Health articles and wellness tips for active adults
Over time, there have been fundamental changes in the way we age.
Age is no longer determined solely by genetic factors, but by how well we live our lives: through exercise, diet and attitude. People are not only living longer; they’re wanting to live better.
To date, however, there has been no comprehensive resource to meet the needs of the burgeoning 55+ population. Until now.
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While creating the Lifetime Daily concept, we conducted extensive research and development to determine the issues most relevant to mature adults. As the idea grew, we brought together a group of colleagues and experts – active aging specialists, medical practitioners, writers and website developers – with the aim of creating a comprehensive online publication that helps people 55+ get quality, trustworthy information on active aging.
Launched in June 2016, Lifetime Daily provides engaging, informative articles on specific topics, including health and wellness, medical trends, mental agility, financial comfort, eating well and enhanced lifestyles. We carefully curate our stories to provide relevant, timely information and fresh perspectives, created by journalists and practitioners who are experts in their fields.
We believe that as we grow older, life should keep getting better. Lifetime Daily was created to help you do just that.
The differences between a peach and a nectarine can be a little fuzzy. After all, these two relatives of the almond taste very much alike. But fans of nectarines favour the stone fruit for its smooth skin and smaller pit. The cherry on top is that nectarines are nutritional powerhouses for older adults.
Cherries have been a prized fruit since prehistoric times. Cultivated cherries were brought from the Anatolia to Rome in 72 BC, and later became a favourite fruit of Chinese nobility and Roman conquerors (Henry VIII loved them) before they were brought to North America in the 1600s.
Asthma is generally divided into two categories: intrinsic and extrinsic asthma. Intrinsic asthma is triggered by something "inside" the body, including exercise, infection and even emotions such as laughing, crying or distress. Extrinsic asthma, also known as atopic or allergic asthma, is triggered by substances "outside" the body. These allergens are often the same substances that cause seasonal allergies, such as pollen, grass and ragweed. Here's how to handle them both.
That aching pain in your elbow -- the one you feel when you swing a racquet, hammer, mixing spoon or paintbrush -- chances are it's lateral epicondylitis, also known as tennis elbow. Unfortunately, there's no quick fix for the condition but with a little time and the right treatment you won't have to put your racquet away forever.
Fennel with its bulb-like shape and licorice-like flavor has a rich history that dates back to ancient times. According to Greek mythology, fennel stalks were used to carry knowledge down from Gods to men. Now we're passing knowledge about fennel's health benefits on to you.
I'm a certified nutritionist and a fairly adventuresome cook and a foodie. But I have to confess that until recently, I'd never heard of sumac. Well, that's not entirely true. I have a vivid memory of catching poison sumac while camping as a teenager.
A signal of spring, asparagus also has a reputation for causing stinky pee. Still, the vegetable's green, white and purple spears are worth celebrating, with many regions of the world marking the arrival of asparagus season with dedicated feasts.
Yogurt is an ancient food with a storied past. It is said that Genghis Khan, founder of the Mongol Empire, fed his army yogurt because he believed it made his warriors brave. In the 20th century, researchers discovered that the bacteria, L. bulgaricus, in yogurt was associated with better health and longevity.
Our mothers were right all along: oatmeal is good for us. Chock-full of soluble fibre and other top-notch nutrients, studies show that eating a bowl of oatmeal in the morning is a very good idea, especially as we get older.
Hot water with lemon is a popular and soothing elixir. Some of the benefits of lemon water are that it's caffeine free, warming (or cooling) and a great way to stay hydrated. But it's often touted as a magical cure-all, one that helps us detoxify, lose weight, burn fat and even fight cancer. Unfortunately, very little of this is true.
Body image issues are often thought of as a problem for younger people, and for women and girls in particular. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case. Age-related shame and our culture's obsession with looking young has become so fanatical that many people are taking radical measures to maintain a youthful appearance.
You might think of money stress as just a fact of life. A lot of people struggle with credit card debt, debt management and other financial problems. Here's what the research says about the link between money stress and financial problems -- and four ways to mitigate that stress.
Pine nuts are edible seeds that come from the cones of pine trees, making them labor-intensive to produce. Not surprisingly, they're expensive to buy (ever made pesto?). But considering their nourishing array of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, pine nuts offer a wide variety of health benefits to older adults.
If you watched last year's Summer Olympics you may have witnessed a spectacular display of explosive power from Simone Biles, the US's four-foot-eight star gymnast. Super seeds are kind of like Biles. They pack an exceptional nutritional punch into a tiny package.
Chronic pain can affect our sleep, appetite, mobility, mental health and our ability to live on our own. Unfortunately, it's so common that many patients and physicians consider chronic pain a normal part of aging.
Bone broth, particularly beef bone broth, is enjoying its day in the sun. Believers tout a wide range of health benefits, including healing a leaky gut, promoting healthy joints, upping immune system functioning and improving appearance thanks to its collagen content. Regrettably, the bone broth craze is leading a lot of healthy eaters astray.
Overall, the benefits of regular exercise aren't that surprising. We know it's great for weight control, strength and cardiovascular health. However, there's another key benefit that's very important to us as we age: the neurological benefits of exercise.
Some say that after menopause their sex drive is AWOL. Others say sex is different, but with a few accommodations it's still an enjoyable and significant part of their lives. Some say menopause isn't slowing them down one bit. They're having the best sex of their lives.