How To Improve Your Immune System

In October I had my annual flu shot. Mid November, I had the latest COVID booster. I slept a lot for several days afterwards. In December, I will have the RSV vaccine. Now I’ve been told I should get the new pneumonia vaccine which is highly improved over the old. That will be in January. I want to have these helpful vaccines to try and stay healthy this coming year. I have lots of allergies and almost any illness can lead to a respiratory infection. Winter will arrive this month.  The colder seasons are usually related to an increase in colds and flu. It’s not the temperature that causes illness, but being inside with others that leads to the spread of infections.  Today I would like to review ways to improve our immune systems and be healthier in the coming year.

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Food Safety Tips

Another week has gone by and each day I feel a small step in the right direction in my recovery from surgery. This week I have follow-up visits with my surgeon and my primary. I thank you all for your sweet comments.

Here in the USA, the Federal government estimates that there are about 48 million cases of foodborne illness annually resulting in an estimated 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths. After eating bad food, sickness can occur within 20 minutes up to 6 weeks later. Symptoms of foodborne illness can include: vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain as well as flu-like symptoms, such as fever, headache, and body ache.

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How To Not Waste Food

Back in 2018, I wrote about ways to not waste food.  Today I’m updating the information.

I have always believed that throwing away food is a sin. I know that is a “religious” word, but it seems appropriate to me. It’s an action against our neighbors, community, and world as we waste an essential that everyone needs. I really can’t accept the fact that someone is hungry while I pitch food that I let go bad. Did you know that between 30 to 40 %  of the food in the U. S. is thrown away?  This figure is based on studies of both retail and consumer levels.  The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimated in 2011 that approximately one-third of all food produced for human consumption worldwide is lost or wasted.

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