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What the fart? Why Passing Gas is Good For You! 😂

What the fart? Why passing gas is good for you! 😂

I remember when my grandmother was alive, it seemed like every time she stood up she would pass gas.  It wasn’t a stinky fart, just loud and what I thought was inappropriate.  I would give her the side eye and then moan “mom”,  she would turn and look at me like “WHAT?”.  😒

The boys were young and they would crack up laughing, but if we had visitors I never thought it was funny and would give them that “don’t you dare” look. 🙅  Years have since passed on and so has she, which by the way, she was 98 when she passed!  I have only recently learned that passing gas is actually good for the body.

farting is good for you If you have been reading my blog for a while then you know that my hubby was diagnosed with small intestinal cancer and although he never had any symptoms, he always did have gastrointestinal concerns.   So much so that he started getting colonoscopies in his early 40’s.

It was very difficult for him to eliminate waste and when he did it was oftentimes very painful!  He had used every over-the-counter and prescribed stool softener and laxative on the market but nothing helped.  💩😰💩

After each annual colonoscopy the diagnosis was the same, “you just have a slow digestive system, no blockage or reason to be concerned”.  Little did we know that cancer was growing inside his small intestines.

 

 We are not sure if the years of gastrointestinal problems caused or was a catalyst for the cancer, however, we were fortunate that his new GI specialist decided to perform an endoscopy which ultimately revealed it.

Hubby passing gas yet not being able to poop has always been a concern for him. However, walking past me and farting has always been an irritant to me.  

I am not sure what prompted him, maybe it was my nagging, but he decided to do a little research online where he found an article that stated that passing gas was actually good for the body.

passing gas is good for the body

I still give him the side eye when he does it ! 😒

According to an article in Medical Daily, farting…fluctuation…or simply passing gas can indicate healthy gut bacteria.  Farting is a natural part of the human digestive process.  A person would have to consume nothing but refined sugars to avoid passing gas and we all know that is definitely not healthy!

So are you or your spouse a farter?  If so, there is now no need to feel badly about doing it even if you never did. 😉  

Fart on my friend and stay healthy!


6 Benefits of Sunlight in Your Home

6 Benefits of Sunlight in Your Home

by Aleksandre McMenamin

In most cases, people typically want to separate the inside of their home’s from the abundance of nature that is outdoors. However, when it comes to lighting the inside of your home, that may not be the best way to approach it. Turns out, we still haven’t found a method of lighting that works better than that good ol’ fashioned sun in the sky. Using windows, skylights, and sunroofs to light the inside of your home can actually yield tremendous benefits! Here’s a handful of reasons why that is…

1. Health benefits

Surprisingly, due to the amount of information that we hear about skin cancer and melanoma, there are more people on this planet that suffer from a lack of UVR exposure (Ultraviolet Radiation) than there are people who get too much. Being in sunlight more often can actually decrease the risk of sun cancer by offering moderate amounts of UVR exposure. Lack of UVR exposure can also cause your bones to become softer and weaker, thus increasing their risk of breaking. It also is important to receive UVR exposure to prevent the risk of musculoskeletal disorders. health benefits of sun

2. Energy savings

Obviously, keeping an abundance of lights on in the interior of your home is going to add to your electricity bill every month, on top of the added costs of light bulbs and new wiring that will be needed over time. However, if you design your home to let in enough sunlight, there is practically very little reason why any lights need to be turned on in your home during the daylight hours. For this reason, higher quantities of higher quality windows are greatly desired, since they can allow sunlight to flow throughout your home, bringing sunlight to many areas that would otherwise be left in darkness.

3. Mood benefits

Similarly to photosynthesis in plants, sunlight is able to increase the amount of energy that we have. It accomplishes this by causing our body to increase its production of serotonin. Serotonin is a hormone in the body that has a positive effect on your mood. It increases your brain’s propensity for social interaction, positive activity, healthy appetite, faster digestion (thus helping you lose weight), stronger memory, and even strong feelings of sexual desire (I guess that explains the phrase “afternoon delight”).

