A Service of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System
Measure Your Intensity
Do you know when you've reached your physical limit during exercise? Your body will show signs of overexertion. If you are short of breath, in pain or can't workout as long as you had planned, you have probably reached your limit.
Forgetting things from time to time is normal, but unusual forgetfulness that gets worse over time can be a more serious matter. Memory loss can be caused by medications, emotional disorders, injury or illness. If you’re experiencing memory loss, see your health care provider to determine a cause.
In the meantime, here are some things you can do to help reduce the risk of developing memory problems: Lower your cholesterol and blood pressure. Don’t smoke or abuse alcohol.Get regular exercise. Physical activity at a moderate-intensity may help maintain blood flow to the brain and improve memory.Maintain healthy eating habits. Eating more green leafy vegetables and less saturated fats has been shown to help brain function. A serving of vegetables is considered a cup of raw vegetables or two cups of leafy greens.Reduce stress by maintaining social interactions.Keep your brain active. Challenge your brain with activities like reading, writing or learning a new skill.
Prescribed medications come in several forms and are taken in different ways. Even though they are meant to improve health, taking medications the wrong way can be dangerous. It is important to use medications as directed by your health care provider.
Here are six ways to help you better manage your medicine(s).
Make sure your doctor knows all the medications you’re taking and if you have any allergies.Tell your doctor if you are taking vitamins and/or herbal supplements.Read the label on each medication you are taking to learn the side effects and how to properly administer the medication.Have a routine for taking your medications. Consider using a weekly pill box to help you stay on track.If you have trouble opening your medications, talk to your pharmacist about bottles that are easier to open.Keep all your medications in a safe and secure place.
It may be tough to change your eating habits, but your life could depend on it! A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthy proteins can lower your risk for developing heart disease. Dump foods with added sugar, calories and unhealthy fats.
Try these simple guidelines when preparing heart-healthy meals: Control portion sizes using a smaller plate or bowl.Eat at least 4.5 cups of fruits and vegetables a day, including a variety of dark-green, red, and orange vegetables, beans and peas.Eat seafood (including oily fish) in place of some meat and poultry.Eat whole grains—the equivalent of at least three, 1-ounce servings a day.Use oils to replace solid fats.Use fat-free or low-fat versions of dairy products.