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Monday, February 4, 2019, 18:21 | 1 Comment »

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Bacteria is commonly thought of as negative. There are plenty of harmful bacteria that can lead to several risks when it comes to the bacteria inside of your body. But with harmful bacteria comes beneficial bacteria called Probiotics. Research suggests that choosing a quality probiotic will help with digestions and help you maintain a healthy gut.

 

Probiotics are friendly bacteria that make up the microbiome in your gut or digestive tract and are the key to good health, especially to good digestion and regularity, /u>. Bacteria though naturally present in the body, accounts for two pounds of bio-mass in your intestines, which need a balance of beneficial bacteria to promote good health.

 

Levels of probiotics decrease with age and can also be affected by other factors, including a poor diet and obesity. As the levels of probiotics decrease, problematic bacteria in the gut thrive, which can lead to digestive problems like bloating and gas.

 

So how do you know that probiotics can work for you? You turn to the research.

Numerous clinical trials and meta-analysis have been published on the benefits of probiotics on many aspects of health, from brain health to urinary tract infections. Here is the most recent published analysis for the most popular uses of probiotics –

 

THE GUT-BRAIN AXIS

There is strong emerging evidence that your gut bacteria can influence central nervous system function and have a positive effect on your mood, including depression and anxiety. One study performed by Griffith Universities School of Medical Science and Menzies Health Institute in Australia found that, in people with preclinical symptoms of depression, anxiety, and perceived stress, probiotic supplementation resulted in a statistically significant improvement in symptoms compared to individuals taking a placebo.

 

ALLERGIC CONDITIONS

Allergic conditions, including eczema and asthma, have been shown to produce antibodies in response to ordinary exposures to pollen and other allergens. And these incidences have increased significantly over the past 50 years.

5 Reasons to Take Probiotics and Why They’re So Good for You >>

In a news release published to the National Institutes of Health website, “The cause of atopic dermatitis [eczema] is unknown, but studies suggest that the skin microbiome – the community of bacteria and other microbes living on the skin – plays a key role.”

A meta-analysis of 17 clinical trials where a probiotic supplement was provided during pregnancy and early infancy showed that supplementation lowered the incidence of eczema.

Harvard Medical School’s website, Harvard Health Publishing, reports, “Under normal or “balanced” conditions, friendly bacteria in the gut outnumber the unfriendly ones. Probiotics can act as gut-beneficial bacteria that create a physical barrier against unfriendly bacteria.”

 

RESPIRATORY HEALTH

Respiratory infections are one of the main health problems seen in children. Because probiotics have been shown to regulate and support immune function and health, some trials have been performed to determine whether they can support a healthy respiratory system.

 

A meta-analysis performed by researchers from Sichuan University in China included 13 randomized controlled trials involving 3.720 individuals, which showed that probiotics performed better than placebos in approximately half of the participants. In addition, the duration of acute symptoms resolved approximately 1.89 days sooner when a participant was taking a probiotic supplement.

 

URINARY HEALTH

According to the University of Colorado’s department of Urogynecology, one area where probiotics have been studied is in women with recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs), which occurs due to the transmission of pathogens (bacteria) from the rectum and/or vagina to the urethra or bladder.

 

According to a randomized, controlled trial (published to the universities website) involving treatment of UTIs with Lactobacillus probiotics, there was a 73% reduction in episodes of recurrent UTI compared with the previous year. The control group had six UTIs per patient per year vs. 1.3 UTIs per patient per year after intravaginal administration of probiotics.

 

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) occurs when there is an imbalance of vaginal microbial populations. Since probiotics have been shown to be effective in replaced depleted probiotic strains, studies have been performed to evaluate the efficacy of probiotics in individuals with BV. One meta-analysis found that probiotic supplementation with vaginal lactobacilli proved to be crucial in hindering bacteria growth after antibiotic therapy.

See More: http://www.invitehealthblog.com/evidence-probiotics-work/

 


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BLOG #3

April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month and we asked our Exceptional Caregivers to share some of their greatest challenges working with those who live with PD. Over and over, the conversation returned to mealtimes. This is partly because of the potential for real danger from choking or long-term effects of poor nutrition. But another consideration is the independence represented by being able to feed oneself.

 

Dry mouth is a consistent side effect of many of the medications used to treat Parkinson’s. This can make chewing less efficient, which can not only ruin the taste of the food but can interfere with digestion and even be a choking risk. Serving meals with water or another soothing beverage can help. You also might consider moistening some foods like toast or adding sauces to meats.

 

Re-think bite-sized. It’s one thing to remind someone living with Parkinson’s Disease that smaller bites are healthier and safer, but some foods are prepared and served is what appear to be bite-sized pieces. Soups and stews for example, and even stir-fry vegetables may require a smaller cut than we’re otherwise used to.

 

Eat at the table. Serving a meal on a tray so your loved one can enjoy it in their favorite chair may seem like an act of kindness, but many with PD have weakness or paralysis in the muscles involved in swallowing and digesting. Sitting fully upright in a kitchen or dining room chair straightens the pathway and makes swallowing much easier.

 

Allow for focus on eating. It seems like anybody at a family dinner who’s not looking at a tiny screen in their hand is staring at a larger one across the room. With PD, however, the loss of motor function and control means that handling food, biting, chewing and swallowing may require a higher level of concentration. Eliminate the potential distractions you can and be considerate by not starting a complex conversation at the table.