4. Vitamin D

One of the most substantial ways that we get our daily supply of vitamin D is from exposure to sunlight. This is important due to the fact that nearly every bit of tissue in your body requires Vitamin D to function. Vitamin D is a valuable nutrient in that it heavily increases the effectiveness of your immune system, thus protecting you from invasive diseases and viruses. Vitamin D also is crucial to a sharp mind, as having more of it will increase brain activity and general alertness. Vitamin D even increases your metabolism, making your digestive process healthier and more effective, and helping you lose weight!

5. Aesthetics

You may not have known this, because it’s not very obvious, but nothing brightens up a room like sunlight! Seriously though, sunlight has a very pleasing effect on the aesthetics of a home’s interior. It has a natural feel that will make residents and guests feel cozier and more welcome. Sunlight also works as a powerful stimulant to the human visual system, physiologically, because sunlight activates more optic reactors in the human eye than artificial light.

Strictly democratically, studies have shown that 88% of occupants prefer the look and feel of natural light compared to electric lighting. If you’re worried about the level of control that sunlight will provide you in your interior decorating journey, remember that there are many ways to shape and control sunlight as it enters your home, such as plantation shutters. For more information on tools you can use to shape the light in your home, check out this nifty little blog post here.

6. Helps you sleep better

At the end of a long, hard day, your ability to sleep comfortably may be tied to the amount of sunlight that you’ve been exposed to throughout the day. This is because sunlight alerts your body that it needs to stop producing melatonin, a hormone that makes you drowsy and tired, pretty much the opposite of serotonin. This makes you more active during the day, thus tiring you out. But it also makes the effect of melatonin stronger after the sun goes down and your body needs to rest, because your body is better differentiating the difference between night and day.  

Have you adjusted to Daylight Saving Time yet?

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72 Tips for Staying Young

72 Tips for Staying Young

Darci Maxwell, author

Every day, an estimate of 432 billion cells in your body die. Those cells are then replaced by other cells during your body’s natural regeneration process. The quality of these new cells is based on the quality of materials they have to create themselves.

You have control over whether or not the cells will have the proper food and nutrition they need in order to regenerate properly. The healthier your cells, the younger and healthier you look. Below are some tips to ensure that your cells have the proper nutrients, as well as other beauty tips to help you stay young.

  1. Maintain a healthy body weight – A healthy body weight will lower your risk for many diseases, help you feel better, and give you more energy.

  2. Drink lots of water – Water has many benefits including balancing body fluids, energizing muscles, and keeping skin young and healthy.

  3. Eat less sugar – Sugar can depress the immune system making you more susceptible to disease.

  4. Drink less caffeine – Caffeine dehydrates the body and depletes calcium, magnesium and phosphorus levels.

  5. Eat your vegetables – Vegetables are full of vitamins and minerals that protect the body from disease and aging. eat fruits to stay healthy

  6. Eat more fruit – Fruit is also full of vitamins and minerals essential to the overall health of the body.

  7. Eat smaller portions – Eating less calories lowers the production of T3, a hormone that slows metabolism.

  8. But make sure you eat enough – Your body needs sufficient nutrients in order to survive.

  9. Eat whole grains – Whole grains are filled with vitamins, minerals and fiber.

  10. Eat spinach – Spinach is a Superfood, full of vitamins and antioxidants.

  11. Eat pomegranates – Pomegranates are also a Superfood full of antioxidants that can prevent heart disease and lower blood pressure.

  12. Eat avocados – One benefit of avacados is that the oils found in avocados toughen and hydrate your skin.

  13. Consume more fat – Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation in the body and boost the ability of the body’s enzymes to convert stored fat to energy.

  14. Just make sure its the right kind Fats and oils can stress the digestive system and raise cholesterol levels.

  15. Eat more fiber – Fiber helps to slow down digestion, helping you feel full longer but also helps food move through the digestive system quicker.

  16. Drink green tea – Green tea is full of antioxidants that help rejuvenate skin cells, heal scrapes and bruises, and protect against sun damage.

  17. Don’t smoke Smoking not only causes premature skin aging, but it destroys cilia in your lungs, keeping dirt, pollution, and chemicals trapped in your lungs.

  18. Reduce alcohol intake – Alcohol inhibits communication signals in the brain, depresses the nervous system, and inhibits bone marrow’s ability to regenerate new blood cells.

  19. Moisturize your face – Whether you have oily or dry skin, moisturizer is necessary to hydrate your skin and keep the moisture in balance. moisturize your face

  20. Moisturize your neck – Because most people forget to moisturize their neck, it tends to age faster than the rest of their face.

