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With a return to busy fall routines, it can be challenging for many families to find the time to sit down at the table for nutritious meals.

Adding an option like Florida Orange Juice to your family’s routine can help fuel them throughout the day. Whether drinking it on its own or by adding it to recipes like Grilled Turkey Club with Orange Juice-Infused Aioli or Orange Cream Smoothies, you can feel good about incorporating a beverage with essential vitamins and minerals, nutrients for immune system support and no added sugars. Diet and nutritional benefits: Both nutritious and delicious, drinking 100% orange juice can increase fruit intake as well as provide key nutrients including vitamin C, potassium, folate, thiamin and magnesium, as well as vitamin D and calcium in fortified juice. Research has found children whose diets include orange juice tend to have healthier diets and higher levels of physical activity compared to those whose do not. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends limiting 100% fruit juice to no more than 4-6 ounces daily for children ages 2-6 and no more than 8 ounces for children ages 7 and older.

Immune support: 100% orange juice can help support the immune system by providing a variety of vitamins and minerals. For example, an 8-ounce glass of 100% orange juice is an excellent source of vitamin C, which helps protect cells and promote the production and function of immune cells. An 8-ounce serving of fortified 100% orange juice is a good source of vitamin D, which plays an important role in regulating immune response to help fight off bacteria and viruses that get into the body. Additionally, 100% orange juice has many beneficial plant compounds, flavonoids and colorful carotenoids, which work to support the immune system by fighting inflammation and helping cells communicate with each other. No added sugar: Unlike many foods and beverages that contain added sugars, the natural sugar in 100% orange juice comes with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. In fact, a study published in “Frontiers in Nutrition” found children and adults who consumed 100% orange juice had lower intakes of added sugar compared to those who did not. Visit floridajuice.com to find more nutritious recipes.


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Grilled Turkey Club with Orange Juice-Infused Aioli Orange Juice-Infused Aioli: 1 cup mayonnaise 1/2 cup Florida Orange Juice 2 tablespoons chopped parsley 2 cloves garlic, grated 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard Turkey Club: 8 slices multi-grain bread 1 cup watercress 8 ounces thinly sliced smoked turkey 4 slices provolone cheese nonstick cooking spray - To make aioli: In small bowl, whisk mayonnaise, orange juice, parsley, garlic and Dijon mustard. - To make turkey club: Spread 2-3 teaspoons aioli on four bread slices. Spread watercress on top of aioli. Top watercress with turkey, cheese and remaining bread slices. - Spray grill pan, electric skillet or cast-iron skillet with nonstick cooking spray and warm over medium heat. When pan is hot, add sandwiches, cheese side down, and cook until bread is golden brown and cheese has melted, about 4 minutes. Gently flip and cook 2-3 minutes, or until bread is golden brown. - Serve with remaining aioli as dipping sauce.

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BUILDING A STRONG

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hile we should strive to maintain a robust immune system at all times, it is particularly important to get serious about it BEFORE flu season arrives. While influenza viruses circulate yearround, in the United States flu season occurs in the Fall and Winter. The flu typically infects on average 35 million Americans every year, with anywhere from 280,000 to 810,000 ending up in the hospital.

managing your response to stress. These along with making good lifestyle choices all help you find balance and harmony in the body.

To build a healthy immune system, start by establishing good foundations of health.

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and is one of the biggest immune boosters of all. In fact, a lack of vitamin C can even make you more prone to getting sick. Daily intake of vitamin C is essential for good health because your body doesn’t produce it or store it. Supplementing with vitamin C has been shown to reduce the duration and severity of upper respiratory tract infections, including the common cold.

This includes proper hydration, consumption of nutrientdense food, getting adequate sunlight, regular rest, appropriate exercise for your age and fitness level, and

Research has shown that supplementing with certain vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other substances can help improve immune response and potentially protect against illness.


