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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Our Top Ten Valentines Day Scrubs!

Want to wear Valentines Day amore?  Here are our top Ten Valentines Day scrubs!

Koi Kathryn 115PR in Love Letters - $24.99
Koi Makayla 223PR in Midnight Rose - $27.99
Dickies 82849C in Hearts and Crafts - $24.49
Dickies 84724C in Plaid to Know You - $18.99
Cherokee 6875CB in Smooch Mickey - $27.49
Cherokee 6704C in Boop No 9 - $27.49
Koi Lindsey 701 in Ruby - $29.99
Cherokee Snap Front Warm Up 4350 in Shocking Pink - $19.49
Cherokee 3623 in Springtime Serenade - $25.49
Dickies 84724C in Dot's Love - $18.99
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Friday, January 24, 2014

The Importance of Water Intake

Even healthy eaters often underestimate the importance of their water intake and wind up suffering from chronic, low-grade dehydration.  The listing below shows the wide range of bodily functions impacted by body hydration level.  We hear all of the time that we should drink 8 glasses of water per day, and here is exactly why you should!

ENERGY:
Suboptimal hydration slows the activity of enzymes, including those responsible for producting energy, leading to feelings of fatigue.  Even a slight reduction in hydration can lower metabolism and reduce one's ability to live efficiently and active life.

DIGESTION:
Our bodies produce an average of seven liters of digestive juices daily.  When we do not drink enough water, our secretions are more limited and the digestive process is inhibited.  However, drinking too much water all at once, perticularly with food, can also dilute digestive juices, reduce their efficacy and lead to indigestion.

REGULARITY:
As partially digested food passes through the colon, the colon absorbs excess liquid and transfers it to the bloodstream, so that a stool of normal consistency is formed.  When the body is low on water, it extracts too much liquid from the stool that it becomes hard, dry and difficult to eliminate.  Slowed elimination contributes to body-wide toxicity and inflammation.

BLOOD PRESSURE:
When we are chronically dehydrated, our blood becomes thicker and more viscous.  In response to reduced overall blood volume, the blood vessels contract.  To compensate for the increased vein-wall tension and increased blood viscosity, the body must work harder to push blood through the veins, resulting in elevated blood pressure.

STOMACH HEALTH:
Under normal circumstances, the stomach secretes a layer of mucus which is composed of 98% water to prevent its mucus membranes from being destroyed by the highly acidic digestive fluid it produces.  Chronic dehydration impedes mucus production and may irritate and produce ulcers in the stomach lining.

RESPIRATION:
The moist mucus membranes in the respiratory region are protective, however, in a state of chronic dehydration, they dry out and become vulnerable to attack from substances that might exist in inhaled air like dust and pollen.  

WEIGHT MANAGEMENT:
Feelings of thirst can be confused with hunger, both because eating can soothe thirst and because dehydration-induced fatigue is often misinterpreted as a lack of fuel.  Both dynamics can lead to false sensations of hunger, triggering overeating and weight gain.  Inadequate hydration can also promote the storage of inflammatory toxins, which can also promote weight gain. 

SKIN HEALTH:
Dehydrated skin loses elasticity and has a dry, flaky appearance and texture.  Dehydration can also lead to skin irritation and rashes, including conditions like eczema.  We need to sweat about 24 ounces a day to properly dilute and transport the toxins being eliminated through our skin.  When we are chronically dehydrated, the sweat becomes more concentrated and toxins are not removed from our system as readily, which can lead to skin irritation and inflammation. 

CHOLESTEROL:
Cholesterol is an essential element in cell membrane construction.  When we are in a state of chronic dehydration and too much liquid is removed from within the cell walls, the body tries to stop the loss by producing more cholesterol to shore up the cell membrane from being to permeable, the overproduction introduces too much cholesterol into the blood stream.

KIDNEY & URINARY HEALTH:
When we do not drink enough liquid, our kidneys struggle to flush water-soluble toxins from our systems.  When we do not adequately dilute the toxins in our urine, the toxins irritate the urinary mucus membranes and create a germ and infection friendly environment.

JOINT HEALTH:
Dehydrated cartilage and ligaments are more brittle and prone to damage.  Joints can become painfully inflamed when irritants or toxins produced by the body and concentrated in our blood and cellular fluids, attach to them.  This activity is the precursor to development of arthritis. 



AGING:
The normal aging process involves a gradual loss of cell volume and an imbalance of the extra cellular and intracellular fluids.  This loss of cellular water can be accelerated when we do not ingest enough liquids, or when our cell membranes are not capable of maintaining a proper fluid balance. 

ACID – ALKALINE BALANCE:
Dehydration causes enzymatic slowdown, interrupting important biochemical transofrmations, with acidifying results at the cellular level.  The acidication of the body’s internal cellular environment can be further worsened when excretory organs, such as the skin and kidneys do not have enough liquid to do their jobs properly.  An overly acidic biochemical environment can give rise to a host of inflammatory health conditions, as well as yeast and fungal growth. 


From United Ostomy Association of Metro Denver, Inc., Nov/Dec 2013

Monday, January 20, 2014

50 years and Older? Get a Senior Discount!


