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Keeping Good Care of Your Filters

Keeping Good Care of Your Filters

There’s one organ, well two, that have an extremely important filtering function in your body. Kidneys – those bean-shaped organs located in the back of the abdomen. They have several filtering functions that keep your body in good shape.

Kidneys main function is to filter blood. All the blood in our bodies passes through the kidneys several times a day. They also remove wastes, control the body’s fluid balance, and regulate the balance of electrolytes. As the kidneys filter blood, they create urine, which is passed out as a waste product from the body.

Just like your heart or any other organ, kidneys also need to very good care. What can you do to achieve that???

Hydrate– Consuming 8 glasses of water/fluid on an average helps with maintaining good kidney function.

Consuming plenty of fluid helps the kidneys clear sodium, urea, and toxins from the body which, in turn, results in a “significantly lower risk” of developing chronic kidney disease.  It’s important to keep in mind that the right level of fluid intake for any individual depends on many factors including gender, exercise, climate, health conditions, pregnancy, and breastfeeding. In addition, people who have already had a kidney stone are advised to drink 2 to 3 litres of water daily to lessen the risk of forming a new stone.

Keep fit & activeA healthy lifestyle is the key to good health.

Optimum workout and nutritious food helps you lower the risk of high blood pressure and diabetes. If you’ve been sedentary, or haven’t exactly been eating right, it’s OK. You can start to make those changes now. Start slow and build and you’ll not only help your kidneys but your overall health.

Do not SMOKE- Smoking reduces blood flow to kidneys and impairs kidney function.

Smoking also increases the incidence of kidney cancer. It causes issues with blood and proper filter functions.

Reduce the intake of over-the counter medications – Common drugs such non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen are known to cause kidney damage and disease if taken regularly.

Work along with your physician to deal with chronic pain conditions that create the need for these drugs. Also discuss if you have any pre-existing risk factors. If you have no pre-existing conditions, occasional use of these drugs might not pose a significant danger.

Certain physical conditions can also cause problems for your kidneys. It is a lesser known fact that high blood pressure is the most common cause of kidney damage. When paired with a heart condition, high cholesterol, or diabetes, your kidneys are under increased stress and need extra care. Work with your doctor to make sure your illness and medications aren’t having a detrimental effect on your kidneys.

Disease specific care calls for regular monitoring of your Kidney function when you have some of the pre-determined conditions:

  • you have diabetes
  • you have hypertension
  • you are obese
  • one of your parents or other family members suffers from kidney disease

Don’t let your body’s best filter get clogged. Keep your kidney’s running smoothly and your whole body will feel better.

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Colon Cancer

Live Your Best Life… It’s a choice you can make today!!!!

Good day Abu Dhabi!!!

March is many things, International Women’s History Month, Nutrition Month, and it’s also “Colon Cancer Awareness” month. Colon Cancer is a painful killer, and has the highest occurrence in men when compared to women.

As the age old saying goes…..

Prevention is better than cure

 Colon Cancer is one of the most preventable cancers, provided it’s detected early.

 Let us get some insights into Colon Cancer and its prevention.

The COLON, also known as your Large Intestine, is the final section of your digestive system. The food is broken down in the stomach and the nutrients are absorbed in the small intestine and are then passed onto the large intestine. Here the water and minerals are absorbed and waste is formed, which is passed out of the body through the rectum and then anus.

Colon Cancer almost always forms from polyps or growths on the colon lining. On occasion the cancer is from abnormal cells in the colon (these are usually found in people with disease of the  bowel).

With screening, these polyps can be detected before they turn into cancer and can be removed, hence preventing Colon Cancer.

The major risk factors known to cause colon cancer are:

  • Family history of Colon Cancer
  • Age/Gender (most common in older men)
  • Inflammatory Bowel disease
  • High fat diets (Red meats, processed food)
  • Low fibre diets
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Excessive alcohol intake
  • Smoking

Now that we know the risk factors, it also helps to understand the SYMPTOMS that could prompt suspicion (remember, symptoms do not always follow a pattern and vary from person to person).

