2018-02-16 / 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 hearthealthy. 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 cholesterollowering 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 sugar-sweetened 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.

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Flourish is a visual, performing and healing arts venue in a welcoming, comfortable and uplifting setting. Through creative expression, energy work and healing we seek to support and empower spiritual growth while having FUN!

We offer a wide variety of creative arts workshops such as experimental drawing and painting, dance and movement , experimental writing, and astrology. Ongoing community events include Open Mic Night, drum circles, Tea and Talk, Health & Wellness night and our ever popular Psychic Soirée.

Drop by on Saturdays from 10-2 PM when we offer Reiki, Reflexolgy, Tarot and Astrology sessions. Browse our Artisans shop, enjoy a cup of tea. Get the scoop on all of this and more by visiting our website www.flourishme.life and on Facebook @happeningsatflourish

Providing home care for you & 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.

One-Stop Healing with Beth Koehler, Whole Life Coach

Beth Koehler, of the Saco Healing Arts Center, offers Massage for your aching body, Life Coaching for your questioning mind and Polarity Therapy and Reiki for your troubled spirit. She will sit with you, listen to your story and together, you will craft the most perfect session. Beth may use EFT (Tapping), the Law of Attraction, and doTERRA essential oils to enhance your experience.

Beth is a Reiki Master of Masters and is starting a new Reiki 1 and 2 series:

Reiki 1 - You will learn the history of Reiki, the linage of the Masters, and the sacredness of the practice. Beth will attune you to the frequency of Reiki, allowing the energy to flow through your hands in a self-healing sequence. Next you will offer the healing to a fellow student. Choose from classes on Monday, February 19 or Saturday, March 3, from 9am to 3pm.

Reiki 2 –You will learn the sacred symbols, including the one for distance healing, which were given to Dr Usui to enhance the frequency of the Reiki, and Beth will attune you to that new vibration. Again, there will be plenty of time for you to use the symbols in healing sessions with each other. This class is Saturday, March 17 from 9am-3pm Learn more at www.bethkoehlerlifecoach.com or call Beth at 207-653-9792

Tune-up your Qi!

Experience the health benefits of Chinese medicine, Saturday, Feb. 17, from 10-12. Join us for Japanese Yoga aimed at stretching and moving qi through your energy pathways. And that is just the warm-up. The stretching is followed by group ear acupuncture to fine tune your qi flow. Cost is $10 for the yoga, $15 for the acupuncture, or $25 for both.

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? Perhaps you’ve taken a tumble on the 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. MORE WEEKEND OPENINGS AVAILABLE. Call 286-8416 or 934-0849 for an appointment. And please visit us at our web site: www.massagecraft.com.

Peck’s Family Acupuncture

For over 6 years, Peck’s Family Acupuncture has been providing gentle care to Waterboro and surrounding towns treating children as young as infants all the way through the Senior years. We offer Japanese and Chinese style Acupuncture with advanced training and certification in Cupping Therapy. One of our best kept secrets is our facial rejuvenation cupping session. It’s great to address sinus pressure, TMJ disorder and stress headaches. If you’re looking to fulfill a New Year’s resolution of bringing balance and focus into your life, register for a Restorative Yoga class with Kelcy. Classes start this Sunday, Febraury 11th from 3-4:30pm and are offered once a month. Or, if your body needs immune support, set up an Herbal Consultation appointment with Ginny. Whatever your holistic healthcare needs, we have the knowledge to help you attain your goals!

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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.

Are you Perplexed, Bewildered, Dazed or Confused about your health insurance?

Karen Vachon, License Insurance agent helps senior citizens, individuals, families, and small businesses, navigate their health insurance options. From Medicare to Obamacare, she tackles the individual needs of her clients and their situations – from rising health insurance premiums, prescription costs, doctor networks and closed enrollment periods, Karen taps into available resources and options to meet the life style needs for life’s twists, turns, and surprises.

