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Managing the Chill Mindfully

Screen shot 2013-12-17 at 4.31.33 PMClose that door, it’s freezing out! has been the most often heard command in my house this week.  It has edged out, No candy canes before dinner!, Don’t throw ice at your sister!, and even the recurrent Put-on-your-snow-boots-we’re-gonna-be-late!!!!!

Welcome to winter in New England – five plus months of chattering teeth and cracked lips, drippy noses and numb fingertips.  The cold here is called biting for a good reason.  The wind has teeth and its nips can hurt.

This morning I took a quick drive downtown to run errands, nestled cozily in my car’s seat warmers.  I parallel parked and pushed the door open, gasping as a frigid shock of air flooded the driver’s seat.  Heaving myself carefully onto the slippery pavement, I skated to the curb, searching out salty spots to plant my feet.

Making my way to the bank, I skidded over the brick sidewalk, involuntarily tightening my lower back muscles with a shiver and tremble, reflexively recoiling from the cold, adjusting my balance to stay upright while defending a blast of wind.  I hustled into the bank and scuffed the salt off my boots, relishing a few minutes of warm reprieve before heading back into the bluster.

As I walked out the door and stiffened immediately, I realized I was fully engaged in an internal battle against the cold – clenching my body so much my back felt achy.  The discomfort triggered my mindfulness practice.  I don’t need this discomfort.  It’s only here to tell me something.  And I’m listening carefully to what it’s saying. 

I took a deep breath, inhaling frigid air into my warm lungs, releasing it as steam through my mouth.  Warm steam.  I could produce warmth.  I relaxed my tense muscles and took a few steps, continuing to walk that way until I noticed my lower back aching and mindfully melted the contraction again.  Thich Nhat Hanh would’ve been so proud of me.

This time I envisioned warm blood flowing freely through my body, heating up my skin and keeping my muscles loose.  Cold isn’t bad.  It’s just another way of being.  Be comfortable, I thought over and over.  I considered my young children who dive into the snow hatless and spend hours digging out forts from the plowed white heaps along the driveway.  Why is it they don’t seem to battle the freezing cold like adults do?  Maybe it’s because joy trumps discomfort.  They’re not surviving the storm; they’re reveling in it.

I walked with this thought for a block or so, doing my best to fill up on joy, when another blast of wind surged, stopping me in my tracks.  My head lowered, my watery eyes squeezed shut, my hands plunged deeper into my coat pockets.  Be one with cold, be joyful in the cold, I urged myself, this time out loud.  I looked up and caught the eye of another soul braving the single digit temps.  “Brace yourself,” he warned.  “The Almanac calls for a harsh winter.”  I smiled and tried to feel thankful for all of the opportunities I’ll have to practice mindful freezing this year.

I climbed back into my car, the radio tuned to Christmas music.  “I really can’t stay…  Baby, it’s cold outside.”  You can say that again.

Ginger Masala Chai Worthy of a New York Winter

chai-tea-e-liquidI recently moved to New York City from California and am (ahem) “enjoying” my first real winter here. Let the wuss jokes begin!

It’s alright. I’m laughing at myself, too. Born and raised in California, used to being fairly tan, gets cold easily, loves sunshine so much she’s basically part lizard… Yep, that’s me. Now instead of donning a windbreaker for misty San Francisco mornings or wearing a hat for fun in the 60 degree Los Angeles winter sun, I’m learning the art of boots, down coats, ear muffs, long johns and mittens. Endless mittens. See you next April, world, because I am officially 75% clothing right now, and I can barely see over my scarf.

It’s going to be a long winter.

In all honesty, though, I love autumn and winter. I love the snow; I love the holidays; I love the feeling of warming up after being cold. It probably has something to do with a nesting instinct. One of the most beloved memories I have from childhood is making nests with my big sister on rainy days and sick days. When it was miserable, grey and raining outside, or when we were stuck in the house with colds and fevers, my sister would orchestrate a grand “nesting.” We’d pile tons of blankets and pillows on the ground, arranged in little cup-shaped seats like an egg carton. And then we’d hop inside the nest with a box of Nilla wafers and tea and watch a Disney movie to pass the time. Pure joy.

