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Finding Your Balance

MediLodge of Rochester Hills TherapyFrom the MediLodge of Rochester Hills Therapy Department

Have you ever felt dizzy, lightheaded, or as if the room is spinning around you? These can be very troublesome sensations. If the feeling happens often, it could be a sign of a balance problem. Balance problems are among the most common reasons that older adults seek help from a doctor. Having good balance means being able to control and maintain your body’s position, whether you are moving are remaining still. An intact sense of balance helps you walk without staggering, get up from a chair without falling, climb stairs without tripping, bend over without falling, to name just a few important examples. Good balance is important to help you get around, stay independent, and carry out daily activities.

People are more likely to have problems with balance as they get older. But age is not the only reason these problems occur; there are other causes, too. In some cases, you can help reduce your risk for certain balance problems.

Some balance disorders are caused by problems in the inner ear. The part of the inner ear that is responsible for balance is the labyrinth. When the labyrinth becomes infected or swollen, this condition is called labyrinthitis. It is typically accompanied by vertigo and imbalance. (Vertigo is the feeling that you or the things around you are spinning.) Upper respiratory infections and other viral infections (and less commonly, bacterial infections), can lead to labyrinthitis.

Diseases of the circulatory system, such as stroke, can cause dizziness and other balance problems. Smoking and diabetes can increase the risk of stroke. Low blood pressure can also cause dizziness.

MediLodge Physical TherapyBalance problems can also result from taking certain medications. For example, some medications, such as those that help lower blood pressure, can make a person feel dizzy. Ototoxic drugs are medicines that damage the inner ear. Sometimes the damage lasts only as long as you take the drug; other times it is permanent. Some antibiotics are ototoxic. If your medicine is ototoxic, you may feel off balance. Check with your doctor if you notice a problem while taking a medication.

Your diet and lifestyle can help you manage certain balance-related problems. For example, Meniere’s disease, which causes vertigo and other balance and hearing problems, is linked to a change in the volume of fluid in the inner ear. By eating low-sodium or salt-free foods, you can make Meniere’s disease symptoms less severe. Balance problems due to high blood pressure can be managed by eating less salt, maintaining a healthy weight, and exercising.

The ear infection called otitis media is common in children, but adults can get it too. You can help prevent otitis media by washing your hands frequently. Also, talk to your doctor about getting a yearly flu shot to stave off flu-related ear infections. If you still get an ear infection, see a doctor immediately before it becomes more serious.

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National Wear Red Day Raises Awareness of Heart Disease in Women

Go RedFebruary is all about the HEART! MediLodge of Richmond reminds you that it isn’t just all about the Valentine flowers, cards and candy. This is a perfect time to keep those New Year’s Resolutions going strong – to be a healthier and stronger you in this New Year! Heart disease has been called the Silent Killer because it often has no noticeable symptoms. It’s more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. And it’s not just “an old man’s disease.”AHA

In 2003, research revealed that heart disease was by far the No. 1 killer of women, and actually killed more women than men. To save lives and raise awareness of this serious issue, the American Heart Association launched Go Red For Women. And the red dress has become the iconic symbol of our battle against heart disease in women.

National Wear Red Day® — the first Friday each February — is our special day to bring attention to this silent killer of women. We encourage everyone to wear red, raise their voices, know their cardiovascular risk and take action to live longer, healthier lives.

A decade of success since the first National Wear Red Day in 2003, we’ve made tremendous strides in the fight against heart disease in women. Through research and education to healthy lifestyle changes, we’re proud that:Heart Health
1. 34% fewer women now die from heart disease, saving 330 lives every day.
2. More women are taking ownership of their health by developing healthy lifestyles:
37% are losing weight
43% are checking their cholesterol
more than 50% exercise more
60% have improved their diets
33% have developed heart health plans with their doctor.
3. Awareness is up. 23% more Americans now realize heart disease is the #1 killer of women.
4. Awareness among minorities is up, doubling among Hispanic women and tripling among African American women.
5. 15% have quit smoking, and high cholesterol has declined by 18%
6. More communities have joined the fight. Registration in Go Red For Women is now more than 1.75 million. More than 25 million Red Dress Pins have been worn to support the cause. More than 185 cities host GRFW events and luncheons. And more than 2,000 landmarks light up in red on National Wear Red Day.
7. Legislative efforts are making a difference. Women no longer pay higher premiums than men for health coverage. And 20 states have programs for low-income women to get screenings for heart disease and strokes through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s WISEWOMAN.
8. More gender-specific guidelines have been developed, because women’s symptoms and responses to medication differ from men’s.
9. Gender-specific medical research is up. The FDA now requires clinical trial results be reported by gender.
10. Gender-specific inequalities have been identified; ensuring women receive the same level of heart treatment as men.
Visit www.goredforwomen.org for more information on this very important movement.
According to www.sheknows.com the 5 best ways to improve your heart health could be something that you already enjoy and love! Taking a brisk walk, swimming, going for a bike ride or do a little circuit training. Take time to take care of YOU and your Heart!