  21. Exfoliate – Exfoliation rids the skin of dry skin cells,creating a healthy, smooth appearance.

  22. Remove makeup every night – Not removing your makeup daily can dry out your skin, block and stretch pores, and deepen wrinkles.

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  23. Avoid heat in your hair – Heat damage causes split ends, breakage, and dry and frizzy hair.

  24. Get a hot oil treatment – The oil treatment opens the cuticle and allows moisture to penetrate the hair shaft.

  25. Wash your face with milk – Milk contains protein, fat and amino acids that can reduce redness and exfoliate the skin.

  26. Baby your hands – Hands are one of the first places to show age, keep them lotioned and keep your nails manicured.

  27. Be gentle to your feet – The health of your feet contributes to your overall health. Wear shoes that fit and get heel or arch support if necessary.

  28. Avoid tanning – Sun damage, next to smoking is one of the leading causes of premature skin aging. For more information about safe tanning, visit this blog.

  29. Always use sunscreen – Always protect your skin, use sunscreen with natural minerals like zinc oxide.

  30. Remember to sunscreen the back of your hands – We wash our hands many times throughout the day, washing the sunscreen right off. Reapply sunscreen periodically.

  31. Shield your car windows – On average, we get 200 hours of sun exposure a year through commuting. 80% of a person’s sun exposure is through widows. Protect your skin from the rays of the sun.

  32. Use lemon juice on sun spots – Lemon juice can help fade sun spots, dilute it with water and apply with a q-tip once a day.

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  33. Wear less makeup – Some cosmetics suffocate the skin and can make wrinkles stand out.

  34. Shave correctly – Shaving can irritate the skin, so be sure to use clean razors, never shave dry, and make sure to rinse the skin well after.

  35. Use the right kind of soap – There are different soaps geared towards different skin types, make sure you get the right kind. SSS Breast Cancer Awareness

  36. Exercise regularly – Exercise burns calories, boosts good cholesterol, improves mood and increases energy.

  37. Stretch often – Stretching helps keep joints and muscles mobile and reduces the effects of aging.

  38. Take Vitamin A – Vitamin A helps the immune system, vision, and bone growth.

  39. Get enough Vitamin D – Vitamin D is necessary for the regulation of calcium absorption and helps maintain healthy bones and teeth.

  40. Use beauty products with retinol – Retinol reduces substances that break down collagen in the skin after being in the sun.

  41. Reduce stress – Stress has been linked to cancer, lung disease, depression and other health problems.

  42. Fall in love – Passion is powerful, releasing hormones that reduce stress and anxiety.

  43. Do yoga – Yoga is designed to strengthen the inside and outside of your body, reinforcing muscles around the spine, lengthen muscles as well as reduces stress.

  44. Keep your brain sharp – Continue to keep your synapses firing to prevent diseases like Alzheimer’s. Do sudoku puzzles, keep up on current events, etc.

  45. Enjoy life – Focusing on positive things in life reduces stress and slow decline in physical functions.

  46. Finding the beauty in every day – Finding the beauty in every day can make us feel grateful and happy.

  47. Avoid people who complain about their age – Negativity is contagious, so avoid it whenever possible.

  48. Surround yourself with vivacious people – We become like the people we associate ourselves with, so surround yourself with youthful, energetic people.

  49. Be a part of a group – Not only will you feel like you belong, people who have more associations have less cognitive decline as they age.

  50. Travel – Whether it’s to Paris or through your neighborhood, traveling adds love, laughter, and experience to your life.

  51. Plan for the future – Having something to look forward to will make you feel hopeful.

  52. Be extravagant sometimes – Treating yourself to something special can make you feel important.

  53. Don’t feel sorry for yourself – Focusing on the negative will make you unhappy, increasing stress and anxiety.

  54. Believe in yourself – Seeing problems as challenges rather than setbacks helps us feel empowered, allowing us to accomplish more and feel younger.

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  55. Take the time to be beautiful – Taking the time to get ready in the morning will make you feel better about yourself for the rest of the day.

  56. Never say you are “too old” – Saying you are too old for something creates a self-fulfilling prophecy that will make you become as “old” as you act.

