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Health Benefits of Naps

Adults need naps too. Naps can cure a cranky baby, and it can do the same for grown ups. If you are feeling down, taking a nap can help lift your spirits. Daily life can be so busy that we may not realize how tired we are, and napping is the perfect solution. In fact, Studies have found that napping is a more effective energy boost than coffee or energy drinks. This is because napping is nature’s way of recharging. Napping is also great for problem-solving. If you are dealing with a stressful situation

The million dollar question: how long should you nap for? Sleep experts say that it depends on what your needs are. Generally, a 20-30 minute nap leaves you feeling refreshed but not lethargic. A 60 minute nap can make you feel groggy afterwards, though sometimes your body needs a longer nap. If you feel like you are coming down with a cold, napping strengthens your immune system and may prevent you from getting sick. Additionally, if you are anticipating reduced sleep at night (such as travelling), taking a 90-120 minute nap can help make up for the lost sleep. 

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Your Brain on Naps

Your Brain on Naps

Napping is not just for cats. Medical studies have found that napping has many health benefits. In fact, it is one of the healthiest things you can do for your physical, mental, and emotional health. Napping results in increased awareness, brain performance and a decrease in stress. One of the biggest benefits is that it keeps your heart healthy. People who nap reduce the risk of heart disease and heart related death.

Your Brain on Naps: Napping can improve your memory and job performance. Sleep plays an important role in storing memories. A nap can help you remember things learned earlier in the day as much as a full night’s sleep. Napping works to keep you from forgetting things like motor skills, sense perception, and verbal recall, too. After resting, the brain is also better at recognizing patterns and making connections. 

Naps are great for healthy aging. As you age, your energy levels decrease. By listening to your body’s natural rhythms and taking a nap, you keep yourself healthy. As we know, stress plays a big role in aging. Naps help relieve stress, which is key to maintaining brain function later in life. Using brain scans, scientists have found that seniors who regularly nap generally have more blood flow and activity than those who do not. This decreases the risk of cognitive decline.   

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National Napping Day

National Napping Day

Who doesn’t love a good nap? Today, March 15th, is National Napping Day. At Private Home Health Care, we certainly think that it is worth celebrating! March 15th was chosen as National Napping Day because often people feel jet-lagged after daylight savings. Naps are the perfect day to help you

recuperate from the “spring forward.” Studies have shown that people are already at their most tired and sleep deprived after daylight savings changes. The change of the hour really makes a difference, but National Napping Day can make you feel like there was no change at all.

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National Plant A Flower Day

National Plant A Flower Day

At Private Home Health Care, planting flowers is one of our favorite spring activities! March 12th is National Plant a Flower Day. Each year, this day is dedicated to the planting of flowers and looking forward to the spring season. Flower gardening has become a hobby for many, young and old, and National Plant a Flower Day is a start to the new season each year.

There are known health benefits of flower gardening. Being in nature is calming, and the clean outdoor air is great for the lungs. Gardening is an excellent activity for seniors, and can be a form of exercise, because you use different muscle groups while you do it. It also helps maintain flexibility and balance because it requires up and down motion, as well as reaching. Movement and exercise helps prevent disease and illness such as heart disease and stroke. 

Gardening is used as a therapy for treating depression in seniors. Because you are focused in the moment, it has meditative qualities that can distract you from low feelings. Gardening also helps relieve anxiety and stress. It is important for seniors to have things to look forward to, and it can be quite exciting to watch your plants grow and blossom! In addition, just looking at beautiful flowers puts you in a good mood, wouldn’t you agree? 

Today, celebrate spring and plant a flower for National Plant a Flower Day!

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National Crab Meat Day

National Crab Meat Day

National Crab Meat Day is a day to celebrate one of America’s favorite crustaceans. With 1.5 million tons of crab consumed every year around the world, plenty of crab meat lovers celebrate every year.

Crabs offer a host of nutritional benefits. Low in fat, they are a great source of lean protein. Crab contains high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B12, and selenium. These nutrients play vital roles in improving general health while helping prevent a variety of chronic conditions. The omega-3 fatty acids support heart health by lowering ‘bad’ cholesterol levels, as well as help maintain brain health and protecting against Alzheimers. The B12 and folate in crab is great for promoting healthy red blood cells and preventing anemia. Crab is also a good option for pregnant women or vulnerable individuals because it contains lower levels of mercury than most seafoods.

Today for National Crab Meat Day, cook up from crab legs or make some crab cakes to celebrate this delicious crustacean!

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Celebrating Registered Dietitian Nutritionists!

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Food is what bonds us together.

Registered Dietitian Nutritionists have the unique opportunity to do good in the world by improving people’s diets and educating them about a healthy lifestyle. On National Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day tomorrow, we honor these unsung heroes who help keep us healthy and thriving. RDN’s live their mission every day of helping people change their diet, and change their life for the better. Though it may seem small, this is a significant step towards improving our world, and RDN’s are proud leaders of this tremendous movement.

