Healthwise and Your Healthy Future

Do you ever wish you had the perfect health care book to assist you in staying healthy and out of trouble? A self care guide that you could trust, written in plain English to help you in your later years? I think we all would like to have something like that on our shelves at home, indeed, I do. In fact, when I saw a book like that I bought it and it’s still on my personal book shelves to this day.

It’s a book I know that you will enjoy and cherish as much as I, so without further introduction I hereby recommend the following book to you:

“Healthwise for Life; A Medical Self Care Guide for You” by Molly Mettler, MSW; Donald W. Kemper, MPH; Editor Carrie A. Wiss; and Steven L. Schneider Medical Editor; Healthwise Incorporated, Boise, ID; 2000. (Sanctioned by the Department of Veteran Affairs.)

This book has information on both men and women’s health concerns and it discusses the changing demographics and how people are living longer, happier and healthier lives than at any other time in our great nation’s history. It also warns of the pitfalls if you fail to take care of yourself, hygiene and ailments. This book has chapters on:

  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Headaches
  • Dental Issues
  • Fitness
  • Nutrition
  • Mental Health

And how to live with independence in old age, caregiver situations and home health care tips. This book is one of the best books I’ve ever read on senior healthy living in retirement. It is also a book I highly recommend to you and your loved ones. I hope you will go and pick up the most recent edition for yourself or your folks. Please consider this.

Living Well, Staying Healthy In Mind, Body and Spirit

I saw an ad the other day that said… “I don’t want to grow old gracefully, I’m going to fight it every step of the way”. I laughed, but also thought serious about what the commercial as saying. Of course their desire was to get me to buy something; instead it started me to thinking.

And thinking is exactly what I’m talking about; I enjoy my mind, it is sharp and active and sometimes I’m amazed at my memory, that isn’t something I want to lose, and YES, I will fight to maintain my health and acute mind and you should too. Forget growing old gracefully and letting the effects of gradually and graceful aging rob you of a sharp mind and healthy body, I say FIGHT.

Exercise, stay limber and active, get outside and enjoy life, smell the air, greet the neighbors, say hi to the postman, just be active. And then, and this is paramount, use what modern medical science has available with vitamin supplements.

Here’s what you should be aware of; your body (and particularly your brain) need essential fatty acids, getting your recommended daily allowance will aid in keeping your brain sharp as a tack and dementia merely a word used in scrabble.

The bible says…. “Take a little wine for thy stomach’s sake”. This isn’t a religious discussion, but research shows that Polyphenol, found in red grapes (and other less tantalizing plants) will aid in cognitive functions.

Here’s one I hadn’t heard of till researching this article; ALA or Alpha-Lipoic Acid, seems this one is a fighter (I like it already) and will attack (or interrupt) free radical damage and increase antioxidants in the brain and improve memory, sounds like a winner in my book.

Okay, getting older is a fact of life, so when we look at vitamin supplements and amino acids, we’ll want to find and take those that have proven benefits to brain functions. Enter Coenzyme Q10 which apparently is like a soldier with orders to… “Protect The Brain With Your Life” and do not let the enemy intrude at any cost.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and with time diminishes, but again, don’t let it happen gracefully, do everything possible to hold to health and longevity. Seems that might have been written as a banner for Vitamin E, known to keep our skin supple (it’s an antioxidant in our tissue) and our brains active. Make CERTAIN to get an ample dose of Vitamin E, it’s vital.

Here’s one that most of us HAVE heard about, good ‘ole Ginkgo Biloba, available at every drugstore and many convenience stores along the highways of life. It is powerful and known to increase blood flow to the brain (a good thing) and vital to keeping our brains in tip top condition. Use your brain, work puzzle, solve riddles, read books, STOP staring at the TV and take a daily dose of Ginkgo Biloba.

Remember the old “Bugs Bunny” cartoons. The wise cracking rabbit that was always one up on whatever situation he encountered? He was always munching on a carrot, and a carrot contains what? Why carotenoids of course which (when taken in a balanced manner) is a proven and powerful antioxidant.

FACTOID: Antioxidants are nutrients or chemicals that are free radical scavengers. Vitamins A, C, E and some B vitamins, beta-carotene, selenium and certain crucial enzymes in our bodies are antioxidants.

