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  • Grocery Shopping Tips for Seniors

    senior woman grocery shoppingMaintaining a healthy diet is an important part of everyday life, and for seniors there are certain dietary requirements that are even more important than before. Not only does healthy eating provide your body with the nutrients it needs to stay active, but it also helps you to retain your mental acuteness as you reduce your risk of heart disease and other health problems.

    Even if you have the best intentions to improve your health through a balanced diet, it can be tricky to figure out exactly what you should purchase once you get to the grocery store. The following tips can help you when it comes to navigating your local grocery store and maintaining a healthy diet.

    Look for Foods High in Fiber

    Maintain a healthy blood pressure or help to lower high blood pressure by including foods high in fiber in your regular diet. Whole-grain bread, beans and nuts are all great sources of fiber, and nuts especially are great for snacking on throughout the day.

    Avoid High Fat Content

    One easy way to make your diet healthier is to eat meats and cheese that are low in fat. Skinless cuts of meat and ground meats with less than 20 percent fat are best for you, as are “reduced fat” dairy products like yogurt and cheese.

    Do you put milk in your cereal and coffee? Switch to 2% or skim milk to help reduce your fat intake.

    Purchase a Colorful Array of Fruits and Veggies

    To help ensure you are including a wide variety of nutrients in your diet, A Place for Mom recommends picking out fruits and vegetables of all different colors. The color of a fruit or vegetable is an indicator of the specific nutrients within it, so eat a different colored produce with each meal. Fresh or frozen, five servings of these nutritious treats should be enjoyed each day.

    Eating healthy can greatly improve your lifestyle, but remember to ease into these healthy eating habits slowly to avoid overwhelming yourself. Even the smallest changes in your diet can help, so start small and continue expanding as you begin to feel the benefits of healthy eating.

    As we age, it can become more difficult to get around, making trips to the grocery store a hassle. For all of your mobility needs, BEK Medical offers a wide array of canes, wheelchairs, walkers and accessories to help you maintain your independence. For more information and assistance choosing the right mobility aid for you, visit us online or give us a call at 915-559-1129.

  • Health Tips for Women Over 50

    group of women over 5050 is the year that many of us take a moment to look back on our lives so far, remembering the good times we have had and the many incredible things we have accomplished. It is also a time when your body begins to change, and if you are looking to age gracefully there are a few different things you can do to continue living the healthy, active lifestyle you love.

    Research has shown that men and women age differently, so BEK Medical has put together a list of tips just for women over 50!

    Eat a Healthy Diet

    Healthy eating is important at every age, and for women over 50 there are a few extra foods you should incorporate into your diet. Osteoporosis and heart disease are both common health conditions that women over 50 face, so boost your daily calcium intake and add more cholesterol-lowering foods like oats and whole grains into your meals. Beans, berries, and leafy greens like spinach and kale are some other health conscious foods that are good for your body and mind.

    Find an Exercise Routine You Love

    Instead of struggling to get to the gym every day, take some time to find an exercise routine you actually enjoy! Whether you sign up for a class with a friend or decide to take Fido for an hour-long walk every evening, incorporating fun – and healthy – activities into your schedule will be much more beneficial than dragging yourself to the gym once or twice a week.

    According to a study performed by Harvard University researchers, burning more than 1,000 calories per week cuts a postmenopausal woman’s chances of developing breast cancer almost in half. Every mile you walk burns 100 calories, making this marker fairly easy to reach every week!

    Sleep In

    We all know that we should get seven to eight hours of sleep a night, but many of us stay up late and wake up early anyways, pushing our bodies harder than we have to. A good night’s sleep not only makes you more productive during the day, but it also helps to reduce your risk of having a stroke.

    A recent study performed by The American Heart Association found that poor sleep in seniors can cause complications in the brain, so make getting seven or eight hours of restful sleep each night a priority, and talk to your doctor if you aren’t sleeping well.

    Visit Your Doctor Regularly

    On top of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, it is important to visit your doctor regularly, scheduling the appropriate health screenings for your age. Womenshealth.gov has an easy-to-read, comprehensive chart you can follow if you aren’t sure what tests you should have performed! Regular screening can help ensure early detection of medical conditions, which in turn increases the likelihood of successful treatment and a longer, healthier life.

    50 is just the beginning of a whole new chapter of your life, so embrace your age and enjoy the years to come! From rehab equipment to orthopedic care items, BEK Medical has everything you need to maintain your good health and freedom as you age. For more information about the products we carry, visit us online or give us a call at 915-599-1129.

    Sources: http://www.sheknows.com/health-and-wellness/articles/952877/fit-at-50-womens-health-tips-to-embrace-your-agehttp://www.sunriseseniorliving.com/blog/february-2016/the-5-things-every-woman-over-50-should-do-for-better-health.aspx

  • Easing Arthritis Pain through Yoga

    yoga for arthritis relief A form of exercise that has been practiced for thousands of years, yoga helps to relax the body and mind, improve joint flexibility and build muscle strength. But did you know that yoga can also help to reduce arthritis pain? According to the Arthritis Foundation, yoga is an exercise regime that can provide relief for individuals suffering from arthritis, as it has been shown to help relieve joint stiffness and pain while also reducing stress and promoting introspective thinking.