  57. Engage in positive self talk – Positive self talk can lower depression, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, and create better resilience to hardships and stress.

  58. Spend time with children – Children know how to be happy and carefree. We could learn a thing or two from them.

  59. Get enough sleep – It is scientifically proven that people who sleep less age faster.

  60. Keep up on your eye exams – When you can’t see properly, you squint, overcompensating your eyesight and deepening frown wrinkles.

  61. Visit your dentist regularly – Oral health is directly related to overall health; your dentist can help make sure your teeth and gums are healthy.

  62. Get a massage – Massages regulate blood pressure, purge toxins, relax the body, and stimulate the skin.

  63. Laugh every day – Milton Berle said “Laughter is an instant vacation”. It can calm nerves, strengthen the immune system and help us bond with friends.

  64. Be grateful – Grateful people experience less depression and stress, are more likely to serve, exercise more, and achieve their personal goals.

  65. Take breaks – Taking the time to breathe can relax the body, refocus us, and decrease anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, and other problems.

  66. Go outside – Fresh air reduces stress, boosts the immune system, and energizes our bodies.

  67. Take your time with life – Fast paced lives are often stressful. Slow down and take the time to relax.

  68. Avoid using mobility aids unless necessary – Depending on mobility aids actually weakens our body’s natural ability to move. reduce stress and relax

  69. Read 15 minutes a day – Reading can make you feel calm, improve your memory and can lessen your chances of developing Alzheimer’s.

  70. Learn something new every day – Learning makes you feel young and alive. It also keeps your mind active and slows the degeneration of the mind.

  71. Reduce Screen Time – Reduced screen time increases brain performance and boost the quality of sleep.

  72. Don’t act your age – Do something that you are “too old to do”; play on a playground, hike a mountain, or get a popsicle. You are only as old as you feel.

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What Daylight Saving Time Does To Your Body

What Daylight Saving Time Does To Your Body

By Kelly Fitzpatrick for Life by DailyBurn

The time shown on the clock from November to March is known in the Northern hemisphere as “standard time.” The rest of the year is considered the exception, or “saving time.” Countries in the Southern hemisphere, however, reverse this, observing daylight saving time during their summer — between November and March.

Making matters even more confusing, daylight saving time (DST) isn’t practiced everywhere in the world. Most of Asia and Africa as well as parts of Australia and South America don’t observe DST at all — nor do Hawaii, Arizona, or many US territories, like Guam and the US Virgin Islands. (Utah may also consider dropping DST, based on public outcry.) Even where it is practiced, clocks are set forward and back on different dates, leading to even more regional variations.

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Why Do We Have It?

If you live in a part of the world that experiences wide shifts in weather and daylight hours between summer and winter, you probably relish any extra time you get to spend outdoors in the summer sunshine. Moving the clock forward an hour in the spring gives people an extra hour of daylight in the evening, when they’re typically not working, rather than the morning. Added bonus for night owls: It also moves the sunrise an hour later, keeping late-risers’ bedrooms conveniently dim.

It’s not clear, though, whether all this inconvenience is worth it. One hundred years ago, when DST was first introduced in war-torn Germany, there was a case to be made for saving energy. Moving the clock forward in the spring reduces the number of waking hours between sunset and bedtime (since bedtime remains static while sunset occurs an hour later, according to the clock). Fewer post-sunset evening hours ought to mean fewer lights turned on, and less money spent on energy.

Newer studies throw this hypothesis into question, though. When DST was introduced, lightbulbs were the primary use of household electricity. These days, we use our TVs, computers and other small appliances just as much, whether it’s light or dark out. Meanwhile, lightbulbs have grown more efficient. And now that we live in a world where we can control indoor temperature (phew!), it’s possible that having more waking daylight hours could, in fact, increase our energy use, since air conditioning uses so much more power than a few measly lightbulbs and is typically turned higher during daylight hours. Studies are inconclusive, but even if it does save money, the savings are estimated to be no more than one or two percent.

more light in the morning for OOTD pics

more light in the morning for OOTD pics

How to Deal

In a perfect world, DST wouldn’t shock our circadian rhythms twice annually. “Ideally we would be able to allow our internal circadian rhythms to move along naturally with the light-dark cycles that change from season to season,” says Dr. Rosen. Since that’s not possible, try these tips to transition back to standard time with ease.