  • Diarrhea, constipation, or feeling that the bowel does not empty completely
  • Stools that are narrower than usual
  • Frequent gas pains, bloating, fullness, or cramps
  • Weight loss for no known reason
  • Persistent tiredness
  • Vomiting
  • Anemia of unknown origin

You want to protect your loved ones. With a few lifestyle modifications, getting timely screenings and early detection, you can continue to live your very best life ever.

Click here for more info about screening and early detection

Schedule your free consultation today and let our highly skilled professionals guide you on the right path to good health and long, happy life.

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International Womans Day

#BeBoldForChange

While another wonderful year is blooming in full speed, let us take a quick breather to acknowledge all the wonderful women and men who have worked towards empowering women.

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. It has been celebrated since early 1900’s and has been growing strength to strength every year.

Women everywhere are on the front line for instilling change through their roles as key influencers in their children’s lives, helping to shape the future of both communities and countries as a whole.

Few of the basic needs every woman deserves:

  • Education
  • Good Health
  • Economic independence

International Women’s Day can be dedicated to give thanks to those who have helped and inspired women personally and professionally to get where they are, and to remember the trailblazers who have broken barriers and paved the roads for them.

We at Florida Home Care are so proud of all the women on our team and their never ending desire to grow and make a difference in their communities.

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High Blood Pressure

Understanding High Blood Pressure Before It’s Too Late

Be honest, when was the last time you had your blood pressure checked?

Do you have a family history of Heart disease or Kidney disease?

Did you know that HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE is mostly symptomless health risk that can lead to heart attacks, heart disease, and strokes?

Every person over the age of 40 should get his/her blood pressure checked regularly. It is the best way to diagnose any irregularities in blood pressure early and help with establishing the necessary interventions.

Early interventions allows for easier treatment options such as:

  • Exercise
  • Dietary changes
  • Medications

It’s important to know what the numbers mean. General rules for blood pressure readings are: [source: WebMD]

  • Normal: Less than 120 over 80 (120/80)
  • Prehypertension: 120-139 over 80-89
  • Stage 1 high blood pressure: 140-159 over 90-99
  • Stage 2 high blood pressure: 160 and above over 100 and above
  • High blood pressure in people over age 60: 150 and above over 90 and above

High blood pressure, also called hypertension, can be broken down in several ways.

~Primary hypertension is usually seen in individuals with a family history of high blood pressure.

~Secondary hypertension is associated with another underlying health condition.

In most cases, symptoms of high blood pressure are seen only when there is a hypertensive crisis, such as blood pressure readings above 180/110 mm Hg.  Some of these symptoms can easily be confused as other issues. The symptoms can include:

  • Headache or blurred vision
  • Increasing confusion
  • Seizure
  • Increasing chest pain
  • Increasing shortness of breath
  • Swelling or edema (fluid buildup in the tissues)

Left undetected, hypertension could lead to arterial damage, which in turn could cause many other life threatening health conditions such as:

Blood Pressure is one of the most common problems for men and women. That’s why it’s important to have regular checks ups and monitor it as you get older.

Get more insights into heart disease here… 

There are times a more skilled hand is needed to monitor blood pressure and properly assess the readings. For example: when caring for an elderly or a person after a heart surgery; someone who has Kidney disease. There are many circumstances that require BP monitoring by your doctor or a more trained professional.  A professional home health care provider like Florida Home Care, can provide you with highly skilled nurses to help you with regular monitoring of Blood Pressure. They are trained to recognize symptoms before they become an emergency.

Don’t you think it’s time to get  your pressure checked?

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living the mom life

Finding Time to Workout While Living The Mom Life

Are you struggling to find time to lose the last few pounds of baby weight? Is it hard to run behind your kids without huffing n puffing??? Looking forward to fitting into an outfit you have been eyeing for your dear ones wedding??

As a mom it is your challenging yet fulfilling duty to teach, nourish and protect your children.

However, the world’s most important job could leave you no time for taking care of yourself.

It is important to remember that fitness is a process and journey. The fruits of this labor will be reflected in many aspects of your life.

With the above line in mind make a plan to incorporate an exercise routine that can fit into your daily schedule (p.s: crazy hectic one already)

HOME GYM: Workout does not have to involve a fancy gym membership or too much preparation. Create a gym at home with some basic equipment for yourself. A yoga mat, jump rope, light weight dumbbells, etc. In between cooking, cleaning, homework and a zillion other things at home it becomes easy to fit in even a brief workout early or late in the day.

