Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Monday, February 27, 2012
Add flossing to our toothbrush routine. As we discussed last Friday, February 24, the experts believe gingivitis and its inflammation and infection contribute to heart disease. See your dentist on a regular basis to help protect your teeth and gums.
Should you be taking an aspirin daily? Again, talk to your doctor before you begin taking any medications, prescription or over-the-counter. Aspirins can cause problems such as stomach irritation and ulcers and bleeding in some people.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Let’s add some physical activity to our days. I have been taking my exercise clothes in my car every day. Using the pretty striped bag my niece gave me, I carry exercise clothes and am prepared to stop at the gym. David has been meeting me there after work; this has been a positive situation and we encourage each other to exercise. This plan helps me get myself there for some type of exercise several times a week.
What kind of exercise should we be doing? Three types of exercise are recommended by the Arthritis Foundation: range of motion, strengthening and aerobic exercises.
Range of motions exercises involve gentle stretching and moving joints through their normal range of motion. Range of motion exercises include yoga and tai chi for arthritis. Strengthening exercises helps our muscles be strong and support our joints. Strengthening includes light weights and weight machines. Aerobic exercise strengthens a person’s heart and lungs. Some gentle-to-joint aerobic exercises include walking, swimming and bicycling. Arthritis Foundation, Types of Exercise, http://www.arthritis.org/types-exercise.php
If you have not been active, please talk to your doctor before you begin an exercise program. After you get your doctor’s approval, start slow and increase gradually so you build your body, not cause pain and injury.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
What preventive/healthy choices can we add to our lives to prevent/delay the onset of heart disease?
Let’s begin by adding 5 servings of fruits and vegetables to our daily food intake. Colorful vegetables and fruits bring important antioxidants called flavonoids and carotenoids. Anti-oxidants (another fairly recent topic of discussion) are substances which our bodies use to protect itself from free radicals. What are free radicals? My medical dictionary calls them “unstable compounds whose behavior is characterized by rapid reactions. Free radicals are often blamed for such physical phenomena as cell degeneration and malfunction. Their full role in physical health is not understood.”
What does all that mean? If we add colorful fruits and vegetables to our daily diet, we give our bodies more substances our bodies can use to repair damage and heal injuries. Now I struggle with this one also. Even though I like fruits and vegetables, I do not always eat enough. We have been making an effort to add fruits and vegetables to our diet. I invite you to join me in this simple life-style change of eating more fruits and vegetables.
Friday, February 24, 2012
Thursday, February 23, 2012
I just interviewed with a writer from the Southeast Missourian newspaper this evening. We discussed my new book, Caregiver’s Guide: Care for Yourself While You Care for Your Loved Ones and my upcoming book signing on March 2, 2012 from 4-6pm at the Tuscan Sun Restaurant at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, MO. Thank you to Administration and the marketing department (everyone involved) for this fine gift.
I invite everyone to join us for this event.