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10 Tips to Naturally and Effectively Reduce the Risk of Heartburn

10 Tips to Naturally and Effectively Reduce the Risk of Heartburn

Heartburn is a common problem for many people and is increasingly prevalent with age. It is an uncomfortable sensation of burning, pain, or discomfort in the chest. If you are experiencing heartburn for the first time, it may be worth speaking to your doctor about what might have caused it and how to prevent future episodes. However, if you suffer from chronic heartburn and have already spoken with a medical professional, there are a few things that you can do yourself, which will help both reduce symptoms and shorten the duration of each episode.

10 Tips to Prevent Heartburn

What Are the Benefits of Getting a Massage for Older Adults?

What Are the Benefits of Getting a Massage for Older Adults?

Receiving a massage helps achieve great health benefits and minimal risk. It comes with astonishing advantages that are typically unexpected from something so simple. Great research has shown that massages are even more practical and beneficial to seniors than previously understood. 

Massage therapy for seniors has seemingly endless benefits. From relieving muscle tension in the body to alleviating pain, it's a great solution to age-linked conditions. Whether you suffer from heart disease, high blood pressure, or arthritis, there is a benefit for everyone. And as such, the following are some benefits of getting a massage for older adults.

10 Positivity Tips to Improve Optimism While Aging

10 Positivity Tips to Improve Optimism While Aging

Everyone ages. When we do, there are shifts away from the life that we have become used to, and these changes can cause a range of reactions in how we feel and behave. It's not always easy to accept the realities that come with aging. These feelings can cause a lack of optimism and hope for the future. Fortunately, there are some ways to maintain an optimistic point of view and to see the best of the years to come.

How to Boost Optimism Despite Age

How To Manage the Frustrations of Aging

How To Manage the Frustrations of Aging

Aging is an inherently frustrating process. Changes in our physical appearances and abilities can be psychologically complicated to process. Between hearing changes and the fast-changing culture, it can be hard to communicate with people. Gracefully as we may age, our knees, feet, and joints might get stiff or achy. These things can be intensely frustrating.

However, we don't want to spend our retirement years in frustration. We've endured enough of that in the workplace. No, we want to spend our retirement enjoying ourselves. It is, therefore, crucial to find ways of coping with frustration to keep your retirement smooth. Here are ten tips to help you manage your frustrations as you age.

10 Tips to Deal with the Frustrations of Aging

Migraines: Prevent, Alleviate, and Live Your Life

Migraines: Prevent, Alleviate, and Live Your Life

According to the Migraine Research Foundation, over 4 million adults suffer from chronic migraines. Migraines are defined as severe throbbing pain, typically on one side or area of the brain, with additional symptoms such as sensitivity to light and sound. However, this description seems to only scratch the surface of something that can be so debilitating.

Migraines aren't just painful; they're also dangerous, as they cause visual impairment, muscle weakness, and fainting. Dealing with migraines can be an uphill battle, especially for older adults, but that doesn't mean that they're impossible to overcome. Conquering your migraines will become simple if you follow the steps listed below.

How to Prevent Migraines

Understanding Poochy Belly: What to Do

Understanding Poochy Belly: What to Do

Pain is the body’s way of communicating to us that something is unbalanced. Yet, the places we often experience pain are not necessarily at the location of the movement limitation. 

Let’s consider the body and muscles as an elaborate system. When one area of the body is stuck short and tight, it is plausible that this area of tightness can tug, pull, or restrict movement, which inhibits proper functioning in other parts of the body.

Somatics explains that muscles become habituated tight and short in response to repetitive strain, injury, and stress. Muscles essentially fail to function properly - which means they stop fully contracting and stop fully releasing. This is known as Sensory Motor Amnesia - loss of the brain’s voluntary control over the muscles.

8 Ways To Maximize Your Bath After 55

8 Ways To Maximize Your Bath After 55

The importance of our bath time varies and changes throughout our entire lives. We go from babies being bathed in the kitchen sink to children who refuse to take baths at all. As young adults, we require daily grooming to remain healthy, but this becomes even more crucial as we become more advanced in years. After retirement, hygiene and cleanliness are significant factors in living our best lives.

8 Ways to Make the Most of your Bath time

     1. Make Sure The Bath Is Clean and Safe

The most important aspect of a sound bath is health and safety. As reported by the CDC, accidents near the bathtub, shower, toilet, and sink caused an estimated 234,094 nonfatal injuries in the U.S. in 2008 among people 15+ years old. Approximately two out of every three accidental injuries happen in the bathtub or shower. To maximize safety, place non-slip mats or stickers on the bottom of the tub, which will keep your feet from slipping while entering and exiting the tub. It's equally important to ensure that your tub is clean and sanitized to have the best experience.

Posture Perfect: 10 Ways To Improve Your Posture

Posture Perfect: 10 Ways To Improve Your Posture

Posture refers to how we position our bodies when sitting, standing, or laying down. Your overall health relies on good posture. It keeps your bones aligned with the rest of your body, and the tension in your muscles, ligaments, and tendons adequately spread. It even improves your blood flow.

Maintaining a good posture means that you hold your body in the best position possible to place minimal stress on your back and spine. Since our spines begin to change as we age, good posture becomes even more critical for older adults. Have you ever heard that as we age, we get shorter? Well, this is, in fact, true. The cushions between our bones start to break down and thin over time, plus the cartilage and tissues connecting our spines lose their elasticity and are not as thick. But, having good posture can help with this.

Falling is the number one reason for broken bones and injuries among older adults. The high number of falls means that learning how to be more aware of good posture is needed to improve balance and decrease falling chances. Good posture is also an osteoporosis preventative. It lowers heart attack and stroke risk, makes you feel happier, helps sustain memory recall, and helps with digestive issues.

Below are the ten tips we highly recommend for older adults to improve their posture.

10 Health-Boosting Reasons to Start Practicing Meditation

10 Health-Boosting Reasons to Start Practicing Meditation

Meditation has benefits for all ages but may be especially helpful for older adults. Increasing the brain's focus makes it possible to boost activity throughout the brain and activate areas that are not always used in daily tasks. This can help improve the brain's functioning in many ways and help maintain growth and mental health.

Everyone Has Pain: What Matters Is What You Do About It

Everyone Has Pain: What Matters Is What You Do About It

Believe it or not, we all have pain. It is inevitable that we will cycle into and out of pain – what matters the most is what we do about it.

Even Pain Resolution Therapists experience pain. One more time, let me stress that it is what you do about it that counts. Do you mask it with drugs for temporary relief, or are you willing to correct the imbalance and dive into the root cause?