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Zinc fights bacteria and viruses and is essential for immune system function. A deficiency in this nutrient significantly affects your immune system’s ability to function properly, resulting in an increased risk of infection and disease, including pneumonia. Zinc deficiency affects around 2 billion people worldwide and is very common in older adults. In fact, up to 30% of older adults are considered deficient in this nutrient. In addition to building strong bones and teeth, Vitamin D plays a critical role in immune health and may also protect lungs from respiratory infections. About 42% of the US population is deficient in Vitamin D. Folate is a B vitamin necessary for proper immune function as well as a host of other benefits. B-vitamins are crucial to overall health and functionality. Age, chronic disease, changes in digestion, use of antiacids all lower your body’s ability to absorb B vitamins through food.

Quercetin is a plant flavonoid that has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties especially in the sinus area and it functions as a natural anti-histamine. And let’s not forget herbs like Mullein, Elderberry, Fenugreek, Thyme, and Ivy that can help break up mucous and assist with coughs, ear infections and sore throats. Start building a strong healthy immune system today so that when you are presented with a pathogen your body can begin fighting it off right away. We are always available at A to Zinc Health Store to assist you with any natural health questions. Call us at (706) 754-0247 or just stop by. We would love to meet you! By Tracy Pato, CTN, CNHP


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veryone gets stressed at times, and unfortunately, the past year and a half has brought an extra significant stressor to us in COVID 19. It is very easy to get caught up in all of the responsibilities and daily tasks that have to be done each day. However, when those things start to build up, it can become overwhelming.

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There is often a misconception that it is best to just push through and get everything done while pushing self-care to the side. People often push self-care to the side due to focusing on all the things that need to be done for the kids, their spouse, at work, at home, etc. The problem with putting self-care to the side is that oftentimes the stress begins to build up which can then lead to people becoming overly stressed, becoming more irritable, having an increase in mental health symptoms, etc. It is important to remember that in order to be able to be able to take care of others we also have to be taking care of ourselves, which includes self-care. SOME IDEAS FOR SELF-CARE: going on a walk, taking a bath, reading a book, listening to music/watching television that is not geared around kids, going on a drive alone, writing in a journal, going to lunch with a friend, going on a date with your spouse/significant other, getting good sleep, eating nu-


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The importance of

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tritious meals, exercise, going on a drive by yourself, getting a massage, getting your nails done, going on a hike, etc. In regards to self- care, it is imperative to make sure you are doing things you enjoy. For example, if someone feels most comfortable being outside then their self-care may include going to the park. However, if someone does not enjoy being in the heat their self-care may be reading, etc. Self-care does not have to be something that takes long periods of time. Sometimes people may treat their ride to work as part of their self-care time or taking a bath as part of their self-care time. When people are busy and caring for others that selfcare time often seems limited so it is often about acknowledging those little times that you have during the day that can then add up. Even being able to acknowledge the small things we are able to do for self-care can help decrease mental health symptoms. Primary care physicians with MedLink can help diagnose & treat early skin cancers. Call today to schedule your screening. By MedLink Georgia Provider: Savannah Smith, LCSW


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The Scope of Orthopaedics at Erlanger

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re you living with undiagnosed joint pain? You are not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, severe joint pain affects more than 14.6 million people in the U.S. Joint pain can exist in any of the body’s joints, including the hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, ankles, feet, jaw, and neck.

diagnose both acute and chronic injuries, meaning those that have occurred over time.

Detection of the source of your joint pain is the first step in successfully treating or reducing it. The Orthopaedics Team at Erlanger Western Carolina is here to help by using the latest evidence-based orthopaedic medicine and surgical techniques. One commonly recommended procedure is arthroscopy.

“There are many benefits to arthroscopy,” Eric Clarke, MD, Erlanger orthopaedic surgeon, says.