I know you don't LOOK old enough for a senior discount, but who doesn't want to save a little money?  We did a little research and found some pretty cool deals for "Senior Citizens".

50+
Krispy Kreme
Standing discount of 10% off on your entire order! 
Steak n' Shake
Mondays and Wednesdays, standing discount of 10% off your entire order! 
Banana Republic
10% off.  Day varies by location, call ahead to confirm.

55+
Arby's
10% off your entire order.  Varies by location, call ahead to confirm.
Chick-Fil-A
FREE small drink or coffee.  Varies by location, call ahead to confirm.
Chili's
10% off entire purchase.
IHOP
10% off entire purchase.
KFC
Free small drink with purchase of a main dish.

Belk
15% off the first Tuesday of the month.
Goodwill
25% off on select days, 15% off all other days.  Varies by location, call ahead to confirm.
Albertsons
10% off entire purchase the first Wednesday of the month.
Best Western
10% off regular room rates.
Ross
10% off every Tuesday.


60+
Burger King
10% off entire purchase.
Einstein's Bagels
10% off of baker's dozen bagels.
Golden Corral
10% off entire purchase.
CiCi's Pizza
10% off entire purchase.  Varies by location, call ahead to confirm.
Subway
10% off entire purchase.  Varies by location, call ahead to confirm.
Comfort Inn/Choice Hotels/Rodeway Inn/Sleep Inn
10% off advance reservations, must request discount when making reservations.
Motel 6
10% off as an AARP member, free Wi-Fi plus 2pm late checkout upon request.
AMC Theatres
Standing discount varies by location but can be as low as $4.50 for moviegoers 60+.

Taco Bell
Free drink with purchase of a main dish.
Kroger/City Market/King Soopers
5% off entire purchase every Wednesday.
Publix
5% off entire purchase every Wednesday.

62+
White Castle
10% off entire purchase if you have a White Castle Card.
Kohl's
15% off entire purchase on Wednesdays.
Hyatt Hotels
Up to 50% off daily room rate at participating locations.  Call ahead to confirm.
Amtrak
15% off fares for passengers 62 and above.
Greyhound
5% off unrestricted fares for passengers 62 and above.
US National Parks Pass
$10 lifetime pass for US citizens and permanent residents over 62.  There is an additional $10 application fee.
Michaels
10% off on Tuesdays for shoppers who are AARP members.


65+
Boston Market
10% off entire purchase.
Dress Barn
10% off one day per week.  Day varies by location, call ahead to confirm.
Verizon Wireless
Nationwide 65 Plus Cell Phone plan starts at $29.99/month for a 2 year plan.

MISCELLANEOUS
Airline/Airfare
Most airlines give a discount to seniors over 65, but you must call to make your reservations (cant book online) to receive the discount, and most discounted fares are only on select flights.
Car Rentals
Most car rental companies offer up to 25% off regular rental rates.  Call your preferred car rental company for more information.

Sources:
http://www.allseniordeals.com/discount50plus-travel/choice-hotels-senior-citizen-discount.html
http://www.frugalicity.com/senior-discounts.html

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Seniors: Protect Yourself from Health Care Scams



Fraudsters are capitalizing on the rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and open enrollment of Medicare.  With the major shifts in healthcare happening, criminals are targeting seniors.

The fact is, if you have Medicare, you do not need to buy health insurance through the exchanges created by the ACA.  Actually, it is illegal for someone to sell an exchange health insurance plan to a known Medicare recipient.

In many instances, the con artists are trying to get seniors to give out sensitive information such as bank account numbers, Social Security numbers or Medicare numbers, all while signing them up for plans they do not need.  Many seniors have already had their identities stolen or been swindled out of their life savings. 

Here are a few steps seniors can take to avoid falling victim to fraudsters:

Be Suspicious of all Solicitations
If anyone contacts you uninvited at your door, over the phone, or by
e-mail seeking to verify your personal information, or sell you a health plan, just say NO.  Never share personal information with anyone who contacts you uninvited. 

Medicare Will Never Call You at Home
If you receive a call from someone who says they’re from Medicare or Social Security, hang up.  Medicare and Social Security employees will never call you at home, unless you contacted them first about a problem.

Use Official Websites Only
Seniors using the fall Medicare open enrollment period to shop for prescription drug or Medicare Advantage plans should verify they ONLY use the website www.medicare.gov and 1-800-MEDICARE phone number.  For example Medicare websites ending in “.org” or “.com” are NOT the official Medicare website. 

Ask Questions
If you feel uncomfortable or unsure about any unsolicited situation, stop, take a step back from the situation, and make a phone call to a trusted family member or friend and ask their opinion of the situation.  

Report Suspected Fraud
Report any suspected fraud to the local police or your state’s attorney general.  To report identity theft related crimes contact the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov/idtheft or call 1-877-438-4338. 
Also, the Senate Special Committee on Aging is available to help if you have questions about reporting fraud or need assistance, at 855-303-9470.  Or you can visit the resources website for Special Committee on Aging at www.aging.senate.gov/resources for more information. 


Adapted from SeniorJournal.com