MOM FRIENDS: Start a group with mom’s who are in the boat as you and are looking to find motivation. Meet along with kids or when they are away at school to have a quick workout session at one of your homes and turn it into a health tips session [Don’t we all love some girl time 😉 ] Fitness DVD’s could be very helpful for a home work out or a session with a group.

FUN WITH THE FAMILY: Make workouts part of a family activity. Go for a jog, play a game that involves a physical activity, stroll around the mall, or do a cleanup session at home that gives you a healthy body and a clean home [Win Win]. Involving kids in your workouts helps you spend quality time with them and teaches them the importance of staying in shape and healthy from a young age.

FOOD FOOD: We all know what is good for us and what is not. The hardest part is making the healthy choice – eating more fruits, vegetables, lean meats while avoiding excess sugars and processed foods.

It’s possible to follow a healthy eating pattern with some time and commitment. You will be surprised when you start craving healthy foods.

PREP FOR GOOD HEALTH- Stock your fridge and pantry with all the good, healthy options. Have healthy snacks handy when hunger pangs strike. Do your research on cooking with low fat, low sugar, and less carbohydrates.

And it is always a good idea to allow yourself an occasional cheat day and mindfully indulge into your favorite cravings.

PREP IS EVERYTHING

Finding time to exercise and make healthy meals is an exercise in time-management

RIGHT MINDSET

If you’re not sure of any specific reasons to refer back to, remember that as a mother you’re a prime example to your family to eat healthily and exercise regularly. Share this wisdom to young impressionable minds.

More POWER to THE MOM in you!!!!

Do share your special tips for leading a healthy mom life………

[P.S Sharing is Caring]

Find more workout inspiration from one of our older blog post.

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The Celebration of Love – One Day at a Time

Welcome to the “Month of Love & Happiness”. Even though we do not need a special day to express our love to those we care for, in this busy day and age its helpful to have a dedicated day to make us pause, think, and reset priorities.

I Love my Mom                                      I Love my Kids                                   I Love my Family

If Love is on your heart, let those people know. Our time here is a limited commodity, and regrets cause stress. Little things can be the most meaningful and build loving memories.

  • Spend those extra few minutes to have breakfast with your kids
  • Send a mid-noon message to check on your wife/husband
  • Visit your parents on a day they are not expecting you
  • Give the gift of time to your loved ones by sharing chores

In fact, a loving relationship with a spouse or good friends is good for your health! Studies have shown that:

  • It reduces stress. We all know the many benefits of reducing stress in your life – a boosted immune system, improve mental health, lower blood pressure, and helps beat depression.
  • It will help you live longer. Happily married couples and families have practical and financial support, are generally happier and less prone to risky or damaging behavior (like drinking or drugs).
  • In general you’ll sleep better and be happier!

Do the things that make you happy, it’s sure to reflect on your face and show your feelings to your loved ones.

This February, show your love – and love being loved – for better health and a better life!

 

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Let us have a heart to heart about “HEART DISEASE”

Your heart beats an average of 103,680 times a day. That makes an average of 2,838,240,000 times over your lifetime. It circulates blood throughout the body, to the farthest corners. It pumps constantly. If it should stop or hesitate – that’s when the problems start. A healthy heart is the corner stone for an overall healthy and a happier life.

What can you do every day to achieve a healthier life?

How do you incorporate the necessary little tweaks into your lifestyle?