I still make nests of sorts, as does she, both literally and figuratively. Sans actual blankets and pillows, I just love making people feel warm, comfortable, and cared for. In any kind of weather, there’s little I love more than bringing people together around a table for delicious food and loving company. But this is a particularly important practice during the cold and dark months when our souls really need that extra swaddling. And many traditional winter recipes do the trick of warming us inside out.

Case in point, spice-infused recipes. This season you’re undoubtedly enjoying foods flavored with all kinds of spices, whether you know it or not. Butternut squash soup, gingerbread cookies, curries and stews, applesauce, etc. Winter recipes tend to incorporate many different spices, for several reasons. In Ayurveda, the winter season is associated with exacerbated Vata qualities, which are best assuaged through warming foods. This can be literally hot foods (like soup, hot cereal and warm drinks) and/or through warm-ing foods, made invigorating through the use of spice.

Even outside of Ayurveda, there’s a very practical reason to eat more spice during the winter. It’s cold, there’s a bug going around, you’re sniffly and sick…Voilà, spices curb cold and flu symptoms! Ginger, for instance, is an anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-bacterial. It can help boost your immune system, loosen mucus, open your sinuses, and relieve sore throats. That’s a lot for one little root!

Keeping the health benefits in mind, as well as the essential need for warming and nesting that we all experience during this season, I offer you chai.

“Masala chai” is the Hindi term for a drink made with black tea, milk, and lots of spice. It is a drink that has been consumed in South Asia for centuries and is traditionally much less sweet and much more spicy than what you’d get at your local coffee shop. I can’t necessarily vouch for the total authenticity of my recipe, as I’ve never been to India, but I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Ginger Masala Chai

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients:

2 cups of milk (I like organic whole milk, but soy, almond, or oat work as well)

2 cups of water

3 tablespoons of loose leaf, unflavored black tea (the stronger the better; I like Darjeeling)

1/4 teaspoon Wakaya Perfection ground ginger

1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

pinch of saffron

2 whole, crushed up cardamom cloves

3 teaspoons of Turbinado sugar (or Agave, honey, etc)

Instructions:

Get two saucepans going on the stove on medium heat. Pour the milk in one and the water in the other. You’ll need to work in both pots simultaneously. As the milk begins to warm, add the pinch of saffron, pressing it between your fingertips gently before dropping it in the saucepan.

Once the water in the other pot begins to boil, add the loose tea leaves and reduce to a low simmer. Let steep 3-5 minutes. While you’re waiting, add the sugar to the milk and stir until it dissolves. Once the tea is ready, place a strainer over the milk and strain the tea water into the milk saucepan. Now you’re working in just one pot.

Start building the spice. Add the ginger, cinnamon and any other spices you want to the pot, saving the cardamon to the side for the end. You can try the chai to see if it has the right spice/sugar ratio, and adjust until it’s just right. Bring the pot to a boil, and as it begins to bubble up, throw the cardamon in and turn the heat off right away. The chai will stew for a second, cooling down slightly, and the cardamon will infuse the drink just enough without overpowering it.

Serve in two mugs and enjoy! Stay warm, everyone!

Stinging Nettle Tea: A Natural Remedy to Fight Spring Allergies

nettle intent imageI don’t know how you fare this time of year, but it’s usually right around now that I start to experience seasonal allergies.  For me that means itchy eyes and throat and sneezing, especially in the morning. However, seasonal allergies can be present in many ways, with symptoms that span from a mild runny nose to severe chronic headaches.

For the past few years, I’ve mostly just toughed it out (thankfully my symptoms are mild enough that this is an option), but this year I have a natural medicine plan: Stinging Nettle tea.

In the United States, stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) is considered a weed by many given the ease with which it grows.  It’s funny name comes from the Latin verb urere, meaning “to burn,” because of its urticate (stinging) hairs that cover the stem and underside of the leaves. So, while walking through a field of this plant is probably not a good idea, using it for its anti-allergic activity can be an effective way to manage seasonal allergy symptoms. It has a nice amount of published research demonstrating positive benefit for a host of allergic and inflammatory conditions.

Stinging Nettle contains a set of compounds that act on the immune system to provide anti-inflammatory action and block histamine release. Perhaps you are familiar with over-the-counter medicines called “anti-histamines”?  Well, stinging nettle works in a similar fashion, blocking the release of histamine compounds that alert our immune system and trigger inflammation, redness, and all those pesky symptoms those of us who are sensitive to pollen, etc. experience this time of year.

