentioned, it’s not just about physical fitness. Did you know that stretching can improve your mental outlook? Any type of stretching, yoga or otherwise, can reduce stress. This is because stretching increases circulation, promotes deep breathing, and reduces pain caused by inflammation. And the best part is that you don’t need to spend any money on equipment or gym memberships to start stretching daily.

When you stretch, your body releases some of your favorite feel-good chemicals – endorphins. Endorphins are hormones that engage the brain’s pain receptors and reduce your perceived pain levels. Additionally, when this occurs you also feel more positive and capable. When this reaction occurs, it can be compared to the way you feel while enjoying an entertaining TV program or spend time with a friend.

Tips for Proper Stretching

  • Warm-up before you stretch
  • Focus on tight and sore muscles
  • Don’t bounce when you stretch
  • Stretch for at least 10 minutes

Make Sure You’re Stretching Properly

You can actually do more harm than good by improper stretching. Especially if you’ve injured the area previously and attempt to stretch it poorly. If you feel any pain when you stretch, ease up and ask a professional how to stretch that muscle. You should focus on the major muscle groups like:

  • Upper back
  • Lower back
  • Pelvis
  • Legs
  • Hips
  • Neck
  • Shoulders

When it comes to stretches for mental health, routine is everything. Just put it on your calendar and remember it only takes a few minutes a day!

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Master Your Exercise Routine to Improve Sleep

Sleep. The thing none of us do as much as we need. But there are simple ways to improve your sleep and sticking to an exercise routine. Working out is both great for your mind as well as your body and is also essential for getting in a good sleep routine.

The Science of Exercise and Sleep

Scientists don’t exactly understand why physical activity helps with sleep and may never completely understand the connection. However, they do know that moderate aerobic exercise is directly connected to increasing the slow-wave sleep you get. Slow-wave sleep is the stage of your sleep cycle where your brain and body has the chance to rejuvenate.

Another way exercise may aid in improved sleep is due to mood stabilization. Nearly any level of activity has an effect on an individual’s ability to regulate anxiety which can help you get to sleep faster.

When to Exercise for Improved Sleep

The timing of your exercise routine may matter as much as how you exercise. Some people find that physical activity that occurs close to their bedtime seems to keep them up all night. This makes sense due to the fact that physical activity jump-starts your metabolism which makes you feel energized. Additionally, your body releases endorphins when you exercise which can cause you to feel alert and promotes brain activity. Because of this, it is best to exercise earlier in the day.

How Much Exercise Do You Need?

People who exercise for at least 30 minutes a day see a marked difference in their sleep habits and sleep quality. Fortunately, it won’t take very long to see the difference and the benefits should be almost immediate.

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Do You Smell That? Phantom Smells and Why We Have Them

We all know to worry about the smell of burnt orange, but what about orange juice? Phantom smells come in many forms and not all of them are causes for concern. However, it’s essential to know the difference between harmless hallucinations and when to sniff out danger.

What are Phantom Smells

Phantosmia, the fancy word for phantom smells, is a sense of smell disorder. It occurs when a person smells something that isn’t there. The odor may only affect one side of the nose or both nostrils. This is a relatively uncommon condition and makes up to 20% of smell-related disorders. Most cases lack a need for concern and will dissipate on their own. However, a rare number of cases indicate a health problem and should always be discussed with your doctor. Phantom smells can range over a variety of odors from pleasant to unpleasant with the most common being:

  • Burnt toast
  • Burning rubber
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Chemical or metallic smell
  • Spoiled or rotting smell
  • Stale or moldy smell

Oftentimes, sufferers are unable to identify the smell.

What Causes Phantosmia?

There are many reasons people experience phantom smells. Whether related to the nose or cognitive function, called central phantosmia, phantom smells can be distressing. Phantom smell problems with your nasal cavity may include:

  • Nasal polyps
  • Chronic sinus infections
  • Allergies
  • Tumors

Phantom smells associated with central phantosmia may include:

  • Epilepsy or seizures
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Head trauma
  • Migraines
  • Stroke
  • Depression
  • Medications

Phantosmia vs. Parosmia

Sometimes, phantosmia is confused with parosmia. Parosmia is a distorted sense of smell, when you are smelling real things but not accurately. For example, smelling oranges might smell like chemical cleaner instead. People with parosmia often describe the smells as unpleasant.

To make things even more confusing, phantosmia and parosmia often occur congruently, though parosmia is more common. Symptoms of parosmia range from mild to severe with the most severe forms causing debilitation as sufferers struggle to manage their symptoms.

Diagnosis

A diagnosis of phantosmia is performed by a doctor after a physical exam of the patient’s head and neck. They may inquire about other symptoms and perform further tests based on your answers to narrow down possibilities.

Further tests may include endoscopy or rhinoscopy to get a better look at the nasal cavity and rule out polyps or tumors.

When to Worry

Phantosmia is not often cause for concern, but if you are experiencing phantom smells you should always talk to your doctor.

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The Simple Truth About Foods and Macular Degeneration

We all know your diet can affect your weight and put you at risk for developing diabetes. But did you know that it can also have a major effect on your eye-sight and can prevent age-related macular degeneration? So, what is macular degeneration and how can it be avoided?

What is Macular Degeneration?

Macular degeneration occurs when the macula, a part of the eye, is damaged. The macula becomes damaged when deposits, known as drusen, begin to grow on the macula. The macula can also become damaged when new blood vessels begin to leak which in turn scars the macula. 

Diet and Eye Deterioration

These conditions can occur in a number of ways. Genetics and smoking have been long known factors, however, growing research indicates that it is heavily influenced by diet. In one study, 1,300 people participated and of those that had macular degeneration many had what is considered a “western” diet (containing high levels of red meats and fatty foods). The study found that some foods are linked to late-stage macular degeneration. Foods associated with degeneration include:

  • Red meat
  • Processed meats
  • Fried foods
  • High-fat dairy products
  • Fats in butter and margarine

Diet is one way to prevent risk factors of vision loss, especially if you are in the high-risk category due to a family history of the condition. Though it is important to point out that this study was observational and so inconclusive. This means there is no direct proof that a diet high in fats and processed food will cause macular degeneration, but simply that there was a correlation between the two. This led doctors to believe that if individuals were at high risk for the condition, they would likely want to reduce the problem foods in their diets since it indicates what doctors have suspected for years.

What You Can Do to Reduce Risk?

You can’t undo a lifetime of eating poorly. That is why it is important to adjust your diet now. If you have a diet high in processed foods and fatty items, it may be worth your consideration to change.

Try adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet as well as leaner proteins like fish. Understand that changing a life-long habit won’t happen overnight and may take as much as a decade to achieve. So, starting now and working toward a healthier future is important for the preservation of your overall health.

Additionally, at the risk of backlash, smoking has been observed as an additional connection and research indicated that your doctor will advise you to quit if you are in this high-risk category.

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Strong Connections Between Heart and Brain Health Made Simple

Losing brain function as you age is a common worry, and understandably so. However, one of the best ways to prevent cognitive degeneration is awareness. Memory loss and cognitive decline don’t have to be a part of your aging journey. Learn more about how your brain health is tied to the health of other important organs, particularly heart health. Your heart and brain health are closely tied and learning how they are connected will help you age better.

Hearth and Brain Health Connectivity

Vascular, or blood vessel, problems are numerous and vary by levels of severity. But when it comes to your brain, atherosclerosis is what you want to pay close attention to. This is a condition when fatty plaque builds up in the arteries. Another condition to keep track of is arteriosclerosis, the process of arteries stiffening as you age.

Both conditions are well-known contributors to cardiovascular disease, but these same issues can also damage your healthy brain function as you age. As the arteries stiffen and plaque builds up in the bloodstream, less oxygen is available in the bloodstream to fuel proper brain function. When your brain is deprived of appropriate levels of oxygen, cognitive function will decline and sufferers may experience symptoms from brain fog to brain damage. If left untreated, this can cause a condition known as vascular dementia.

Additionally, there is a connection between the buildup of plaque in the bloodstream and Alzheimer’s. As protein deposits, known as beta-amyloids, accumulate in the brain, the symptoms of Alzheimer’s will arise. This protein buildup is called hypoperfusion and means the brain isn’t getting sufficient blood flow over a long period of time. Due to this similarity, there is diagnostically no difference between Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia.

Awareness As Prevention

Much like your overall health, awareness is the key to preventing heart disease-related cognitive decline. This means that keeping your brain healthy starts with your heart. To keep your heart healthy you should regularly practice the following:

Make the Connection Between Brain and Heart Health

As we said, everything that is bad for your heart is also bad for your brain, so the more you take care of your cardiovascular health, the better you are taking care of your cognitive health.

Eat Better

If you are trying to preserve your cognitive function, eating well is a great place to start. A diet rich in lean proteins, fruits, and vegetables can work wonders for a healthy heart. These are foods that help give your body the nutrients it needs to work efficiently, but also seem to help prevent injuries to arteries which can help prevent early mental decline.

Flex Your Cognitive Muscles

A surprising impact exercise can have on your brain is in the region that controls memory and learning. Aerobic activity is the type of workout that raises your heart rate to the point of sweating. This type of exercise appears to increase the size of your hippocampus, which is the part of your brain that controls memory and learning. This is because aerobic exercise increases the release of growth hormones that affect the production of healthy brain cells and the development of new blood vessels in the brain.

Get Better Sleep

Sleep is important and it seems as though everyone skips out on it. But for healthier hearts and minds, it is vital to your long-term health. Some doctors believe that sleep is the brain’s opportunity to practice some good cleansing and clears out the toxic beta-amyloid buildup that occurs with protein deposits and is associated with Alzheimer’s and memory loss.

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10 Tips on How to Stay Active Despite the Weather

Don’t start hibernating already! There is still a whole lot of winter to go and staying active is the key to good health. So, instead of giving in to your inner couch potato, here is your guide on how to stay active during the winter.

How to Stay Active During Winter

Remember These Winter Advantages:

  • No heat or humidity.
  • The cold lets you workout longer.
  • Being active helps keep you healthy through flu season.

Keep Safety in Mind

Staying dry and warm is key to working out during the cold months. With a little preparation, you can protect yourself against the snow and cold.

First, understand that cold temperatures and damp conditions steal your body’s heat and can leave you susceptible to hypothermia and frostbite, despite feeling warm while you exercise. When you exercise, your skin becomes flushed because your body is causing heat to rise to the surface which can be dangerous in freezing weather. This combined with getting wet from snow or perspiration can magnify the effects of cold weather. That’s why wearing layers is so important because they help trap heat close to your body and insulate you against the weather.

Tip: When you layer, make sure you are wearing moisture-wicking fabrics and not cotton. This will allow you to stay dry while you work up a sweat.

Stay Hydrated

If you don’t feel as warm and you’re staying dry during your workout, you should still continue to hydrate.  Always be sure to bring water with you into your winter wonderland.

10 Tips For Staying Active in the Winter:

  1. Brisk Walk. If snow and ice are not present, a brisk walk is a perfect way to get some cardio without the heat and humidity wearing you out.
  2. Join a gym or health club. Staying inside is easier when the weather is unpleasant. Try signing up for a class to motivate you to leave the house and hold yourself accountable for making time for fitness.
  3. Find an indoor swimming pool. Aquatic exercises have endless benefits due to the reduction of stress on our bodies. A warm water pool can have the added bonus of soothing soreness we sometimes experience in our joints during the winter months.
  4. Try hiking. Hiking is great exercise no matter your experience level.  
  5. Walk around the mall. It’s a great way to walk inside without a gym membership.
  6. Try a new fitness class. Adding something new to your daily routine can really be a mood booster. In addition, trying new things has cognitive benefits as well!
  7. Exercise at home. There are more options than ever to get a quick workout in at home. Don’t let the weather keep you from improving your strength and balance.
  8. Take the stairs. A super simple way to start pushing yourself to work out. Avoid short cuts and incorporate some stretches when you reach your destination.
  9. Play indoor sports. Whether it’s table tennis or throwing darts, a little competition can inspire you to get off the couch and activate your muscles.
  10. Play outside with the kids. Staying inside all winter can be bad for your physical and mental health. Take time to breathe some fresh air and toss a ball with a young one or dog. It will do you both some good!

Don’t let the chilly weather turn you into a couch potato this winter!  Get active out there with these winter exercises. Don’t be afraid to get creative and let us know your favorite winter exercises on our Facebook page!

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The Simple Truth About Aging and Cognitive Health

There are many changes that come with aging. And worrying about cognitive decline is certainly one of them. If this is a worry of yours you are not alone. Thousands of people search the web every year to unlock the secrets to maintaining good cognitive health.

What is Cognitive Health

Cognitive health is the ability to clearly think, learn, and remember. Motor skills, sensory responses, and emotional responses may be used as indicators for healthy neurological activity.

Factors that may contribute to an individual’s cognitive health include genetics, lifestyle, and environment. Some of these influences are attributed to a decline in cognitive ability and the performance of everyday tasks.

How is Cognitive Health Different from Mental Health

Cognitive health is the physical condition of an individual’s brain. Additionally, it describes how that brain physically functions. Mental health is how we feel about things. Mental health is a subset of cognitive health. Thus, it should be monitored by your doctor. A decline in mental health may indicate a decline in cognitive health.

Why is it Important 

Cognitive health is required to maintain independence. Healthy functions include attention, learning, memory, and speaking. This can also include higher functions like decision-making, planning, goal-setting, and judgment.

Most importantly, however, is the function of cognitive reserve. This is the ability to cope with damage or deterioration. People with greater cognitive reserve are better able to stave off the symptoms of an aging brain. 

Some People Mentally Age Better

Though the secrets of healthy long-term cognition may still remain a mystery, there are a few things we know.

People who make it to 70 with normal cognitive scores and few signs of decline tend to stay sharp into their 90’s despite amyloid-beta plaque build-up, according to this article. In this study, scientists evaluated 100 seniors who had previously participated in another study regarding dementia. 

“In the 84 participants who were cognitively normal in 2009, 26 remained that way during follow-up. Mean age at last cognitive evaluation ranged from 86 to 100.”

What Can You Do to Stay Sharp

The simplest answer is to stay aware and know what is worth worrying about and what isn’t. Lapses in memory are expected. But to keep your brain healthy as you age, you should:

  • Exercise
  • Keep cholesterol and blood pressure low
  • Quit or cut down on nicotine and tobacco
  • Monitor your weight to lower diet/weight risk factors

For a complete list, read this article. Still concerned? Maybe it’s time to talk to your doctor.

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