Health

Essential Wintertime Home RemediesSnowfall, sweaters, and hot chocolate are things that many of us embrace during the winter months. Unfortunately, problems like frostbite, dry skin, and illnesses also plague us during the colder months of the year.  Though winter can take a toll on your health, home remedies make it easier to fight back against these maladies. The next time you're afflicted with a winter health woe, try one of these remedies to hasten the healing process. For a Cold or the Flu: Healing Elderberry Syrup Studies have shown that elderberry can prevent the onse... more ...
Though most of us try to remain optimistic about aging, it's natural to be saddened by the passage of time. Sometimes it feels like life only goes downhill after middle age. This, however, simply isn't true! In many ways, life only gets better after 50. From better relationships to deeper sleep, here are some of the life experiences that, like fine wine, only improve with age. 1.) You're Sleeping Better Most of us have probably adopted the commonly-held belief that sleep quality declines with age. Some sleep disturbances, like snoring and back pain, seem to crop up more f... more ...
Though yoga is an ancient practice, it has become drastically more popular in recent years. 9.5% percent of American adults now practice yoga, up from 6.1% in 2007. It seems as though everyone has embraced this soothing and spiritual form of exercise.  Not all yoga is headstands and twisted pretzel poses, however. Many yoga poses are accessible for beginners. Practicing yoga on a regular basis is a great way to improve balance, core strength, and flexibility while reducing pain, anxiety, and fatigue.  Whether you're looking for a new fitness regimen or a practice to soothe your w... more ...
As we age, visiting the doctor for regular check-ups becomes increasingly important. Though you might feel perfectly healthy, only a doctor can properly diagnose health problems and treat them before they become more serious. Though blood tests, health screenings, and vaccinations aren't particularly enjoyable, taking care of your health is one of the best ways to maintain a high of life. For better wellness at 50 and beyond, keep your eye on these health conditions. Be sure to visit your doctor for regular check-ups and screenings. Diabetes Adults over 50 should be screened... more ...
Powerful Techniques for Fighting Depression Depression is a condition unlike any other. Many adults experience brief periods of depression throughout their lives; others endure symptoms for years or decades.    Prescription antidepressants are typically used to assist patients in managing their depression. Though these drugs are a life-saving resource for many, lifestyle changes are also a particularly valuable tool for combating many of the symptoms that accompany the condition.    Whether you’re battling clinical depression or fighting off the winter blues, the... more ...
The thyroid is a small endocrine gland located at the base of the neck. Despite its diminutive size, the health of the thyroid plays a massive role in how the body functions. As a part of the endocrine system, the thyroid is partially responsible for controlling the body's metabolic rate. When the endocrine system functions at a sub-optimal level, a variety of health problems can arise.   Thyroid Problems in Older Adults   In most developed countries, millions of adults suffer from thyroid disorders. Though thyroid problems affect both genders, women are between five and ten ... more ...
Anyone who suffers from arthritis knows it is painful and unpredictable. You may expect a flare-up after a hard workout or when the weather changes. But some days, your arthritis may seem worse with no apparent reason. A careful diet has helped patients with rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease that mostly affects women 40-60 years old. The body's immune system, designed to attack infection and illness, misfires with rheumatoid arthritis. Certain foods may mistakenly trigger the immune system, causing it to attack the body's own tissues and result in painful, swollen areas such... more ...
Many of us take a handful of pills in the morning, ranging from blood pressure medication to allergy tablets. Some of us also take vitamin and mineral supplements, while others take no pills at all. Regardless of the supplements we take, many of us remain confused as to which nutrients we need and why we need them. Which vitamins should you be taking? Which pills should you take cautiously? Here are our top supplement recommendations for adults 50 and over.   Should I Take Vitamins?   There is some debate in the medical field as to whether vitamin and mineral supplements are nec... more ...
As 2016 begins, many of us are writing down our New Year's resolutions for the months ahead. Among the most popular goals are those related to health and wellness. Almost all of us could afford to sleep more, eat better, and exercise more diligently than we did in 2015!   Whether you're looking to wake up more refreshed or remember your pills and vitamins every day, these apps will help you become happier and healthier in the year to come.     1.) Sworkit - Workout Trainer   Hailed as the "personal trainer" of fitness applications, Sworkit is among ... more ...
Ah, the holiday season. Visions of tables covered in yummy food and desserts gets our mouths watering with the thought. I'll bet you are unaware that it is not uncommon for most people to gain an average of 8 pounds over the holiday season. With all the fatty, delicious foods and multiple house dinners, it's no wonder! Just because you want to avoid putting on the pounds this holiday season doesn't mean you have to sacrifice taste, or skip out on parties. There are many things you can do to keep those extra calories from turning to fat. Continuing your regular exercise routine and... more ...