Because stinging nettle doesn’t contain caffeine, you can brew it as tea and exchange it for your water source throughout the day.  Here’s my recipe/plan:

  • Add 1tsp dried Stinging Nettle leaf to 16oz hot water. Steep for 2-3 minutes.
  • Drink right away in the morning when I experience the most symptoms.
  • Re-fill tea infuser with hot water and re-use same tea leaves a couple more times throughout day (although most of the anti-histamine activity will come from the first steep, there is a mild benefit from re-using the leaves)
  • Continue as I feel like I need symptom relief throughout day

With any treatment, you should always talk to a licensed health professional and make sure the products and medicines you are using are appropriate for you. Licensed naturopathic doctors are a great source for natural therapies like this one.

 


Photo credit: John Tann

Oil of Oregano – Nature’s Powerful Antibiotic

When I feel a cold or infection coming on, Oil of Oregano is the first thing I reach for.  Every since I started this practice (thanks to a tip from my local Health Food Store friend!), I have fended off every ‘bug’ that has passed my way! I also now take it with me on plane flights to ward off all those germs floating around in the recycled air.  For prevention, I take one drop per day during the cold/flu season.

Don’t confuse Oil of Oregano with the spice found in your kitchen!  The common ‘cooking’ oregano is usually Origanum Marjoram, while Oil of Oregano is derived from Origanum Vulgare.

Oil of Oregano contains 2 phenols called carvacrol and thymol, which have strong antimicrobial properties.  Studies have shown that both of these compounds have significant effects on harmful microorganisms that cause many illnesses in humans. Both carvarcol and thymol act as free radical scavengers, also known as antioxidants.

It is also antifungal and may be highly effective in fighting yeast, especially Candida albicans. It has been demonstrated to kill Aspergillus Mold, Staphylococcus  food poisoning), E. Coli, and Giardia, among other pathenogic organisms.

Oil of Oregano contains compounds called terpenes which have antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and analgesic benefits. This means it can be used topically on cuts to prevent infections, on gums to reduce pain, and on fungal infections.

Benefits

(from www.candida-cure-recipes.com)

Oil of Oregano Benefits – Topical Treatment for Fungal Infections of Skin or Nails

Oil of Oregano is one of the best topical treatments for fungal infections of the skin and nails. Mix 5 – 10 drops with one teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil or virgin coconut oil to apply to fungal skin infections, or use it straight on toenails and fingernails. You can also apply it in full strength to warts. Remember to dilute it with olive oil or coconut oil before applying it to sensitive areas of your skin. Don’t apply it in full strength to your genital areas, it will feel like its burning. I’m not kidding when I say this stuff is strong.

Oil of Oregano Benefits – Topical Treatment for Oral Hygiene & Oral Infections

You can safely apply Oregano Oil in full strength to your teeth and gums where there is infection present. This is great for canker sores or inflamed gums.

It also kills the bacteria that cause plaque, so you might like to try adding a drop to your toothpaste before brushing your teeth.

Oil of Oregano Benefits – Decongestant and Anti-Allergy

Oregano Oil contains natural antihistamines and decongestants. I have tried this for myself and it works. I am prone to spring pollen allergies and late summer hay fever allergies. I have taken 5 or 6 drops of Oregano Oil diluted with olive oil in a small shot glass of water, followed by another glass of water and the relief is noticeable. Less sneezing, less congestion, less itchy eyes and nose.

Oil of Oregano Benefits – Anti-inflammatory, Pain Reliever

Taken internally, as well as applied topically, diluted Oregano Oil will be of great relief to people suffering from arthritis, joint pain, and tendonitis. When your joints or tendons are inflamed, diluted Oregano Oil applied topically can penetrate deeply beneath the skin’s surface to help reduce swelling and pain. Taken internally it acts as a powerful pain reliever.

I found these possible side effects (from homeremediesweb.com):

  • Oregano oil may reduce the body’s ability to absorb iron. Therefore, it is recommended that any regular use be combined with regular consumption of iron supplements. For this reason, pregnant women are advised not to take Oil of Oregano regularly.
  • People that have allergies to thyme, basil, mint, or sage may be sensitive to Oil of Oregano as well, since they are in the same family of plants. If any skin irritation, rashes, or vomiting occurs when using it, it is recommended that you discontinue use and consult your doctor.