  1. Exercise: Your Heart is a muscle and exercise helps to tone and strengthen muscles. You can easily incorporate regular exercise into your lifestyle by making only minor changes. Walking is one of the best forms of exercise to do and one of the easiest to incorporate in to your daily routine. It helps regulate blood flow, lowers blood pressure, reduces bad cholesterol (LDL), and increases good cholesterol (HDL). Consult a physician before starting any exercise regimen if you have a pre existing heart condition or a family history or heart or health problems.
  2. Diet: Watch your diet for fatty foods and carb overloads. Add more fresh vegetables, fruits, and healthy proteins like nuts and beans. This will help you achieve a balanced diet. Consult with a nutritionist for a proper understanding of what are heart healthy foods.
  3. NO SMOKING: Smoking reduces lung capacity and your tolerance to properly exercise. Simple everyday tasks can also become daunting for smokers. It increases the risk of stroke or heart attack by damaging the arteries and leading to excessive fatty deposits. It’s never too late to seek help to quit smoking for you or someone you love.
  4. Alcohol: Limiting alcohol use is always a good idea for reducing the risk of developing a heart condition.
  5. STRESS: With today’s fast paced lifestyle, stress is a leading cause of heart disease.Stress→Bad lifestyle choices→heart disease.

    Combat stress with meditation, laughing, clubs, spending time with loved ones and, last but not least, identifying the factors leading to your stress and trying to eliminate them.

  6. Doctor visits: We cannot stress enough about the importance of regular doctor’s visits. Early diagnosis can be lifesaving. Eliminating a disease before, or at the beginning, is the best practice. Finding a cure for an advanced disease is never as easy as taking  early steps to avoid it.

Florida Home Care, a premier home health care organization based in Abu Dhabi, can help you address issues you might have by providing support and care options such as:

  • In home Health checkups
  • Social companion to help you go visit your doctor.
  • Exercise help
  • Stress management

February is the month of the heart. We wish you a very Hearty and Healthy Month and Year!

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ARE YOU FOLLOWING UP ON YOUR RESOLUTIONS????

We’re already a month into 2017. We thought it’s a good time to look back on our New Year Resolutions.

If you are anything like the majority of us, you must have made a New Year Resolution or two with a hope to better your health and lifestyle.

Are you on track with your goals? Do you need motivation to keep up? Or maybe simply tweak a few things to make them more realistic and achievable?

  • Firstly be PATIENT. As the saying goes “slow & steady wins the race”. Remember this is only the beginning of February and you might not see big results right away. But hang in there as long as you are working towards your goal 🙂
  • Measure your progress: In order to understand if you are on the right path to reach your goal, you need to measure it.

You are not able to measure your progress???

Work on tweaking your goals to be more SPECIFIC & MEASURABLE

For example: If you plan to lose 10kgs in 2017, divide it by 1kg/month or 2kgs/month for the first 3 months and ½ kg or so for the later months. This helps you not get overwhelmed by a big target number.

  • Share your goal with a motivator: Be it a friend or family member who could remind or check on you with your progress. It is easy to break a promise to yourself but not to a loved one.
  • Get professional help (if needed): If you see any roadblocks in getting to your goal, do not hesitate to seek professional help. Many times we fail to recognize the depth of the problem. A professional can assess your case and come up with the fitting and doable solution.

For example: If you are not able to lose weight despite having started all the right eating habits and exercise, there could be a deeper problem with your body. Take a consultation with a doctor to make sure nothing is happening in your body that could be stopping you from losing weight. At Florida Home Care, we work towards simplifying these problems with free consultations and in house help.

  • Make a schedule: It is most times a no fail method. We always schedule kid’s school activities, holidays, special plans, and we stick to it because it’s on the schedule. Make your goal a priority like your kids and you are bound to get to it.
  • Any effort is better than no effort. Lastly, do not get discouraged by any surprise changes. If you fall off your schedule for any reason, just try and get back in the swing of things. It takes a lot of effort, but it’s so worth it at the end. If you plan to give your goal 1 hr a day but find you just can’t make that time, try making it at least 15 minutes a day. Efforts like this will make a world of a difference to help you reach your goal and make 2017 one of the best years for you!!!

We at Florida Home Care share the passion for making a difference in your life in every possible way

-Child care while you work towards your dream

-Take care of the adults at home if you need to be away

-Therapists and Doctors

-Highly skilled nurses

Success is calling you… Leave the stress to us!!!

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Avoiding a Pain In The Neck

Avoiding a Pain In The Neck

Back pain is an everyday challenge for many of us today, with age being no barrier. It makes accomplishing the simplest of tasks painful and challenging, diminishing our quality of life. Relieving back pain is not an easy thing. Trying to find the right treatment or medication can take time before you feel relief. Avoiding back pain or injury is preferred. By taking care of your spine as a part of your everyday routine, you can lead a pain free life.

