As a Nurse Practitioner, mom, wife, friend, sister and neighbor, people are always asking me for health advice. I love translating complicated medical information to help people navigate their way toward better health and wellness. I’ll help you find the information you need to make the best decisions for your health and the health of your family.
Here’s to better health,
Nurse Barb Dehn RN MS NP
Staying hydrated seems obvious, but it might be more challenging than you think. Most of my pregnant patients are surprised to learn that their blood volume increases by about 50% midway through pregnancy.
When it comes to salt – Remember Gold-i-locks: Not too much, not too little, but just the right amount. The truth is, your body needs salt, so while we don’t want you to over indulge in lots of salty foods, a little goes a long way in helping you maintain your fluid balance. So, don’t restrict your salt intake.
In the midst of a steamy summer season, many of us, understandably, flee the heat of the kitchen. For older adults, though, the heat is especially problematic, as it can leave them lethargic and with little appetite. Without proper nourishment, they don’t get the nutrition they need to stay healthy and active. Dehydration can also result, an especially common and dangerous condition for older adults, one that often results in emergency room visits.
Chef Tania Collazo addresses these problems everyday as the Health Supportive Chef at JASA, one of New York’s largest and most trusted non-profit organizations dedicated to serving the city’s older adults. She oversees the kitchens at JASA’s senior centers throughout the city and also serves as a private chef, caterer and culinary coach. Her tips for creating appetizing and easy summer fare will keep even the most kitchen averse seniors sated.
Chef Collazo’s Tips:
Hydration Concentration– Over the age of 50, our bodies are not as adept at letting us know when we’re thirsty, so it’s important to consume foods high in liquid content. A Smoothie made in the blender with watermelon, cucumber, mint, watercress and ice is a quick, cool and refreshing way to hydrate.
Don’t Trash That Banana – When your bananas start to feel a tad mushy, don’t throw them out. Make ice cream instead! Peel the bananas, cut into pieces, put them in a baggie and stash in the freezer. When they’re good and cold, toss the pieces in a food processor or high-powered blender with a bit of vanilla, almond butter and 2-3 strawberries. Voila, you’ve got a healthy, fruity, cold concoction. […]