  1. Don’t Stay Up Late

When you set the clocks back each fall, “your circadian rhythms will cause you to want to go to bed earlier and wake up earlier than your external environment,” says Dr. Rosen. “One of the biggest mistakes that people make … is staying up later and thinking that they’re going to get an extra hour of sleep,” she adds. Because your circadian rhythms may wake you early Sunday morning, it’s important not to count on that extra snooze time.

  1. Use the Sun

The fall time change is easier than the spring, says Dr. Rosen, particularly for those who work standard daylight hours, since you’re able to hack your sunlight exposure. Try to get as much late afternoon sun exposure before switching the clocks back, and as much morning sun exposure as possible after switching the clocks to help ease the transition. more light in the morning for OOTD pics

  1. Take Your Time

“If you work a non-traditional schedule, or have a little extra time in the morning, it might ease the transition if you go to sleep and wake up 10-15 minutes later each day the week before the time change,” says Dr. Rosen. As always, adding a nap can help fend off drowsiness for anyone still struggling with the switch back to standard time.

I like Daylight Saving Time because it is great for early morning OOTD pics.

How are you dealing with the change?


Managing Stress

Managing Stress

We are often subject to stress, the chronic and primarily psychological pressures of modern life. Yet we also suffer consequences when the body’s biological mechanisms for handling stress go awry. Fortunately, we have the ability to control our reaction to stressful situations.

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Stress Facts

85 percent of adults know that they may suffer adverse health effects from stress

An estimated 75-90 percent of doctor’s visits are related to symptoms caused by stress

Stress has been linked to leading causes of death – heart disease, cancer lung ailments, accidents and suicide, as well as numerous other disorders.

Unmanaged stress can suppress the immune system

People under constant stress may accumulate fat around their abdomen due to higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

What is Stress?

Stress occurs when there is a mismatch between the demands we experience and the resources we have to deal with those demands. A stressor is a situation, event or demand that causes stress. Stress is not an event, but our reaction to that event. When left unchecked, physical, emotional, and mental resources can become depleted, leading to illness symptoms of chronic stress including:

Fatigue

Chronic muscle tension and headaches

Chest pain and a rapid heart rate

Frequent illnesses or infections such as colds

Intestinal problems or pain

High blood pressure

Changes in appetite

Insomnia and teeth grinding

Overeating

Procrastination

Irritability and lashing out

Increase in smoking, drinking or drug use

Reckless driving

Negativity

In order to overcome and change some of our negative responses to stress, we can use alternate strategies including:

Talking

Laughing

Exercising

Prayer or meditation

Practicing coping and relaxation skills

Improving organizational and time management skills

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Categorize Your Stressors

A helpful exercise is to list all your stressors. Include everything – traffic, workload, disorganization, lack of communication, relationships, illness, housework, etc. You might find that simply creating the list makes you feel a little more in control. Take each item on your list and ask yourself two questions about each one:

1. How important is it?

2. Can I control or change it?

Focus most of your resources on those stressors that are important and controllable. Action is when you do something that actively changes a situation. Examples of actions include learning time management skills, using problem solving skills, practicing assertive communication or implementing money management.

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Stress Coping Techniques

Coping skills help offset the negative effects of stress. They do not change the situation, but they give you a positive outlet and help your mind and body rest, rejuvenate and recover. They include: physical activity/exercise, a nutritious diet, adequate sleep, using positive thoughts, finding fun and laughter and effective time management.

Practice Quick Relaxation Exercises

Practice quick relaxation techniques such as:

Deep breathing

Visual imagery

Listening to music

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25 Easy Ways to Boost Your Immune System

25 Easy Ways to Boost Your Immune System [Guest Post}

Author: Alyssa Craig

 

April showers brings May flowers…and sniffles, sneezes and allergies!  Spring is blooming and so are illnesses!  If you have small children, or are more easily susceptible to getting sick, you may be looking for simple changes you can make to boost your immune system. Luckily, there are many ways you can take charge, so take a look at the list below and start integrating these habits into your daily life.

 

  1. Move More: Shoot for at least 30 minutes of exercise, five times per week. If it is easier, break it up into 10 minute increments and use it as a great way to break up your work day.

