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DeBartolo

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The Health Benefits of Knitting

Dr. Herbert Benson, a pioneer in mind/body medicine and author of “The Relaxation Response,” says that the repetitive action of needlework can induce a relaxed state like that associated with meditation and yoga. Once you get beyond the initial learning curve, knitting and crocheting can lower heart rate and blood pressure and reduce harmful blood levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

But unlike meditation, craft activities result in tangible and often useful products that can enhance self-esteem.

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The Health Benefits Of Fiber Include Depression, Dementia & Hypertension Prevention

Our bodies technically can’t digest fiber, so it easily passes through our intestines and keeps bowel movements regular. But the roughage that’s found in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains does far more than maintain digestive health; it may contribute to good health as we age, according to a new study.

The study, published in The Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, found that people who ate more fiber from cereals, breads, and fruits actually experienced a lower risk of age-related diseases and disability, like high blood pressure and even cognitive problems. The researchers examined how fiber intake contributed to successful aging compared to other factors like total carb intake, glycemic index, glycemic load, and sugar intake, and it turns out that fiber has the biggest impact on your health into old age.

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agree wholeheartedly!

My creator lived until she was 94......sewed, knitted, needlepoint....you name it.





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Crocheting is relaxing for me
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I do an assortment of twisty puzzles ie. Rubik's type
I find it relaxing and hope it is good for hands and brain
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My primary doc had me read The Relaxation Response when I first started going to her a couple of years ago. I have enjoyed knitting for quite awhile, and I find it quite relaxing. When my hands get too swollen I have to use much larger needles to knit. There is something to be said for muscle memory as it helps me keep the use of my hands.
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Shutterbug you are good at it to
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Thanks Cake! Just got done knitting a baby blanket for my grandchild which is due in the end of December. Working on baby hats as well right now.
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Congrats on the grandchild!  I'm just getting to the point where I'm looking forward to a grandchild.  None of my kids are married yet so I'm keeping that to myself LOL!
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I received some knitting needles from Jeffs grandmother. I really wanted to learn....my brain could not comprehend what to do. It was very confusing. I am hopeless. But still hopefull.
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I need to get started making some blankets and hats and stuff to. We have a little one arriving at the end the year

I was also thinking about getting some plain bibs and doing some embroidery on them. Ken thinks I should make a quilt with all the disney characters on it but that might be pushing it. We have started buying diapers and things. It was one thing my mother in law did for me. I did not have to buy any diapers or whips for the first year. When she went to the store she would pick them up it really helped us

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Same here Meg, my children's friends are just starting the road of parenthood, but with my two I'm thinking it's still a long way off. Must be an extraordinary feeling looking into the eyes of a grandchild.
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This calms me down

Note: Please excuse any misspelled works or grammar errors. I have CNS lupus and brain lesions and use a program to help me type

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Cant knit to save myself, wish I could after reading this link. Would like the feeling of calm...
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Haven't gotten to look into his eyes yet, but got to see him on ultrasound last week. Still knitting stuff for the little guy as it's cold at that time of the year.
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@Shutterbug - Is this your first grandchild or do you have others? I can neither knit nor crochet; my hands are too stiff for either. My daughter crochet beautifully. Making something for your grandson must be calming and gives you great pleasure.

Congratulations.

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