    If you are interested in trying yoga as an arthritis reliever, BEK Medical has a few tips to help you get started:

    Find the Right Instructor

    For individuals suffering from arthritis pain, modifications maybe needed to ensure yoga poses do to put too much pressure on your aching joints. Lyengar yoga is one great option for those with arthritis, since it allows for the use of aids that will reduce the amount of stress put on your body. Talk to your doctor or rheumatologist while searching for a yoga instructor to see if there is an instructor they can recommend.

    Practice Daily

    Once you have learned the proper techniques for your body with an instructor, begin practicing yoga regularly – even daily – to further improve the exercise’s benefits. Whether you practice the poses you have learned in class or follow an instructional video, taking time to stretch out your joints each day will be a great relief.

    Just remember to pay attention to your body, and go easy on yourself when arthritis pain is flaring.

    Learn to Manage Pain Differently

    There is much more to yoga than just physical benefits, and according to yoga instructor Linda Howard, practicing introspective thought with yoga can help you to locate the sources of your pain and learn to relax them. Also, a study performed by Subhadra Evans, PhD, showed that subjects’ daily levels of pain had not changed as much as the way they viewed their pain.

    Yoga can provide individuals with arthritis a new, more positive outlook while also helping to reduce the amount of joint pain they are feeling.

    To learn more about what yoga can do for your arthritis, check out this article from SoMuchYoga.com.

    For further arthritis relief, BEK Medical offers an array of home medical equipment and medical supplies, including light compression arthritis gloves. Browse our products online and call us at 915-599-1129 with any questions you may have.

  • Maintain Your Health By Letting Your Creativity Flow

    grandparents painting with grandchildAt one time, color books were just for kids, but the recent adult coloring book trend has inspired us to look into the benefits of art; and there are plenty. Whether you are looking for an activity to enjoy with your grandchildren or a way to expand your horizons in your free time, art is a great option to consider. Get creative, have some fun and know that you are helping your mind and body to stay young while you are doing so!

    Delay Memory Problems

    A relaxing and enjoyable way to express yourself, it has also been found that art has the ability to delay mental problems, keeping your mind active and your creativity flowing.

    Creative abilities do not deteriorate in the same way that the brain does as we age, and an article in Today’s Geriatric Medicine states, “Making art or even viewing art causes the brain to continue to reshape, adapt, and restructure, thus expanding the potential to increase brain reserve capacity.”

    If you are looking for a way to maintain your mental health, visiting a local art museum, signing up for an art class or just drawing pictures with your grandkids can help.

    Motivates Muscle Memory

    Whether you are drawing, painting or sculpting, creating art motivates your muscle memory and keeps your hand-eye coordination sharp. Maintaining dexterity in your hands will help to make everyday activities from folding the laundry to eating dinner easier, allowing you to enjoy your life to the fullest.

    Assist in Socialization

    Not only are art classes a lot of fun, they are also a great place to socialize and get to know other individuals with the same interests as you. And who doesn’t love spending some time hanging out and painting watercolor pictures with their grandchildren?

    Art offers a new outlet for socialization, as well as a chance to explore your identity, learn new things about yourself and feel the boost in self-esteem that comes along with creating something new and enjoying yourself while you do it.

    So grab a coloring book, a paint palette or a slab of clay and get out there and try a creative activity you haven’t done in years – or always wanted to learn!

    A home medical equipment provider, BEK Medical has the items you need to maintain your active lifestyle. To learn more about our products and find the right items to fit your needs, visit us online or call us at 915-599-1129.

  • March is National Nutrition Month!

    seniors eating a healthy mealMarch is finally here, which means that spring is just around the corner and it is time to celebrate our health with National Nutrition Month! An annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, National Nutrition Month is all about the importance of eating right and staying physically active. This year’s theme is “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right,” which reminds us that that just because something is healthy, doesn’t mean it can’t be delicious!

    National Nutrition Month has been around since 1980, and was celebrated for almost ten years beforehand as National Nutrition Week.

    Healthy eating is important for individuals of all ages, and here at BEK Medical we would like to focus our healthy eating tips toward the senior population. Maintaining a balanced diet can help to increase your energy levels while reducing your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes as well as assisting in the management of any chronic diseases you are already battling.

    Increase Your Calcium Intake

    As we age, our bones become more brittle, making potential falls and injuries more dangerous. Incorporating more calcium into your diet can help to maintain your bone health, which is why 1,200 mg of calcium a day is recommended for seniors. Dairy products like milk, cheese and yogurt are great sources of calcium, as are broccoli, kale and almonds.

    Reduce Inflammation

    If you are looking for a way to reduce joint pain and inflammation, eating a healthy and diverse diet can provide some relief. Berries and fatty fish are two foods that can help to reduce inflammation, as are healthy fats like omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

    Whole grains, leafy green veggies, berries and plant-based sources of protein are all components of an inflammation reducing diet. For more information, check out this article from eatright.org.

    Get Active

    Along with improving your dietary choices, physical activity plays a huge component in staying healthy. Whether you take your dog for a walk around the neighborhood, join a yoga class at your local fitness center or play in the backyard with your grandchildren, incorporation at least 30 minutes of physical activity into your day will go a long way to maintain your health.

    If you are looking to improve your dietary habits, National Nutrition Month is the perfect time to start! Talk to your doctor for more advice on improving your diet and workout routine.

    Whether you are looking for mobility products or bath safety items, BEK Medical has everything you need to help you maintain your independence and get around with ease. For more information about our products, visit us online or call us at 915-599-1129. Living in the Dallas or El Paso, Texas area? We have two in-store locations you can visit as well!

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