 

  1. Ditch Tobacco: Do not smoke and avoid secondhand tobacco smoke. Period.

 

  1. Maintain a Healthy Weight: Whether this means losing a little weight or simply maintaining your current healthy weight, being at a healthy weight is good for your health.

 

  1. Drink Only in Moderation, If at All: Alcohol abuse can lead to immunodeficiency, making you more susceptible to communicable diseases. The less you drink, the better your body will be at fighting invaders.

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  1. Get Adequate Sleep: The average adult needs 7-9 hours of sleep per night. So don’t forget to catch your zzz’s to help make your body stronger.

 

  1. Wash Hands Frequently: We touch a lot of things throughout the day, including things many other people have touched. We then touch our own faces and handle food that goes into our bodies. Wash your hands often to prevent germ transfer.

 

  1. Eat Plenty of Fruits and Vegetables: Focus on those rich in vitamins C and E, plus beta-carotene and zinc for great immune system power. By making sure your diet consists of natural, brightly colored foods, you will easily eat nutrients your body needs.

 

  1. Practice Meditation: Stress is an enemy to a healthy immune system so find some time in your day to practice some breathing exercises. Clear your mind and find some zen.

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  1. Laugh: Believe it or not, laughing curbs stress hormone levels and boosts white blood cells that fight infection. So pop in your favorite comedy tonight to prevent that cold!

 

  1. Spend a Little Time in the Sun: Just 10-15 minutes of sunshine in the summer produces enough vitamin D to boost your immune system. Use supplements during the winter if you have a vitamin D deficiency.

 

  1. Reduce Your Intake of Simple Sugars: Did you know 75-100 g of sugar solution (about two 12 oz. sodas) will reduce your body’s ability to fight infection? Cut back on sodas and sweets so you don’t hinder your body’s capability to take down illness.

 

  1. Smiling: Not only does smiling boost your immune system, but humans have about 19 types of smiles, giving you many options to improve your health quickly! Check out these other cool facts about smiling.

 

  1. Add Some Zinc: Zinc is a powerful tool when it comes to boosting your immune system. You can find it naturally in red meat, chicken, fish, eggs, legumes, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds.

 

  1. Spend Time with your Friends: It’s been proven that a rich social life enriches your life, as well as your health! So go ahead, throw that party this weekend. Doctor’s orders.

 

  1. Drink Water: Water helps cleanse the body and remove toxins, helping to remove things that could damage your ability to fight off disease.

 

  1. Eat Brazil Nuts: These nuts are rich in selenium, a powerful antioxidant that can greatly improve immune response. Keep a bag in your desk for a great afternoon snack.

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  1. Schedule a Massage: You now have permission to pamper yourself, all in the name of health. Massages are a great way to relieve stress and crank up your immune system.

 

  1. Incorporate Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is a superfood that works for many things beyond food. So go ahead and use it for cooking or as a lotion. It contains lauric acid which likes to dissolve the lipid barrier of harmful viruses and bacteria.

 

  1. Add Garlic to Your Meals: Your sweetie might not like it, but garlic can help improve your body’s infection fighting capabilities.

 

  1. Think Positively: While this sounds too good to be true, being optimistic and positive can actually prompt your body to produce more immunity boosting abilities.

 

  1. Eat More Protein: Make sure you are eating plenty of lean, healthy proteins to protect your body.

 

  1. Listen to Music: Listening to music that makes you feel good and soothes you can help improve your immune system as the body takes cues from your mood and emotions.

 

  1. Participate in a Group Drumming Session: If you have ever wanted to be a drummer, this is your chance. Group drumming has been shown to enhance natural killer-cell activity.

 

  1. Engage in Mentally Stimulating Activities: A study showed a connection between the immune system and the part of the brain that handles planning, memory, initiative, judgement, and abstract thinking. So do some puzzles or play a challenging card game!

 

  1. Let Your Emotions Out in a Constructive Argument: Keeping your emotions cooped up will only cause harm and can make you more susceptible to illness. Still be kind, but don’t be afraid to have a discussion when something upsets you.

 

You may already be participating in many of these suggestions, but if not, they are easy enough to work into just about any schedule. Let’s face it, if it’s going to keep you and your family from getting sick as frequently, it’s well worth the investment.

