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Nutritional properties available in certain foods have positive influence in bone health. The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) comments on diet and bone health stating, “A healthy diet can help you prevent and manage osteoporosis and related musculoskeletal disorders by assisting in the production and maintenance of bone.” The IOF goes on to share how not receiving adequate nutrients increases the risk of bone, muscle, and joint disease. By implementing nutritious food choices you can promote bone health. Let’s explore further!

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Nutritional wellbeing is crucial for everyone regardless of age or health condition. Although there is no present cure for Alzheimer’s disease, clients can benefit from nutritious foods and from healthy eating habits. Depending on the stage of disease and health, caregivers can assist clients with meals and encourage independence through self-feedings. Self-feedings should not be promoted in clients at risk for aspiration or who have difficulty swallowing. Caregivers can consult with physicians and dietitians regarding meal plans and diets for client’s nutritional needs.

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Regardless of age, brain health is top priority when establishing a healthy lifestyle. Fortunately we can nourish our brain with nutritious food choices. WebMD comments on brain foods stating, “Add these 'superfoods' to your daily diet, and you will increase your odds of maintaining a healthy brain for the rest of your life.” Why wait any longer? Start fueling your body with power foods that support brain health!

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The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located in the neck region responsible for secreting hormones that influence metabolism, growth and development, and body temperature. Thyroid problems result from an overproduction (hyperthyroidism) or underproduction (hypothyroidism) of thyroid hormones. Nutrition alone doesn’t cure thyroid disease, yet certain food choices and supplements carry the potential to affect or improve thyroid health.

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Maintaining adequate blood glucose can be challenging for Diabetics, particularly during the holidays with so many delicious treats to choose from. Simply identify foods to avoid and those to enjoy and you're on your way to healthy eating! Get excited this holiday season for a variety of guiltless mouth-watering food choices!

Foods to “Avoid” In the Holidays & Tasty Alternative Treats:

1. Fatty Foods. Fried foods like chips, French fries, and doughnuts are loaded with calories and saturated fats (unhealthy fats). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends limiting fat intake, particularly saturated or trans fats found in fried foods, whole milk, cookies, pies, salad dressings, lard, stick margarine, and nondairy creamers.

Try This Instead: Baked goodies like sweet potato dishes, oven-roasted meats, and lemon-pepper fish are tasty alternatives. Go for the grill! Grilled meats like chicken and turkey breast have lower fat content than fried meats and burgers.

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