How To Build A Healthy House

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homeThe much overuse of health related phrases such as “you are what you eat” and “healthy body-healthy mind” are just that- they’re simply overused phrases. With that being said, everything central to an individual’s existence is dependent on a healthy state of being and body. However more than just a healthy body, the effects of sugar and other toxins have proven to influence thought processes and the overall state of mind adversely.

So where does the journey of a healthy diet and exercise being? And more so, how does one influence their loved ones to walk that key journey of good dietary habits and healthy lifestyle choices? To my mind, as soon as possible! Inception of healthy dietary choices and lifestyle practices like exercise is better received when earliest introduced. In the instance of families, it begins with parents living exemplary well balanced and health conscious lifestyles. Where grocery purchase decision making reflects a balance of necessary buys to ensure intake results in optimal physicality.

It’s in this approach, homes are seen to advocate healthy diet and children become what they are exposed to. Taking it a step further, organic and free range products as well as home gardens translates into the discernment of product intake. In essence, a child is educated from early in their lives, for example, that a vegetable commercially grown is not the same as a vegetable organically grown. Education on healthy living need not be mundane but can form the basis of fun filled activities like gardening together or planting a seed and watching it grow into something with the right care and knowledge.

Exercise together with the right diet is a winning formulae and children exposed to the benefit from earlier on are seen to make healthier lifestyle choices inclusive of diet and exercise in their adult lives. Exercise can take the form of mountain biking, yoga in the garden, swimming in fresh water lakes to name a few. All in all, the message lies in how parents approach the matters of healthy diet and living. This being said, there is a world outside of your home walls so it’s equally important to give your children access to treats from time to time. In doing this, they won’t be “overwhelming” in how they respond to treats perhaps at a fellow kid’s birthday party. The main thing is the education that food is information to the body so what messages are you sending when you ingest good food verses not so good food.

If the household reflects and resonates the of benefits in eating well, resting well, pro- exercise and a balanced lifestyle from early on then choices later reflect the same or similar. That education is tasked to adults who make key choices like what to stock in the fridge, what to grab when on the go and what fun yet stay fit activities to fill the weekend with. Healthy parents equals healthy kids and a healthy home.

– This article was provided by Apex Window Werks, a company that offers window repair and replacement services. This is a Better Business Bureau A+ company and also a company that is accepted at Angie’s List. Visit their website for more details about the offerings.

5 Ways To Calm A House Full Of Hormones

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By Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC

familywalk2Women are getting married later in life and having their children later as well. There are advantages to this, because moms and dads have more emotional maturity before they begin their family. However, one of the big disadvantages is that for women it’s becoming more and more likely they will go through menopause while their daughter is going through puberty.

Going through peri-menopause, menopause and puberty are rites of passage and each one tough. You feel moody, irritable, bloated, and exhausted. For moms with small children, it can be overwhelming during this time. But even worse than caring for small children is going through the change of life with a daughter who is going through puberty. You may imagine being on a deserted island where you have only your inner conflicts to deal with, but most moms don’t have that luxury and that means dealing with a daughter who is as moody, irritable and frustrated as you.

There are changes for moms and daughters during this time, and being aware of the body’s changes helps moms react less and keep communication open between themselves and their daughters. With menopause, the changes in hormones affect sleep, worsen moods, cause acne, worsen headaches, lowers libido and decreases the ability to deal with stress–and what mother isn’t stressed? When girls go through puberty, their hormones are just as imbalanced, which causes bloating, weight gain, acne, fatigue, headaches, and an attitude that clear screams, “Leave me alone!”

There are things women can do that will help both themselves and their daughter(s) get through this life passage together without hating each other or becoming arch enemies. It will demand more understanding on moms’ part because, after all, mom is the adult.

Solutions to calming a house full of hormones:

1. As much as possible, keep family peace as a priority in your home. When you’re feeling irritable, hot, or stressed, understand this is hormonal and temporary. Evaluating if some issue is really necessary to confront “right now” will prevent additional drama.

2. Enlist the help of your partner. Ask them to try to be supportive and understanding. Let them know that sometimes the best way to help will be to just let the anger be vented and not to react. The partner can also say, “Take a deep breath. It will be okay.” That might diffuse a pending explosion, and if it doesn’t, the partner should just put on a flame-retardant suit and back away.

3. Exercise with your daughter. Weight gain is a symptom of both menopause and puberty. Going to an exercise class together or taking long walks or bike rides together can open communication and help you both deal with stress.

