These are all the ways vitamin D plays a vital role in health

These are all the ways vitamin D plays a vital role in health

Let’s start with the facts:  Vitamin D, technically a hormone, is considered a crucial nutrient commonly known to help build bones and keep them strong. It’s acquired by exposure to sunlight (ultraviolet B rays), or food and/or supplemental absorption. A family history of osteoporosis was once the only prerequisite required to guard your levels; of late, that’s no longer the case.  Turns out, vitamin D receptors have been found across all biological systems and countless medical studies have demonstrated its positive effects toward our overall well-being. Let’s take a look at what deficiencies have shown: Inflammation:  Vitamin D has been shown to possess a range of anti-inflammatory properties leading to its benefit in a host of respiratory infections and many other inflammatory disorders. Immune System:  Vitamin D is essential for optimum immune performance and has played a role in combating everything from influenza and the common cold to relieving symptoms of autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, celiac disease and psoriasis. Musculature: Due to...
Read More
Five tips for home organization this spring

Five tips for home organization this spring

If you’re like most people, you appreciate an organized home. With everything else going on, we tend to let household organization get to the point where it becomes somebody else’s problem and the junk drawer becomes invisible to the naked eye.  Unfortunately, it’s not going to take care of itself. Not to mention the number of unsurprising psychological benefits to being organized.  Clutter and chaos create stress, fatigue, and an overall feeling of discord that translates to your everyday life.  Getting things in order can lead to comprehensive, large-scale improvements in your lifestyle, and the energy expended taking care of the matter can be satisfying and constructive. Proper organization can offer you the luxury of time and serenity:  not spending 30 minutes trying to locate that pair of scissors “you know you left on the counter right here!” is worth its weight in gold!  Ridding yourself of disorder provides peace and knowing everything is in its place provides security, all of which is...
Read More
Gift and recipe ideas for Mother’s Day

Gift and recipe ideas for Mother’s Day

Are you stuck on a Mother’s Day gift for the mother figures in your family? It’s always difficult to know the best thing to give, especially when everything is easy to buy from Amazon these days. A few ways to personalize an otherwise ordinary gift are: Make a personalized basket Sure, a basket full of wine and goodies is always fun to give, but how about personalizing it a bit with things you know she’ll love? If she’s an avid gardener, add in a few new tools she can use. If she enjoys painting, giving her new paintbrushes or paint could be very thoughtful. Create a small photo album Have a bunch of photo memories with her? Put it together in a small, handheld album. You can print out the photos at a local store or use a photo book maker online. This is always a special gift and one that is easy to move around instead of a large book that gathers dust. Bring cocktail recipe...
Read More
This is how exercise can help with arthritis

This is how exercise can help with arthritis

All seniors should take an active interest in exercise because it is one of the most important single things they can do to remain healthy. Unfortunately, arthritis can get in the way due to pain and discomfort. In recent years, several new and highly effective drug therapies have been made available to arthritis patients. These drugs have helped thousands of people, but they are expensive and can sometimes cause serious side effects. Most doctors believe that exercise is the best and most effective non-pharmaceutical therapy for people with arthritis. It is understandable that the thought of swimming, riding a bike or walking may sometimes seem overwhelming. Painful, stiff joints discourage many people from getting the exercise they need to remain healthy and mobile. Ironically, a proper exercise program will actually help reduce arthritis pain and stiffness. Exercise benefits people with arthritis by increasing strength and flexibility, fighting fatigue and reducing joint pain. It is not the case that moderate movement will...
Read More
How to maintain your mental health right now

How to maintain your mental health right now

Feeling tired all the time, losing interest in hobbies, feeling nervous and even feeling ill could all be signs that your mental or emotional health is suffering. And it’s not just you! The pandemic has increased feelings of stress, anxiety and sadness for many people. But there are things you can do about it. We interviewed Nicole Osti, a Licensed Social Worker who works as a psychotherapist. Nicole offers her advice on how to take care of your mind and emotions during the pandemic. According to Nicole, 2020 and COVID-19 have had a huge effect on people. “The loss of normality is having a devastating effect on all of us,” she explains “The system that we depended on has been destabilized during what is widely considered both an epidemiological and psychological crisis. Our systems are being flooded with cortisol on a daily basis and our ability to regulate it has all but disappeared. As a whole, we are experiencing a collective...
Read More