How to Prevent Holiday Bloat

It’s that time of year again: the temptations of sweet holiday treats are upon us and our tummies may have something to say about it. Parties filled with cakes, processed foods and alcoholic beverages will be plentiful this year, which means being armed with natural remedies to fight off that holiday bloat is a must!

Sugar cookies, pumpkin pies and cups of eggnog, oh my! No matter how strict you may be with the foods you eat, the holiday season is a tempting one and overeating is so easy to do during the many festivities. While there may be some ways you can help your tummy battle the many smorgasbords of the holidays, do you have a plan for when your food coma hits?! With Life Alert Protection’s emergency pendant, you can! As you get dressed for your holiday party, slip on your light weight and completely discreet medical alert pendant under your clothing and head down the stairs with full confidence. Should you experience flaming stuffing in your oven or an accidental turkey stumble stupor, simply push the button on your pendant and receive an emergency medical response fast. While your friends and family may have the holidays off, Life Alert never takes a day off and is available 24/7 for your personal protection. So, fear not this holiday season, get Life Alert and be protection.

Although Life Alert can help you with medical home emergencies such as accidents, falls, fires, or home invasions, you still need to be responsible for what’s on your plate. You may have been good all year long with your diet, but if there is a time to fall off the bandwagon, it’s the holidays. With all of the delicious treats at home, at your friends and even at work, the temptation is hard to escape which is why Food Matters[1] has listed several easy and holistic ways you can help your stomach fight your unusual eating habits this season.

  1. Pre-Tox With Probiotics. Before the holidays get into full swing, start preparing your gut’s digestive capacity with probiotics. It’s recommended that over the long term, fermented food is better for the proper intestinal flora of 80-85 percent good bacteria to 15-20 percent pathogenic bacteria. If you haven’t been doing this, do a crash probiotic binge with high quality supplements containing high counts of several strains of bacteria. This sort of thing should also be done temporarily during and after you’ve been forced into taking antibiotics. Then go long-term and find the fermented food or beverage solution that works for you.
  2. Slow And Steady. Eat more slowly while talking a little less during meals. You can slow down by chewing more. Consuming liquids, plain water, beer, wine, whatever, should be done sparingly while eating. Try to avoid mixing in too many sugary items with whatever you eat. Say “no mas” before you’re full. After a bout of heavy eating, take a walk. If you need to rest, lie down on your left side. Ayurvedic doctors, whose health focus is digestion, recommend these activities.
  3. A Spoonful Of Apple Cider Vinegar. Try a tablespoon apple-cider-vinegaror two of organic, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar in a glass of filtered water, add a squeeze of lemon and a teaspoon of raw honey for flavor. You can take it before, during, or after a meal or party snacking. It’s wise to have a few digestive enzyme supplements on hand as well to help improve digestion. Improve your overall digestion while giving your pancreas a break.
  4. Chew Some Fennel Seeds. If you’re going to office parties or dinner parties at others’ homes or out to eat, carry some fennel seeds along. Chewing fennel seeds after a meal is a traditional Indian method of promoting digestion. Fennel seeds are openly available and served like after dinner mints in Indian restaurants. When you’re home, you can make a strong peppermint tea or put a few drops of peppermint oil into water and drink it. Many swear by peppermint tea for digestive issues of all sorts. Some do well with fresh chamomile tea before bed time as well.
  5. Be A Ginger Ninja. Ginger tea or capsules usually work well for stomach problems. You can make the tea by boiling thin sliced ginger root, enough to cover the bottom of your pan, and let it simmer for around a half-hour. Organic ginger root is pricier and not as available as conventionally farmed ginger root. So peel the skin off conventionally farmed ginger root before slicing. When the tea cools enough to drink, add a little raw honey. Capsules are obviously more convenient if you’re out and about.

Although most things are good in moderation, naughty seasonal treats are about to overload your life and possibly your tummy this holiday season. So use the helpful tips above to keep your stomach in working order and use Life Alert Protection to keep your whole body in working order! While wearing their medical alert pendant, you can receive an emergency medical response fast, no matter when you may encounter a life threatening emergency! Plus, Life Alert’s dispatch team is available 24/7, even during the holidays! So grab another sugar cookie and be under the best in personal protection, you can. To learn more about the cornucopia of life saving services Life Alert offers, call 1-800-513-2934 for a free brochure.