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Ten Tips for Winter Wellness

Cold WeatherMediLodge of Howell is happy to share these ten tips for winter wellness.

1. Go for a walk even when the weather is really cold – your body has to work overtime to get warm and you may burn up to 50% more calories than you would on the same walk in summer! But remember, go a little slower until you get warm and keep up the hydration.

2. If you find it hard to get motivated to exercise in winter… just think of spring and how much harder it is to get back into shape rather than maintain your fitness throughout the winter.

3. Be aware of tendonitis and stress fracture if you don’t exercise in winter and expect to pick up where you left off after a whole winter with no exercise.

4. Instead of picking up a cup of hot chocolate to keep yourself warm, try a herbal beverage.

5. Gain an interest in indoor sports as opposed to cycling and jogging outdoors. Don’t forget that swimming at an indoor pool is an option for a great cardio workout!

6. The cold air and indoor heaters can dry out your skin. Make sure you drink at least 8 glasses of water each day and use moisturizers throughout winter.

7. Buy some indoor plants to soften up the dry atmosphere caused through heating. Indoor plants give off moisture and oxygen and the col­ors will brighten up a dull day outside.

8. Caught a cold or flu? If the infec­tion is above the neck (nose, throat) you could be OK to complete a low intensity workout. However, if you have symptoms that are worse than an average cold (chest congestion, muscle aches), exercise will only make you worse and delay your recovery. Rest is the best medicine.

9. Wear the right clothes when exercising in winter. Polypropylene is the perfect fabric to wear underneath a tracksuit, which will provide great insulation but minimize moisture loss. Gore-Tex is a fabric used widely for providing protection from the rain and wind.

10. Feel like sitting on the couch with a video and snacking on a cold, wet day? Reach for a protein bar or packet of soy nuts instead of high energy, high fat snacks.

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January is National Egg Month!

By Chris Burchell, MediLodge of Monroe Executive Chef

I hope everyone had happy holidays and enjoyed all the loved ones in their lives. Man, time is flying, and 2014 is upon us. Well, January is National Egg Month. The egg…nowhere in the culinary arts is an item/ingredient so prevalently used and in so many different types of applications. The egg, as a “universal” food product for humans around the globe, probably predates any other food product known with the exception of salt; but then I personally would throw salt into the “seasoning” category as opposed to “food product.”

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Generally the chicken egg, but also eggs of various other fowl, is the most commonly eaten egg. But let’s not forget that amphibians, reptiles, and fish all lay eggs. Almost all of these animal’s eggs have been consumed by some peoples of the world at some time or another. Eggs have been known to, and enjoyed by, humans for many centuries. Jungle fowl were domesticated in India by 3200 B.C.E. Record from China and Egypt show that fowl were domesticated and laying eggs for human consumption around 1400 B.C.E., and there is archaeological evidence for egg consumption dating back to the Neolithic age. The Romans found egg-laying hens in England, Gaul, and among the Germans. The first domesticated fowl reached North America with the second voyage of Columbus in 1493.

Eggs can be eaten by themselves as their own, whether by frying, boiling, or poaching. Eggs can be a binding agent in cooking, or a leavening agent in baking. They can be whipped to further increase volume. The whites and the yolk can be handled independently and in completely different ways in the same dish. The egg has such a large culinary impact that the “toque” or chef ’s hat, which is pleated, is supposed to have as many pleats as the number of ways the chef wearing said item can prepare eggs.

I am going to give directions for making the perfect hard boiled egg as well as the perfect soft boiled egg as my experience has shown that most people have difficulties with egg preparation.

