How to stay healthy this winter.

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I work in assisted living with a lot of people and a lot of germs. I do care, I assist them with basically everything. Sometimes, I am not allowed to call in sick because the residents are dependent on me and I hate working sick and we are short staffed all the time. I also have an elementary age and middle school aged children that bring home sickness. Since the elderly population immune system is weaker, they are more at risk for sickness and disease.

There is a lot of viruses, influenza, and pneumonia going around every year. So how do I stay healthy? I don’t always stay healthy but I do most of the time. I’ve read up online on how to stay healthy so I have done my research. You can use these tips for the whole family.

Flu season is approaching us. Trust me you don’t want influenza. Influenza is more in the lungs and body aches more so than it is having a stomach bug. Stomach flu is gastroenteritis. Influenza is awful. First of all you all know this. Wash your hands. Really wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or as long as the happy birthday song. In health care, and in meetings they are always telling us to wash your hands. The first thing you learn in nurses aide training, wash your hands. It is the first skill I preformed for the state board test for CNA. I also carry hand sanitizer for my kids for when they come home from school. They say in microbiology that kills the good bacteria but I’m to OCD and germaphobe.

Next vitamins. I had a doctor tell me that you just flush out the vitamin’s and that vitamins are just a marketing scheme. I don’t believe here’s why. One day I wasn’t feeling good. I had a nasty virus. My manager told me that I had to come in. I didn’t get any sleep because I was sick and upset. I had to come in at 6 in the morning. I worked but it was miserable. I could barely do my job. I went home and took 3 tabs of airborne and felt better. I took one airborne everyday and stayed healthy for almost a year. Which was shocking because I got sick a lot beforehand, since I work in healthcare. Airborne has 1,000 mgs of vitamin c. Vitamin c helps the cells that regulate the immune system and it also has e which helps the immune system as well. I also take herbs like garlic, Andrographis and elderberry. If you have influenza, take elderberry syrup and oscillococcinum together. Also, oregano oil. Oregano oil can kill strep bacteria. Also, the same doctor that told me not to take vitamins, told me to take vitamin D3. You can also get out in the sun for some D. Fresh herbs with cooking also helps. Probiotics and prebiotics. Most of our immune system lives inside of our gut.

Green tea is full of antioxidants and flushes toxins. Also, drink plenty of water. Also fish oil is awesome for brain health. You can also use a netti pot, because you inhale germs and you can flush these germs out to prevent illness. If you run out of the solution that goes with it you can use salt. Also gargle with salt water. Kills bacteria in the throat.

OK, we all know this healthy diet and exercise. When I was sick in bed researching, I kept coming across this. Try to eat at least 5-10 fruits and veggies a day. Try to cut down on sugar because it represses the immune system. Aim for a goal of exercise 3-5 days a week for 30 minutes. You can walk, swim, run, whatever you like. I like one day of strength training, one cardio day, and one stretching yoga day.

Stress. Manage your stress. Stress wreaks havock on our bodies, and makes our immune system weaker. Don’t take life too serious. Have some “me” time, and do what makes you happy! Enjoy your hobbies, and spend time with people that build you up!

So there you have it. This is what I have found from my research and have tried. It’s worked for me. Germs are everywhere, especially for me because if I’m not around the elderly, I’m around little kids. I have asthma so I gotta stay healthy. You can use these tips for your children as well. I try to get my kids out in the fresh air for exercise and vitamin D at least 5 times a week. Being outside, and being exposed to some germs and bacteria is good. There is good in bad bacteria all around us, and even in our bodies. Being exposed to germs early on helps us build our immune systems.

Stay healthy this flu season!

The acidic and alkaline connection. Also health benefits of lemons.

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I’m sure we’ve all read that we need to eat healthy, and balance or diet and so on.

Acid, and alkaline are pH levels in our body, let’s look at the benefits of balancing our pH levels. And also, let’s look deeper into a healthier diet, and it’s benefits.

The pH value ranges from 0–14:

  • Acidic: 0.0–6.9
  • Neutral: 7.0
  • Alkaline (or basic): 7.1–14.0

Acidic food are items such as: Processed foods, Sugars, Grains, sodas, and so on.

The symptoms of having too high of an Acidic pH are: Fatigue, headache, sleepiness, lack of appetite.

Hence, if you have low energy, try changing your diet to a more alkaline diet. I have low energy sometimes, so I try to work on this.

So let’s just into this. The benefits of an Alkaline diet:

  •  Reduces inflammation. Hence your muscles will work better. Can also reduce back pain!
  • Age relating muscle wasting can be slowed down by a alkaline diet!
  •  helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol which are big risk factors for heart disease.
  • Some studies suggest that cancer cannot survive in an alkaline environment, but I’m not sure if that’s 100% true, maybe too extreme? IDK

Following an alkaline diet means choosing fruits and vegetables over higher-calorie, higher-fat choices.

Foods that contain more alkaline are foods like:  fruits, nuts, legumes, and vegetables.

Food that are more acidic:  meat, poultry, fish, dairy, eggs, grains, alcohol.

So in general, what I try to do is eat 5-10 fruits and vegetables a day, and eat nuts for more protein.

I love lemon juice, but I read that it doesn’t help balance your pH much, that it just adjust the pH in your urine. I drink it anyway. It helps your body absorb vitamin C, which helps your immune system, which is great for winter months.

Some health benefits of lemon juice:

  • Can lower cholesterol
  • Contains a lot of vitamin C, yay for the immune system!
  • Increases energy and metabolism.
  • Decreases inflammation in the body

Sound just like the benefits of eating healthier and having an alkaline diet. I love lemons so I put lemons on my food, and in my water! I struggle with energy and a sluggish metabolism, so I don’t mind trying lemon juice, it’s yummy.

I also love fruits and veggies, I feel so much better when I eat healthier.

I have a demanding job, and kiddos at home to raise, that deserve my best. I need to be healthy and have energy!

Hope this blog post helps, or encourages!

Cheers

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F.E.A.R Forget Everything and Run or, Face Everything and Rise.

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Don’t run from your problems, face them. Running causes anxiety. Face your problems with confidence. In the long run, it will be more beneficial for you, in the long run.

Anxiety is caused by the flight or fright response from our brain, back in caveman days. Train your brain to face what’s bothering you!

Overcome anxiety! I have had anxiety for over 20 years. It takes a while, but I have learned many ways to overcome it!