Healthcare costs are going through the roof. One method for keeping them down is to open a Flexible Spending Account or a Health Savings Account in order to reduce your taxable income with qualified health expenditures. There are qualifications in which account you can have and what you can spend it on, so it’s important to choose wisely. (more…)
Most people think about their golden years in terms of their retirement savings. Will they have enough money to live comfortably and maybe even take a few trips? Will their money last as long as their lifespan? These are difficult enough things to predict, but one thing that no one thinks about is their quality of life expectancy. (more…)
It’s been an especially cold winter in many parts of the country, with snow and ice wreaking havoc with everyday routines. For many senior citizens, the freezing temperatures were quite dangerous, resulting in the onset of hypothermia, which you might not realize is one of the biggest killers of older people in America.
Seniors are especially susceptible to contracting hypothermia because their immune systems aren’t as strong as younger adults, while they might also find it harder to detect changes in temperature and react suitably (i.e. by putting on warmer clothes or extra layers in freezing weather). That’s why it is doubly important to check in on elderly relatives in the winter months so that they are not suffering in the extreme cold.
When visiting elderly relatives during the winter, look out for signs such as confusion, drowsiness, a rapid decline in physical appearance or extreme shivering. These could all hint at the presence of hypothermia, so if you notice one or more of these, it’s time to take action and the first thing to do is call 911. While waiting for medics to arrive, you can help the elderly person by moving them to somewhere warm, wrapping them in an extra blanket or giving them a warm, non-alcoholic (or non-caffeinated) drink.
This infographic from Home Healthcare Adaptations contains plenty of practical information on elderly hypothermia, so please take just 2-3 minutes to read through it.
Everything is toxic. OK, maybe that’s a little dramatic, but there are lots of things that aren’t great for us and they’re hidden in items we use on a daily basis. Don’t be alarmed, you can keep your eyes out for them pretty easily, it just takes a little extra care and reading. Let’s tighten our attention to the sneaky toxins around us.
The scoop: Companies cut corners in creating their products. It’s no secret that creating something cost effective that isn’t as good as a more regimented alternative is a commonly used product development strategy. These companies thrive off loopholery to put their products–marginally safe, at best–in your hands and more money in their pockets. Don’t let deals dupe you into dubious acquisitions.
The dirt: Chemicals, cosmetics, plastics, and apparel. These are the big 4 of subversive toxins. They’re tough to gauge because they make up so much of everyday use, that sometimes we don’t notice our water bottles, the spray we clean the kitchen counter with, or our favorite lipstick. What about the toys your children play with? Or the weed killer used in your yard? There are safe alternatives to all of these that help avoid toxic consequences.
The action: You control what comes into your home, which means you have a responsibility to take the time to research what you’re letting in. Toxins in products don’t just walk through your door and make themselves a part of your life, you bring them home with you. Little Trojan Horses disguised as harmless commonplace items. Let’s not allow them to lay siege!
Anxiety can be hard to deal with, and even more so in a digital world. The stress of technology and advancements on the mind is becoming an increasingly common phenomenon, especially since we’re all dependent on technology in one way or another.
Anxiety can stem from a number of causes – stress, worry, bad eating and sleeping habits, and even some hidden after effects of trauma and depression. Anxiety manifests itself not just mentally, but physically as well. There are a number of symptoms which appear every now and then. Some instances of anxiety can be called “attacks”, but those are usually in the more severe cases. Stress can generate from multiple causes – the most common one being workplace stress. Deadlines, targets, long lists of tasks can be too much for the mind to handle at time. However, students suffer from anxiety too, as academic pressure can also be a valid cause. Anxiety isn’t restricted to age or gender, and can be found in many cases where the patient seems completely normal otherwise.(more…)
There are many things that you probably think are healthy: yoga, kale smoothies, Wheatgrass, mindfulness, for example. However, it is just as likely that there are some things that you have tried to avoid because you think they are bad for your health: chocolate, alcohol, and playing on video games. However, you would be wrong about at least one of these things. Current research shows that gaming can actually be good for your health, despite popular prejudice.
