Chill Out!

I have never really been a big drinker. Alcoholic drinks don't do much for me other than make my body bigger and make my pocketbook smaller. I really only enjoy the ultra sugary, icy, fruity drinks that don't taste much like alcohol at all.

I have never really been a big drinker. Alcoholic drinks don't do much for me other than make my body bigger and make my pocketbook smaller. I really only enjoy the ultra sugary, icy, fruity drinks that don't taste much like alcohol at all. 

We just celebrated July 4th and most people love to have another excuse to drink until they float away. I have a few favorite summertime treats that I really enjoy drinking. One is simple and obvious. The other is a little more unusual and decadent! However, they both do have something in common. They are healthy, tasty and refreshing! I am sitting here in the blazing sun, nearly having mirage images of these thirst-quenching drinks. As soon as I'm done writing this, I'm going to whip myself up one!


The first refreshing drink is making a big pitcher of iced green tea! I know it's obvious, but Dr. Oz recommends at least 2 cups of green tea a day, and nothing is more refreshing than a cold glass of green tea over ice! Green tea helps to ward off cancers and also may help reduce your cholesterol! 

The second summer drink is a strawberry/watermelon cooler. I'm going to share the recipe. It is so great to drink if you need a pick-me-up or if you are having a party and want to impress all of your guests with a tasty, non-alcoholic, healthy drink! So, drink to your health!

Refreshing Strawberry/Melon Cooler

Ingredients

1 cup of strawberries

1 cup of watermelon (cut in cubes)

1 cup of ice

1 tbsp of agave nectar

1 can of your favorite brand of plain sparkling water

Fresh mint for looks and taste!

Directions

Blend all ingredients, except for sparkling water, in a blender. If you desire an extra chilly drink, put ice in your cup first. After you have a slushy mixture, pour and divide into 2 separate cups. Lastly, pour the sparkling water on top and give the drink a good stir.  Put the mint sprig on top and you'll have it "made in the shade!"  Enjoy!

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Make sure all their doctors are aware of all the medications she is taking.

Q: My mom is 94 and has dementia. She is taking a whole medicine cabinet-full of medications and I think they actually make her fuzzier. How should I talk to her various doctors about what she is taking and if she can get off some of the meds? — Gary R., Denver, Colorado

A: Many dementia patients are taking what docs call a "polypharmacy" — three or more medications that affect their central nervous system. And we really don't know how that mixture truly affects each individual person.

A new study in JAMA Network that looked at more than 1 million Medicare patients found almost 14% of them were taking a potentially harmful mix of antidepressants, antipsychotics, antiepileptics, benzodiazepines such as Valium and Ativan, nonbenzodiazepine benzodiazepine receptor agonist hypnotics such as Ambien or Sonata, and opioids. And almost a third of those folks were taking five or more such medications. The most common medication combination included an antidepressant, an antiepileptic, and an antipsychotic. Gabapentin was the most common medication — often for off-label uses, such as to ease chronic pain or treat psychiatric disorders, according to the researchers from the University of Michigan.

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