Works Cited:

  1. Louis, PF. “5 Natural Remedies to Beat the Holiday Bloat.” Food Matters. 12 December 2013.
  2. <http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/5-essential-natural-remedies-to-beat-the-holiday-bloat >.

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Enjoy Fall This Year

The leaves are changing, cool temperatures are on the rise and our produce is at its peak; it must be fall and for many, we rejoice because the holidays are near! However, with the cooler temperatures and shorter days, our bodies experience as many changes as the temperature. So while you’re putting away your swimsuits and pulling out the Christmas tree, know that there are little changes you can make that will have a huge impact on your health this fall!Dülmen, Wildpark

If fall is more than just a season for you and more like what you did down your stairs, then you need Life Alert Protection. While wearing the weightless and waterproof medical alert pendant you can receive an emergency medical response fast at one touch of a button! Plus, Life Alert’s dispatch team is available 24/7, so no matter when your fall may occur, they will have your back! So, this year, leave the falling to the leaves and get the best in personal protection with Life Alert Protection.
The chilly air may make your body feel less agile and more aging so protect it this winter with Life Alert Protection, and you may want to follow a few of these tips from Everyday Health .

1. Give your skin some fall TLC. Fall’s cool, crisp air can be a welcome respite from summer — but it can also wreak havoc on your skin. To keep your complexion smooth and moisturized, “look for face creams containing hyaluronic acid, a super humectant that hydrates and plumps the skin,” says Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research in the department of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. If the skin on your arms and legs is flaking, use body moisturizers with ingredients like urea, which will both hydrate and exfoliate the skin, says Zeichner. And while you may love taking long, hot showers, know that they can strip your skin of essential oils and dry you out, notes Zeichner. “So limit your showers to 10 minutes or less, and use lukewarm water,” he says. If you have a skin condition like psoriasis or eczema, switching up your skin routine for fall and winter can help soothe painful redness and itching caused by cold and heated air.

2. Go apple picking. Sweet, crunchy, and loaded with antioxidants, apples are in-season right now and tastier than ever. They’re also nutritional powerhouses. Compared to other commonly consumed fruits, apples are high in antioxidants. They’re also loaded with fiber and phytonutrients, which help regulate blood sugar levels.

3. Get outdoors. Make the most of fall’s stellar weather by taking your exercise routine outside. Whether you run, bike, or simply go for a walk, working out al fresco can increase your vitamin D levels, boost your mood, and improve your concentration, according to Harvard Medical School. Hiking is a great way to enjoy the fall foliage and burn about 370 calories per hour (for a 154-pound person), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Not a fan of solo activities? Join an intramural fall sport, like flag football, soccer or ultimate Frisbee. That way, you can bond with your buddies while burning calories.

4. Stress less with a meditation practice. If back-to-school and work busyness is leaving you stressed, try taking up a meditation practice, which can help you feel calmer and more focused. Meditation may sound intimidating, but it’s not as hard as you think. Here’s how to start a simple meditation practice: Sit in a chair, or on the floor on a mat or cushion with your eyes open or closed. Take three slow, deep breaths. On the in breath, count to four; on the out breath, count to six. Repeat as many times as you’d like. If your mind starts to wander, simply focus on your breath.

5. Turn in earlier. As the days get shorter, take a cue from the sun and head to bed a little earlier so you can get the recommended seven to eight hour of sleep each night. Getting plenty of shut-eye can reduce your risk of chronic disease, improve your mental well-being, and boost your immune system. Plus, moving up your bedtime will help you wake up earlier so you can squeeze in a morning workout. We suggest getting active outside!

6. Get a flu shot. The last place you want to be this fall is in bed with the flu. The best way to prevent it? You guessed it: Get a flu shot. According to the CDC, getting a flu vaccine each season is the single best way to prevent the flu, and everyone six months of age or older should have one. Outbreaks can happen as early as October, so get vaccinated as soon as possible. Not sure where to get a flu shot in your area? Use this Vaccine Locator to find a flu vaccination center near you.

