Author: Sandra Cooney
I am sure you have heard of how it is important to eat healthy and that the right diet can increase your energy levels. Now - have you actually come across three special mood boosters in food? Especially for the elders, who can be a bit down due to sickness or simply lack of energy - yet when they get the right nutrients, they will feel much better - both physically and emotionally. So what are the magic foods that can make them smile?
1. Walnuts Ok, we won't go into too much detail here on how many omega-3 fatty acids walnuts have and what other important mood-lifting neurotransmitters they contain. In every case, they are an excellent snack just on their own, or you can sprinkle them over fresh vegetable salads or come up with other ways you can use them in kitchen - just be creative!
2. Salmon Scientists say that vitamin D may increase the levels of serotonin which is a prerequisite for a good mood. And what is the best source of this vitamin? Sun. Ok, but sunlight is not a food - so if you want to get more of "D", eat more fish - and salmon is an excellent source of this vitamin. And if you're stuck with ideas - go to any Irish restaurant - and they will amaze you with various ways of how to serve salmon.
3. Lentils So far we've spoken about omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D, but lentils are an excellent source of folate, a B vitamin that appears to be essential for mood and proper nerve function in the brain. So do you fancy a lentil soup? And maybe you are interested in knowing that other sources of folate are green vegetables such as spinach and broccoli, liver, and beans.
So if your mood hasn't improved just by reading this article, get up and get something good for you now - something that will lift your mood and make you feel really well. And if you need a carer who would help you with your healthy nutrition.
Home Help: When a Smile Makes All the Difference
When a person can just be themselves, each day can be another undiscovered treasure to savour! When they can wear their favourite cap, or do what they really like - and when you are with them, listening to them, laughing with them - that's what you just want and doesn't that put a smile on your face?
So how can we look after our parents today, with full love and presence, spending time with them while still being good parents ourselves? You have your job, your household, and your hobbies as well. So how can you look after your parents who are getting older while juggling all these things at the same time?
We think that it's the best to stay with them and to organise your days so that you can visit them at least once a week. But you know what? They shouldn't be left on their own for the rest of the whole week. And as you cannot tear yourself into pieces, maybe it would be worth a thought to get them a carer.
Somebody who will spend time with them and somebody who will understand them. Why not talk to Dublin Home Care Providers and see whether there whould be somebody who would match your Mum's or Dad's hobbies and personality?
This article was written by Sandra Cooney of Sandra Cooney's Home Care - http://www.schomecare.ie - Home Care Dublin - also benefit from palliative care and other personal care services.