*Additional tip: Older eggs used for hard boiling peel easier due to a change in the pH level of the egg. If you can, buy eggs needed to be hardboiled well in advance (3 weeks) before needing them. If you cannot do this, then add 1 Tbsp. Baking Soda to every quart of cooking water.

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Directions:

1. Place eggs in pot. Add cold tap water until eggs are completely covered. Place pot on burner on high heat.

2. As soon as the water comes to boil, remove pot from the heat source, cover and start a 13 minute timer.

3. Meanwhile get a bowl, which is sized to hold double the amount of eggs being boiled. Fill bowl halfway with ice. When the timer ends, remove eggs from hot water and place into ice in bowl.

4. Add enough cold tap water to completely cover eggs, stir around to disperse heat from eggs. As soon as the egg doesn’t feel warm it is ready to be peeled or put into the refrigerator.

 

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Directions:

1. 1. Fill a saucepan about halfway with water and bring it to a boil.

2. 2. Decrease the temperature so that the water reduces to a rapid simmer and gently lower the eggs into the water one at a time.

3. 3. Cook the eggs for 5-7 minutes: 5 minutes for a yolk that is still runny and 7 minutes for a yolk that is barely set.

4. 4. Drain the eggs and run them under cold tap water for 30-60 seconds.

5. 5. To eat, use a knife or egg-cutter to take the cap off the tip of the egg and eat it straight from the shell, preferably with plenty of toast for dipping. More firmly-cooked eggs can be cracked (carefully!) and peeled like a hard boiled egg. All soft-boiled eggs should be cooked to order and eaten immediately.

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Ten Tips For Safe Snow Shoveling

From the MediLodge of Rochester Hills Therapy Department

With winter now upon us, and snow covering many regions of the United States, millions of people are shoveling snow to clear their sidewalks and driveways. While most people recognize that snow shoveling is very hard work, and can put severe stress on your heart, fewer people recognize the stress and strain that is places on your back. In a study published by Dr. Brad Coffiner, the author noted “when handling heavy snow with a shovel, the L5/S1 disc (i.e. the lower back) has been identified as the weakest link in the body segment chain. The most severe injuries and pain are likely to occur in this low back region.”

So, as winter gets underway, the Colorado Spine Institute has outlined

Ten tips for how to keep your back healthy when shoveling snow.

shovel1. If you experience pain of any kind, stop immediately and seek assistance.

2. Choose a snow shovel that is right for you!

• Be sure that your shovel has a curved handle, as this enables you to keep your back straighter when shoveling.

• Obtain a shovel with an appropriate length handle. The length is correct when you can slightly bend your knees, flex your back 10 degrees of less, and hold the shovel comfortably in your hands at the start of the “shoveling stroke.”

• A plastic shovel blade will generally be lighter than a metal one, thus putting less strain on your spine.

• Sometimes, a smaller blade is better than a larger one. Although a small blade can’t shovel as much, it avoids the risk of trying to pick up a too heavy pile of snow with a larger blade.

1. Push the snow, do not lift it. Pushing puts far less strain on the spine than lifting.

2. Be sure your muscles are warm before you start shoveling. Cold, tight muscles are more likely to sprain than warm, relaxed muscles.

3. When you grip the shovel, make sure your hands are at least 12 inches apart. By creating distance between your hands, you increase your leverage and reduce the strain on your body.

4. Your shoveling technique is very important. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends: “If you must lift the snow, lift it properly. Squat with your legs apart, knees bent and back straight. Lift with your legs. Do not bend at the waist. Scoop small amounts of snow into the shovel and walk to where you want to dump it. Holding a shovel of snow with your arms outstretched puts too much weight on your spine. Never remove deep snow all at once; do it piecemeal. Shovel an inch or two, then take another inch off. Rest and repeat if necessary. In addition to these comments, remember to move your feet rather than twisting.

5. Never throw snow over your shoulder.

6. Remember that wet snow can be very heavy. One full shovel load can weigh as much as 25 pounds.

7. Pace yourself by taking frequent breaks to gently stretch your back, arms and legs.

8. Consider buying a snow blower. When used correctly, a snow blower will put far less strain on your back than show shoveling.

By following these tips, you are far less likely to be injured while shoveling snow.

