Family inHome Caregiving Blog
Resveratrol, a compound which is found in grape skins, helps prevent cancer by killing damaged cells before they can replicate, according to a new study which was done at the University of Colorado. Red wine is heavy in the compound although if you don’t drink alcohol you can also get it via eating grapes or having a daily cup of low-sugar grape juice.
It may be common sense that Vitamin D is good for you but Dr. Steven Masley, author of “The 30-Day Heart Tune-Up” says that there is more to it than that. Having low levels of Vitamin D can actually increase your risk of stroke or heart attack, says Dr. Masley. He recommends everyone ask their physician to test their blood to gauge the level of Vitamin D in their system so that they can find out the proper dosage of a supplement to take.
Most of us will come down with some type of skin cancer during our lifetime. Although sunblock goes a long way towards warding off this condition, researchers also say that wearing colors like red or blue as opposed to something lighter such as white or yellow can help protect areas not covered by sunscreen. In addition, the researchers also recommend wearing a broad-brimmed hat.
Rosemary and thyme, believe it or not, are the latest ingredients which can help ward off cancer. Researchers at Kansas State University found that adding these two herbs to a marinade at least one hour before soaking your meat in it helped reduce cancer by as much as 87%. That’s due to the fact that doing so puts a nice char on the meat and also introduced antioxidants into the meat.
Drinking bottled water has become very trendy, although researchers are now saying that drinking water out of a plastic water bottle can be dangerous. A recent study found that about one-third of bottled water brands contained carcinogens which exceed state or industry standard levels. You may be better off drinking filtered water, say researchers.
Eating lots of fruits and vegetables is supposed to be good for you. However, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health are now warning that almost 75% of cans tested containing vegetables and other foods contain a chemical called bisphenol A (BPA) which increases your risk of getting cancer. The study found that those who ate one serving per day of canned soup for five days had a 1,000 increase of BPA in their urine compared with those who ate fresh soup. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to tell which brands of canned foods have BPA so researchers recommend steering clear and eating fresh or frozen foods.
If you are new in town or looking to meet new friends, there is a group called Dine Out Seniors who will have their next meeting on Tuesday, November 24 on the patio at the Toro Place Café at 665 Highway 68 in Salinas. I have been there many times myself and it is absolutely delicious. Come meet up at 11:00 a.m. and order either breakfast or lunch. For reservations, please call either 917-1269 or 443-0333.
MSQLP, a non-profit group focused on improving the lives of families with Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease, will host a Family Caregiver Support Group on Friday, November 20th at the Marina Library at 190 Seaside Circle in Marina (in the Community Room) from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Family and friends are welcome to attend the meeting which occurs on the third Friday of each month. For more information, go to 831-883-7507 or www.msqlp.org.
If you are new in town or just in need of some new friends, there is a group called Dine Out Seniors which has their next meeting tomorrow, Friday November 20, at the Crazy Horse Saloon at 1425 Munras Avenue in Monterey. Join them for a nice thanksgiving lunch buffet. For more information or to make reservations, please call 917-1269 or 443-0333. The price of the lunch is $10.99
The Salinas Senior Center will be hosting a Thanksgiving dinner on November 18th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m at Hartnell College which is located at 411 Central Avenue in Salinas in the Student Center, Building C. They will be serving a traditional turkey dinner with all of the trimmings and dessert. Reservations are strongly recommended. The cost is $10 for members and $12 for non-members. Call 757-6030 if you plan to attend.