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National Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day

Tomorrow is Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist Day! At Private Home Health Care, we are passionate about nutrition, and take this opportunity to celebrate. Registered Dietitians and Nutritionists are essential for our community, as they prioritize and educate people about nutrition and wellness.

Across the country, dedicated Registered Dietitian Nutritionists provide the most advanced and current nutrition information available to their patients. They are experts in food and nutrition whose training qualifies them to support a variety of patient needs. Whether they work in a hospital, school, long-term care facility, or sports facility, RDNs provide patient care that may include meal planning, nutritional counseling, assessments, tracking progress, and more. Outside their core patient care, RDNs also promote wellness in public forums as well.

As dedicated professionals, RDNs put patient care first and continue their education throughout their careers. Their commitment helps patients’ to meet their health goals or understand their disease better. Dieticians are crucial in helping keep the population healthy and preventing chronic disease. They may work in medical settings, such as a hospital, and help guide them to create the healthiest menu for both patients and staff.

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National Pistachio Day

Get crackin’ – it’s National Pistachio Day! These creamy, green nuts are a favorite at Private Home Health Care! People have been munching on pistachios for over 9,000 years, and for good reason – they are delicious! Pistachios originated in southern Turkey and steadily spread throughout the world. Filled with nutrients, these fun-to-crack nuts are small but mighty.

Pistachios are one of the most vitamin B6-rich foods. Vitamin B6 is important for several bodily functions, including blood sugar regulation and the formation of hemoglobin, a molecule that carries oxygen in red blood cells. Additionally, pistachios are rich in potassium. Both of these nutrients support heart health!

Pistachios boast  high levels of fiber, which is key to healthy digestion. Fiber also helps with weight loss because it keeps you feeling fuller for longer. By design, pistachios have to be eaten slowly and mindfully. Due to the time it takes to crack open each nut, it allows your stomach to communicate with your brain to say when you are full. This helps you from overeating and weight loss efforts.    

Pistachios contain more antioxidants than most other seeds and nuts! Among nuts, pistachios have the highest content of lutein and zeaxanthin, both of which are very important antioxidants for eye health. They protect your eyes from damage caused by blue light and age-related macular degeneration.

This small green nut contains high levels of polyphenols and tocopherols may help protect against cancer and heart disease. Furthermore, the antioxidants in pistachios are very accessible in the stomach. Therefore, they are more likely to be absorbed during digestion and you can benefit fully from the nutrients pistachios offer. 

Today, celebrate this wonder-nut and eat pistachios! Pistachios are a delicious, convenient snack within themselves, and also add flavor and crunch to any sweet or savory dish!

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National Cherry Month

National Cherry Month

Since the cherry trees come to life in February, it’s the perfect time for National Cherry Month! Throughout Washington D.C., the cherry blossoms burst to life just in time for the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

This annual event began in 1912. The people of Japan sent 3,000 cherry trees as a gift to the United States as a symbol of friendship between two nations. A single cherry looks a bit like a little heart, and February is the month of love. Since Presidents Day is February and one particular president is paired with chopping down a cherry tree – folklore or not – February and cherries just go together.

Cherries are packed with nutrients, one of them is fiber. Fiber helps maintain a healthy gut with probiotic properties and promotes healthy digestion. Cherries also contain high amounts of antioxidants in the form of Vitamin C. This helps fight free radicals in the body and protects from disease. It also prevents and helps with inflammation and bolsters the immune system. The potassium found in cherries is excellent for restoring the body after exercise, as well as heart health. 

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Banana Bread

Banana Bread

At Private Home Health Care, we go bananas for, well, bananas! Bananas are very nutritious and easy to digest. This fruit is especially suitable for elderly folks who may have difficulties chewing or swallowing, or need special diets. They are a great way of delivering essential nutrients to seniors who may need a boost of vitamins. We also love blending our morning smoothie containing a banana a JuicePlus Complete!

Bananas are excellent for people on diuretics because they help replenish nutrients in the body that are expelled through urination. Athletes also benefit greatly from bananas because they refuel the body with nutrients lost through sweat from physical activity.

Bananas are rich in antioxidants, which fight free radicals in the body. Free radicals can be very harmful because if their levels are too high in the body, it can cause cell damage and even death through a process called oxidative stress. This can cause serious illnesses, from heart disease to cancer. Antioxidants counter oxidative stress, and help your body heal on a very basic cellular level, which levels up and translates to overall health. The antioxidants found in bananas are Vitamin C, which helps protect your body from free radicals and supports your immune system. Also, Vitamin A is known to benefit vision and decrease risk of cancer, specifically colon cancer.

Banana bread is a delicious treat that can be very healthy! This recipe contains 3 bananas, protein from eggs and Greek yogurt, as well as whole wheat flour. Happy Baking!

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