10 Foods You’re Eating Wrong

Not all food is created equal if prepared the wrong way. See which mistakes you could be making with some of your favorites.

 

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Imagine the following scenario. You’re engaged in conversation at a dinner party with friends that you feel comfortable enough to discuss “hot button” topics with. Politics, religion, and parenting techniques probably come up and most likely, the views vary by person. When I attend dinner parties, however, the issue of food is often the hot topic of the night, and even hotter, the opinions surrounding the right and wrong way to eat. It’s not enough these days that we are eating more kale (thank you trendy farmers markets and Hollywood celebrities!), we have to now dissect the right and wrong way to eat it as well. It was discussions like these that motivated me to write this blog. After all, my career surrounds helping people to simply eat better — to get, what I call, the most bang for their nutritional buck. There are many factors that impact the amount of nutrients that you will derive from a food. Things such as cooking and ripening method, food pairing and even your owngut flora may impact how much benefit you get from plant-based foods. Different varieties of foods affect this as well. Not all nuts, apples or as you’ll read in my first example, potatoes are created equal. If you’re interested in knowing how science views the best way to eat, then read on. Spoiler alert: Raw is not always the right way to go!
Potatoes
Think you’re getting the benefits of the potato vegetable when you consume French fries, mashed or baked potatoes from white potatoes? Think again! One study found that it was purple potatoes that gave the best benefits, like lowering blood pressure and reducing the risk for cancer. Further, a 2014 study found that purple potatoes surpassed their white counterparts when it came to high amounts of polyphenols and decreased effect on overall blood sugar response.

Carrots
As fall gears up, our love of soup increases as well. Next time you’re making a batch of chicken noodle soup, resist the urge to cut up your carrots. One study found that cutting carrots increased surface size and allowed more nutrients to leach out. That means after washing and peeling, your carrots should hit the water in their whole form. Keep cooking (vs. raw) though. One study found that cooking carrots increased the bioavailability of carotenoids.

Tea
If you want high nutrient absorption with your high tea, then forget about doing as the Brits do it! Several studies have shown that adding milk to your tea may actually take away some of the cardiovascular benefits that tea provide. Going with green tea? Add a little juice instead to sweeten. The vitamin C in juice may help to increase the bioavailability of green tea’s nutrients.

Garlic
Don’t rush your garlic, CRUSH your garlic! Research indicates that crushing your garlic and allowing to sit for at least ten minutes released an enzyme called allicin that has been shown to help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by making platelets less sticky or more likely to flow freely through the cardiovascular system.

Salad dressing
Fat free dressing may seem like a good idea in theory, but when you look at what you give up; it’s no match for the full fat counterpart. Several studies have shown the benefits that fat has when dressing your greens, from keeping you fuller and more satisfied after consumption to getting more nutrient absolution from your salad (specifically from lutein, lycopene, beta-carotene and zeaxanthin).

Apples & Pears
Let your fruit ripen up a bit! One study found that the ripening process allowed the breakdown of chlorophyll in ripening apples and pears which, in turn, produced more “highly active” antioxidants in the fruit.

Broccoli
Broccoli is, without doubt one of the best foods you can feed your body! Broccoli is part of the brassica family of foods, a family that has shown to be quite effective in terms of prevention of certain cancers from breast cancer to skin cancer , but how you prepare your broccoli makes all the difference in the world. A 2008 study found that steaming was the only cooking method that completely preserved, and even increased, the cancer fighting components of broccoli. Boiling and frying were found to be the worst cooking methods. Still don’t want to ditch the boiled broccoli? Pairing with a spicy food may help! A 2012 study found that adding spicy foods to broccoli increased its cancer fighting power and the spicier the better according to the study authors!

Mustard
Mustard in any form is a fabulous condiment to add to sauces, salads and sandwiches, but if you’re interested in decreasing overall inflammation as well as reducing your risk for certain cancers then you better keep your mustard choices simple. That’s right! It’s the cheap yellow mustard options that have the best benefits. Why? Because they contain a compound called curcumin (that’s the active ingredient in turmeric) that not only gives cheap yellow mustard its yellow color, but all of its potential health benefits as well!
While the factors discussed in this blog have an impact on the best ways to consume your foods, the truth is, simply adding these foods to your diet is a huge step in the right direction. Once you have mastered a liking for these healthier food options, the next logical step is to prepare in the best way for maximum nutrient density!