7. Get pumped for pumpkin. They’re good for more than pies and jack-o-lanterns: The pulp of this fall favorite is loaded with beta-carotene (a precursor to vitamin A), vitamin K, and potassium. And while their seeds may be tiny, they pack a big nutritional punch, boasting magnesium, zinc, iron, tryptophan, omega 3s, and vitamin E. Munching on the seeds can help lower your cholesterol and even help your brain make the feel-good chemical serotonin, according to Everyday Health columnist Bonnie Taub-Dix, RD. So the next time you’re craving something salty and crunchy, reach for roasted pumpkin seeds (instead of chips).

Fall is time for pumpkin spice and everything nice, like Life Alert Protection! Slip on their emergency pendant and get the best in personal protection all year long! If you encounter a life threatening emergency, such as, a home invasion, fire or serious fall, push the button on your emergency pendant and get an emergency medical response fast! Even if the seasons change, Life Alert Protection will be there 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! To learn more about the full harvest of life saving services Life Alert offers, call 1-800-513-2934 for a free brochure.

Works Cited:
1. Libers, Abigail. “ 7 Top Tricks to Keep You Healthy This Fall.” Everyday Health. 9 October 2015.
<http://www.everydayhealth.com/news/health-hacks-keep-you-healthy-this-fall/ >.

Exercise Indoors

Did you know, seniors over the age of 60 may increase their life expectancy by staying physically active and exercising regularly[1]? Plus, by creating a workout that includes exercises to build endurance, strength and balance, seniors can help reduce the risk of falling and lower the chances of developing arthritis and chronic illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes1. Unfortunately, the change in seasons can put a damper on your outdoor exercise routine, but instead of skipping it all together, just revamp it by getting creative indoors!

Exercising indoors can be a great solution to get your sweat on while the cold, blustery winter days stay outside. However, while you may be doing your body some good by working out, you could be at risk of a life threatening accident if you’re not protected properly during your work out. To ensure you get the best in personal protection while you stretch, lunge and bounce, get Life Alert Protection. You can wear their lightweight, waterproof emergency pendant around your neck or wrist while you work out and in the event of a life threatening emergency, simply push the button on your pendant and you will receive an emergency medical response fast! No matter if you’re lifting weights in the morning or doing squats in the evening, Life Alert is available 24/7! So get your sweat on with the best in personal protection, Life Alert Protection!

Life Alert offers various protection packages that can suit anyone’s lifestyle so your daily routine doesn’t have to be routine. Unless major changes in the weather occur and force you to change your exercise routine.  If inclement weather has you benched from your own game here are several exercises aging seniors can do indoors.2

  1. Knee bends. Stand in a vertical position with feet slightly apart, and hands on hips. Bend knees comfortably, then return to standing. Repeat this five times. You can build up to 20 repetitions over several weeks.
  2. Arm rotations. With arms stretched out to the side, and level with shoulder, feet slightly apart, rotate arms, forward in circular motion. Then rotate, the other way in circular motion. Repeat each way five times. Build up to 20 repetitions, each way in several weeks.
  3. Hip whirl. With arms on hips, and knees slightly bent, and apart, move hips around, side, front, other side, back, return, five times. Then do this, five times the other direction. Build up to 20 repetitions each direction over several weeks.
  4. Wall push-ups. Face an uncluttered wall, palms leaning flat on the wall, and with arms stretched out, straight in front. Bend at the elbows, and lean in towards the wall, comfortably as possible. Return to straightened arms. Repeat five times. Build up to 20 times over several weeks.
  5. Lean back against the wall in sitting position, without chair. Leaning against the wall, slide down until you are in a sitting position, with knees bent. Hold for the count of 20 if possible, and then stand up.
  6. Walk in place. With hands on hips, walk in place, raising one leg comfortably, at a time. Do this for a count of ten. Build up to a count of 40 over time.

So if Old Man Winter has you staying indoors don’t sacrifice your health or your exercise routine! Adopt an easy to use in-house exercise route and wear Life Alert Protection’s emergency pendant, you can stretch, lift and walk with complete confidence. If you find yourself on the floor yelling “Help! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” after your workout, just push the button on your pendant and you’ll receive an emergency medical response fast, 24/7! Stay in shape with the best in personal protection this winter with Life Alert Protection!

To exercise all your life saving options with Life Alert, call 1-800-513-2934 for a FREE Brochure.

