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National Drink Wine Day

National Drink Wine Day

Today is National Drink Wine Day! While every day can be a wine drinking day, this is yet another reason to drink wine today. Wine does have its benefits after all, thanks to being high in antioxidants and other nutrients. Moderate drinkers of wine have lower risks of liver disease, type II diabetes, certain kinds of cancers, heart attack, and stroke.  It also can reduce the bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase the good (HDL). Red wine tends to have more direct health advantages, but white wine boasts some as well, such as potentially reducing risk of kidney disease. 

Drinking wine includes other benefits as well. When paired with the right meal, it enhances the flavors of spices, fruits, and sauces. A glass of wine helps relax us. Learning about wine keeps our minds sharp, too. Last but not least, drinking wine can be a social activity, such as at a nice dinner with family and friends. Science has long proven that meaningful relationships and strong social ties aids longevity. 

Grab your favorite vintage and celebrate National Drink Wine Day for your health!   

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National Almond Day

National Almond Day

It is National Almond Day! Today we pay tribute to these superfood nuts! Portable and nonperishable, they make for a perfectly balanced snack any time. They are as versatile as they are delicious. You can put them in salads, grind them into flour, or use them as a healthy alternative to milk.

Almonds are a great source of protein, with a 1 ounce serving containing 6 grams! They are also high in fiber and healthy fats, as well as low in carbs. This makes them a perfect choice for a long lasting, energy-boosting snack. Almonds are also great for weight loss, due to the high fiber and protein content, which helps you feel fuller for longer.    

Almonds are one of the world’s best sources of Vitamin E, which is an antioxidant that protects the cells in your body from oxidative damage. A 1 ounce serving of almonds provides 37% of the recommended daily value of Vitamin E. Researchers have linked a higher intake of vitamin E with lower rates of heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s. 

This nut also boasts high levels of magnesium, which supports over 300 essential processes in the body. Magnesium plays a key role in balancing blood sugar levels, as well as blood pressure. These benefits of almonds are great for diabetics or those with cardiac issues. 

Unroasted almonds with the skin on are the healthiest, because nutrients can be lost when heating and the skin contains high amounts of vitamins. In honor of National Almond Day, Private Home Health Care encourages you to enjoy this wonderful nut in as many ways as you can! 

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Happy Mardi Gras!

Get your beads out – today is Mardis Gras! Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday. It’s also called Shrove Tuesday, Carnival Tuesday or Pancake Tuesday, depending on where the celebration is taking place.

No matter the name, it’s a day of celebration that includes over-the-top parades, parties and food indulgence before the Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (tomorrow). Mardi Gras is synonymous with Carnival celebrations in New Orleans, Venice and Rio, but the day is celebrated around the world.

What was once a holiday of religious observances has become a cultural phenomenon, leading to parties for the sake of partying, and not necessarily in anticipation of 40 days of penance between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday.

In New Orleans, Mardi Gras has a rich Mardi Gras history and culture. The colors of purple (justice) gold, (power) and green (faith) have come to symbolize New Orleans’ Mardi Gras.

Today, celebrate by indulging in decadent food and turn up the music to party! Happy Mardi Gras from Private Home Health Care!

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Brain Health = Heart Health

The brain and the heart are the two most important organs in the human body. It is no wonder then that heart health and Alzheimer’s go hand in hand. Steady blood flow to grey matter in the brain is essential for fully functioning and healthy brain cells. In fact, 25% of the blood in each heartbeat goes to the brain to deliver the necessary nutrients. This includes carbohydrates, vitamins, hormones, and amino acids, and they give your brain the energy needed to think clearly and remember information.

Risk factors for dementia and Alzheimer’s include high blood pressure and high cholesterol, which are also risk factors for heart disease. When the circulatory system is not functioning optimally, then the brain is not getting the right amount of blood needed. Also, scientists have found that there is a direct relationship between the plaque in arteries and plaque in the brain that leads to cognitive decline. Hardening of the arteries, a sign of heart disease, causes them to become clogged and stiff, resulting in an increased risk of stroke. Researchers found that those with plaque in arteries had about a 50% higher chance of beta-amyloid tangles, which are the plaque in the brain that is thought to cause Alzheimer’s.  

Two-thirds of Alzheimer’s patients are women. Researchers are still trying to figure out why this is, but one thing that they have found is that there is a direct correlation between older women with heart-related issues and cognitive decline. In fact, female heart attack survivors were twice as likely to see declines in memory and thinking skills. 

The habits for a healthy lifestyle that protect against heart disease also help prevent Alzheimer’s. For instance, a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and veggies, lean meats, and healthy fats is vital for a healthy heart and brain. Regular exercise and stress management are also key for maintaining both cardiovascular and cognitive health. Physical activity plays an especially important role because it gets the blood pumping, which strengthens the heart and increases blood flow to the brain. Even activities that are more directly associated with strengthening brain health, like crossword puzzles, can be good for the heart because it may relieve stress. Simply stated – what’s good for your heart is good for your brain!

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National Donor Day

Yesterday was National Organ Donor Day. Observed each year on February 14th, National Donor Day (also known as National Organ Donor Day) aims to increase awareness about organ donation and the lives it saves. In the United States, more than 109,000 people are currently waiting for a life-saving organ donation. Donor Day was established on Valentine’s Day because donating organs is a meaningful act of love for others.