 

Content From: EverydayHealth
By Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, LD

6 HEALTHY SKIN CARE TIPS FOR OLDER WOMEN

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Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate! This is just one of many skin care tips for older women that we like to follow. Others swear by coconut oil or argan oil, a celebrity brand with unintelligible ingredients or just simple soap.

Shouldn’t Skin Care Tips for Older Women Focus on Healthy Skin, Not Younger Skin

Most women in general, but particularly over 60, are concerned about the onset of an “aging” appearance. These women want to have “younger-looking” skin to match the eternal youth brand machine they are exposed to every day.

But wouldn’t it be great if instead of talking about “younger looking skin,” we could focus on having “healthy skin” at any age?

Here are a few skin care tips for how women over 60 can achieve healthier skin – and feel better!

Don’t Try to Look “Younger”

Someone who writes about the true meaning of beauty after age 60 is Cindy Joseph, an inspiring baby boomer fashion model and make-up expert. Cindy Joseph talks a lot about the importance of using natural products to help women over 60 look and feel great at any age – not by using expensive and (often) ineffective chemical treatments to try to achieve “younger looking skin.”

As women over 60, we need to embrace the power that we have and say goodbye to the old-fashioned notion that all women should constantly try to look “younger.” Instead, let’s embrace the beauty, character and honesty that are embedded in our faces.

We are who we are – 60 and proud! With that attitude firmly in place, there are some practical things that can be done!

Stay Out of the Sun

Sun damage is one of the leading causes of wrinkled, spotted skin. Try to limit your sun exposure, wear hats and use sunblock. A lot of sun damage doesn’t become fully apparent until later in life – but it’s never “too late” to make a difference in the health of your skin by reducing your sun exposure. Using sunblock and avoiding excessive sun can also reduce your risk of skin cancer.

Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that it is “too late” to start caring about sunblock. If you are in your 60s, you probably have 20-30 more years on this amazing planet. That’s a long time for the decisions that you make not to come back to haunt you!

Wash Your Face Before Sleep

Dry skin is one of the most common challenges for women over 60, because people’s skin tends to become drier as we lose oil glands when we get older. One of the best ways to reduce dry skin is to wash your face every night before bed – but don’t use soap, as soap will pull away the natural oils from your skin that are needed to keep your skin healthy. Drink lots of water as well!

Stop Smoking

Aside from all the other health benefits of giving up smoking, if you are a smoker, you probably have more wrinkles than other people your same age who do not smoke. Try to stop. If you need help to quit smoking, this article has some excellent resources.

Don’t Soak Too Long in the Tub

A hot bath can be a great way to relax – but if you spend too long in the bathtub, you might be drying out your skin. If you love a long and leisurely bath, use some lovely bath oil or lather on some body moisturizer when you get out of the bath when you skin is still a little damp.

Use Natural Products

Many skin care products are packed with chemicals and heavily processed ingredients. You can often get better results with natural skin care products that contain herbs, or even coconut oil or olive oil. The same ingredients that can be healthy in the kitchen can also help you achieve healthier skin.

Give Your Skin the Nutrition it Needs

As I mentioned in a previous article, our skin has unique nutritional needs. Beyond the usual advice of eating a balanced diet with plenty of vegetables, there are several specific foods that can help you to achieve naturally radiant skin. Some of my favorites include dark chocolate (over 70% cacao), coconut oil and red bell peppers. See the full list of foods in my skin care over 60 nutrition article.

Instead of trying to look “younger,” women over 60 can look great and feel better by accepting who we are and by living life as the vibrant, comfortable, and strong people that we are.

BY Via sixtyandme

What Debt Collectors Can And Cannot Do

As Americans gets older they incur various types of debt. How do you handle all this debts? What debt collectors can and cannot do?

Dealing with a debt collector can be a difficult and upsetting experience. The main purpose of collectors is to recover the debt because they keep a percentage of all collections. Some unscrupulous collectors in the past have threatened borrowers, called at all hours of the day and night, pretended to be someone else and contacted friends and family, in the hopes that constant harassment would lead to payment of the debt. 

In the United States, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) now regulates the actions and behaviors of third party debt collectors in order to protect debtors from harassment and underhanded collection tactics. The Act outlines specific practices that are disallowed in collection efforts. However, it does not apply to a creditor’s in-house collectors. Many states have their own debt collection regulations that may restrict collectors even more. 