The letter B is beautiful, and it can represent so many words, emotions, and memories. And I’m going to focus on memory and speak of vitamins B6 and B12, which are crucial (did you hear that) for our brains to function properly. With these vitamins, we’ll slowly but surely begin to forget things, become confused and certainly NOT grow old gracefully. Make CERTAIN you are getting your recommended daily dose of this vitamin.

Life is about living, we are all on the same path and the path is beautiful indeed. Live well, stay healthy and be sure to take your vitamins.

New Book Teaches How to Stay Healthy and Active Into Your Golden Years

In Building Your Enduring Fitness, Lisa Teresi Harris has written the book Baby Boomers and everyone from middle-age to centenarians have been waiting for. We all know exercise and nutrition are important, but all the health and fitness books and exercise programs out there seem to be geared toward the 18-40 age bracket. We all want to feel good long after that, but we may forget how important exercise and nutrition are as we age-not so we can look good at the beach like the younger generation wants, but so we can offset muscle loss, brittle bones, disease, and the belly fat that threatens to make us old before our time.

Harris has been a registered dietitian since 1978. As the owner of Enduring Fitness 4U, she provides senior exercise classes and in-home fitness training and nutrition coaching. As a result, she has the knowledge, skills, and positive mindset to help anyone improve his or her health, activity-level, and overall life satisfaction. She’s helped hundreds of people, and now she shares her lifetime of knowledge with her readers in this new book.

Getting into good shape and being healthy, however, is easier said than done. Some people might even think it’s impossible to slow down the aging process. Many people believe they are fated to be fat because their parents were fat, or to be diabetic, have heart disease, etc. However, research shows that genetics do not always have the final say. For example, Harris quotes a source that states “only about 10% of cases [with Alzheimer’s] carry the defective genes for the disease, and only half of those who carry the genes ever develop it. Most Alzheimer’s cases are caused by cumulative brain damage that occurs during life.” In other words, disability and disease are not inevitable, despite your genes.

For me, this book’s most important message is the need for us to get up and move. Harris asks us whether we are sabotaging our health by the number of hours we sit each day. It’s true we move less with Roombas and smart phone addictions and things delivered to our doors, so she encourages us to find ways we can move more, such as walking while talking on the phone.

And Harris’ results are astounding. She helps people who are prediabetic change their diets. She helps people with walkers regain mobility. She helps seniors strengthen their muscles and improve their balance so they can get up if they fall, and even better, avoid falling altogether. She also encourages people to find activities they enjoy. If you don’t like an activity, you won’t do it, so she shows us how to find our “exercise ecstasy.”

While exercise is important, so is nutrition. Harris gives guidelines for how to get the proper amount of fruits and vegetables into your diet. She offers advice on when to eat protein, how much of it to eat, and how to use it to the greatest benefit. Of course, she’s a big advocate of drinking water.

Many people will find invaluable the series of chapters titled “Building Up Your Defenses Against Chronic Diseases.” Here she talks about heart disease, diabetes, cancer, dementia, arthritis, and osteoporosis and how to improve your chances of not being diagnosed with any of them. She also explores how to live better if you already have them so they don’t impede your enjoyment of life.

One of the biggest challenges for most people is overeating. Harris realizes we are all human and not going to eat vegetables all the time without occasionally indulging. I love her advice on what to do when you go out so you don’t overeat or when you go on one of those cruises where you feel like you’re being held hostage by a breakfast buffet. Despite restaurant servings having increased in size, Harris gives solid advice on how to enjoy eating out without setting yourself back. At the same time, she believes in mindful eating-allowing yourself to enjoy food now and then. For example, she tells us: “Have that yummy ice cream cone when the urge hits; savor every mouthful, and then just move on. (This is an example of mindful eating-paying close attention to the moment and accepting your feelings, not trying to change them.)”

I’m only forty-six, but I loved Building Your Enduring Fitness because it made me realize I can take action now so that my senior years will provide me with the high quality of life I want. I used to exercise regularly but fell into a slump after my exercise bike broke a few months ago. Harris encouraged me to get back to doing push-ups and lifting weights and walking more, and even make some changes to how I eat. In just the few weeks since I started, I am already noticing results.

So get a copy of Building Your Enduring Fitness and then get up and get moving. The more you move, the longer, healthier, and happier your life will be.