5 Exercises For People Over 50

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Those who have reached the age of 50 and beyond need to better understand the limitations of the body as it ages. Exercises that you could easily perform in your 20s and 30s could cause serious injury today. According to Dr. McCance, spinal surgeon at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, some people over the age of 50 are pushing themselves too hard. He cites an example of a physical trainer he treated who was 50 years old, working out too hard and ruptured a disc. Studies at Health magazine show that among 78 million baby boomers, back injuries from exercising are on the rise. Before you become another statistic, consider these exercises for the people over 50.

Adults over 50 today are well aware of the heart benefits in exercising, and studies conducted by the Journal of the American Medical Association show that those who exercise regularly will live longer than unfit adults.
Never try to cram too much into one session. Exercise to your comfort level and stop. If you are new to exercising, narrow the routine and focus on one exercise per week. In no time you’ll be able to make it through the entire regimen.

The first part of this exercise program is focused on strength training. According to WebMD, as we approach and pass the age of 50, muscles become smaller and lose the ability to contract. Lower muscle mass means increased risk of diabetes. Plus, many adults over 50 have a higher fat content than young adults. You can combat this by incorporating strength training into your exercise routine. The following exercises should be performed twice a week using 5-pound dumbbells. As you develop your muscles, increase the weight to 8 and then 10 pounds.

1. One-Legged Wall Squats

This exercise will benefit the abs, hamstrings, buttocks, and quads.

• Begin this exercise by placing an exercise ball between your lower back and the wall.
• The feet should be approximately 1-2 feet in front of you and hip-width apart.
• Straighten the right leg first, allowing the foot to be 6 inches off the ground.
• Now bend the left knee and lower your body to the squat position.
• Straighten out the leg and return to standing position.

End with Lowering your foot to the floor and repeat using your other leg. Continue until you have completed 8 reps. This 15-minute exercise routine will help to build and maintain muscles and bones while increasing your metabolism.

9 Signs You Have Iron Deficiency And Should See a Physician

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Iron is an essential mineral that plays a big role in your overall health and well-being. Without the daily recommended dosage of iron, the body can begin to malfunction. According to the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention as part of the Henry Ford Health System, the primary role of iron is to carry oxygen in the bloodstream to each cell in the body. When the body is not getting enough iron, a person may begin to exhibit these nine signs of iron deficiency:

1. Frequent Infections

When your body is not getting enough iron, this can make you more susceptible to a variety of infections. The red blood cells transport oxygen to the spleen and lymph nodes, where infections can be fought off. When you have an iron deficiency, white blood cells are not being produced in abundance. Those cells developed do not have adequate oxygen and are weak. The lack of white blood cells will make a person susceptible to infections.

2. Extreme Exhaustion and Fatigue

One of the signs of iron deficiency is a constant state of fatigue. In this case, bloodstream is no longer carrying the appropriate amount of oxygen to cells, and as a result, energy levels suffer. When you have a lack of iron in the blood, the result is the inability to focus, feeling weak, and walking around sluggish all day. Rather than dump cups of caffeine into your system to get a jolt, see a physician and have your iron levels checked.

3. Shortness of Breath

Regardless of how deep you take a breath, if your oxygen levels are lower than normal due to iron deficiency, then you will constantly feel like you are out of air. The feeling of shortness of breath will occur when doing normal things like walking, getting out of bed, or carrying in groceries from the car. Speak with your physician about a potential iron deficiency if you have shortness of breath during your normal daily routine.

5 Reasons to Avoid Using Plastic Cups

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There’s a number of reasons why you should avoid plastic cups. One major reason is BPA or bisphenol-A – an estrogen-like chemical added to post polycarbonate plastics, such as plastic cups, plastic bottles, plastic containers, lining of tin cans, and many more. According to research, BPA is associated with feminizing of boys, early puberty in girls, and reduced fertility in both sexes. As a matter of fact, in utero exposure is connected to the abnormal development of sex organs in fetus.

Here are the other reasons why you should avoid using plastic cups.

 1.It Can Make You Feel Really Sick 

Although it’s common to suffer from a wide range of health issues as you age, you have to ask yourself if what’s happening to you, still a part of getting older or something else. Chances are, it can also be the result of toxic overload in your body. Most of us are probably aware that illnesses and disorders, such as arthritis, cancer, Alzheimer’s, vision impairment, heart disease, and many other health problems continue to arise. Can this be the cause of using too much plastic? Plastic food and beverage containers are becoming more and more popular, because they’re cheap, disposable, and convenient. However, research shows that these plastic materials are also packed with toxic compounds that could trigger a number of health problems, such as cancer and impotence.

