Superfoods to Keep You Healthy

As you age, you want to make sure you are keeping your overall health at the top of your list of things to do, and that starts with focusing on feeding your body the proper vitamins and nutrients to keep it in tip-top shape. Below we discuss the top 5 superfoods you should be eating.

 

5 Superfoods for Optimal Health as You Age

  1. Avocado This yummy item is filled with lots of nutrients and healthy fats, including Omega-6, folate, omega-3, potassium and vitamin B6. Not only does this super fruit lower your cholesterol and blood pressure, but it also aids in fighting against cancer.
  2. Pomegranate Looking to reduce joint pain, fight viruses, prevent strokes or do all three?! Look no further! Pomegranates are very advantageous in helping you build a healthier lifestyle. With fiber, folate, potassium and vitamins C and K, you can’t go wrong!
  3. Blueberries Keep your vision top-notch with this healthy superfood. Filled with manganese, lots of fiber, vitamins C and K, and anthocyanin, blueberries are powerful agents in protecting your heart, benefiting eyesight and memory, and even helping combat cancer and diabetes!
  4. Salmon Build muscle (which will keep you lean and strong)! This superhero food will also help you avoid obesity, reduce inflammation and pain and combat autoimmune disorders. Need more Vitamin B3, B12 and D, and omega-3 in your life? Salmon is your answer! Pair it with ginger–which contains multiple anti-inflammatory properties–to amplify pain relief and provide for a delicious meal!
  5. Soy and flaxseed. One of the most important organs you should be taking care of as you age is your heart. If you want to pack “double punches” when it comes to heart protection, be sure to incorporate plenty of soy and flaxseed into your daily diet routine. For example, drink soy milk, eat edamame, tofu, and other soy-based products to lower cholesterol and increase the amount of heart healthy fiber in your body! In addition, these heart healthy superfoods provide plenty of fiber and omega-3’s to reduce your risk of heart disease tremendously. Add flaxseed to almost any recipe (without being able to tell) for a multitude of added benefits!

 

You only get one body, so it’s important that you keep it healthy and protect it as you age. Eating more of this good stuff and cutting out junk foods can not only prevent cancer and protect your heart, but did you know that it can even help you to extend your lifespan? Who doesn’t want more time to spend being active with their grandkids?! Always remember, what you eat not only affects the way you look on the outside, but it also affects the way you look on the inside. You are what you eat, so treat your body the way it should be treated!

 

Eating right is a great start to reducing pain, but if you are already experiencing excruciating pain, maybe it’s time to explore other options. Check out our products page, or give us a call us at 419.678.4979 to discover how New Visions Medical can help you fight pain and start living a more active, independent and healthy lifestyle.

 

 

 

Resources:

http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_articles.asp?id=1669

http://www.readersdigest.ca/food/healthy-food/5-winter-superfoods-keep-you-healthy?id=4#0RwK8GQFOYB60lcM.97

http://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-eating-tips/10-powerful-superfoods?slide=1

http://www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/nutrition_news_information/10_everyday_superfoods?page=4

4 Ways to Keep Your Back Healthy

Not only do we want to be able to fix back pain when it occurs, but ideally, we want to PREVENT back pain from occurring at all. Although some back pain can be attributed to acts of trauma—such as a car accident or a severe fall—most is due to everyday activities that are done incorrectly (without you even realizing it, I’m sure!). These everyday activities can include things such as vacuuming, bending over to pick something up or even simply carrying shopping bags.

Tips to Keep Your Back Healthy

  1. Check Your Posture. Working at a desk for 7-8 hours a day, or slouching over your computer or even your cell phone when you’re texting (we all do it!) is extremely damaging to your back and could cause future back pain. If you must sit for a long period of time, be sure to have a comfortable chair that will allow you to sit with your shoulders back and refrain from slouching. Be sure to break up the long periods of time in front of a computer or other screen by participating in stretching exercises for 5-10 minutes every hour, helping you to maintain the natural curves of your back.
  2. Get Out and Exercise. Daily. I’m sure you’ve been told time and time again about the importance of exercising. And there is merit behind the recommendations to exercise daily. It’s important because not only does exercise help keep your weight down, but it also prevents back pain. Being overweight and suffering from back pain go hand in hand—extra weight, particularly around your midsection, can put a great deal of added strain on your back. Likewise, if you aren’t in “good” shape, you are far more likely to hurt yourself when participating in simple daily activities. Your muscles are meant to move, so get out there and exercise! You can record your daily exercise, and find daily motivation, on any of these 6 apps here.
  3. Quit Smoking. I’m sure you know that smoking raises your risk of heart disease and cancer (specifically lung and colon); however, it is also extremely harmful to your back. Studies show that smoking reduces the blood supply to the discs between the vertebra, causing those discs to begin to deteriorate. Smoking also causes the blood vessels to narrow, which can result in reduced oxygen and nutrients to your spine. Why is this bad? Reduced oxygen and nutrients means you will be more susceptible to injury, and if you are injured, your body will take much longer to heal.
  4. Rest Well. For starters, choose a mattress that is suited to factors such as your height, weight, age and other necessary comfort levels. But getting the proper mattress is only half of the battle: try making a cognizant effort to sleep sideways rather than on your back or stomach. If you must sleep on your stomach, place a pillow under your lower abdomen to reduce the amount of stress to your back. And don’t forget, getting enough rest is always another important aspect of maintaining overall good health!