The neck is an amazing structure. It is constructed of bones, nerves, muscles and tendons that support your skull. Through it the messages from your brain are dispersed throughout your body. The spine also carries these signals to your lower extremities, and allows you the ability to be flexible and walk upright.

To avoid developing any issues, follow these suggestions to keep you upright and pain free.

  1. Rest your spine. When you go to bed, make sure you have a suitable mattress that provides proper support. And make sure to get enough overall rest!
  1. Sitting posture. Modern society has a lot of sitting. Maintaining the right posture helps to protect your spine from misalignment or undue pressure. Over time, that means pain. When sitting, keep your back straight and your shoulders back and relaxed. Try to distribute your body weight evenly on your hips and keep your feet on the floor.

  1. Stretching/exercising. Many of us sit at a desk all day. Sitting properly helps, but it’s also important to take breaks. Stand once in a while and gently stretch out your spine. Move your neck to avoid tension and compression.
  1. Maintain a healthy weight. It sounds simple, but keeping a healthy weight helps reduce stress on your spine and can assist with balance.
  1. Work smart. If your work requires lifting, sitting, or adding excessive pressure on your neck and back, make sure you take enough breaks to adjust yourself. Find the right posture for the task at hand. Remember to lift with your legs, not with your back.
  1. Pay attention to any warning signs. Do not ignore any pain or discomfort – especially sudden, sharp pains. Minor issues can be quickly addressed to avoid any persistence with the problem. Consulting a doctor or therapist in an early stage will determine if it’s just a minor issue or a more concerning problem or disease. They can help you find a better resolution. Some diseases or the muscles or spine can be very debilitating in the long term. Early diagnosis is important to the best treatment.

Your neck and spine are the support structure for your whole body. It’s best to be pro-active and prevent injury than have to worry about treatments. Those can be a real pain in the neck.

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GETTING A HANDLE ON HEADACHES

GETTING A HANDLE ON HEADACHES

Everyone gets a headache now and then. Stress at work, eye strain, allergies or sinus issues, dehydration and many other issues can give you that distracting, painful feeling. A headache, or cephalgia, is one of the most common medical complaints. Many headaches are stand alone issues, but there are times when there may be an underlying cause related to a disease or serious medical problem.

Primary headaches are caused by over activity or some dysfunction with the pain-sensitive structures in the head. Interestingly, it’s not your brain. The brain itself doesn’t have pain receptors, but everything around it and supporting it does. Tension, migraine, and cluster headaches are all primary, with the most common being the tension headache. There can also be lifestyle triggers. Reducing these or removing them from your daily routine can reduce your problem. Some triggers include:

  • Certain foods, such as processed meats or chocolate
  • Alcohol, particularly red wine
  • Lack of sleep
  • Consistently poor posture
  • Poor eating habits (too much time between meals or snacks)
  • Stress

A Secondary Headache is more typically a symptom of an illness or disease that activates the pain receptors in the head. The conditions, severity and time vary greatly. For example, brain freeze from eating cold food too quickly is considered a Secondary Headache, but it can pass relatively quickly. Having the flu, sinusitis, a hang-over (dehydration), ear infections, or dental problems can also cause Secondary Headaches. However, there are other medical problems that can cause headaches that need quick attention by a professional.

 

Causes of Secondary Headaches also include:

  • Blood clots
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Concussion
  • Glaucoma
  • Overuse of pain medication (rebound headaches)
  • Panic attacks
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Intracranial hematoma (blood vessel ruptures with bleeding in or around the brain)
  • Medications to treat other disorders
  • Meningitis (inflammation of the membranes and fluid surrounding your brain and spinal cord)

Headaches can be part of a much more serious condition. When you get a headache, look at the factors. If you just ate some ice cream too quickly, it’s more likely brain freeze and will pass. If you are prone to tension headaches, you can begin to see the patterns and avoid them.

If your headaches change – they get more severe, come in waves, cause blurred vision, are accompanied by a fever, can’t be relieved with usual medication, or become more regular and last longer – it’s important to see your doctor. There may be a more detrimental underlying condition that needs quick medical attention.

 

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