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3 Ways Seniors Can Stay Healthy

Eat well The idea that our immune systems rely on a healthy diet to keep our digestive tract in balance has always been a guiding principle for our approach to health care. Our caregivers can help you plan and shop for wholesome, nutrient-rich foods so you can get through cold and flu season. Your specific needs, including gout, diabetes, heart disease or arthritis, can be addressed through a combination of traditional medicine as well as through food choices. As an example, if you have an allergy, you’d generally avoid the allergen. Likewise, if you suffer from arthritis, eating certain foods can cause inflammation, so you’d also avoid them and find alternatives. Learn more about anti-inflammatory foods Safe food handling Our reliance on antibiotics to fight infection has created a problem. The World Health Organization (WHO) says that our resistance to the antibiotics that treat diseases like pneumonia and E.coli infections has increased considerably. This development means that we need to help our bodies stay healthy using lifestyle choices so that diseases find us inhospitable hosts for disease. We need to pay attention to how we handle food, choose immune-boosting foods like citrus, kale and healthy oils. Keep moving! In addition to eating well, regular exercise can help keep your immune system in check. We read an article on the BBC recently about a scientific study that says doing lots of exercise in older age can prevent the immune system from declining and protect people from infections. When the scientists say: “do lots of exercise” and refer to an octogenarian who does marathons, we realize that most of us do not fit into that category. However, we...

ICYMI: Why Nutrition Matters

Everyone has to eat, and food is one of the things that get people to come together in social and professional settings. Whether you’re a foodie who likes to try new restaurants as a treat, or if you like to cook at home, the subject of food is relevant to everyone because what we choose to eat can affect our health. The food industry If you have a Netflix subscription or stream from another service, you know that there is a plethora of documentaries about the food industry.  Even if you haven’t spent any time watching these films that expose the dark side of how corporations influence how food is cultivated, you may have heard a news program or seen an article about various topics like genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or diet plans. What are GMOs?  Click here. If you’re interested in learning more about the food industry in Canada, follow the links below: Dietitians of Canada (so many good resources here!) Canada’s Food Guide (find out what the recommended daily intakes of food are) Good in Every Grain (learn about GMOs in Ontario and other facts) Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Nutrition Many of us have become label-conscious consumers, and now we also have more information about calorie counts when we eat at restaurants in Ontario. There are so many diet plans out there, and sometimes it feels like information overload. At Retire-At-Home Services Halton, we recommend: talking to your doctor before you change your diet ask about setting up a visit with a nutritionist to learn how you can feed your body in a tasty way while making...
Nutrition and How it Can Make Our Lives Better

Nutrition and How it Can Make Our Lives Better

Everyone has to eat, and food is one of the things that get people to come together in social and professional settings. Whether you’re a foodie who likes to try new restaurants as a treat, or if you like to cook at home, the subject of food is relevant to everyone because what we choose to eat can affect our health. The food industry If you have a Netflix subscription or stream from another service, you know that there is a plethora of documentaries about the food industry.  Even if you haven’t spent any time watching these films that expose the dark side of how corporations influence how food is cultivated, you may have heard a news program or seen an article about various topics like genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or diet plans. What are GMOs?  Click here. If you’re interested in learning more about the food industry in Canada, follow the links below: Dietitians of Canada (so many good resources here!) Canada’s Food Guide (find out what the recommended daily intakes of food are) Good in Every Grain (learn about GMOs in Ontario and other facts) Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada   Nutrition Many of us have become label-conscious consumers, and now we also have more information about calorie counts when we eat at restaurants in Ontario. There are so many diet plans out there, and sometimes it feels like information overload. At Retire-At-Home Services Halton, we recommend: talking to your doctor before you change your diet ask about setting up a visit with a nutritionist to learn how you can feed your body in a tasty way while...
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