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An Ode to the Bass Buggy Cruising the Lakes of Clermont on Our Family’s Boat As any Floridian knows, there’s no better way to spend the day than on the boat with a cool drink and great company. Five years ago, my family joined the leagues of boaters on the Clermont lakes by purchasing a 1984 Bass Buggy. It looked exactly as it sounds. The buggy was an old pontoon boat that was essentially a big metal barge. Throughout the past five years, we’ve updated, painted, and refurbished this boat to turn it into our ultimate escape on the lake. We added speakers and lights, but we also kept the original Bass Buggy stickers. Some reputations deserve their legacy. The first time I ever drove any kind of boat was right after we purchased the buggy. I’m sure we looked hilarious from the dock as we tried to reel the boat back onshore and kept bumping into the dock and other obstacles. Luckily, the buggy is pretty indestructible, so docks and haphazardly fallen logs won’t do much damage. Today, I’m pretty confident behind the wheel of the buggy, and my kids have gained a few skills too. In fact, my son will often take the buggy out on his own. The fragile part of the Bass Buggy was its motor. There were plenty of times in that first year where we were stuck on the lake, fighting with our motor to start up again. After replacing the engine, we made a silent agreement to always stop for boaters who were stuck on the lake and fighting with their engines. We were just like them many times, and we know paddling back to shore is a daunting prospect.
When we moved to our current home two years ago, our boating adventures grew, as our dock was just outside our back door. Now, the buggy never leaves the water, and nearly every weekend, you can find my family on the lake behind our home. We live on one of Clermont’s eight lakes that form a chain around this city, and we cruise around the canals, stopping for a nice dip in the water and touring our city from one of its more scenic routes. Any time we have company, we are out on the Bass Buggy, and it’s always a great way to show our guests the Clermont area. One of our favorite traditions is to watch the Clermont Christmas Boat Parade. Hailing from Chicago, it still blows my mind that we can boat in December instead of driving onto a frozen lake with our trucks or ATVs. When I send my relatives photos of the parade, they are just as baffled. It’s quite an experience living somewhere that doesn’t completely freeze over each winter. Instead, our family can enjoy Christmas doing what we love. It’s been five years since the Bass Buggy joined our family, and I honestly can’t imagine a weekend without it. Nothing is better than relaxing with your family on a big metal barge with your favorite music playing and the lake’s gentle waves carrying you through the afternoon.
-Luke Kron, PT Managing Partne
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THE FREE RADICAL 411
How to Minimize Age-Inducing Atoms
If you’ve ever picked up a health magazine while waiting at the doctor’s office, then you’re probably familiar with the term “free radicals” — at least enough to know that they get a bad rap from doctors and beauticians alike. But what are they, exactly? According to Live Science, free radicals are atoms with unpaired electrons that have split off from oxygen molecules in the body and started to “scavenge” for other electrons to pair with. That wouldn’t be problematic, except that these atoms tend to damage cells, lipids, proteins, and even DNA along the way, and that destruction has serious consequences. As Live Science puts it, “Free radicals are associated with human disease, including cancer, atherosclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and many others.
They also may have a link to aging, which has been defined as a gradual accumulation of free-radical damage.” Unfortunately, it’s impossible to entirely avoid free radicals and the havoc they wreak. The process that forms free radicals, called oxidative stress, can be kick-started by a variety of different substances found in food, water, medicine, and even the air we breathe, according to the Huntington’s Outreach Project for Education at Stanford University. Unsurprisingly, these substances are things already considered unhealthy, like alcohol, exposure to X-rays, ozone, fried food, chemical pesticides, air pollutants, and tobacco smoke.
free radicals: the antioxidant. According to a study published by Pharmacognosy Reviews, antioxidants can “donate an electron to a rampaging free radical and neutralize it, thus reducing its ability to damage.” Synthetic antioxidants exist but can sometimes have harmful side effects, so scientists advise protecting yourself by avoiding free radical triggers like alcohol, processed foods, and red meat, and ingesting natural antioxidants in the form of berries, stone fruits, olives, onions, garlic, and green and black teas. Herbs and spices like cinnamon, basil, turmeric, and fenugreek can ratchet up your antioxidant levels too. While it can’t guarantee immortality, the right diet can certainly help you stave off aging and disease, so why not start today?
That said, there is one molecule that is stable enough to stand up to and reduce
THE AMAZING CONNECTION BETWEEN YOUR STOMACH AND YOUR BRAIN Thinking With Your Gut
While it may seem strange to think about, the human stomach is truly a thing of wonder. Most humans only acknowledge its digestive processes, but the gut plays a much more influential role in our day- to-day lives than simply breaking down food for nutrient production; it is closely connected to our emotional states, as well. Think about it. Have you ever felt butterflies before a date, intestinal pain during moments of stress, or nausea before an important presentation? Have you ever told someone to “follow their gut” before making a big decision? These physical symptoms are not a coincidence; they are known in the scientific world as the gut-brain axis .
