Bones are the scaffolding that holds us up and when they’re lashed together by connective tissue in joints, they allow us to move. When everything is working the way it should, they’re pretty easy to take for granted, that is until you take a tumble and fracture your wrist or your hip. That’s when many women discover that their bones are precariously thin, or worse, dangerously fragile. But, as I tell my patients, the time to wake up to the reality of thinning bone is now, before there’s a calamity and when there’s still time to slow down the loss of bone tissue.
While there’s no stopping winter’s arrival, with a bit of forethought, you can fend off much of the moodiness, lethargy, carb-cravings and depressive tendencies that can make the season anything but bright. What’s the secret to beating back the metaphorical darkness? Accept the inevitable, tend to your physical and mental health, and stack the deck with feel-good activities. Call it seasonal self-care or simply your winter battle plan, with a little forethought, you can make this the best winter ever. Here’s how…
Increasingly, people are becoming more aware of the dangerous downsides of prescription sleep meds and switching to non-pharmaceutical alternatives. Enter melatonin supplement, which can have a place in your good-sleep program, that is, if you understand the pros and cons, what it can and can’t do. For many melatonin new-comers there’s a temptation to think of it as a sleep panacea or a cure-all, that’s it’s OK to pop a pill every night without giving it a second thought. Not so. Here’s how to use it wisely.
Walking. For most of us, it’s easy to do and hey, we do it every day but doing enough of it may be an entirely different question. Chances are, if you’re a traditional, car-driving, office-working person, you’re probably not walking nearly as much as your body would like you to.
We’ve all heard the expression, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” Well, guess what, that’s not always true. Here’s one of my favorite counter-examples from the health world: CoQ10 supplementation. CoQ10 is a vitamin-like compound found in every cell in your body, essential for powering it up. Fortunately, our bodies make it. Not so fortunately, our bodies don’t not make quite enough of it to power us through our whole lives as vigorously as we’d wish. And that’s where CoQ10 supplements come in.
If, like millions of other adults, your alcohol consumption’s crept up during the pandemic and stayed there, it’s time to take a very hard look at the uncomfortable truth: the stuff’s gotta go.While drinking more than usual was an understandable if dysfunctional default during those stressful months of concern and uncertainty, for many, much of that extra-to-excessive drinking has continued unabated even as the pandemic has waned – so I’m here to remind you that the metaphorical party needs to end.