THE IMPORTANCE OF GRANDPARENTS

Grandparents have always played an essential role in bringing up children, but nowadays, more people rely on their parents to help them with their kids. The unconditional love of grandparents benefits children in many ways. A grandparent’s love and warmth creates a special bond between both generations. Most important, it gives them a feeling of comfort and security.

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BUILDING A LONG-DISTANCE RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR GRANDCHILDREN

Distance makes the heart grow fonder, right? Phooey, it stinks! Forming and maintaining bonds with grandchildren long distance can be challenging and sometimes frustrating. Luckily, technology helps bridge the gap of physical distance.

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ENJOYING ROAD TRIPS WITH GRANDCHILDREN

The summer months provide the perfect opportunity to spend extra time with your grandchildren. Perhaps a week at Grandma and Grandpa’s house is something the children look forward to every year, but this summer, why not go on a little adventure? Road trips can create a whole new family experience, something the children will remember forever.

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8. Yogurt – It’s a good source of calcium and probiotics, which means it protects against bone mineral density loss and osteoporosis and also optimizes gut health by removing harmful bacteria. Get yogurt fortified with vitamin D, which helps in the absorption of calcium. Yogurt has protein also and helps you digest food.


9. Fiber – Dietary fiber, especially that found in whole grains, fruits, vegetables and legumes, helps regulate the digestive system, which may ease constipation. Fiber can reduce your blood pressure, cholesterol and inflammation, resulting in a healthier heart. Fiber also lowers the risk of diabetes, controls blood sugar and helps fight obesity.


10. Olive oil – This helps increase your amount of anti-oxidants. According to one study, there was a drop in bad cholesterol (LDL) and an increase in good cholesterol (HDL) among people given extra virgin olive oil.


11. Carotenoid-containing Foods – The phytonutrients found in yellow vegetables and fruits such as orange bell peppers, carrots, squash and oranges can help improve the skin’s vibrancy and stop collagen breakdown.


12. Green Tea – You can drink it hot or cold; it’s full of flavonoids that may protect against heart disease and certain cancers. It also contains catechins (one of the most effective compounds for preventing sun damage such as hyperpigmentation) and polyphenols (antioxidants that combat free-radical damage and may reverse the effects of aging).


13. Wine – Red wine contains resveratrol, a compound that likely contributes to its benefits and, according to animal studies, may activate genes and slow cellular aging.


14. Water – The lack of H20 can lead to dehydration, fatigue, mild headaches, constipation and many other health problems. So make sure you drink enough water every day.

With age, the body changes. Digestion isn’t as efficient. Your sense of taste may change due to medications or you may have problems chewing. A visit to the doctor will let you know you need to eat a balanced and healthy diet, combined with adequate exercise, and take other measures to age well.


Here is a list of the best anti-aging foods you can eat:


1. Berries – They are delicious and packed with various anti-oxidants that prevent or reduce damage to your cells. All berries possess a high concentration of minerals and vitamins that can protect cell health and stave off the effects of free radicals.


2. Salmon – Along with other fatty fish such as sardines and mackerel, salmon is heart healthy and high in omega-3 fatty acids and may help prevent stroke. It’s recommended to get at least two servings of salmon a week.


3. Beans – Most beans are packed with fiber and minerals, which are crucial for overall health. They prevent bloating, constipation and cramping and improve nutrient intake.

THE BEST ANTI-AGING FOODS

4. Dark Chocolate – It’s full of flavonoids that protect the skin from various types of UV radiation, which speeds up the aging process.


5. Cruciferous Vegetables – Cauliflower and broccoli help the liver break down and excrete toxins. Broccoli, enriched with beta-carotene and vitamin C, helps keep weight down. Steaming broccoli is the best way to hold onto its nutrients. Kale is full of vitamin K, potassium and lutein that keep blood pressure in check and help maintain healthy bones and vision.


6. Tomatoes – They are high in lycopene, which can help protect against lung and prostate cancer. Processed or cooked tomatoes, as in paste, sauce and juice, may be more effective than raw ones; mashing or heating them releases more of the fruit’s lycopene.


7. Nuts – They’re full of omega- 3s, unsaturated fats, protein, potassium, calcium, vitamin E and fiber, which can have a great impact on your bone strength, inflammation, blood pressure, hormonal balance and growth and repair of cells and tissues. Try to get five one-ounce servings per week.

HARLEENA SINGH

Harleena Singh is a professional freelance writer and blogger who has a keen interest in health and wellness. She can be approached through her blog (www.aha-now.com) and Web site, www.harleenasingh.com. Connect with her on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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