Category: Health & Well-Being

Sunscreens and You

It’s so natural… the sun is shining, and the weather is warm and inviting and all you want to do is be outside. We don’t think there’s anyone who would disagree with being right there with you. But listen up, sun damage accelerates the signs of aging
(and no one wants that!), plus the integrity of your skin texture is compromised by with sun exposure. Need we say more about skin cancer?

Now heed another warning because chemicals found in sunscreen are under fire. 
Big time. Mineral creams now are the way to go! 

No matter what time of year, unless you live in a cave such as a grizzly bear, your skin deserves to have protection. The right kind of protection. Doctors and research concur – it’s important to be smart and wear sunscreen… every season. 

Chemicals long used in sunblock are under new scrutiny — and may signal it’s time to start reaching for alternatives. Some of these chemicals enter the bloodstream at a rate that should require additional safety data. The four chemicals — avobenzone, oxybenzone, ecamsule and octocrylene — are among the 12 ingredients that the FDA recently flagged in its efforts to update sunscreen regulations. “Mineral sunscreens, as opposed to chemical sunscreens, are a better bet,” says New York dermatologist Michele Green. They contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide — which the FDA has deemed generally safe and effective.

Here are a few suggestions to get you on the right track

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An Insider’s Guide to the Yummiest Smoothies

The freshest season is upon us- so stock up and enjoy all the health benefits of everything delicious in one serving! Smoothies are the ultimate way to jam pack as much nutrition as possible into one drink. These 6 Superfood Smoothies are the perfect meal and full of vitamins which will keep you energized and your mind sharp. The key is the smoothies must taste amazing or you won’t drink them! Try sneaking in handfuls of spinach (you won’t even detect it) since it has such a mild flavor yet is such a nutritional powerhouse.

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Your Guide to a Better and More Restful Sleep

Whether you’re 26 or 62, a restful night of sleep for many people is as unusual as catching a three-headed fish. Okay, maybe that’s not the best of examples, but let’s face it… there’s truth in that statement. But that doesn’t mean you’re doomed to eternal exhaustion (or diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease- all conditions for which chronic sleep deficits can raise the risk). We’ve rounded up the most common sleep sappers that affect us all in life, plus expert tips for coping.
Go on and catch up on those long lost zzz’s.

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Mindful Eating Tips

Remember… your grandchildren are always watching your behavior and actions! They see what you eat, how you eat, when you eat, and how much you eat. Think about your eating habits, especially now as you are modeling behavior. With that in mind, consider these simple guidelines…

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How to Stock Your Fridge (and Pantry!) When Your Grandkids Come to Visit

A little advice from nutrition expert Jodi Greebel will definitely keep you in the know!
Are the grandkids coming to visit and not sure what foods to buy? Don’t panic and don’t worry- we have you covered! Likely your grandkids eat differently than the way you fed your own kids. That likely means more snacking, no drinking juice, more concern about ingredients, food colorings, preservatives, organic foods, allergies and more. So, rather than trying to figure out what to buy, use this list below to help guide you. Below are some great staples to have at home that work with even the pickiest of eaters.

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It’s A New Year – Is It A New You?

11 Ways Anyone Can Change Their Life–at Any Age

We all experience turns in life–some good, some bad. When the bad ones come along, it’s up to us to do something about it: to choose to stay stuck, or to turn the ship around. It’s up to us to choose.

You may be feeling you’re too old to make significant changes in your life. It doesn’t matter what age you are, you can always turn your life around. Even people in the final months and years of their lives can start in new directions. Who knows how far any of us will get down the path?

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With the New Year Upon Us…

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
~ Bob Dylan

Everyone here at Grandparentslink hopes you take a moment and a deep breath–
Yes, another new year is upon us and just a few days away.
With holiday time now behind us, we love the idea of self-reflection. Slow down and try this mini-meditation using the acronym STOP:
S: stop what you are doing
T: take a deep breath
O: observe what is going on now.
P: proceed with clarity

We wish you a Happy New Year, filled with good health and happiness!

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It’s a New Day – What Do You Think?

You know, sometimes here at Grandparentslink we find a thought or idea we just can’t wait to share with you. This one definitely made us stop and take a deep breath – what do you think?

This is the beginning of a new day.
You have been given this day to use as you will.
You can waste it or use it for good.
What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it.
When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever.
In its place is something that you have left behind.
Let it be something good.

~anonymous

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Why Fitness Over 50 is So Important

You don’t need to balance on a ball, but consider this: did you know that strength training is an extremely important and effective form of exercise – especially for those over 50? While many people only do a cardio workout, it’s important to mix up your type of exercising so that your body can benefit from a variation, just as you do with your diet (hopefully)!

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