The observance focuses on five different types of donations: Organs – Tissues – Marrow – Platelets – Blood. Many nonprofit health organizations sponsor blood and marrow drives and organ/tissue sign-ups across the nation. Approximately every two seconds, there is someone in the U.S. who needs blood, which translates to the need for over 41,000 daily donations. Just one pint of blood can save up to 3 lives.

Donating organs is giving the gift of life. Each day, about 17 people die waiting for an organ transplant, and every 9 minutes another person is added to the transplant waiting list. One donor can save up to 8 lives, and in 2001 the number of living donors in the US outnumbered the number of deceased donors.

Only about 3 in 1,000 people die in a way that is for organ donation, so it is important for as many people to sign up as possible. Contrary to popular belief, even if you have a health condition, you can still be an organ donor. Even with an illness, you may still be able to donate your organs or tissues, as determined by the transplant team. There is no age limit for organ donation, with the oldest recorded donor being 93 years of age!

Organ and tissue donation is a very personal choice. Whether you opt to donate blood or choose to become a full spectrum organ donor, know that this is one of the most precious and selfless acts that you can perform for others. Private Home Health Care extends their thanks and support for the generous people who donate organs to those in need!

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President’s Day

President’s Day

Private Home Health Care wishes everyone a Happy President’s Day today!

Held on the third Monday in February, this holiday honors the birthdays of George Washington (February 22) and Abraham Lincoln (February 12). We recognize these celebrated Presidents for making the United States the great nation that is it today.

A traditional way to honor this holiday is by eating cherry pie. This tasty pastry is reminiscent of George Washington’s cherry tree story, showing he could not tell a lie.

When President’s Day was passed by congress in 1971, they hoped that this would inspire greater productivity nationwide. It was believed that at this point in the year, the restorative effects of the Winter holidays have begun to fade and we need another break to regain some of that lost stamina. So go ahead and enjoy this day off!

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Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is almost here! At Private Home Health Care, we love celebrating this fun holiday! Valentine’s Day is not just for couples. Anyone in your life that you love and care about can be your valentine, whether they are a family member, a close friend, or someone else in your life. Many say that having meaningful relationships is the true key to happiness in life. Studies show that people have increased longevity when they have a strong social network.

Valentine’s Day traditions like flowers, candles, and chocolates are also beneficial for your health! Flowers and candles create a soothing and pleasant atmosphere, which decreases stress and increases your mood. Chocolate is a superfood because it is packed with antioxidants, which help prevent cell damage. The flavonoids in chocolate trigger feel-good chemicals in your brain like dopamine, and also contains a bit of caffeine, which energizes you.

Wishing everyone a happy Valentine’s Day!

Lots of love,

Private Home Health Care

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Valentine’s Day and Heart Health

Valentine’s Day and Heart Health

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Medical research proves that having a valentine is good for your heart! No matter if your valentine is your partner, your child, a good friend or relative, having a loving relationship is one of the best things you can do for your heart. Being around someone you love helps relieve stress, which lowers blood pressure. Loving feelings tamp down our sympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for our fight or flight reactions. When relaxed, blood vessels tend to dilate a little bit more, and blood pressure tends to drop.

Hugs and hand holding also release feel-good chemicals in the brain, like oxytocin. Social support through loving relationships has been found to help improve the immune system and reduce inflammation. Being around a crush or a partner who makes your heart race is also good for the heart because it gets the blood pumping and is essentially like a mini aerobic workout!

Private Home Health Care encourages you to keep your heart healthy and celebrate love on Valentine’s Day!

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National Football Hangover Day Pt 2

National Football Hangover Day Pt 2

It is pretty common for people to need a day to recover. It is estimated that 11 million people will schedule time off for the day after the super bowl, and an additional 5 million will call out sick. Your boss will probably know that you are not really sick, and the best move to make is to schedule time off well in advance.

Another option is to plan for success (or at least damage control). Take a nap before the game, and stay hydrated by drinking a glass of water between every alcoholic drink. Eat healthy food throughout the day so that you won’t end up in a food coma from binging on nachos. Though there is no cure for hangovers, food can really help with the effects. Drink Gatorade the morning after and eat eggs, which contain an amino acid called cysteine that can break down acetaldehyde (a byproduct produced when your liver breaks down ethanol). Eggs are also high in B vitamins, which studies have shown to help with hangover symptoms. Bananas boost your potassium levels back up to normal, which helps you feel fresh even after celebrating.

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National Football Hangover Day Pt 1

National Football Hangover Day Pt 1

Today, the day after the Super Bowl, is ‘National Football Hangover Day’. You had a great time watching the big game with friends and family, and now it is catching up to you. You may have overindulged a bit with drinking and game-day food (wings!) and are feeling the effects the day after. The morning after is filled with unwelcome symptoms – headache, nausea, irritability and fatigue.

Medical professionals say that the post-super bowl hangover differs from a standard hangover from drinking in a few ways. You are also likely to eat heavy game day foods that are high in sodium and fat, which can also make you feel sluggish the day after. Super Bowl Sunday is actually the second highest day for food consumption in the US, behind Thanksgiving. Additionally, strong emotions during the game produce high levels of hormones. The physiological processes that happen in your body when watching a game – such as heightened awareness when you are anxious about your team catching up in the fourth quarter, or faster pulse when celebrating a touchdown – can take a toll and make you feel worn out the next day.

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