Arthroscopic surgery, also known simply as arthroscopy, is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a fiber-optic device to look within a joint rather than opening it completely, to diagnose and treat an array of joint disorders with minimal soft tissue violation. The camera transmits those images in real-time so that the surgeon is able to literally see inside the joint. Arthroscopy allows a doctor to

Increasingly, arthroscopy also is being used as a treatment method in and of itself. While inside the joint, surgeons can make repairs that often alleviate the issue.

“It’s less traumatic on the joints — and it allows a surgeon to evaluate the joints thoroughly. We can repair cartilage defects and meniscal tears, as well as stabilize the joints.”


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Is Arthroscopy Right for You? Arthroscopy can be used to treat many different conditions and areas of the body, including the shoulders and knees. Some common injuries or conditions treated include: • Shoulders: rotator cuff tears and recurrent dislocations •K  nees: meniscal tears, anterior cruciate ligament tears with instability and cartilage injuries Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital is home to an exceptional orthopaedic care team with broad expertise. Board-certified and fellowship-trained physicians Drs. Eric Clarke and Stephen Purvis, and nurse practitioner Jesse Mayo, are ready to help create the right treatment plan for you if you feel persistent joint pain.

To make an appointment with Erlanger Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine at Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital in Murphy, call 828-266-0393. erlanger.org/westernortho


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ROBBINSVILLE Tallulah Community Health Center 409 Tallulah Rd. 828-479-6434 Providing whole person care by integrating primary care and behavioral health at one location, during one visit. Our services encompass individualized treatment, health education, and community assistance from a team of providers that include physicians, nurses, Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs), community health workers, and peer support specialists. M-F| 7 am - 6 pm amchc.org See pg 16

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12 Simple Stretches to Help You Move Better Here’s an alarming fact- for most of us our flexibility will diminish by more than 50% as we age. Yikes! This means your gait will likely get shorter, your posture will suffer, and simple movements will become more difficult- like putting on your shoes or picking things up off the ground. But does it have to happen? WHY YOU BECOME LESS FLEXIBLE When you have been on this planet for more than a couple of decades, you begin to see the results of muscle imbalances, overuse, faulty movement patterns and injuries in your flexibility. In fact, all of these things can cause muscles to tighten and become resistant to what you probably think of as normal movement- walking, stooping and bending. Because it becomes more difficult, we tend to avoid those motions that cause us trouble. But as they say- if you don’t use it- you lose it. This is particularly true with flexibility. As we limit movement our bodies no longer sense the need to preserve the ability to stretch. Tendons and ligaments stiffen and the collagen that they are made of deteriorates. Without challenges to this connective tissue, there is no need for the cellular repair work or nutrients, so blood flow is diminished. Add to that the almost chronic state of dehydration most of us live in (medications, caffeine, heat, and not enough water) and it is no wonder that we see struggles with flexibility as we age. SO WHAT CAN YOU DO? There are multiple issues to address. The first is hydration. • Drink more water. • Check your medications, and if a side effect is dehydration- add more water to your daily intake. • Don’t wait until you feel thirsty to drink water or other fluids. • Drink a glass of water or two immediately upon waking. • Drink a full glass of water with your meds- as long as that is advised.

HighroadsLiving.com promote healthy connective tissue, and generally feel better. Find a licensed massage therapist that specializes in mature populations. Exercise Move more. Exercise, even light walking will go far in encouraging blood flow to get to the connective tissue and stave off some of the cellular senescence of aging. Start slow if you need to, but please just move. Classes with others are a great way to get moving in a supervised way, and also give the added benefit of social accountability. Stretching Stretching improves your mobility, flexibility and ultimately your independence. Stretches come in 2 varieties. Dynamic and static. Static stretches are ones that are held for 30 seconds or more and dynamic stretches that are more movement-based and mimic actions that you likely already do. It is important to keep the 2 forms separate, as doing a static stretch and bouncing or before you are warmed up has potential for injury. General advice for a stretching program. • Start slow. • BE HYDRATED. • Focus on your breathing. There is a tendency to hold your breath. You must counter that by consciously breathing or counting softly to yourself. If you are making a noise, you are not holding your breath. • It’s ok to use tools like straps or bands to help. • Get a little warm. Wait until after a workout or a walk to focus on stretching. • If you are not sure about how something looks or feels, try doing your stretches in front of a mirror. • Stretches will be uncomfortable, but they should NOT be painful. If you feel anything sharp or tingly, stop immediately. The following is a list of seated or standing stretches you can do to keep every part of your body moving. Remember as always, please consult a physician before beginning this or any other program. SEATED OR STANDING STRETCHES Neck Stretch