2.Safe Plastic Doesn’t Exist

Recently, plastics that contain the super toxic compound called BPA has been in the news a lot. For this, a lot of consumers have been in search of ways on how to avoid BPA, and manufacturers have taken advantage of this by creating products that are “BPA-free.” The truth is, this is nothing, but a lie. Even when the products are BPA-free, this doesn’t mean that they’re completely safe. Some use BPS instead– a close cousin of BPA that’s also toxic.

Also the problem with BPA is the fact that it can easily transfer from the container into neighboring substances, such as water, saliva, and food. Furthermore, contact with acidic, alkaline, heat, and other substances can also accelerate the process. BPA has the ability of leaching into groundwater from plastics piled in landfills.

8 Tricks Against Nausea

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Nausea is the worst kind of feeling you’ll ever have. Everything sounds off, nothing feels right, your body is shaky, the smell of food is horrible, and the list goes one. Nausea can be caused by a number of reasons, ranging from food poisoning, motion sickness, morning sickness, and the list goes on. Furthermore, most of the time, an occasional nausea doesn’t imply that you should visit the doctor, because it can be solved even when you’re at home. There’s a number of ways on how you can get rid of this problem.

1. Ginger

The most popular and oldest home remedy for nausea is no other than ginger– it can be in a form of tea, ale, or even raw. It doesn’t matter how you’d like to take it, and there’s always a guarantee that it could stop nausea right away. Due to the fact that ginger encourages the secretion of different digestive juices, it’s capable of neutralizing stomach acid. Aside from that, it’s also packed with phenols that are capable of relaxing the stomach muscles, and it acts like a sedative that can calm down an irritated stomach tissue. Furthermore, the presence of phenols also help the intestine in moving not only the digested food, but the toxins through the system as well, and because the bad stuff are being taken away, you’ll notice that the feeling of nausea would be gone just after taking ginger.

Ginger can be taken in capsule form, in a soothing soup, but you can also nibble it raw. A lot prefers fresh ginger ale or tea as a way to calm down an upset tummy. Best of all, aside from taking your nausea away, a warm cup of ginger tea can also help you relax.

How to Make Ginger Tea
Things You’ll Need:
– 1 Ginger Root
– Honey
– 3 cups of water

Directions:
Wash the ginger, and peel them carefully. This should be sliced into tiny pieces and place a piece of paper over it– preferably wax paper. Jam the ginger in order to make the pieces extra small. Then, boil 2-3 cups of water and add put the ginger. Allow it boil for 2-3 minutes. Add honey if desired. Drink while it’s still warm.

2. Make Milk Toast

For those who are not aware, bland foods are great in taming one’s stomach, and some of the great examples of this include bread and milk. Bread is capable of absorbing the excess acid, while milk coats the stomach– this is also recommended for those who take aspirin, because it can hurt an empty stomach. Though, milk shouldn’t be drank straight either, because dairy alone can also result to an upset stomach. So, the best way to use these remedies is by combining bread and milk together by creating milk toast.

9 Harmful Materials in Clothing!

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Have you ever wondered what your clothes are made of? Aside from being worried if it’s fashionable or not, it’s also important that you pay attention on the materials used to make the fabric. Believe it or not, not all fabrics are safe; as a matter of fact, some contain chemicals that’s impossible to wash out and can negatively affect one’s health. Here are some of the harmful materials found in clothing:

1. Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is classified as a naturally occurring substance in the atmosphere. It’s often released by both humans and animals as a by-product of digestion, and it’s also brought by combustion. It’s present in smoke from smog, fires, vehicle exhaust fumes, and tobacco smoke.

The more concentrated form of formaldehyde is utilized in several industrial processes, and this includes the textile industry. Aside from that, it also gives a permanent-press effect to clothing, making it stain resistant and it allows the color to last longer– that’s the reason why new clothes often appear perfect. Aside from that, it’s also used to keep the garments looking new and fresh when being transported from one place to another, and it also prevents the growth of mildew.

The Trading Standards advise people to wash their garments thoroughly before wearing it, and for clothes that are labeled “dry-clean” only, they should be thoroughly aired at first. Better stop wearing newly bought clothes that haven’t been washed yet.

The most common effects of this toxic chemical in the body are skin irritation.

2. Petrochemical Dyes

Conventional clothing dyes, as well as garment finishes could trigger a number of health problems, especially for chemically sensitive individuals– this could range from headache, skin rashes, difficulty in concentrating, diarrhea, fatigue, dizziness, irregular heartbeat, muscle and joint pain, seizures, and many more.

For children, they often experience red ears and cheeks, hyperactivity, dark circle under the eyes, and learning problems.

Also, considering the fact that clothing comes in prolonged contact with the skin, the petrochemical dyes are absorbed through the skin, especially when the body is warm, mainly because the skin pores are opened. Once it’s absorbed by the body, it could accumulate in the bones, liver, kidney, heart, and even the brain. Likewise, it has been said that the effects on health could be very harmful, especially when the high levels of accumulation are reached.