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15 Ways to Take 15 Minutes for Yourself {Guest Post}

15 Ways to Take 15 Minutes for Yourself {Guest Post}

Author: Whitney Hollingshead

Do you feel like you never have any time for yourself? Is your to do list always growing in length? Are you exhausted all of the time? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, you are in good company. Day to day life can be both exhausting and stressful! Before the stress leads to major physical, mental, and emotional consequences, it’s time to take some time for yourself.  

Taking care of yourself is not selfish. When your basic needs are met you are much more capable of meeting the needs of others. So make taking time for yourself a priority each day and set aside 15 minutes.

What can you do for yourself in those 15 minutes? Check out these suggestions:

1. Rest. 15 minutes may not be long enough to take a nap, but you can gain a lot from a 15 minute rest. Lay flat on your back on your bed. Keep your arms gently at your sides and do not cross your ankles. Close your eyes and think restful thoughts. If your mind is racing about all of the things you have to do when you get up again, focus strictly on breathing in and out.

2. Listen to five songs. Put your mp3 player on shuffle and listen to the first five songs that play. Allow yourself to really enjoy the music. Don’t do anything else while the music is playing.

3. Write in a journal. Grab your journal and write about anything you want. Recount a funny experience, record what you are grateful for, or compose a simple poem. If you don’t feel like writing, read older entries instead.  

4. Sit in the sun. Take a chair out to the middle of your yard or sit on your front porch. Make sure you are sitting in direct sun and then do nothing. If you must do something, sip lemonade or water.

5. Take a hot shower. Since you most likely take a shower daily already, the key is to quickly wash and then spend the remaining time relaxing in the hot water. Just stop and let the water cascade over you for the remaining time. If the temperature of your shower is lacking, read up on these tips. You won’t get the same relaxing benefits with a cold shower.

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6. Read one chapter in a book. Grab a book you’ve been wanting to read and head to the couch. Read one chapter and set the book aside. You don’t need to feel guilty about reading one chapter and you will most likely make time to read another chapter tomorrow too.

7. Talk to a friend on the phone. Call up a good friend just to chat. Catch up on each other’s lives and take time to laugh. Set a timer for 15 minutes before you make the call and when the time is up, tell your friend that you have to go.

8. Dance. Turn on some music and dance around your house. Dancing talent is not required.

9. Make something with your hands. Creating something with your hands can do wonders for your emotional health. Consider arranging fresh flowers, making cards, painting, sewing, wrapping a pretty gift, making origami, scrapbooking, or crafting. Choose something you enjoy and get a little creative.

10. Relax in the tub. This is different than taking a hot shower. Relaxing in the tub is not about getting cleaned up, rather it’s about pure relaxation. Light a scented candle in the bathroom, or use a scented plugin. Add bubbles to the water. Place the softest towel you own nearby to dry off when you are finished.

11. Eat your favorite healthy snack. Choose a snack that you know is good for you, but also tastes really good. Take time to savor the food instead of eating it on the go.

12. Go for a walk. If you can get out alone, walk without having a destination in mind. Don’t worry about your pace, just enjoy the stroll. If you have a baby, put them in a stroller and head out to tour your neighborhood.

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13. Do a puzzle. You can choose from jigsaw puzzles, word puzzles, crossword puzzles, word searches, Sudoku puzzles, etc. Pick a type of puzzle that you find both enjoyable and relaxing. Set the timer for 15 minutes and work on the puzzle until the timer goes off. If you are using a digital format for your puzzle, be careful to not get distracted by other things like social media or the news.  

14. Organize something. If you like having your movies in alphabetical order or enjoy color coding your closet, taking the time to get things back in shape will make you feel better. The key is to choose something that you want to organize. For example, take a few minutes to organize the photos on your computer or make your favorite seasonal shoes more easily accessible.

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15. Get dolled up. Spend a little extra time on yourself. Put on a little extra makeup. Exfoliate some skin. Paint your nails. Add accessories to your outfit. Pick a process that makes you feel good. The key is to choose one or two extra things that you can accomplish in 15 minutes or less.

Think of yourself as having a battery just like your smartphone or tablet. When the battery runs down you have to plug the battery into a charger and wait until the battery is recharged. You need to treat yourself the same way. When your battery is running low, you won’t have the power to get things done. Find the suggestions above that really help you to recharge, or a use a few of your own. Remember that recharging your battery on a daily basis is crucial to extending your battery life.

