Last week, chocolate was good for your health and red wine was not so good. This week, red wine is good for your health and chocolate is only good in moderation. There is a lot of conflicting information about what foods, vitamins, and dietary supplements are actually good for us.
More and more, it is up to consumers of every age to educate themselves on these matters. This is no easy task.
“It’s best to get nutrients from your diet first before determining if you need dietary supplements,” said Carol Haggans, Scientific and Health Communications Consultant in the Office of Dietary Supplements at the National Institutes of Health (www.nih.gov).
That said, Haggans cautions that there are a few nutrients that are difficult for the body to absorb, especially as we age:
Vitamin B12: “Vitamin B12 is only available in animal products, so vegetarians at any age and vegans need to supplement,” she said. “People over 50 have trouble absorbing B12 from food, even if they are eating enough.”
Haggans says people may also be able to find vitamin B12 in fortified cereals, as well as animal products. There is no risk in getting too much vitamin B12, Haggans said, but there is a recommended amount depending More >
If you need to cheer up someone who is feeling sad or lonely, try offering them a carrot, an apple, or a rutabaga. New research suggests that when a person eats more fruits and vegetables, it makes them happier.
Experts looked at surveys that measured both psychological well-being and other factors that influence health, such as diet. A total of 80,000 people answered the surveys, answering questions about their work-related stress, feelings of nervousness and worry, level of satisfaction with their lives, and ability to deal with problems and life’s difficulties. The surveys also asked how often each person ate fruits and vegetables.
Experts found that the people who ate more vegetables are happier and more satisfied with their lives. In one survey, they found that eating seven to eight portions of vegetables made people happier than success with their jobs. The data showed that satisfaction peaks at seven daily servings of fruits and vegetables, but people who ate just five servings a day – the amount recommended by the USDA – were nearly as happy or nearly as happy as the people who ate seven.
It’s important to note that these findings are only suggestive because many other factors play a role in More >
With the weather warming up across the country, it is the start of the spring-cleaning season. This often includes making some home improvements, which can come with several risks.
Seniors who want to do some work around the house should understand their own limitations. An older person should recognize when something they used to do in the past is too much now. Just because a senior could climb up a ladder and clean the gutters last year, it does not mean it is still safe this year.
Before the start of any spring cleaning activity, each person should be honest and understand what they are asking of their body. If there is a higher risk of injury, seniors should ask for help.Click here for the U.S. Department of Health’s list of safe and easy ways to do housework.
Several nonprofits, like Rebuilding Together, help seniors and those who need extra help with home improvements. These organizations are often unique to one area, so be sure to find a recommended nonprofit near you.
Many seniors also need help with larger projects around the home during the spring, making them easy targets for fraud. Many businesses show up on doorsteps, thrusting their services on the unsuspecting and More >