Works Cited:

  1. Deemer, Amy. “Exercises for Seniors Over 60.” Livestrong. 28 January 2015. <http://www.livestrong.com/article/325199-exercises-for-seniors-over-60/>.
  2. Kiano, Damari. “Seniors: Easy Indoor Exercises.” Examiner. 28 June 2011. <http://www.examiner.com/article/seniors-easy-indoor-exercises>.

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Are you SAD?

Well, it’s official, the days have grown shorter, gotten colder and the rainy weather has increased. You may think you have the summer time blues, but in fact, you could have what 1 to 10 percent of U.S. residents experience every year around this time – Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)[1]. The ailment’s symptoms include fatigue, irritability, overeating, weight gain, and depression. Most commonly, SAD persists through fall until spring, though in rare cases, it can continue into summer1. Luckily, if you are experiencing symptoms of SAD, you can cure the blues with some easy DIY home remedies.

Shorter days mean that night time comes with vigilance, locking us up in our homes for more hours than we are used to. Sneaky rugs, floor lips and even small furniture can be the demise of us as we shuffle around in our winter time depression. However, there is good news. With Life Alert Protection, you can hold up in your home for winter and feel 100% safe because they offer the best in personal protection worldwide. While wearing their emergency pendant, you can summon emergency medical response fast with one touch of a button. Plus, their dispatch center is available 24/7 which means during your short day and long night, you can get help any time! If you’re going to be stuck indoors for winter, do it safely and get Life Alert Protection!

Life Alert gives you a reason to be glad during the SAD months. But If you have, or even if you haven’t, been clinically diagnosed with SAD, these recommendations from MindBodyGreen.com1 can help you to navigate the ups and downs of the season change this year.

1. Exercise.

Scientific research into depression has found a link between serotonin, a neurotransmitter in the brain that performs many functions, and depression. Some research suggests that serotonin is responsible for maintaining a good mood, so individuals with low serotonin may experience symptoms of depression. Exercise releases more serotonin in the brain. Think about the high that runners talk about. This may be a result of a boost in serotonin production. Exercise’s effects on the brain are still being uncovered, but what we know supports the notion that exercise is healthy for myriad reasons. For an even greater happiness boost, find exercise that you love. Giving yourself the opportunity to engage in activities that turn you on enriches your life even more. Group exercise programs also contribute the benefits of belonging and community, which help people to feel less isolated, which can be a potential trigger for depression symptoms.

2. Soak up the sun.

We evolved outdoors, hunting and gathering in direct light, even in the winter. But now most of us spend our days in cubicles with fluorescent lighting. Now that you know sunlight is necessary for your wellbeing, you can consciously boost your exposure. Try a few of these strategies. Take a midmorning break from work and step outside for a walk. Even in overcast conditions, you will access the mood-boosting benefits of the sun. Head outdoors as much as you can after work. And exercise outside for a double boost! Alternatively, decorate your office with indoor lamps meant to mimic the sun’s rays.

3. Get calm.

Results indicate that a meditation program might improve signaling connections in the brain and help us to better process emotions. Some research suggests that meditation might rival antidepressant medication for effectiveness in some cases.

4. Eat turkey (or other foods rich in tryptophan).

Tryptophan is an amino-acid found in both plant and animal sources (people are often aware that turkey is a great source of tryptophan), which increases the body’s production of serotonin. Researchers have looked at its role in relieving depression. One study found that nations with the highest levels of dietary tryptophan also had lower levels of suicide. Aside from turkey, you can find the nutrient in egg whites, cod, spirulina, and soybeans.

It is important that you speak with your general practitioner before making any self-diagnosis this season. Although depression can be a scary thing, having a clear explanation for your mood change can hopefully bring you some light in these dark days. Plus, with the simple tips listed above, you can conquer winter with a smile on your face, especially with Life Alert Protection by your side! Their well-known emergency pendant is simply worn around your neck or wrist for 24/7 available assistance at just one touch of a button – allowing you to live safer even while you’re stuck indoors!

The seasons are changing and so are you, be protected with Life Alert Protection! To learn more about their life saving services call 1-800-513-2934 for a free brochure.

Works Cited:

Polo, Allana Dr. “Stop Seasonal Affective Disorder Before It Starts With These 4 Holistic Remedies.” MindBodyGreen. 21 October 2015. <http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-22122/stop-seasonal-affective-disorder-before-it-starts-with-these-4-holistic-remedies.html

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