Important note: No one likes to talk about incontinence, but it is NOT a reason to avoid drinking your water. Talk with your doctor if this is a concern. Nutrition Eat your veggies. Dark green vegetables such as broccoli, kale and spinach contain a substance known as lutein. Lutein helps your body produce elastin. Get high quality protein. The amino acids in protein provide the building blocks of elastin and collagen. Omega 3s- these things are pretty much good for everything, including your connective tissue. Massage Massage is a healthy and natural way to encourage blood flow,

Tilt your head to the left, right, back and forward. Then turn your head left and right. Hold each movement for 10-30 seconds. It is not necessary or advisable to use your hands to deepen the stretch. Just relax into it. Avoid moving your shoulders as much as possible. Special Note on BACK Stretches Avoid dynamic movement on back stretches. Without proper core engagement, you can injure yourself. If you want to learn about core engagement, please contact a certified personal trainer to help you.


HighroadsLiving.com Volume 10 • Issue 5 - Highroads Living 15 Upper Back Stretch Squeeze your shoulder blades together, opening your arms wide and breathe deeply. Then round your back and cross your arms in front of you at the elbows, hollowing out your belly.

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Seated Twists Sit straight and tall on a chair, bench or box with your shoulders back. Twist the torso slowly until facing one side, and hold for 10-30 seconds. Then do the other side. Shoulder Stretch Keeping your arm straight, cross it in front of you. Bend the other arm, and support the straight arm at the elbow. Push the straight arm’s shoulder down away from the ears and hold. Repeat on the other side. Side Stretch Stand or sit straight in a chair. If you can, join both hands overhead tilt to one side and hold. Then do the other side. If you cannot put your arms overhead, you can put your hands on your hips and bend. Try to keep your hips straight. Chest Stretch Spread the arms wide. Extend the hands and slowly rotate the arms so that the thumbs are moving from pointing to the ceiling to pointing toward the floor. Triceps Stretch Lift your arm, to touch the opposite shoulder behind your head. Grab that elbow with your other hand and ease it back until the elbow points at the ceiling.

Bicep and Wrist Stretch Extend the arm with the elbow up and grab the fingers bringing them down to flex at the wrist. Rotate the hand and again grab the fingers to flex in the opposite direction. Quad Stretch Ideally this is done standing and grabbing your foot. Bend one knee to grab your foot behind you. Hold on to something if balancing is a challenge.

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If that is too difficult, you can use this modified version. Stand next to a chair or other flat surface about knee high. Try to grab the foot of the bent leg by the shoelaces. Calf Stretch Place both hands on a wall. Stagger the feet. Bend the front leg slightly. Do not allow the knee to extend beyond the toe. Straighten the back leg and stretch the heel until it is flat.

Seated Glute Stretch Sit straight on a sturdy chair, box or bench. Cross one leg. The ankle should rest on the opposite knee. Place one hand gently on the bent leg to stretch out to the side. Inner Thigh Stretch Sit on the edge of a chair, bench, or box. Take legs as wide as possible with toes pointing out. Place a hand on each knee. Without moving knees beyond toes, drop shoulders one at at time to press thighs open. Try a few or try them all. Need more help? TheGym locations all have certified personal trainers available to help you.


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