 

A few other tips for good measure: always bend your knees and hips rather than your back, lift and carry objects close to your body, sit with feet flat on the floor and, lastly, when sitting, use a chair with a backrest (feet flat on the floor), changing how you sit every few minutes.

Are you already experiencing back pain and looking for pain relief products? Check out our products page or give us a call at 419.678.4979 for more information!

6 Apps That Can Help Keep You Active and Healthy

We know how busy and exhausting life can get sometimes, making it hard to keep one of the most important aspects of life [your health] on track. This is why we have decided to pull together the 6 best apps to help you keep an active and healthy lifestyle.

  1. My Fitness Pal [FREE] – This is one of the most common and widely used health and fitness apps on the market. The app allows you to quickly and accurately track your intake of calories, the number of calories burned through exercise and also delivers progress updates to and from your network of friends. Have a Fitbit you are using to track your steps and calories burned? Sync the Fitbit app (which comes in ranking no. 2 in Apple’s “Top Free Apps –Health and Fitness” genre) and My Fitness Pal app for FREE and take your health and fitness to a whole new level!
  2. Fooducate [FREE] – With 20,082 iOS downloads in June, Fooducate is also another food tracker, yet this tracking goes far beyond just calories. Not only does the app allow you to scan barcodes on food and see a “nutrition grade,” but it will also suggest a healthier alternative to the food you are planning to eat if your item gets a bad grade! Likewise, the app provides daily tips on how to choose healthier food items, navigate through holiday meals and much, much more. With an app like this, who needs a nutritionist!?
  3. Lose It! [FREE] – The results of LoseIt! users speak for themselves. Altogether, users of this app have lost just shy of 39 million (yes, MILLION) pounds, and it appears that number is continuously increasing. Stop the fad diets and “magic pills” and start losing weight the healthy, sustainable way with the Lose It! Fitness app.
  4. Fitness Buddy [$1.00] – Do you find yourself getting tired of doing the same workout routine over and over again? The Fitness Buddy app can solve that problem! With over 1000 workouts to choose from, you never have to repeat an exercise unless you really love it!. Trying to get stronger back muscles? No problem! With the Fitness Buddy app you are able to choose specific areas of your body that you would like to target, and the app will provide a tailored workout for you.
  5. Noom Weight [FREE] – “Noom’s scientifically based software helps people live healthier lives.” And that is exactly what the Noom Weight app does with its online coaching regimen. The app’s technology helps to break bad habits and instill better ones by leading its users down a path toward improved nutrition and increased exercise through the use of coaching as you log your diet, as well as allowing access to a group of users for more support.
  6. Fitnet [FREE] – Do you want to be one of the thousands of people worldwide who are realizing and achieving their fitness goals with Fitnet? The Fitnet app is said to be perfect for people lacking time, experience or motivation to workout. Its intuitive and addictive design will keep you constantly coming back for more workouts! The app offers intelligent, real-time feedback so that you are able to get the most out of your workout by analyzing your synchronicity with the trainer you are working with for the day. Not only are the trainers they provide you certified, but they are FREE! Fitnet is a great option for users who want to either want to get started with fitness or get back on track.

Whatever your activity level –advanced, moderate or beginner—each of these apps are able to adjust to YOUR level of experience. It is time to focus on YOU. Start today!

We hope these tips help you get started on the path of creating a healthier and more active lifestyle for a better YOU! If you shy away from exercise because you experience pain when doing so, visit our pain management products page and give us a call at 419.678.4979 today. We would be happy to help you find the best product to relieve your pain.