Your gut is connected to the limbic system, the part of the brain that processes emotions. The brain sends messages to all other organs in your body, so it’s not surprising it communicates with your stomach, too. What is surprising, however, is that the connection goes both ways. Just as your brain can relay information to your gut about excitement and anxiety, your gut can have a direct impact on the way you feel. According to a recent study published by the National Library of Medicine, when a person’s microbiome — the diverse population of good and bad bacteria living in the GI tract — becomes significantly altered or imbalanced, psychological
or neurological issues can arise. In response to these emerging findings, dietary approaches and probiotics are being explored to see how well they can modulate a person’s microbiome and address symptoms. While research is still being conducted to determine the extent of the stomach’s influence over emotional and mental states, plenty of evidence proves the connection is real. Your stomach “talks” to you all the time, and, if you didn’t have enough reasons to pay attention to the food you eat, now you have one more thing to keep in mind. If you start thinking a bit more with your gut, your health will thank you for it!
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‘Fall’ into Wellness
HOW PHYSICAL THERAPY CAN PREVENT FALLING AS YOU AGE
Fall prevention could save U.S. citizens millions of dollars in medical bills and save lives, too. According to the National Council on Aging, falls are the No. 1 cause of death among elderly Americans, as 1 in 4 older adults in the U.S. fall each year. Falling can cause a litany of expensive future medical problems as well as diminish a senior’s quality of life and mobility. With all these statistics, it may seem like falls are a regular product of aging, but falling is completely preventable! As your eyesight worsens and your joints stiffen, you don’t have to live in fear over tripping, falling, or collapsing in your home. Physical therapy is a tool that can help you get there. WITH SUDOKU TAKE A BREAK
At Four Corners Health and Rehabilitation, we begin our fall prevention and balance issue treatments by taking a risk assessment of each patient. This will provide your physical therapist with the information they need to develop a plan of strength and mobility exercises geared toward improved balance. For reference, common fall risks include dizziness, vertigo, imbalance, and migraines, but any older adult is at risk for falling as they age. Next, the therapist will lead the patient through the exercises during continued treatment and at-home exercises. As patients continue to build their strength,
But your physical therapist can do more than just build your muscles and curb your dizziness. They can provide you with information for continued success. This includes information regarding additional senior fitness classes, the proper shoes to wear for ultimate balance, organization tips to keep your home’s walkways free and clear of items, and creating a home with guide rails and support. You can also work with your therapist to develop a plan in the event that you do fall in your home or when no one is around. Don’t let a fall take away your independence. Age into your golden years with mobility, strength, and competence in your ability to stay upright. Learn more about our fall prevention and treatment programs by calling 352-243-4422 or visit FourCornersRehab.com.
continued risk assessments and the therapist’s expertise will be crucial in measuring a patient’s success with treatment.
CHOCOLATE- DIPPED FRUIT
Inspired by Food Network
This super easy and fun way to create homemade treats provides your kids with a healthier and more delicious alternative to packaged industrial candy. As a bonus, making it is an awesome Halloween activity for your family to enjoy. INGREDIENTS
• 1 package melting chocolate • Assorted dried fruit, including apricots and mangoes
1. In a large saucepan, bring 1 inch of water to a boil. 2. Place a large, heatproof mixing bowl on top of saucepan so that no steam can escape. Place melting chocolate in mixing bowl and double boil until melted. 3. Dip half of each piece of fruit in chocolate before transferring to a parchment- lined baking sheet to rest. 4. Let cool for 10 minutes until chocolate solidifies. 5. Place in school lunches, serve at parties, and indulge in a few for yourself.
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ROUNDING OUT 2019 CELEBRATE THROUGHOUT CLERMONT WITH THESE EVENTS
As we approach the holiday season, Clermont has plenty of ways for you to celebrate. Check out these three events to get your holiday celebrations started.
Sun Times, “Letters Home” shines the spotlight on the fears, bravery, and mentalities of some of the country’s most recent soldiers. The production uses minimal props and was inspired by Frank Schaeffer’s book, “Voices from the Front.” Purchase tickets and learn more at ClermontPerformingArts.com .
Harvest Festival When: Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Light Up Clermont When: Dec. 6–7 Where: Downtown Clermont Admission: TBA
Where: Downtown Clermont Admission: Varies by vendor
Celebrate all things fall with St. Mathias Episcopal Church’s annual Harvest Festival, featuring more than 150 food trucks and vendors. Families are invited to enjoy the Kids Zone, complete with train rides, a bounce house, face painting, and a costume contest. Don’t forget to stay for the costume parade as well! Prizes will be handed out at the Clermont City Hall greens. Learn more by visiting ClermontDowntownPartnership.com . ‘Letters Home’ When: Nov. 9; first showing at 3 p.m., second showing at 8 p.m. Where: Clermont Performing Arts Center Admission: $25 Just in time for Veterans Day, the Clermont Performing Arts Center will host “Letters Home,” a riveting production of monologues pieced together from real letters written by soldiers serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. Called “extraordinary” and “deeply moving” by the Chicago
It’s almost the most wonderful time of the year! Celebrate the holiday season this December with Clermont’s annual tree-lighting ceremony and Christmas parade. Enjoy the spoils of this special ceremony at the Clermont Arts and Recreation Center or swing by afterward to enjoy the fantastic light display. It’s nearly impossible to not join in on the festivities and leave with a little extra “jolly” in your step. As the event gets closer, visit ClermontFL.gov to learn more.
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