2016-02-19 / Health & Medical

TOTAL well-being

The best (and worst) foods for heart health

No one wants to hear from their doctors that they have joined the millions of people across the globe to be diagnosed with heart disease. The Heart Foundation reports that heart disease, which includes diseases of the heart and cardiovascular system and stroke, is the No. 1 cause of death in the United States, affecting both men and women and most racial/ethnic groups. Heart disease also is one of the leading causes of death in Canada, claiming more than 33,000 lives per year.

Many factors contribute to the development of heart disease, including smoking, lack of exercise and stress. Diet and whether a person is overweight or obese also can have a direct link to heart health. Diet, particularly for those with diabetes and poorly controlled blood sugar levels, is a major concern.

A variety of foods are considered helpful for maintaining a strong and healthy heart and cardiovascular system, while others can contribute to conditions that may eventually lead to cardiovascular disease or cardiac arrest. Moderation enables a person to sample a little of everything, but not to make any one food a habit. The following are some foods to promote heart health and some foods you might want to avoid. Good

• Tree nuts: Tree nuts contain unsaturated fats that can help lower LDL cholesterol (the bad stuff) and improve HDL (the good stuff). Nuts also are a filling source of protein and other healthy nutrients.

• Whole grains: Whole grains contain complex carbohydrates for energy, as well as protein and fiber. Fiber can help scrub cholesterol from the blood, lowering bad cholesterol levels.

• Fatty fish: Many cold-water, fatty fish, such as halibut, herring and salmon, contain omega-3 fatty acids, which are heart-healthy. Omega-3s also can be found in walnuts, flaxseed and some soy products.

• Beans: Beans and other legumes are an excellent source of protein and can be a stand-in for meats that are high in saturated fat. Beans also contain cholesterol-lowering soluble fiber and folate, which can reduce blood homocystein levels. The Bean Institute reports that consuming beans may reduce cholesterol levels by roughly six to 10 percent.

• Yogurt: Researchers in Japan found yogurt may protect against gum disease. Left untreated, gum disease may elevate a person’s risk for heart disease. Yogurt contains good bacteria that can counteract bad bacteria and boost immunity.

• Raisins: Raisins contain antioxidants that may help reduce inflammation. Inflammation is often linked to heart disease and other debilitating conditions. Fresh produce also is a good source of antioxidants. Poor

• Fried foods: Many fried foods have little nutritional value, as they tend to be high in saturated and trans fats. French fries are particularly bad because they are carbohydrates fried and then doused in salt.

• Sausage: Processed meats have frequently earned a bad reputation among cardiologists, but sausage can be a big offender, due in large part to its high saturated fat content.

• Red meats: Enjoying a steak is probably not as bad as eating a deep-fried brownie, but it’s best to limit red meat consumption to about 10 percent or less of your diet. Red meats can have a considerable amount of cholesterol, saturated fat and calories.

• Added sugars: Sugar can increase blood pressure and triglyceride levels. Sugar often hides out in foods that you would not associate with the sweetener. Plus, many people unwittingly consume too much sugar simply through sugarsweetened beverages and ready-to-eat cereals.

• Salty foods: Leave the salt shaker in the spice cabinet and opt for herbs for flavoring, advises the American Heart Association. High-sodium diets often are to blame for hypertension, a major risk factor for heart disease.

• Dairy: Artery-clogging saturated fat also can be found in dairy products, particularly the full-fat versions. Butter, sour cream and milk can be problematic when people overindulge. Opt for low-fat dairy when possible.

Art of Awareness

At Art of Awareness, we believe that true wellness comes from caring for mind, spirit, and body. That’s why we opened Bridge Studio—our yoga and body-centered practice space that supports holistic health and well-being, sustainable selfcare, and health at every size. Bridge Studio provides a full spectrum of wellness classes, including yoga, Qigong and Tai Chi, Yamuna Body RollingĀ®, and meditation.

We invite you to join us February 2-7, 2016 for five free introductory classes. Visit artofawareness.org for class descriptions, teacher bios, and to register for classes. Questions? Call 207-799-1331 ext. 104.

MassageCraft - CHRONIC PAIN?

We have the answer. Looking for relief from chronic pain that can actually improve your health? Reduce pain, sleep better, and increase your body awareness through massage, acupuncture, yoga and polarity. Strengthen your body’s own healing mechanism. Let the experienced staff at MassageCraft put you on the road to recovery. Our practitioners have over 75 years of combined experience in eastern and western massage techniques, acupuncture, yoga, and polarity.

Not sure whether you need acupuncture or massage? Choose acupuncture for pain complicated by digestive distress, menstrual issues, respiratory problems, anxiety or depression. Too sore for a back massage? Acupuncture can alleviate back pain with a few needles placed in the hands.