Studies and empirical evidence have shown that gaming can be good for you in a number of ways.
1Gaming can strengthen certain areas of your brain. These include the parts of your brain responsible for spatial awareness, motor skills, memory and long term planning.
2Gaming can benefit people who have been through traumatic events, as studies have shown that playing video games can reduce the trauma and chronic pain of those that have been involved in accidents.
3Gaming has improved the general health of those who have been studied for a period whilst they played games.
Not everything that you previously thought was bad for you is actually beneficial. But there is strong evidence that gaming can be incredibly beneficial for your cognitive health.
We advise you to dust of that old PlayStation that has been lying unused in the loft for years. It’s good for you!
To find out more about the surprising health effects of gaming, see the infographic below produced by those at Computer Planet.
The hustle and bustle of your work day can leave you feeling tired and depleted of energy. Many become a part of the trending grab and go cycle. These quick ‘pick me ups’ generally are full of sugar and saturated fats. You may feel a temporary surge of energy only to be disappointed a short time later. Lethargy and brain fog will begin to seep into your day due to the rising and dramatic fall of your blood sugar levels. Do not despair! We are going to tell you exactly How to Fit Healthy Eating Habits Into Your Work Schedule.
Healthy foods and snacks provide your body and mind the proper nutrients that aid productivity and efficiency while keeping your energy levels throughout the day. You have heard the old saying “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. These words of wisdom will be your nutritional mantra when facing a busy schedule. Replacing your sweet and salty stashes and vending machine habits with deliciously healthy snacks will be your first step. Planning a variety of tasty treats and nutrients will keep you well on your way to forming great and healthy eating habits. Studies have shown it is optimal to fuel your body every four hours. This maintains your blood sugar levels and curbs cravings for empty calories. You will also want to explore how your lifestyle associates with your eating habits. Some tend to become stressed at work or they skip breakfast and feel sluggish midday. If you find yourself grabbing for snacks to fill the time or appease the moment, consider an easy to eat nosh. Peanuts, grapes, granola and protein bars are perfect to keep your hands busy and avoid the moments of mindless eating. Favorited fruits, vegetables and juices make great sidekicks for your lunch and help keep you on track.
With a few simple exchanges and a bit of planning, you are on your way to a brilliant and healthy work day!
1Eating healthy at work offers your body and mind the proper nutrients needed to get through the day
2Plan ahead and bring healthy snacks such as fruits, nuts and granola. This will keep you from consuming empty calories that will make you feel tired and restless.
3Avoid mindless eating and vending machine stops by bringing your own delicious and healthy snacks to work.
Martial arts in stereotypical perspective is often perceived as just fancy kicks and mysterious practice, however, it is well proven that there are plenty benefits of martial arts training in health, mentality, and fitness.
Anyone interested in these positive results needs to consider first which martial art to choose. This is not an easy task as there are so many of martial arts out there, each different in its history, specific, tradition, self-defense potential and fitness results.
The best starting point to consider which martial art suits you best is to try answering these 3 key questions:
1What is your primary motivation for martial art training: self-defense, fitness, psychological benefits, a spirit of martial art or something else?
2What level of physical requirements are you ready for? Are you looking for something light and nice or rather you want to be tired and exhausted after each training session?
3When you think about martial arts what excites you the most? Which films or heroes move you?
Check the below infographic from fullcontactway.com which presents the top 10 martial arts and will help you choose your best fit.
Bone broth is a broth created from boiling animal bones such as; chicken, beef, pork, fish or turkey. A long slow simmer of animal bones creates a healthy nutritious broth that provides many health benefits. Many of the benefits of bone broth consumption can help fight aging from skin wrinkles to arthritis. Check out the infographic below. (more…)