Just a heads up – it is VERY strong!  Be sure to mix it with a little water when taking internally.

It is important to get a high quality Oil of Oregano product.  My health food store friends recommend Oreganol.  I’ve gone through many bottles of it!

As usual, do your own research and consult with your natural health professional if you are unsure as to whether you should use Oil of Oregano.

To your health,

Kim Duess
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References:

www.candida-cure-recipes.com/oil-of-oregano-benefits.html
www.homeremediesweb.com

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Eight Natural Remedies For Sore Throats

Wintertime is wonderful in so many ways: the holidays, friends and family, cold weather and warm hearths. However, winter is also the time when many people catch colds. Sore throats can make you miserable but you may not be crazy about taking yet another commercial medicine. Fortunately, there are many natural ways to relieve the pain and discomfort of sore throats. Here are eight ways you can start feeling better, fast!

Slippery Elm LozengesThe inner bark of the Slippery Elm tree has been used for hundreds of years to relieve sore throat pain. NPR’s program The People’s Pharmacysays, “The colonists were familiar with the use of bark from other elm species to treat coughs and sore throats in England and as a poultice for broken bones or wounds. It was also used to treat urinary tract infections. Native Americans used slippery elm bark topically for cuts, cold sores, and boils.

Ginger Tea. Another fabulous recommendation from The People’s Pharmacywho offers this suggestion: “Grind about half an inch of fresh ginger root into a paste and place in a mug. Add boiling water and "steep" for several minutes. Strain the clear liquid into another mug, sweeten, and sip. Our symptoms start to subside within about twenty minutes.”

Gargle with Salt Water. Yep, Gramma was right. In a cup of very warm water, add about a half teaspoon of salt and gargle 3-4 times, then spit. Repeat 4-6 times per day.

Use a humidifier. Heaters in use during cold weather keep your toes toasty but dry out your mucus membranes, making a sore throat feel even worse. Try to take one to work, if you can, like this one by Vick’sand be sure to also keep one in the rooms where you spend the most time at home.

Cayenne Pepper. To me, this sounded completely counterintuitive, but it works! Here are directions for making the mixture from Health 911“Add 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper to 1 cup of boiling water; stir well and gargle while mixture is very warm. This brings more circulation to the area and helps draw away the infection. To this formula you can add 4 parts echinacea, 1 part garlic bulb, and 2 parts peppermint leaves to 1 part cayenne.”

Cinnamon Tea. Cinnamon tea is another great way to alleviate sore throat pain. HomeRemedies.com suggests “One teaspoon of coarsely powdered cinnamon, boiled in a glass of water with a pinch of pepper powder, and two teaspoons of honey can be taken as a medicine in the treatment of this condition. Two or three drops of cinnamon oil, mixed with a teaspoon of honey, also give immense relief.

Hard Candies. Keep hard candies in your purse or pocket. Keeping your throat moist will help you feel better when you can’t gargle or make hot tea, and you don’t want the numbing effects of commercial lozenges.

Sleep. It may be hard to slow down, but you will only prolong your cold and misery if you push yourself too hard and don’t get enough rest. Your body needs downtime to fight the infection, so allow yourself time to recover.

PHOTO (cc): Flickr / Frl. Schrödinger

Natural Health From My Perspective

 I have had a basic cold for the last 7 days. Not the flu, not the H1N1, just a cold.

I just started dating a guy that is a teacher at a middle school, he is a carrier of germs that I am not resistant to as he is. So, I have a cold. No big deal. Did I wash my hands, yes…take vitamin c, d, e , a ,etc. Yes, that is my normal regimen.  How did I get better?

Lots of veggies, didn’t cook them to death, netipot was the breaker of all treatments. I took no over the counter drugs.

Kept on the vitamins (Heavy on D, C beta carotene). Rest, positive attitude, returned phone calls, spent time with people that were supportive and stress free, ate well. When the sun was out, let it shine on me.  One week thats all.

I have no proof that I had the h1n1, but I am well now. I wouldn’t go to a traditional doctor if my life depended on it. 

Natural Health From My Perspective

 I have had a basic cold for the last 7 days. Not the flu, not the H1N1, just a cold.

I just started dating a guy that is a teacher at a middle school, he is a carrier of germs that I am not resistant to as he is. So, I have a cold. No big deal. Did I wash my hands, yes…take vitamin c, d, e , a ,etc. Yes, that is my normal regimen.  How did I get better?