Are you feeling the effects of too many hours at the computer? Or perhaps you’ve over exerted chipping ice????? A deep tissue massage will work out the stiffness, soreness and knots. Your muscles will be longer, suppler, and you will be less prone to re-injury. Not to mention the positive effects both acupuncture and massage have on your sleep and stress levels.

MassageCraft & Acupuncture Clinic was established in 1991, with convenient locations in Biddeford and Old Orchard Beach. We accept workers compensation and some private insurance upon benefit verification. We offer corporate discounts to UNE, SMHC, and MBH. OPEN SUNDAYS Call 286- 8416 or 934-0849 for an appointment. And please visit us at our web site: www.massagecraft.com.

Illusions Hair Salon

Illusions, a full service salon located at 6 Common St. in Saco, Maine is the first location in Southern Maine to offer micropigmentation more commonly known as permanent makeup. Permanent makeup is used to enhance sparse or thinning eyebrows, line eyes for greater definition or line and fill in lips. Permanent makeup is revolutionizing the world of cosmetics. It is a form of cosmetic tattooing used to enhance facial features, helping men and women look their best at all times. Someone with sparse eyebrows no longer has to worry about them rubbing off after working out or swimming. Eye liner no longer runs. Permanent makeup can enhance self confidence and provide peace of mind.

Lindsay Hall, a stylist at Illusions completed her micropigmentation education at the Academy of Cosmetic Arts and Science (ACAS) in Bocca Raton, Florida. ACAS meets the highest standards for education in the industry of micropigmentation. Lindsay has also completed advanced education with Novalash and provides exceptional lash extension services, a great complement to permanent makeup. She has provided hair and makeup services for the local film industry and for photo shoots. She is an artist with the understanding of the art and science behind all aspects of the cosmetic service.

Illusions, owned by Gail Summey, has been providing cutting edge services in the greater Saco area since 1989.

The highly experienced stylists at Illusions are acclaimed for offering the best hair services with genuine warmth in a char ming upscale historical setting that is never stuffy or pretentious. They work as a team to provide you with the highest quality beauty services and the professional attention that you deserve. The quality of our work is superior and completely unmatched in the industry. Our clients are confident in our skills and they love the warm, friendly atmosphere. We invite you to experience the many services we have to offer. Call to make an appointment today, 282-2528!

Workout Fitness Store

Are you looking to exercise when you want in the convenience of your own home? The Workout Fitness Store in South Portland (next to the Olive Garden) has been furnishing exercise equipment for homes and commercial facilities for over thirty years. The Workout Fitness Store offers experts advise on treadmills, bikes, ellipticals and home gyms. The goal at the Workout Fitness Store is to provide their customers with the right products. The staff encourages the customer to try the equipment before a purchase is made. All their products are tested for functionality, ease of use and long term durability. Some of the brands offered are Lifefitness, Cybex, Octane, Spirit, Vision and Landice. The store offers delivery and set up as well as a local service team. The store hours are Monday-Saturday 10-5:30 and Sunday 10-2. Tel 772-7110 Web site workoutfitnessme.com

Think you need a hearing aid?

If you need or think you might need a hearing aid, you should call Mark Vail today — he’ll test and evaluate you for the hearing aid you need in the comfort of your home and you’ll be happy with it.

By visiting people in their homes, Mark can make the best assessment of what the person’s needs are. Sometimes, he visits people at their places of work because of concerns there. This attention to detail shows up in the low return rate he has.

You can reach Mark Vail at 284-9600 or toll free at 877-284-3400. Call today and you’ll be hearing better soon.

“A Maine Bridge to Home” Offers Respite for Patients and Families

As you recover from an illness or rehabilitation, consider our respite program, “A Maine Bridge to Home.” To help ensure the best possible outcome and a timely recovery, we at Kindred Assisted Living -Village Crossings have created a full service short-term post-surgical respite program at a very affordable daily rate. We have found that when a person is discharged from the hospital it can sometimes be a fearful and disorienting journey. Family members and/or friends suddenly become caregivers, which can be overwhelming while trying to balance their own daily lives.

Our Maine Bridge to Home program is designed to assist residents as well as their caregivers. Our licensed nurses and direct care staff members are ready around the clock to work in conjunction with your physician to deliver the care needed for recovery. Through this team we support therapy services covered under Medicare “B” and/or private insurance, as well as nursing services under Medicare “A” if qualified. The overall goal is to support the resident’s healing process and their journey to independence. Also available at our community is our Congestive Heart Failure program. This program is designed to help residents live an active and productive life while their care is managed by our registered nurses. Through this program we have virtually eliminated the revolving door of going back and forth to the hospital and this is all done through a partnership with the residents’ personal physician. We educate the residents and their families to understand the congestive heart failure diagnosis and how we can assist in attaining the goal of an active lifestyle once more.

