Wednesday, November 20, 2013

5 Tips to Stay Healthy My Friends

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I am thankful for herbal remedies. I think as a society, it is easier just to write a prescription and give the drug companies money. Don't worry, I am not going to go into a lecture about my views of health care or even Obamacare. No, this post is about doing things the more natural way. But don't get me wrong, I get flu shots, take allergy medicine when it gets bad, and demand antibiotics when needed. Trust me, if I needed pills for a disease either physical or mental, I would be jumping on the band wagon saying sign me up!

But there are little things we can do to help ourselves out without pumping chemicals in our bodies. Especially now when the cold and flu season are starting up. I want to make sure everyone stays healthy!!

ONE
Take a multi-vitamin. I used to not take them because the were as big as horse pills! But then I got turned on to liquid vitamins and I now put it in my morning protein shake. Easy Peasy! Benefit: I am feeling better and have more energy!

TWO
Some kind of cold preventative. Whatever you like or are told about. We are coming in to cold and flu season and let me tell you....my students are snotting and sniffing and plain ickiness is running amok.



THREE
GermX: a must to keep in your purse/bag/car/house/work. I am not a germ-a-phob, but I do not want to get sick either. I will use germX after I handle anything anyone else could have touched. 

FOUR
Netti Pot: Looks like a genie in the bottle. This little guy, if used correctly, will help to clean out the sinus passages. You put in luke warm water with the saline solution. Make sure to read directions. The tricky part is how to hold your head. If not done right it goes down your mouth and makes you fell like you are gagging.


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FIVE
Wash your hands!! The easiest and cheapest way to stay healthy. We are always washing our hands, especially at a restaurant before we eat.

I am very thankful for my health. I am not in perfect health, thanks to aging, but I am not going down hill like I was. I used to have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and was always tired almost to the point of it looking like depression (but it wasn't). I ate terribly, all processed foods, fast food, and lots of sodas with no water. I never exercised really. Oh I must have had a head injury because I did CrossFit for about 3 months.

But now I have cut out all processed foods, gluten, sugar, and sodas. I drink about 52-78 ounces of water a day, take my multivitamins, and eat more veggies. Ok, so I haven't been exercising, but I am ok with that for right now. Baby steps. I am hoping to get started doing something soon. All it takes is one step. Change one thing today and continue with it. If you do it for 21 days, you have a habit. We got this!

What are you doing to get ready for cold/flu season? Do you do any herbal medicine? If so, what? I always want to learn more, so bring it!


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