7 STEPS TO BE A BETTER AND HEALTHIER YOU!
You don’t have to reinvent yourself to become a newer, better you. You’re already great, but we all have little things we can improve upon (especially as we age). Nevertheless, it’s never a bad idea to take new strides towards becoming a better, healthier you.
FACT: Your physical health impacts your mental health.
FACT: Your mental health impacts your physical health.
There’s no better day than today to start being the best you!
Flossing can improve dental hygiene and save you thousands of dollars in unwanted dental bills. Brushing alone is not enough and cannot remove bad bacteria between teeth. Not flossing can cause red, puffy gums and unwanted “pockets” between gums and teeth.
The American Dental Association recommends cleaning between your teeth once a day. This is important because plaque that is not removed by brushing and flossing can eventually harden into calculus or tartar. Flossing may also help prevent gum disease and cavities.
Keep an eye on your eyes
Regular exams are most important for babies and kids to check for congenital problems and near nearsightedness. People over 50 should check for age related problems such as cataracts, glaucoma and macular-degeneration.
Step it up
Being active burns calories, builds muscle and boost your energy and mood. The power of exercise benefits both our physical and mental health!
The internet can be a black hole of information. It sucks you in and is hard to get out. Sure you can learn a lot about health from the internet, but how can do you decipher what’s real or false? Generally, you can trust information from local, state, county health departments, academic institutions, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and medical associations such as American Academy of Family Physicians. Most of these sites will end in .gov, .edu, or .org.
Being healthy shouldn’t be a chore. Throw away the negative connotations and associate exercise, healthy decisions and diet with positiveness. Call your exercise by another name like a scenic walk or a way to get outside everyday.
Get outside and travel. Miracles are around every corner
Make protein a priority
Your body needs sugar, fat and protein to do its daily chores. The body is very good at storing sugar and fat, but not protein. Three meals a day are vital; otherwise, if you skip a meal, your body will break down skeletal muscle to get the amino acids it requires. If you replenish your protein pool, your body will return the amino acids (thus no permanent damage is done). However; if you deprive it of protein frequently, it may not be able to repay the big debt you rack up.
You may not realize it, but you’re eating for millions – of microbes. In fact, scientists estimate that at least half the cells in your body aren’t actually human at all. This brings us to FIBER. Long ago, fiber was believe to be only good for relieving constipation. Now studies show fiber satisfies those millions of microbes. It’s important to eat plenty of the best kinds – the ones in fruits, vegetables and whole grains .
Dr. Kay got her medical education in Brazil.
Dr. Kay also has a master degree in Film and Television from UCLA and has been an adviser for medical television shows.
Dr. Kay is very active in the Health Industry. She is a member of the American Board of Home Care, the National Association of Home Care, CAHSAH, California Association of Health Services at Home. She co-chairs the education committee for the Down with Falls Coalition. Dr. Kay is in the speaker’s bureau for the coalition helping educate health care professionals and the community on fall risks, diabetes, adverse drug reaction, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, dehydration and nutrition, etc…. for older adults.
Dr. Kay was nominated by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) as the Remarkable Woman of 2008.
Dr. Kay is actively involved in many philanthropy and non-profit organizationssuch as the American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen, the Philharmonic Society, Women Helping Women, Youth Employment Services, E-Women, Women Sage, Plasticos Foundation, CIELO and others.
Dr. Kay’s passion is to assist seniors to live long and thrive in the comfort of their own home.
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