Lots of veggies, didn’t cook them to death, netipot was the breaker of all treatments. I took no over the counter drugs.

Kept on the vitamins (Heavy on D, C beta carotene). Rest, positive attitude, returned phone calls, spent time with people that were supportive and stress free, ate well. When the sun was out, let it shine on me.  One week thats all.

I have no proof that I had the h1n1, but I am well now. I wouldn’t go to a traditional doctor if my life depended on it. 

Help Your Children Fight Cold and Flu with Probiotics

Our kids have headed back to the classroom, and that means crammed schedules, after-school activities, plenty of play dates, and lack of sleep.
 
Back to school also means that your kids – in elementary school through college – will be exposed to illnesses that can spread like wildfire through the lunchroom or university dorm.
 
Between heightened exposure and stressful schedules, their immunity can be compromised, leaving your kids more susceptible to sicknesses like the common cold and flu.
 
But don’t go stocking up on hand “sanitizers,” like Purell, that can include known toxins and kill the good bacteria you need to keep your immunity strong! 
 
You can’t be around to protect your children every minute of the day, but you can help them boost their immunity in best way possible by including probiotics in their diet.
Probiotics are strains of friendly, beneficial bacteria and yeast, like Lactobacillus plantarum, that populate your gut and naturally boost your immunity. 
 
In fact, a new study published in Pediatrics shows that a daily supplement of probiotics may reduce the incidence of cold and flu-like symptoms in children by 50 percent.1
A random group of children were given a daily combination of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, and it was linked to reductions in fever incidence by 73 per cent, a reduction in the occurrence of runny noses by 59 per cent, and drop in the incidence of coughing by 62 per cent, according to findings published in Pediatrics.
 
The authors also wrote that daily probiotics during the winter months (when we’re more prone to illness) was “a safe and effective way” to “reduce the incidence of antibiotic prescriptions (which kill good bacteria), and the number of missed school days attributable to illness.”
 
Probiotics obviously make a big difference!
But what’s really interesting is that the research proved that a combination of bacterial strains is most effective. It was the first study to indicate a trend toward more significant results with a combination versus single strain preparation.
 
And that’s exactly the methodology behind Body Ecology. 
 
We’ve created a line of fermented food and drink Starters and probiotic liquids that effectively combine several strains of beneficial bacteria and beneficial yeast, so that you and your children reap the most health benefits.
 
What’s the best way to protect your children with probiotics?
A quick trip at your supermarket and health food store will tell you that plenty of mass-produced products like yogurt and supplements are filled with probiotics.
 

The good news is that doctors and food manufacturers alike are realizing the health benefits of probiotics…But did you know that these products aren’t always what they claim to be? (link to:) The unfortunate truth is that too many probiotic supplements and probiotic foods vary widely in quality and potency. To learn more, read: Industry Often Cons the Public with “Probiotic Foods”:A Case Study.
 
In fact, researchers at Bastyr University in Washington recently tested a wide variety of probiotic supplements and found that in four out of twenty products no sign of living friendly bacteria was present.2
 
Instead, use fermented foods and drinks, like cultured vegetables or probiotic liquids. For kids, we recommend Passion Fruit Biotic a delicious, sweet-tasting beverage that’s easy to add into their busy schedules.
 

PassionFruit Biotic

Probiotics have been found to boost immunity to the common cold and flu! By boosting energy and immunity, Passion Fruit Biotic is the best alternative to soda pop for helping kids stay healthy and slim. This sweet and satisfying drink is our latest solution to helping kids receive the benefits of potent probiotics that help keep sickness at bay.Learn more about Passion Fruit Biotic and try it today

Here’s why:

  • It provides the digestive, energy and immune-boosting benefits of the most potent probiotics in a drink that taste delicious right out of the bottle.
  • It’s gluten-free, dairy-free and soy-free.
  • All the best probiotics you’ve come to depend on in Body Ecology’s food and drinks are in there: Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus delbreukii, Saccharomyces boulardii, and Saccharomyces cerevisiae. These probiotics are native to the human digestive tract AND they work in harmony with one another, making them extra-potent for human health. 
  • An excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin A and potassium, passion fruit has been used in traditional rainforest medicine as a heart tonic, digestive stimulant, a mild diuretic for the treatment of urinary tract infections, bronchitis, asthma and whooping cough.
  • Replace your kids’ soda pop, energy drinks and sports drinks with Passion Fruit Biotic. It helps build better digestion, a healthy inner-ecosystem, stronger immunity and glowing skin.
     

