is a time of many colds, infections, the
flu and more. With a few tips you can
avoid getting sick as frequently.
How do you avoid a cold? Keep your hands
away from your face and wash them often.
Avoid people with colds, and ask your
doctor if vitamin C may be helpful and
safe for you.
Although depression can easily be assumed
to be a result of your chronic illness,
you could be someone who has Seasonal
Affective Disorder (SAD). If you find
yourself blue between October and March,
it may be because of the lack of sunlight,
which can be a natural antidepressant.
Ask your doctor.
Feeling stressed about the holidays? Before
reaching for that piece of pumpkin pie,
grab a banana. Foods that are natural
stress fighters include orange juice,
yogurt, low caffeine intake, carbohydrates
instead of sugar, and lots of water!
Need a boost of energy? Here are some
ideas that are recommended by health professionals.
(a) Get out into the daylight at least
thirty minutes a day, or at least pen
up those blinds. (b) Exercise when possible,
but never exercise when you have a temperature
of 99.5 degrees F or above. (c) Eat vegetables!
B-vitamins, found in whole grains, green
vegetables, potatoes, and beans, keep
your immune system primed and stave off
winter bugs. They also help produce neurotransmitters
in the brain, which moderate your moods.
When your vitamin B supply is off-kilter,
you're more likely to feel depressed,
stressed, anxious, and cranky. (d) Make
personal time for yourself. Splurge on
a new journal or some new pjs to get you
through the winter months.
There are over 200 viruses that cause
the common cold. Before cold season hits,
talk with your doctor about what is "normal"
and "not normal" for someone
with your illness-make a "cold plan."
This way if you get a cold, you will know
how soon to call your doctor and what
over the counter medications you can safely
take. Talk to your doctor now about whether
a flu shot would be recommended.
Chapped lips bothering you? The Mayo Clinic
recommends applying a moisturizer to your
lips daily or as needed. You can use a
lip balm or skin moisturizer. Generally,
the greasier the products, the better.
If all else fails, a humidifier in your
home may help.
Recent research has proven what we've
known all along! Those who are more committed
to their religious or spiritual beliefs,
practice them frequently, and rely on
them in their everyday lives receive significant
mental and physical health benefits as
ways to burn calories in 15 minutes!
Passenger in car=16 calories
(50+ if your teen is driving)
Kneeling in prayer=16 calories
Taking a bath=24 calories
Talking on phone=24 calories
Family picnic (without
Computer work=24 calories
Pumping gas=32 calories
Making Beds=32 calories
Grocery shopping=37 calories
Clearing dishes from table=40 calories
Picking flowers=48 calories
Walking 3 mph=52 calories
Carrying infant=56 calories
Hula dancing=71 calories
Jogging in water=127 calories
* Based on a female, age 45, 5'4",