What Collectors Cannot Do

The FDCPA limits the methods that collectors can use to contact debtors. They can only call between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m., and not a times deemed inconvenient to you, the consumer, unless you have given them permission to call you at other times. They cannot call repeatedly in a short period of time in order to harass you. Collectors cannot threaten that you will go to jail or that they will make the debts public. They also cannot call your employer about your debt, unless it represents unpaid child support. If you tell collectors not to call you again, they are legally not allowed to do so, but their collection efforts can continue.

Debt collectors may imply that they can garnish your wages or take other personal property to satisfy the debt. In order for that to happen, they must sue you in a court of law and obtain a court judgment. The federal government is one of the only creditors allowed to garnish without such a judgment. 

If you have provided collectors with post-dated checks to satisfy the debt, they cannot try to cash the checks early, even though banking rules allow people to do so. They also cannot charge you any fees, penalties or interest that was not agreed to in the original contract with the creditor. 

Protecting Your Rights 
Never give anyone, including a debt collector, personal or financial information over the telephone. Legitimate debt collectors will not ask you for bank or credit card account numbers. Always confirm with the company you owe the money to that it has turned over collections to this company. Scammers often pose as debt collectors to make some quick cash. Never pay anyone or any company that you have not verified as legitimate. 

Reporting a Debt Collector 
If you are being pursued by a debt collector who is breaking the rules of the FDCPA, you can report them to both your state Attorney General’s office and the Federal Trade Commission. You may also be able to sue the debt collector if their collection practices have resulted in financial or personal damages. 

The Bottom Line 
If you have to deal with a debt collector about unpaid bills or accounts, know the limits of the methods of collection they are afforded. Always be sure to protect your financial information and make no assumptions about the legitimacy of the company until you check it out. Call your creditor to make sure the debt collector is working for them. You can report any violations of the FDCPA to both state and federal legislators to ensure that the collector follows the law in the future.

 By Angie Mohr Via Investopedia.com

The Skinny on Skin Problems

Skin problems are common among the elderly. Some skin conditions are considered a normal part of aging, while others may indicate an underlying health problem. Here are the most common skin conditions that affect elderly people, and how to treat them:

Dry Skin

Dry, flaking skin is by far the most common skin problem among the elderly, affecting 75% of people over the age of 65, according to MedScape. The loss of oil glands (which help to keep the skin soft) is the main cause of dry skin. Dry skin gets itchy, which results in lots of scratching or picking at the skin. Dry skin can also become cracked and in severe cases, can bleed or become infected.

Treating dry skin:

  • Use a cleansing soap that has moisturizer or is formulated for dry skin
  • Use body lotion with containing Eucerin

If you are applying the appropriate moisture and not noticing an improvement, try gently exfoliating to slough off old skin cells. Bathe your loved one every other day, rather every day

  • Check water temperature. Water that is too hot can dry out the skin
  • Choose cotton clothing, rather than polyester or other synthetic fabrics and avoid tight clothing
  • Use a soft washcloth for bathing and showering, rather than loofahs or products that contain
  • Increasewater consumption to keep the skin hydrated
  • Avoid caffeine, which can cause itching
  • Use humidifiers and vaporizes to get more moisture in the air

Bruising

While it may take quite a bit of force to cause a bruise in a young child, even minor bumps and scrapes may cause extensive bruising in an elderly person. Blood vessels become more fragile as we age, and bruising may even occur without prior injury.

Treating bruises:

  • Apply a cold compress to the bruise. This reduces the blood flow to the area, reduces the size of the bruise and decreases inflammation.
  • Avoid medications that cause bruising, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (ibuprofen, Advil, and naproxen).
  • People who take medicines that reduce clotting (“blood thinners“) or have clotting abnormalities should seek the advice of a physician or other health-care provider immediately,
  • If the bruise takes up a large area of the leg or foot, the leg should be kept elevated as much as possible
  • Be on the look-out for other signs of elder abuse

Pressure Sores and Bed Sores

A pressure ulcer or bed sore is an open wound on the skin that occurs as a result of the person lying in the same position for extended periods of time. Pressure sores typically happen when a person is confined to bed or a chair.

Treating pressure ulcers:

  • Avoid long periods of time being in the same position. Turn the person over every few hours.
  • Make sure the mattress isn’t too hard. Gel mattresses or alternating air pressure mattresses can help alleviate pressure sores.
  • Massage the body occasionally to increase circulation.
  • Brush Liquid Band-aid over the wound to help it heal.

BY MARLO SOLLITTO

Via https://www.agingcare.com/Articles/senior-skin-problems-146550.htm