4. Get closer with your partner. Getting away with your partner and telling him how you feel can help you feel supported and loved at a time when you are feeling miserable about yourself.

5. Talk to your health care provider if your symptoms interfere with your daily life. No one can function if they cannot sleep or if they suffer severe fatigue. When hormonal shifts become severe, it is wise to talk to your physician. Depression as well as heightened anxiety are frequently seen and are usually easily treated.

With menopause–as with puberty–there is a grieving of the past but also an opportunity for a new sense of freedom. People who breeze through menopause are the same ones who embrace the change and keep a positive attitude. Weight gain, frustration and increased stress are symptoms of hormonal shifts, but that doesn’t mean you have to gain weight, be frustrated or stressed out.

– Preparing your mind to help your body go through the changes is a big predictor in determining how disruptive the change of life will be for you.
Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC, is a licensed psychotherapist and co-author with Janine J. Sherman, of Start Talking: A Girl’s Guide for You and Your Mom About Health, Sex or Whatever. Read more about the book at and more about Rapini at

How To Prevent Harm To The Elderly In Your House

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By Matthew Ward

seniorcoupleexercisesmallAccording to the CDC, falls are the main cause of injury death in the over 65s and 20-30 per cent of people who fall suffer injuries ranging from fractures of the spine, forearm and hand, to lacerations and head traumas. Needless to say, the aging process makes our bodies’ less robust and more susceptible to bone fractures and bruising. Even the job of remaining safe in bed can become a difficult one, with the potential for falls to occur if proper precautions are not taken. Accordingly, to help Your Health Journal’s elderly and caregiver readers, we are going to look at some ways to prevent harm around the house.

Have a health check-up

It is important to take precautions – rather than waiting for something to go wrong – and the following should be reviewed on a regular basis:

• Medication: Certain prescriptions drugs can lead to drowsiness or dizziness, while elderly people who are currently on 3 or more medications are more likely to fall. Also be wary when combining them with allergy medications, alcohol or painkillers. Alternatives to medications which cause light-headedness include exercise, good nutrition and spinal manipulation.

• Mental health: Parkinson’s disease interferes with mobility and may lead to poor balance and impairment of decision making. It is therefore important to have regular check-ups for signs of mental health problems such as dementia.

• Health conditions: Other health issues which can lead to potentially harmful falls include low blood pressure, arthritis, diabetes and vitamin D deficiency.

Fix home hazards

Trip and fall hazards should be removed where possible. They tend to include loose carpets and wires, throw rugs and phone cords.

Trip and fall hazards should be removed where possible. They tend to include loose carpets and wires, throw rugs and phone cords. Effective steps to remedy home hazards and the potential for harm to the elderly include cleaning spilled liquids in the house when they happen, putting needed items in easily reachable places and using non-slip mats around the house. In most cases, making small changes and ensuring there is no clutter can go a long way to making sure trips and falls do not happen. Wearing suitable footwear and not being barefoot around the house can also help to prevent trips and falls.

Assistive devices

There are assistive devices for the elderly and disabled which can be implemented around the house. These include grab bars, which can be used on stairways and in the bathroom; footstools to help make items easily reachable; trays for use in bed and around the house; specially made tap turners; and a range of bathing aids that include bath lifts, shower chairs and bath mats. But you must remember to take the time to understand what your requirements are and to get only appropriate assistive devices. Even placing night lights in the bedroom and hallways, and having a lamp next to your bed, can be effective.

Dangers in the bedroom

The bedroom and the bed itself can pose a dangerous prospect for elderly people in terms of potential falls, due to reduced mobility. Even getting comfortable to fall asleep can become a difficult task. And if mental health is a problem then this may lead to falls out of bed at night. In such cases, there are assistive bedroom devices specifically made for the elderly, including adjustable beds, bed-side rails and pillow lifts. There are also waterproof sheets and covers to aid seniors in the bedroom.


As said earlier, prevention is often better than cure, which is where exercise proves so vital. To improve your strength, flexibility and balance, try some walking, swimming and tai chi, but only after you have received an okay to do so from your doctor.

Over to you

It is all well and good saying the types of things you can do to protect an elderly person in your house, but the changes you make will ultimately depend on your specific situation. The important thing is to involve seniors in any decision that are made and to take their particular mental and physical needs into account.

– This article was provided by Matthew Ward from Manage at Home where there is additional information on mobility aids for the elderly and disabled.