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While the annual and open enrollment period is closed until fall, there may be qualifying events for a Special Enrollment – for example: Aging into Medicare, loss of employer coverage, MaineCare, or Medicaid; change in family status (marriage, divorce, birth); change in residence – to name just a few. If you a perplexed, bewildered, dazed and confused, call Karen 730-2664!

Angel In-Home Senior Care

Finding and hiring the right caregiver for your loved one is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever have to make. Angel In-Home Senior Care is trustworthy, reliable and most importantly loving.

Angel In-Home Senior Care is owned by Mary Connolly who has a long history of caring for seniors. As a lifelong resident of South Portland, you can rest assured your loved one will receive the best care possible. Mary makes the process of finding and hiring a caregiver as stress free as possible during this sometimes trying time, and focuses on bringing joy into every situation.

Angel In-Home Senior Care is available 24 hours a day. The services offered range from 1 hour bathing/dressing shifts, medication reminders, meal preparation, transportation to medical appointments, with a follow up call or email to the family. Mary is also available for companionship at home or she can accompany seniors to the movies, concerts, plays, library, etc.

Live at The Cape Elizabeth Home In South Portland While Enjoying Our Maine Winter!

There is a lot to love about our beautiful Maine winters, but the stormy weather does bring it’s challenges! At the Cape Elizabeth Home, seniors can really enjoy our winter wonderland, without the burdens and hazards that it can bring.

The Cape Elizabeth Home offers independent living in a comfortable and friendly atmosphere, with staff on hand 24/7. With three delicious meals served daily, plus laundry and housekeeping service, we can ensure that your winter will be worry free. Come and join us for activities and entertainment to make your day merry and bright. All at a remarkably affordable price, right in your own community!

Whether you are looking for a short-term ‘winter home’ or a home for year-round, this could be the perfect time to settle in. Give us a call and arrange a tour to see if The Cape Elizabeth Home is right for you! You can find us on facebook at The Cape Elizabeth Home, call us at 799-4992 or contact us on our web site at Cape Elizabeth Home.org

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Home Snuggers answers your questions about RetroFoam Insulation:

1) How much will it cost?
It depends on your home’s size, age, and
configuration. The average is about $4,500
and Efficiency Maine pays about $1,200 of
that for most customers.
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) How does RetroFoam work?
RetroFoam goes into the enclosed cavities
and hidden gaps. It reduces outside drafts

and increases thermal resistance / R-values.
5) What else should I know?
RetroFoam is eco-friendly, odor-free, a Class
1 fire material, pest-resistant, and sound
dampening.
6) Where does it come from?
It’s made in Scandinavia. We import it from
Norway.
7) How can I be sure that 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.

Individual Care of Maine

Q. What makes Individual Care of Maine different from other In Home Care companies.

A. A few things separate us from other in home care companies.

First; We prioritize getting outside daily as it pertains to each client. depending on the physical abilities of each client we try to walk an move each day.

Second; We believe in cooking exceptional meals. There is just something about a home cooked meal that is good for the soul. When we train we also incorporate some cooking lessons to get our caregivers thinking about exceptional nutrition.

Third; We pay our caregivers way above the industry norm. We work as a team and help one another. When the caregivers are happy everybody is happy. In most situations the saying “the client comes first” is the norm. We believe this but we also feel that the caregiver also comes first. If the caregiver is well compensated and well supported by their employer, inevitibly ensures that the caregiver takes pride in the job that he or she is doing. When you take good care of your employees they, in turn take good care of the client.

Q. What was the inspiration for Individual Care of Maine

A. A dear friend was having a terrible time finding quality help with her mom who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s a few years ago. She was going through many caregivers and was continuously stressed about what was going on at hom while she was at work. Caregivers were calling in sick, not showing up, and sometimes just not a good fit for the family. Having been in a role as a caregiver as early as age 22 when my dad was diagnosed with a brain tumor and then with a son needing ongoing surgeries from a bone disorder, and then being a cancer survivor myself I understood both sides of caregiving. I understood the stress and worry of caring for a family member and also recognized the difference my caregivers made in my and my familys life while I was undergoing my own treatment for cancer. I was inspired and I knew how I wanted our company to look. More human and less corporate.

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