Baby Boomers Health Concerns—–Maintaining Good Health

Boomers Health and Wellness

Baby Boomers the age group of 50-72 is considered a “sandwich generation” who juggle caring for children and parents who are living longer, but despite the stressful situation they seem to be more motivated to live a healthy and productive and rewarding life, filled with opportunities previous generations didn’t have.

Baby boomers are ready to take life head on and whatever comes with it, joys, along with the tasks. And in order to do that they recognize the need to pursue a healthy lifestyle.

Boomers main concerns are improved health, they want to lead an active life as many of them want to play an active role in the life of their grandchildren not only to see them occasionally but be able to play with them or going to the park or on walks without getting out of breath.

Many baby boomers out of the need of necessity have to work because of one reason or the other don’t have the pension plans or retirement savings of their parents’ generation. This results in working well into later years.

In a world where older folks are mingling with younger people, at the workplace or socially   boomers desire to appear younger which makes fitting in easier,

Focusing on superficial cosmetic  should not be the only area of focus  for the boomers but they should focus on  things like positive aging is the exercise

It is a noted fact that With just 30 to 40 minutes of exercise on most days of the week, you have the power to turn back the clock against age-related issues. Here are several top benefits:

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Decrease blood sugar levels
  • Improve bone density
  • Improve strength
  • Enhance memory and cognitive functioning
  • Decrease risk for depression
  • Cut risk in half of the mobility limitations due to aging (according to research published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society)

Some boomers are under the impression that  exercise would mean they would have to work out like they were preparing for an athletic event,

Today, fitness is more than weightlifting, jogging, or preparing for sports. It’s recognized as an essential means to a healthy life—regardless of age, gender, athletic ability, or body type.

Keeping fit in today’s world is not just for the overweight and varsity jocks, But, It’s for those such as the 29.8 percent who reported doctor-diagnosed arthritis (according to 2010 CDC data), who can become more functional through exercise.

Many boomers don’t know where to start, especially if they are coming from a sedentary lifestyle. Some are struggling with aches and pains common to aging, as well as the increased risk of health hazards like heart disease, high blood pressure, and obesity.

It would be best as with most things affecting our health is to get your physician advice, and if it is ok, then find a gym with professional trainers and that will give you expert advice.

You can review the personal trainer biographies on the Center’s Website. Many of these trainers specialize in senior and functional training to improve daily activities.

And if your one of those who does not like exercising in public then you can search YouTube there are a lot of exercise videos for boomers they are not hard and they are very effective.

Healthy Diet

To keep healthy is not only exercising but diet is also very important  we must also consider out diet keep away from sugar as much as possible increase your intake of fresh fruit and vegetables lean protein   cut back on red meat salt sugar and fat

A good diet to follow is the DASH diet. The DASH ( Dietary approach to stop hypertension) was formulated to stop high blood pressure but it was found out to be very good in helping to stop or prevent a number of other diseases that often occurs as we get older.

Take Care of Yourself

The best advice is to take your life and aging into your own hands.  Be proactive. Before any of these issues crop up…or even if they already have…start the offensive.  Eat better, drink a lot of water, avoid unhealthy habits, change your unhealthy habits, work out, exercise, meditate, take vitamins and supplements.

All of these can make a huge difference in your life going forward.

Conclusion

There are so many questions about how to deal with growing old.  The boomers today are healthier and better educated than any previous generation

Today’s generation of boomers look and feel much younger than their parents did at the same age. But of all the questions that are more urgent to be answered is health and wellness, because, without health and wellness, all of the other concerns are meaningless.

Once we have passed the age of 50 some of us are dealing with one or more of these diseases:  heart disease, cancer, arthritis, cataracts, dementia, Alzheimer’s, hearing loss, strokes, liver and/or kidney failure, joint pain, back pain, migraines. dentures.

This generation outliving all previous generations, and because of this, it is opening us up for many medical issues that no generation ever faced. And this is why it is so important for us to take care of ourselves.

At all times be proactive to take all the necessary steps to keep healthy stop unhealthy habits like smoking or too much alcohol or anything that would cause a negative on your health

And remember the disease that usually affects us as we get older are heart disease, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, or osteoporosis,  and research has shown being physically fit into your senior years will keep you healthier and active longer

I have left a link for some easy exercise from Silver Sneakers try and do these at least 3 times per week and it will do you good, as a boomer myself I can attest to that.

Fix Your Pain: Hips

Strong, pain-free hips are key to staying mobile and independent longer. Strengthen your hips with these exercises.

Posted by SilverSneakers on Tuesday, July 10, 2018

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The Benefits And Side Effects Of Turmeric

 

Turmeric-: Spice

In this post, I would like to take a closer look at turmeric I have dealt with  the benefits of spices

for maintaining  good health in a previous post https://healthandwellnessforboomers.com/spices-for-good-health-maintaining-good-health

I am very interested in this particular spice as I had chronic knee pain I had to be taking 500mg  of naproxen as needed up to 3 times per day.

I am now to taking 1 tablet two or three times per week and to further cause me to be more interested  in turmeric my son also developed bad knee pain and received some injections in his knees and some medication but found no relief so I gave him my turmeric tablets 3 per day and the pain got less severe until it has completely stopped.

In my research I found that turmeric has a lot of health benefits for everyone, It is a plant from the ginger family and is  grown mostly in India and Asia and some other countries like Jamaica and Haiti

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turmeric it is ranked as a spice and in India, it is not only used in cooking but is also used as a dye.and was used by the ancient East Indians as medicine.

Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.

The curcumin content of turmeric is not that high. Studies of this spice have shown that using turmeric extracts that contain mostly curcumin would be very difficult to reach the levels needed for health benefits by just using the turmeric spice in your foods.

Therefore, if you want to experience the full effects, you need to take a supplement that contains significant amounts of curcumin.

Curcumin is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream. It helps to consume black pepper with it, which contains piperine, a natural substance that enhances the absorption of curcumin.

The best curcumin supplements contain piperine, substantially increasing their effectiveness.

Curcumin is also fat soluble, so it may be a good idea to take it with a fatty meal.

Curcumin Is a Natural Anti-Inflammatory Compound

As I was going through some information on Turmeric I found some information written by Kris Gunnars, BSc for Health line and I have shared some of them here.

Although Inflammation is incredibly important as It helps your body fight foreign invaders and also has a role in repairing the damage.

Without inflammation, pathogens like bacteria could easily take over your body and kill you so acute, short-term inflammation is beneficial, but it can become a major problem when it becomes chronic and inappropriately attacks your body’s own tissues.

Scientific studies now show that chronic, low-level inflammation plays a major role in almost every chronic, Western disease. This includes heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer’s and various degenerative conditions

Therefore, anything that can help fight chronic inflammation is of potential importance in preventing and even treating these diseases.

Curcumin is strongly anti-inflammatory. In fact, it’s so powerful that it matches the effectiveness of some anti-inflammatory drugs, without the side effects

It also blocks the molecule that travels into the nuclei of your cells and turns on genes related to inflammation. NF-kB  molecule is believed to play a major role in many chronic diseases

Curcumin is a potent antioxidant that not only neutralizes free radicals but also boosts the activity of your body’s own antioxidant enzymes

Depression and Alzheimer’s

Curcumin also helps with brain disorders like depressions and Alzheimer’s as it  can increase the protein known as BDNF and this action may cause the delaying effect or even reversing  many brain disease

Heart Disease

Curcumin may also help decreases the causes of heart disease by improving the lining of the blood vessels which is called endothelium.

Any dysfunction of the endothelial is one of the major drivers of heart disease as it involves the inability to regulate your blood pressure.

Cancer

There are also some studies that suggest that curcumin is beneficial in the treatment of cancerous growth by killing some of these cells or reducing the size of these growths,

There is a lot of good to be derived from taking turmeric and it is suggested that taking about 500 milligrams of curcuminoids a day is a good wellness dose for keeping inflammation away and promoting gut health

As with all medication it is best to stick to the prescribed dose although turmeric does not usually cause significant side effects; however, some people can experience stomach upset, nausea, dizziness, or diarrhea.

It has been reported that person who took very high amounts of turmeric, over 1500 mg twice daily, experienced a dangerous abnormal heart rhythm It is unclear if turmeric was the actual cause of this side effect. I would, therefore, suggest avoid taking excessively large doses of turmeric.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Consult your doctor before taking turmeric or any other non prescribed medication during Pregnancy and breast-feeding: turmeric is LIKELY SAFE when taken by mouth in amounts commonly found in food. However, turmeric is LIKELY UNSAFE when taken by mouth in medicinal amounts during pregnancy

There is a possibility that it might promote a menstrual period or stimulate the uterus, putting the pregnancy at risk.

Keep away from medicinal amounts of turmeric if you are pregnant. There is insufficient information to rate the safety of medicinal amounts of turmeric during breastfeeding. It is best not to use it.

Gallbladder problems:.

Do not use turmeric if you have gallstones or a bile duct obstruction. As turmeric can make gallbladder problems worse

Bleeding problems:

Because turmeric can slow blood clotting it is best not to take turmeric as this can increase the risk of bruising and bleeding in people with bleeding disorders.

Diabetes:

Curcumin, a chemical in turmeric, might decrease blood sugar in people with diabetes. So be sure to monitor your blood sugar levels as it might make blood sugar too low.

A stomach disorder called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD): Turmeric can cause stomach upset in some people. It might make stomach problems such as GERD worse. Do not take turmeric if it worsens symptoms of GERD.

Turmeric contains a chemical called curcumin, which might act like the hormone estrogen. And might make hormone-sensitive conditions like breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids worse.

Some research shows that turmeric can reduce the effects of estrogen in some hormone-sensitive cancer cells. Therefore, turmeric might have beneficial effects on hormone-sensitive conditions. Until more is known, use cautiously if you have a condition that might be made worse by exposure to hormones.

Infertility:

Turmeric might lower testosterone levels and decrease sperm movement when taken by mouth by men. This might reduce fertility. Turmeric should be used cautiously by people trying to have a baby.

Iron deficiency:

Turmeric should be used with caution with those who suffer from iron deficiency, Turmeric taken in high doses might prevent the absorption of iron.

Turmeric can also slow blood clotting.and can cause extra bleeding during and after surgery.

One should stop using turmeric at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

Conclusion

Turmeric and especially its most active compound cur cumin have many scientifically-proven health benefits, such as the potential to prevent heart disease, Alzheimer’s and cancer.

It’s a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant and may also help improve symptoms of depression and arthritis.

It’s recommended to find a product with Bio-Perine (the trademarked name for piperine), which is the substance that enhances cur cumin absorption by 2,000%.

Without this substance, most of the cur cumin just passes through your digestive tract.

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