Passion Fruit Biotic is a great way to start the morning. Keep it in your home or send it as part of a care package to children away at school.
 
Just sip two ounces or for a larger drink, mix two ounces into filtered water, and feel good knowing that you’re doing the very best to keep your kids healthy and happy.

Sources:
[i] Pediatrics. 2009, Volume 124: e172-e179. “Probiotic Effects on Cold and Influenza-Like Symptom Incidence and Duration in Children” Authors: G.J. Leyer, S .Li, M.E. Mubasher, C. Reifer, A.C. Ouwehand: http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/On-your-radar/Probiotics/Probiotics-may-reduce-cold-and-flu-symptoms-for-children

[ii] Condor, Bob, "Living Well: ‘Friendly’ probiotics have some cons, too," Seattle P-I, 18 Dec, 2006. http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/health/296142_condor18.html.

 

 

9 Easy Cold Prevention Tips for the Coming Fall Season

Fall officially starts a little over a month from now. Which means now is the perfect window of time to get yourself educated on cold and flu preventive care. What can you do right now to avoid catching a cold in the colder months ahead? 

It’s actually a lot easier than you may think. Remember these following simple habits, and you are on your way to a healthier and more productive fall and winter season that won’t be spent at home or in the hospital bed.

1. Drink Lots of Water. If your body is an expensive car, water is the high-quality oil that keeps everything running at optimum level. Are you drinking your minimum 8 glasses of water a day? If you need some tips on how to get more water into your everyday lifestyle, read this blog post.

2. Whatever You Do, Don’t Touch Your Face. Start getting into the habit of seeing your face as a no-touch zone, especially your eyes, ears and mouth. Those openings are the most effective ways for cold and flu germs to enter your system and make you sick. If you absolutely must touch your face for whatever reason, make sure to properly wash your hands with warm water and soap before doing so.

3. Move It! Do whatever it takes to keep your body moving. Start hitting the gym wth your friends. Do jump-ropes in the driveway before you work. If even the word "exercise" makes you want to crawl into a hole and die, go out clubbing, hiking, biking, or at least take the stairs instead of the elevator. Illlnesses love to prey on the lazy, unfit people and you don’t want to be one of them.

4. Take a Daily Multivitamin. Follow the standard dosage and you are good to go. Keep in mind that too much vitamins is never a good thing, and that vitamins are never a substitute for a healthy diet.

5. Be Careful of Your Contact With Sick People. This is common sense that needs to be brought up again and again. If somebody around you–especially someone close to you–is noticeably sick, take extra caution. Don’t share drinks or food utensils. Wash your hands thoroughly and gargle your mouth with salt water after interacting with them. Keep a safe (but not too rude) distance between you and the other person.

6. Eat Your Veggies. Especially the colorful (think bell peppers and carrots) and dark green (think spinach) kind. If you are like most people, you are probably not eating enough of your veggies. Though a salad may not be as enticing as a slice of pizza, consider that a salad probably tastes better than a spoonful of antibiotics.

7. Start Loving Hand-Washing. Wash your hands frequently and effectively. This cannot be repeated enough if you want to avoid getting sick.

8. Don’t Smoke or Drink. At least don’t do them excessively. Both activities lower the defenses in your immune system.

9. Be Happy. It is becoming a proven science that happy people tend to be healthier and catch less illnesses than unhappy people. Smile more, laugh more, spend time with people more. Don’t stress over the small stuff, and find reasons to see the silver lining in everything (like not having a cold right now, for starters). You’re healthy for a reason, and that reason is to enjoy your life as much as you possibly can.

 

Kid Sick

So I just posted on my other blog that my health is really improving after seeing my ayurvedic practitioner for about 5 months now and also seeing a Chinese Doctor and getting acupuncture and wham….I’m hit with a cold!

The acupuncturist told me I had cold in my body. I didn’t understand if she meant cold temperature or sick cold, but she meant sick cold or what she called kid sick.

We went to watch the Vikings football game with our local club yesterday and while watching the game I started sneezing and blowing. Then the headache came and I could feel my body very tired. