Daily Archives: July 9, 2018

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The Number One Food You Need To Eat More Of

Many people do not get the recommended amount of vegetables per day, but if you are trying to improve that intake, there’s one vegetable you should start with – broccoli.  Broccoli has a number of benefits, including calcium, Vitamin K, fiber, and it is low calorie.  It has also been touted for its cancer-fighting abilities.

People who consume more broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables have lower rates of lung and colon cancer. Broccoli contains a sulfur-containing compound which can inhibit the enzyme histone deacetylase, which is involved with cancer cells.

In addition to all the cancer related benefits, broccoli also contributes to bowel health. The fiber that makes its way to the large intestine is good for the bacteria that lives there, which may be why it helps in preventing colon cancer.

The Vitamin K in the green vegetable can also help prevent bone breaks and increase bone strength, because Vitamin K deficiencies are a big component when it comes to frail bones.

If your not a milk drinker, broccoli contributes to your need for calcium.

If broccoli isn’t your thing, you can also try kale, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, bok choy, cabbage, collard greens, rutabaga, and turnips, which are other cruciferous vegetables that are nutrient dense but low on the calories.

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People With Dementia More Likely To Go Missing

One of the problems with dementia is your mind, your brain, begins to work differently. And it’s not as simple as memory loss. Sometimes a dementia patient can get confused, or think things that aren’t true. This can cause those with dementia to get themselves into physical danger through simply wandering or walking into areas they shouldn’t be in. Such as roads or other hazardous locations. When you can’t trust your mind to think rationally and properly, you need to rely upon others to help safeguard you from danger. The problem is, when dementia strikes, you lose even the ability to recognize when you need someone else’s assistance.

Researchers into dementia and other cognitive disorders recognize this problem. A study conducted in Australia looked at men with dementia who wandered away from caregivers or their known safe locations. Twenty percent of them died when this occurred, and another twenty percent sustained injuries during their dementia caused wandering.

While exercise and staying active is important for everyone, it is especially helpful for dementia patients. Other research has shown activity can help combat the worst effects of dementia. But caregivers need to be mindful that their loved ones don’t slip into a routine that gives them opportunity to wander away and risk injury. Or worse.

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