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Did you know? . . . Our ability to absorb nutrients starts to decline starting around age 40. That's why we are so excited to offer Vitamin C Injections (Direct Vitamin Injection Therapy, DVIT). This year especially, it's important for us to maintain healthy vitamin C, D3 and B12 levels. Vitamin C is infamous in helping to Boost the Immune System.
How Dietary Needs Change with Aging
from Presenter: Katherine Tucker, referenced at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK51837/
“Dietary needs change with aging in several ways:
People become less active, their metabolism slows, their energy requirement decreases, all of which mean that they need to eat less.
Recent research demonstrates that because older adults’ abilities to absorb and utilize many nutrients become less efficient, their nutrient requirements (particularly as a function of body mass) actually increase. Tucker mentioned that the last set of nutrition recommendations issued by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) include separate recommendations for people age 70 and above for this reason (IOM, 2006).
Tucker noted that as some of the previous speakers had discussed, chronic conditions and medications can affect nutrition requirements. For example, in addition to drug-nutrient interactions affecting drug metabolism, some drug-nutrient interactions are also nutrient wasting. This is especially true of the B vitamins.”
What’s in your mug? There are coffee enthusiasts, and there are tea aficionados. If you’re a bigger fan of tea, then you already know how it can directly impact your mind and body. Whether it’s your first beverage in the morning or your last before bed, drinking tea is part of a routine that helps many people get through the day and establish a sense of well-being. If you want to be more intentional about drinking tea, here is an overview of the best teas you should be drinking.
For Physical Health
Tea is defined as an aromatic beverage. It just requires hot (or cold) water to infuse the flavors and other compounds into your brewed cup. For physical health, various types of tea feature elements that have a positive impact on your body.
- Peppermint tea has a minty and cool flavor. It can help calm an upset stomach if you’re feeling nauseous or generally queasy. It’s also great for bloating and indigestion.
- Chamomile also works against bloating and nausea. It’s also helpful for irritable bowel syndrome and colic.
- Fennel tea can help settle stomach pain, including heartburn and bloating.
- Green tea is rich in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. It can also help boost your immune system.
- Hibiscus tea features useful vitamin C and antibacterial properties.
- Ginger tea helps relieve muscle aches, motion sickness, and headaches. It can also help loosen congestion and relieve a sore throat.
Cramps and PMS
- Ginger tea helps relieve muscle aches and can be beneficial for increasing comfort during menstrual cramps. It can also help reduce heavy blood flow.
- Tumeric tea features curcumin, a biologically active compound that helps relieve pain.
- Green tea contains health-promoting compounds called polyphenols that inhibit inflammatory responses.
- Holy Basil tea helps the body overcome physical stress. It’s rich in vitamins A and C, calcium, zinc, iron, and chlorophyll.
- Rose Hip tea contains antioxidants, beta carotene, and vitamins C and E.
For Mental Health
- Herbal teas can help stimulate mental health by bringing about specific effects that include relaxation and tranquility. A cup of tea can also help reduce stress and anxiety while increasing mental focus.
Calm and Relaxation
- Lavender tea is caffeine-free. It’s known for its aromatic head that can help induce relaxation and calm agitation.
- Lemon Balm tea helps calm restlessness and reduce feelings of alertness. It’s also beneficial for reducing nervousness.
- Hawthorn berries are tiny fruits that grow on trees and shrubs. Making hawthorn tea has been known to calm emotional distress and lower blood pressure.
- Valerian Root tea can help ease the inability to sleep by reducing the amount of time it takes to fall asleep.
- Catnip tea contains nepetalactone, which induces drowsiness, reduces anxiety, and calm restlessness.
- Banana tea helps blood vessels and muscles relax, allowing you to stay asleep longer.
There’s no doubt that if you’re a professional, you’ve experienced a level of stress at some point in your career. It can be distracting and impact your productivity. That stress could even spill over into your life at home. However, remembering to practice self-care — even in the office — can be an effective way to regain your motivation and joy in the work that you do.
Delegate Tasks Effectively
If you work with a team of co-workers or if you’re the leader in your department, don’t hesitate to delegate tasks to your supporting members. For some people, it can be a challenge to ask for help. Some professionals may even feel awkward, giving others a job to do. However, if you pile up all these duties, you may find yourself overwhelmed and stressed. Effective delegation is the ideal way to keep things organized throughout your workday. You can consider it a practice in self-care because you’ll be placing a higher value on your time and the way you spend your energy. You were hired for a purpose, and you won’t be able to fulfill it if you’re exhausted and depleted.
Find Ways to Stay Active
Staying active is a great way to increase your energy and maintain a positive attitude. If you work in an office setting, sitting in a chair for several hours at a time could leave you feeling stiff, sore, and even unmotivated. Consider adding an activity schedule to your day. You can start by setting an alarm on your phone that reminds you to stand up and stretch. You could even use that time to get up and take a walk around the building. Many professionals use standing desks that allow them to elevate their work so that they can complete it from a standing position. This allows for better circulation through the body. It will also allow you to stretch your legs while maintaining productivity.
Incorporate Team Building
Workplace wellness is about more than just being productive in the office. Sometimes getting out of the office and participating in team-building exercises is a great way to boost morale and encourage more collaboration and communication among co-workers. Consider planning a relaxing nature walk or something more active, like laser tag. These activities are great for breaking up your daily routine and disrupting the monotony of the 40-hour workweek.
Take Advantage of PTO
There’s a reason paid time off is considered part of your benefits package. Your employers expect you to take advantage of this time. Therefore, don’t feel bad about leaving work on your desk and your co-workers in the office when you use this time. Having the opportunity to decompress and spend time doing other things that you enjoy is incredibly important to your self-care routine. Take another look at the explanation of your benefits package so that you’ll know how many paid days off you get. For some companies, those days may carry over to the following year; however, this isn’t always the case.
Propose and Initiate a Wellness Program
Consider taking some initiative and planning a wellness program for your office. It’s a way to encourage self-care throughout the office to ensure that you can work in an atmosphere where everyone is prioritizing their mental and physical health. Propose fitness challenges where the person that walks or bikes the most miles in a month gets a prize. It could also include a healthy potluck. Suggest other methods of self-care to your co-workers, like massages, acupuncture, or even meditation, which can be done as a group.
The season of fall brings cooler weather and shorter days. As with any season, the world adjusts accordingly. Plants begin to go dormant, animals begin scrounging for food to store to get them through the upcoming winter months and humans start winterizing everything.
As fall descends on the land, it reminds us we need to start cutting back on the numerous cooling foods that are consumed during the summer months. Things like raw foods, salads, juices and fruits should be decreased because they can create too much cold in the body, according to traditional Chinese medicine. continue reading