 

Resources:

http://www.businessinsider.com/13-best-health-and-fitness-apps-2014-7?op=1

http://www.businessinsider.com/13-best-health-and-fitness-apps-2014-7?op=1

https://play.google.com/store/apps/category/HEALTH_AND_FITNESS/collection/topselling_free

3 Ways Seniors Can Eat Healthy During the Winter

Lunch on terraceDuring this time of year, the risk of colds, flus and injuries are at their highest for all of us, especially seniors. Seniors need to be aware of the dangers of illness and how to proactively avoid possible life-threatening conditions. One of the most important things we can do is provide our bodies with healthy foods to give us the necessary fuel to boost immunity and fight off unwanted germs.

3 Ways Seniors Can Eat Healthy During the Winter

1. Eat From All Food Groups.

  • Group 1 – Fruits and Vegetables: incorporate lots of  dark green, red, orange and yellow fruits and veggies into your diet. They are loaded with natural disease-fighting nutrients.
  • Group 2 – Grains: focus on fiber since it helps with digestion. Be sure to increase fiber slowly and to increase fluids at the same time. If you have an intestinal disease, check with your doctor first before increasing your fiber.
  • Group 3 – Milk and Milk Alternatives: Getting enough calcium is highly important for bone and muscle health and especially important in the prevention of osteoporosis. We also need vitamin D, which helps us fight off depression and the winter blues. Try eating more milk, cheese, yogurt, etc.
  • Group 4 – Meat and Meat Alternatives: We need this group for protein, vitamins and minerals. Protein helps repair muscles and keeps us well nourished. Focus on eating more fish, poultry, lentils, chickpeas, nuts and seeds.

 

2. Drink Water. Water makes up most of our body and it is used in the transport of medications, for digestion, for circulation and for our joints and muscles. Water is also essential for our concentration and for our cognitive functioning. Limit sugary juices and caffeine as they actually promote dehydration. If you are not a fan of water, try adding in some lemon, cucumber or fruits -they will alter the flavor and add additional nutrients. Bottom line, the more water you drink, the more you will become accustomed to it and begin to crave it!

3. Have Someone Else Cook. There are many services available for seniors who struggle with either preparing healthy meals or just have a hard time getting to the store during the winter. Check your local resources and see what options are available where you live. In addition, there are many non-profit organizations, such as churches, that offer shut-in meal programs for individuals who need assistance. Don’t be afraid to check into these options and never be afraid to ask for help!

Eating a healthy diet full of good foods can actually help with pain and inflammation. For more information regarding pain management, stop by New Visions in Coldwater to try our line of pain relief products that can benefit you! We are offering $50.00 off the LaserTouchOne right now! Come in and try it out!

4 Solutions to Control Fibromyalgia

Girl with neck and shoulder painSo why do you have pain everywhere? Your joints hurt and feel miserable just walking! Chances are if you have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia you are hurting all the time.

I am often asked by people who have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, what they can do to maintain their functionality and minimize their pain. Here are three things you can do to help ease the pain of Fibromyalgia and get healthy too!

1.  Exercise:

Yes I know your body hurts, and the last thing you want to do is exercise. Well studies show even with starting with 5 minutes a day, you can alleviate the pain and make your life easier. Try some new exercises like Yoga, Pilates, or swimming. They are all easier on the joints and still promote healthier lifestyle.

2.  Get your Diet in Check:

Get rid of food with additives; then add Vitamin D, Fish, and Veggies. These are all typical things you should do to keep healthy anyway. So do it. A good rule of thumb is to remove anything “white” from your diet. Typically, if it is white it is processed. Additives in processed food can act as triggers to inflammation in the joints.

3.  Add Supplements:

There are several supplements that can really help ease the pain and promote joint health. For example, magnesium helps alleviate muscle pain, weakness, and fatigue. It also helps with irritability, anxiety, sleep disorders, dizziness and nausea. There are others that can assist in eliminating or easing the pain.

4.  Use Laser for Quick Flare Ups:

LaserTouchOne is portable and easy to access and use on muscles when pain flares up. For example, a woman who suffers with Fibromyalgia came in one day with pain in her back. I showed her the LaserTouchOne and gave her a treatment. She said that it seemed to help a lot, but she wanted to think about it.

A few days later she called me from her workplace. She had another flare up of her Fibromyalgia and wanted to know if she could run over quick during her lunch break at work to get a treatment, so that she could make it through her day. She came right over, and we gave her a treatment with the LTO, and she left feeling much better and a happy owner of a LaserTouchOne!

Visit New Visions in Coldwater, OH to get a free treatment and see how it can alleviate pain quickly and effectively! We are offering 10% off the LaserTouchOne for the month of April! Stop in today!