Memory loss that disrupts daily life may be a symptom of Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. Below are five warning signs and symptoms. Every individual may experience one or more of these signs in a different degree. // Problems with language Everyone has trouble finding the right word sometimes, but a person with dementia may forget simple words or substitute inappropriate words, making sentences difficult to understand. //...

Everybody seems to raving about health and fitness these days. And while many people choose to go down the road of expensive gym memberships, special equipment and magic supplements, there are also those who like to keep it simple – eat less but healthy and perform bodyweight exercises at their home. // Plank The plank is one of the most fundamental exercises to do regularly as it helps tighten and strengthen your core, leading to increased overall strength and stability. Prop yourself up on your forearms and feet and keeping your...

With the exception of the occasional cookie or candy binge, you might think you have fairly healthy eating habits—but there’s more to a well-balanced diet than just counting calories or avoiding fatty foods. Sugar lurks in much less-obvious places than your kid’s leftover birthday cake. But most of the “healthy” go-tos listed below are packed with more sugar than a Twinkie. // Salad Salad itself may be good for you, as long as it’s stuffed with a variety of veggies, but it’s what you drizzle on top that...

As we age our body begins to change. Sometimes the changes are good but sometimes the changes in our body can set back our workout plan and do more harm than you could imagine. In general exercising and working out is always a good idea to help keep your body in shape. However there are several exercises that can do more harm than good once your reach the age of 40. If you have recently hit that milestone we’ve put together a list of 5 exercises that you should absolutely avoid incorporating in your workout plan. // 1. Hovering Leg...

The first time you hear your baby cry is a thrilling experience; it’s a sign she’s/he’s entered the world healthy with a great set of lungs! As you will inevitably learn, babies cry a lot. Sometimes, the reason is obvious, other times, getting the tears to stop is not such a simple process. While no single method works for all babies, you’ll soon develop a repertoire of techniques that’s perfect for your child. In the meantime, read on for some time-tested ideas to help your little fusser feel better. // 1....

Vitamin D is an extremely important vitamin that has powerful effects on several systems throughout the body. Unlike most vitamins, vitamin D actually functions like a hormone, and every single cell in your body has a receptor for it. Your body makes it from cholesterol when your skin is exposed to sunlight. It’s also found in certain foods such as fatty fish and fortified dairy products, although it’s very difficult to get enough from diet alone. Vitamin D deficiency is very common. It’s estimated that about 1 billion people worldwide...

Potassium affects the way neuromuscular cells discharge energy (depolarize) and then regenerate (repolarize) that energy to be able to fire again. When potassium levels are low, the cells cannot repolarize and are unable to fire repeatedly, and muscles and nerves may not function normally. // 1. Muscle Weakness Weakness is a decrease in the strength in one or more muscles. In the strictest sense, the medical definition of weakness refers to loss of muscle strength. Weakness may be generalized or may affect one muscle or muscle group...

If you’re already eating plenty of the following foods that lower cholesterol naturally, keep up the good work! But if your idea of eating well is to opt for the “buttered popcorn” instead of the “extra buttered popcorn,” consider adding these healthy choices to your diet. // 1. Salmon & fatty fish Omega-3 fats are one of the natural health wonders of the world and have been shown to ward off heart disease, dementia, and many other diseases. Now these fatty acids can add yet another health benefit...

With over half of cancers being avoidable, it seems that we need to take a closer look at what we are subjecting our bodies to that might be at the root of the cancer epidemic. One of the greatest exposures to cancer is in what we eat. Below you’ll see 5 cancer causing foods to avoid. // 1. Hydrogenated Oils Hydrogenated oils, like vegetable oil, contain trans fats. It’s considered to be the worst type of fat there is. It’s known to cause cancer, heart disease, and immune system problems. In fact, there is no safe amount of...

In order to live a comfortable life in retirement, millions sacrifice now by putting money into their retirement plans. One question to consider is: What good is it to have this nest egg when my hips and back hurt so badly that I can’t enjoy it? Like a financial plan, ensuring a future without low back pain and activity restrictions requires regular and consistent diligence. // 1. Partial Crunches Some exercises can aggravate back pain and should be avoided when you have acute low back pain. Partial crunches can help strengthen...

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