How posture affects how people perceive you

How posture affects how people perceive you

You may not realize it, but your posture has a large impact on how you are perceived by others.  It also changes your body chemistry setting you up for either success or failure. Judged by your posture? You have probably never even thought about this. In fact, studies have shown that your body language can influence the way you are perceived by others.  Amy Cuddy, a social psychologist from the Harvard Business School, determined that assuming a powerful stance can increase power hormones (testosterone) and decrease stress hormones (cortisol). If you can feel these physiological changes in yourself, it will be reflected in the way others perceive you. From the outside, others judge you by what they see. Posture begins from the ground up.  A lot of people these days walk with feet in an externally rotated position, or as we call it, “duck feet.”  Instead of walking with a confident stride and a spring in your step, this gait style can often...
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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...
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Read this if you are concerned about falling

Read this if you are concerned about falling

Many senior concerns are imaginary or exaggerated, but fear of falling is not. Falling injuries often begin a downward cycle of health and wellbeing that leads to many other problems, even death. Ironically, the fear of falling may become as damaging as falling itself; this fear can lead to unnecessary limitations on the very activities that keep seniors mobile, fit and healthy. According to the British Medical Journal, up to one half of all seniors have a range of problems related to the fear of falling. This is true regardless of whether or not they have a personal history of falls. They may have witnessed a fall, known someone who suffered an injury from falling or heard some grim story about the consequences of a fall. As a result, some seniors avoid activities that can actually help prevent these accidents. Anxieties about falling may lead to avoidance of healthy physical activity, increasing frailty and loss of balance. The fear of falling...
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Steps to take to help prevent falling

Steps to take to help prevent falling

All seniors should make keeping their personal mobility a top priority and that means taking steps today to “stay on your feet” in the future.  It is not news to seniors that falls are a major concern. Most of us know someone who has lost their balance, taken a fall and started a painful, costly, even a fatal chain of events. This may involve a broken bone, hospitalization, a long rehab period and exposure to the dangers of being bedridden or hospitalized. Let’s not dwell on the stories and statistics we have heard many times; falls are a big problem, that’s a given. Instead, let’s think about planning ahead to avoid the problem or to deal with it effectively when it does occur. While some medical conditions increase the danger of falling for all ages, falls should not be a normal part of growing older. Taking care of your overall health may be the most important factor in fall prevention. Most...
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These are some of the warning signs of dementia

These are some of the warning signs of dementia

| Written by Dr. Regina Asihene | The term dementia simply means significant memory loss.  There are several causes that lead to memory loss that is added to describe dementia: Alzheimer's dementia—due to age Amyloid plaques and tangled fibers build up in brain and there is a loss of connection between nerve cells Vascular dementia—due to strokes It is caused from damage to the vessels that supply blood to the brain Lewy body dementia Abnormal protein deposits in the brain, called Lewy bodies, affect brain chemistry and lead to problems with behavior, mood, movement and thinking Frontotemporal disorders—due to degenerative damage to the brains frontal and temporal lobes It happens in people under age 65. Symptoms might include apathy, difficulty communicating, walking or working, emotional changes and impulsive or inappropriate behaviors. Alcohol induced dementia Parkinson's induced dementia Here are some of the warning signs that a person may have dementia: Difficulty with everyday tasks Everyone makes mistakes, but people with dementia have...
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Posture is Body Language – What is YOUR Body Saying?

Posture is Body Language – What is YOUR Body Saying?

Poor posture results from certain muscles tightening up or shortening while others lengthen and become weak, which often occurs because of one's daily activities such as golfing, accidents, pregnancy, or simply not exercising properly. Often it leads to pain, injury, or other health problems such as digestive issues, shortness of breath, bladder incontinence, or sciatic nerve pain just to name a few. Poor posture also sends messages to the brain to release cortisol and less testosterone into the body thus causing stress and low energy.  Basically, when the body is in a state of unease, it cannot heal itself and this should alarm everyone who has a body! For the past 21 years, we have proven many hundreds of times that the body was designed to heal itself when in a state of EASE! Proper posture: Keeps your joints and bones in proper alignment Ensures muscles are being used effectively and efficiently Helps to decrease abnormal wear and tear on joint surfaces Decreases...
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Ensuring That an International Online Pharmacy is Legitimate and Safe – a Pharmacist’s Advice

Ensuring That an International Online Pharmacy is Legitimate and Safe – a Pharmacist’s Advice

By Shivam Patel, PharmD, Director of the PharmacyChecker Verification Program It’s now commonplace to either be outraged or hear of a friend who is outraged by drug prices at local pharmacies. The national struggle to afford prescription drugs inspires an onslaught of questions: Why do these prices fluctuate so much? Why is the price of Lipitor at Walgreens a fraction of the cost of the one you bought at Walmart when they’re just across the street? And what’s the deal with these online pharmacies from Canada and India peddling prices that are as much as 98% cheaper than what you’d get in Florida? Is it the online pharmacies that are scamming you or is it the U.S. healthcare system? Thirty pills of Januvia, which treats type 2 diabetes, sell for about $573 at one U.S. pharmacy but $477 at another. At a Canadian online pharmacy, the same amount of Januvia can cost $128.98. That’s over a 70% discount off the U.S. pharmacy...
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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...
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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...
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What you need to know about kidney disease

What you need to know about kidney disease

Seniors are very much aware that many diseases become more common with increasing age. Conditions like heart disease, arthritis and Alzheimer’s comes quickly to mind, but many people do not think of kidney disease. This can develop at any age, but as we grow older, so do our kidneys, making seniors more vulnerable. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have estimated that more than half of seniors over 75 have some degree of kidney disease. Unfortunately, many do not know it. Often, kidney disease develops slowly, showing few symptoms. Many seniors do not realize they have it until the disease is advanced and the damage is irreparable. The Centers for Disease Control states that kidney disease kills more people than prostate or breast cancer. There are over 98,000 Americans on the national organ transplant waitlist waiting for a suitable donor kidney. This life-saving procedure is by far the most common transplant operation. Awareness of kidney disease, especially in seniors, is the first step...
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