How To Beat Cold and Flu Season

Winter is here and sometimes the weather is crazy.  I hope everyone is staying inside safe and warm.  A friend is down with the flu and feeling low. This time of year it’s hard to avoid illness with the weather and flu season.  Today I’m looking back at my past suggestions for dealing with the threat of colds and flu and hopefully presenting some new ideas for staying healthy.

 

 

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Taking Care of Yourself

Many of us are paying more attention to our health after living through the last two years.   I’ve always been interested in ways to help support good health, but this is especially true now.  It is impossible to avoid every illness or prevent every disease, but there are steps you can take to improve your health and lower risks. Today I want to talk about a few reminders that most of us already know.

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Why Do We Cough?

Why do we cough?

Coughs generally clear the throat of irritants, including microbes, dust, smoke, and mucus. Most everyone has a cough on occasion as it is a reflex action. Chronic long-term coughs may hint at more significant health problems.  But if you develop a new cough and you are not sure why, that can be concerning, especially if it persists for any length of time.  In order to take proper care of your overall health, you should seek medical advice for chronic problems.  Usually, acute coughs clear up within a few days to a week, but chronic coughs that last typically signal the need for a trip to the doctor. 

 

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6 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Your Cancer

Almost half of all men and a third of all women in the United States will receive a cancer diagnosis at some time in their lives.  In my family, my father, his mother, his older sister, my sister, and myself have all faced some variation of this dreaded disease.  When you first hear the word cancer, it can be overwhelming.  I was really scared. Managing a cancer diagnosis can be a life-altering experience. You may have to process tons of information from various healthcare professionals.  What do you need to know to handle the disease?  You’ll be meeting with your doctor to discuss your diagnosis. Bring a close relative or friend with you to the meeting for support.  Your stress may prevent you from retaining all the information he shares, and if you have someone you trust with you, they can help you process the information.  I personally would take a few notes. Let’s review the important key questions to ask your doctor.  Read More

Surprising Benefits of Exercise

 “There is no pill that comes close to what exercise can do,  and if there was one, it would be extremely expensive.”

Claude Bouchard, director of the human genomics laboratory at Pennington Biomedical Research Center 

 

The Coronavirus pandemic has contributed to millions of us spending more than at home than usual. I have not been as active as my body needs, and there has been a negative difference.   I’m sitting here today thinking about adding activities to be more active. I’ve been reading about the latest science of exercise.  Did you know that exercise can have a positive effect on your life in many ways?  According to Time magazine’s  The New Science of Exercise, only 20% of Americans get the recommended 150 minutes of strength and cardiovascular physical activity per week, more than half of all baby boomers report doing no exercise whatsoever, and 80.2 million Americans over age 6 are entirely inactive.  It seems exercise is really medicine – great medicine better than any pill.  Let’s look at some of the most significant benefits of exercise and some tips to get you started.   Read More

Classic Stuffed Peppers

A classic is something that  stands the test of time. A great example is stuffed peppers filled with ground beef and rice and topped with a seasoned tomato sauce. This comforting meal is great for company. No one will ever know this flavorful and hearty dish took about forty minutes to make. It’s a traditional favorite in many homes, and it is extremely versatile. There are about as many variations as families. Let’s look at several of them.

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Orange Tumeric Boost – Support Your Immune System

It’s January and flu season this winter has been one of the worst in years. According to the January 6th 2018  weekly influenza surveillance report from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the flu is already widespread in 49 states and it has killed over 100 people so far, including 20 children. If you haven’t gotten a flu shot, I strongly suggest you do. I also suggest you wash your hands throughout the day to eliminate germs and watch your diet to support your immune system. Avoid sugar and add more cinnamon, turmeric, and ginger to your diet.

 

 

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