 

Caring for someone with Parkinson’s Disease takes an immense amount of patience and energy and those who do it every day are heroes, for sure. It also requires continuous learning so that our caring routines can change with the condition of the one we love. It is part of our shared commitment to preserving the dignity and independence of people living with Parkinson’s Disease for as long as possible.

 

See More: https://www.homehelpershomecare.com/blog/2018/04/mealtime-challenges-with-parkinson-s


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BLOG #2

Whether through casual chatter between friends or coverage on the evening news, caregiving often gets a bad rap. Yes, there is an emotional toll to caregiving for a person with dementia or frailty; however, there are plenty of joys of caregiving as well.

When taking care of a parent, spouse or friend, many negative feelings — anger, grief, regret, frustration and sadness — can bubble to the surface. These emotions talked about and associated with caregiving for good reasons – they are difficult and undeniable. No matter what level of eldercare you provide, there are also numerous joys of caregiving.

Caregivers Increase Their Time Management Skills

There is nothing like looking after another individual’s needs to help you with your own time management. You may learn to allow more time for certain appointments. This way, you and your aging parent have more time to reach these offices. Or maybe you book appointments located within the same vicinity on the same afternoon to keep driving time to a minimum. You may also gain a better understanding of how much allotted time is necessary for tasks. What can be done in 20 minutes and what needs a couple of hours to complete?

Caregivers Develop Better Organizational Abilities

Working hands-on with an aging senior can improve your own organizational abilities. When faced with juggling the many associated tasks of caregiving, along with the – sometimes precarious – balancing act required with your own life and family, providing elder care can help you become a far better multi-tasker. For example, I moved from using sticky notes for everything to developing a dedicated filing system for my parents’ needs. Taking this one step further, I even bought a small filing cabinet and color-coded the files … blue for healthcare, red for financial and so on. Trust me, this was a far better system!

Enhanced Family Dynamics

Should you be working with siblings while providing eldercare, this can create an excellent opportunity to bond with a brother or sister. Improved communications between siblings are another related aspect. We must all learn to compromise for the sake of your parent. Remember, when the family is arguing about Mom or Dad’s personal affairs, nothing gets done. Caregiving can become a family’s greatest gift. By sharing the workload, you may form a deep relationship with a sibling.

Improved Relationships with Your Parent, Spouse or Friend

Decreasing physical and mental health in someone you are caring for doesn’t have to be a drawback. My own father’s Alzheimer’s disease, for example, allowed me to become closer with him. Dad was always an intensely private man; however, his dementia knocked down those protective walls he had built up around him and allowed me in. For the first time ever, I was able to hug dad and hear his approval. If your parent remains able to communicate, he/she may open to you and tell you about issues once held private.

Greater Self-Awareness

Just what are your own capabilities as a caregiver? When helping an aging senior, there is no shortage of accompanying responsibilities. You may provide day-to-day support as a Guardian or report on financial matters as a Trustee. You may shuttle mom or dad to doctor’s appointments, pick up medications, offer a manicure/pedicure or provide your parent a bath. When you can accomplish something (specifically something outside your own comfort zone), it can make you a stronger and more self-confident individual.

A Better Realization of What is Most Important

Providing care to a senior can be overwhelming at times. When you can delegate caring to another individual, you can take a break for yourself. Even if this is only 30 minutes having coffee with a good friend or soaking in a soothing bubble bath, you may be able to stop and provide yourself some much-needed self-care. By recognizing how important self-care is, you may be better able to continue to practice this in the future.

Read 15 Minutes Alone as a Caregiver: Protecting Your Own Time

Sense of Paying-Back

After so many years of mom or dad caring for you, you may feel pleased to now return the favor. Do not consider this as your “obligation” … instead, consider this as your “right” and “honor.”

Yes, there are irrefutable negatives associated with caregiving; however, as you can see, there are also many joys of caregiving. Recognize these and become a better caregiver.

See more: https://homecareassistance.com/blog/joy-caregiving-caring-spouse-parent


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BLOG #1

Life expectancies have risen in the United States over the past few decades, and many elderly people find themselves moving past retirement and needing some level of regular assistance or medical attention while still being able to live independently. Home health care, residential care, and assisted living are experiencing growing demand as the needs of the older generation become increasingly diverse.

 

For Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) this means there are more opportunities to work with the elderly in a variety of settings. Visiting clients in their homes to provide occasional medical services or living assistance is common now. There are also many facilities providing a range of assisted living and long-term care services to meet any level of need. The services provided by nurses and CNAs in these contexts include:

 

General health monitoring and measurement of vital signs

Food preparation and service, as well as feeding assistance

Dispensation of medication and other health maintenance

For anyone working in a home health or assisted living setting, and especially for those seeking these services, it is important to know what is available. The organizations collected here offer comprehensive information for both CNAs and their clientele. They are divided into topics and listed in no order within those topics.

 

For any CNA considering providing home health care, assisted living services, or elder care in general, these resources are a great place to start.

The availability of health care services within one’s own home can make it much easier to cope with the difficulties of age and illness. The demand for home health care is increasing as people recognize the benefits of receiving regular or periodic care in a place where they already feel safe and comfortable.

For the list click here: https://nursingassistantguides.com/leading-home-health-resources/


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