Disclaimer: This Guest Post was written by someone other than the author of DeDivahDeals. The author of this post, has submitted their article to DeDivahDeals for the purpose of being published on this blog as a Guest Writer.


Essence of Essential Oils Giveaway


Essence of Essential Oils

Hello friends, I hope all is well in your world. If you are a busy wife, mom, girlfriend or grandmother you know how important it is to take care of yourself and try to stay healthy. However, oftentimes we are running from pillar to post and before we know it both our minds and bodies are exhausted. At the end of each post, I close with “New Year ~ New You” which is a reminder to you and me to slow down and take better care of ourselves.

Essential Oil therapy has been a common form of alternative medicine used for thousands of years to effectively affect a person’s mood or health. Essential Oils are rubbed into the skin to penetrate and diffuse throughout the blood and tissues. The bottom line is they smell great, feel good and depending on the ingredients can be very soothing and calming and beneficial to our health.

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I recently had an opportunity to try ‘Relax’, a Mia Mariu Organic Therapeutic Essential Oil that contained Lavender, Sandlewood, Cedar, Clary Sage, Coconut and Almond oil. My nighttime ritual has included adding a few drops after my shower as the last thing that I do before getting into bed. This relaxing essential oil relieves the stress of the day, promotes inner peace and supports a restful night’s sleep, and as a blogger I need something that helps to calm my mind.

A few drops of the Mia Mariu Therapeutic Oils can be placed on your pulse points or used as a massage oil to rub directly onto your body where needed. There’s another fragrance “I Feel Good’ which contains Eucalyptus, Lemon, Bay Laurel, Peppermint, Apricot and macadamia Oil which together promotes good digestion and supports overall respiratory health.

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My friends over at Mia Mariu’s are offering to give away one FREE bottle of Relax Essential Oil to one of my readers, so enter today for a chance to win.   to which fragrance you would prefer then check out Mia Mariu’s website for wellness tips and other great products.  

Contest is open to US Residents only and will end at midnight on 4/11/15.

New Year ~ New You

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9 Superfoods to Boost your Brain

9 Superfoods to Boost your Brain

Have you ever walked into a room, looked around and then forgot why you went in there? How about, putting down your keys, wallet or purse only to forget where you laid them, your glasses…cell phone or…I could go on and on, but you get the picture. Besides it being frustrating it can also be a bit embarrassing, but as we age even as early as the age of 30, we begin to lose brain power.

Taking vitamins and supplements or playing games and puzzles can help boost brain power.  However, most of us are multi-tasking daily, which by the way does not increase brain power, so eating the right foods can feed brain cells and according to nutritional therapists, these are the top 9.

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Like everything else in your body, the brain cannot work without energy. The ability to concentrate and focus comes from the adequate, steady supply of energy – in the form of glucose in our blood to the brain. To keep you mentally alert throughout the day eat ‘brown’ cereals, wheat bran, granary bread and brown pasta.

 

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Oily fish contains EPA and DHA in a ready-made form, which enables the body to use it easily. The main sources of oily fish include salmon, trout, mackerel, herring, sardines, pilchards and kippers. Low DHA levels have been linked to a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss.

 

 

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Evidence suggests that eating blueberries may be effective in improving or delaying short term memory loss. Blueberries are available year round so there is no excuse not to add them to your grocery list.

 

 

 

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There is good evidence to suggest that lycopene, a powerful antioxidant found in tomatoes, could help protect against the kind of free radical damage to cells which occurs in the development of dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s.

 

 

 

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Vitamin C has long been thought to have the power to increase mental agility. One of the best sources of this vital vitamin are blackcurrants, spead a little on your morning toast.

 

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Just a handful of pumpkin seeds each day is all you need to get your recommended daily amount of zinc, which is vital for enhancing memory and thinking skills.

 

 

 

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A great source of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function and improve brainpower.

 

 

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Sage has long had a reputation for improving memory and although most studies focus on sage as an essential oil, it could be worth adding fresh sage to your diet too.

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A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology suggests that a good intake of vitamin E might help to prevent cognitive decline, particularly in the elderly. Nuts are a great source of vitamin E along with leafy green vegetables, asparagus, olives, seeds, eggs, brown rice and whole grains.

Happy New Year – Happy New You!

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