Finally, for those of us who are able bodied, it is always worth remembering neighbors on your block who might not be able to remove the snow from their sidewalks. A few minutes of help can make the world of difference to the well being of a less able bodied person as well as make you a good neighbor!

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January is National Oatmeal Month

The Most Powerful Breakfast for Weight Loss from MediLodge of St Clair

Did you know that simply eating breakfast raises your metabolism by 10 percent? Oatmeal is one of the most powerful breakfast foods of them all. If you are looking to get your body in great shape, you should incorporate this as a staple food in your diet.oatmeal

Oatmeal is the perfect meal to start your day because it boosts your energy and has plenty of fiber to keep you full and satisfied. Oatmeal breaks down slowly in the stomach, giving you long-lasting energy. It is also full of water-soluble fibers, which play a crucial role in making you feel full over a longer period of time. Studies have also shown that oatmeal reduces cholesterol, maintains blood sugar levels and fights against heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, and obesity.

If you want to add some powerful antioxidants to your oatmeal, simply throw on some blueberries and raspberries. These delicious fruits are packed with antioxidants that fight against heart disease, cancer, and a multitude of other ailments. Blueberries have also been proven to preserve vision. This powerful fruit rated highest in antioxidants among over 40 fruits and vegetables. What more could you ask out of the first meal of your day?

However, oatmeal doesn’t just have to be for breakfast. You can use it a couple hours before you exercise to energize your workout. You can even include oatmeal in your smoothies. It is also a wonderful addition to muffins and even as a covering for chicken breasts. Keep in mind that you must buy the unsweetened, unflavored variety. To spice it up a little, you can use bananas, berries, or milk. The downfall of pre-flavored oatmeal is that it often comes loaded with sugar calories. So, stick to the good stuff.

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Making and Keeping Your Resolutions

It’s time for that annual ritual of making (and breaking) our New Year’s resolutions. There is something about the idea of being able to start over that motivates us to pause (at least briefly) and reflect on our lives as they are, as well as how we would like them to be. Yet how many times have you thought back to last year’s goals and found that many or most of them were abandoned or just forgotten after a few weeks or months into the year? MediLodge of Taylor offers the following tips to help put you on the right course and assist you in staying committed to your most important goals for 2014.

woman at computerStart with a life vision If you don’t know what you want your future to look like, how can you decide what areas of your life need to be worked on? Spend some quiet time TODAY reflecting on (and writing down) what is good, bad or incomplete. Then try to see your life if all of these areas were addressed and had become satisfactory to you.
Get organized Clear away clutter. Go through paperwork, files, old bills and receipts, closets, drawers and storage containers. Decide what you need and will use and either throw out or give away all the rest. Put aside some time each week for this purpose. Keep ONE calendar to record all appointments, events, etc. Write down everything- don’t rely on memory.
Expand your horizons/commit to learning something new Challenging yourself will infuse you with greater energy and sense of purpose. It will help build your self-esteem to realize you really are capable of more than you had previously believed. This new learning can also give you additional resources to assist you in your career or personal life.
Write down your resolutions Write them down and stick them on your bathroom mirror, your fridge, your car dashboard, your desk or wherever you know will be a good place for you to see them. You can also show them to a good friend, family member, your coach or anyone who could provide support and encouragement.
Take care of yourself; eat well. Exercise regularly and learn to control and eliminate unhealthy stress eat wellThis is an obvious one, so why is it often ignored or overlooked when we are attempting to make important life changes? How many times have you said, I don’t have the time to eat right, exercise, sleep adequately, etc? Not caring for yourself will guarantee failure. So, why not make this your first and most important resolution for 2014?
Work to eliminate bad habits Including this as a New Year’s resolution would put you on the road to good follow-through. Bad habits will sabotage your efforts and use up your time, energy and focus. For each bad habit you decide to eliminate, have a good habit in mind to replace it with.
Set appropriate and healthy limits in all areas of your life Knowing your limits and enforcing them with yourself and others is a prerequisite to a healthy life and relationship. Learn to say no and enough and be firm in your resolve that this is a good thing to do. Otherwise, you will also be undermining your resolution to take care of yourself.

Now begin this year with the resolve to be the person you know you have the potential to be. You’ll be pleased with the wonderful changes that await you!

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