At Kindred Assisted Living-Village Crossings we offer assistance with daily living needs, medication administration and on-site nursing supervision if needed. Special dietary requirements, mobility goals and therapies can be monitored daily. While recovering in our community, you reside in a furnished studio apartment with a handicapped-accessible private bathroom including an emergency call bell system. You may choose to include room services from our fabulous Marsh View Restaurant or enjoy a relaxing dining experience created by our onsite chefs. Our amenities include twenty-four hour care and community companionship to assist in minimizing the possibility of a readmission to a hospital and to enhance your journey back home. So if you find you need a place to gain strength while recovering, try our Maine Bridge to Home program, and let us help you create a successful healing journey.


1) How much does it cost to insulate my house? Depends on how much you want done, and how much we can save you with Efficiency Maine rebates. The average is about $4,500.

2) How long does it take? Usually no more than a day or two, and it’s usually applied from outside.

3) How much will I save on my heat bill? That varies between different homes. We find 30% - 40% is common.

4) What is the benefit of RetroFoam insulation?

The real benefit to your comfort is the air sealing, which reduces drafts and cold penetration from outside. Plus, it will keep rooms cooler in the summer too.

5) Are there other benefits, too? Yes, the RetroFoam is odor free, class 1 fire retardant, and keeps mice and other pests from invading your home, and sound dampening.

6) How can I be assured it’s well sealed? First, our technicians are highly trained; we check everything with a thermal imaging camera, and the post testing by the Efficiency Maine Certified Energy Auditor gives you and us another level of quality control.

Providing home care for you and your loved ones

At New England Family Healthcare, we strive to provide the best in-home services for you or your loved ones at affordable rates. Since 2001, we’ve been helping people with personal care (bathing/dressing), light housekeeping, grocery shopping, meal preparation, companionship and the like. If you or a family member have had surgery, are going through a course of treatment, or can no longer do some of the everyday household chores you’ve always done, call us at 699-4663 for a free consultation.

Monarch Center, There is no place like home

Kindred Assisted Living – Monarch Center is designed for people living with Memory Loss. Each of our residences offers a private bath with adjoining warm and comfortable common spaces, available for socializing, activities and dining. In the warmer months we have a half an acre of protected outdoor areas for recreation and relaxation.

Monarch Center offers specially designed Social programs and a variety of Enrichment programs for individuals and groups. We work to encourage independence and success.

Besides our residential program we also provide respite care. Our respite program can provide an opportunity for a resident to experience our community or provide personnel time for Caregivers.

At the Monarch Center, we take pride in the quality of life we offer residents and the peace of mind we give to their families.

For more information and a visit please call June O’Neill, Senior Living Consultant at 207 284 0900.

Perplexed, bewildered, dazed, or confused about health insurance?

Karen Vachon, licensed health insurance agent, helps individuals, families, small business owners, and senior citizens navigate their health insurance options. From Obamacare to Medicare, she gets up close and personal to the individual needs of her clients needs and situation, she helps people tap into available resources to best protect life’s twists, turns, and surprises.

“The health insurance purchase has changed a lot in the last few years and people are really confused”, explains Karen, who helps people determine their eligibility for tax credits, choose and enroll in a plan that best meets their needs and budget.

Open enrollment for 2016 ends January 31st – for those who would like to change their plans or enroll for the first time. Special enrollment outside of the annual enrollment period are available for those who have lost employer or state provided coverage, moved in our out of an area, or had a life change.

Tired of 1-800 eternal hold? Feeling perplexed, bewildered, dazed, or confused? Call Karen! 207-730-2664. There is no fee for her service.

Lifeline - Integrating Risk Management and Workplace Wellness

An ideal workplace strives to ensure that employees are both healthy and operating in safe and secure environments. In the workplace, unhealthy behaviors and chronic health conditions can increase both healthcare and workers’ compensation costs. The impact of unhealthy behaviors on these costs can be significant. For example, employers pay an average of $2,189 in workers’ compensation costs for smokers, versus $176 for non smokers.

There is a growing body of support for employers to combine occupational health and safety with wellness programs, as these blended models can address both chronic health conditions and support risk management initiatives to reduce injuries/cost under one umbrella. Look at your efforts to protect the well-being of your employees via an integrated approach.

Contact Tom Downing at the Lifeline Center for Workplace Wellness for more information on integrated models. Call (207) 272-8159 or tdwellness12@gmail.com. Also visit the Lifeline Center at www.lifelineworkplacewellness.org

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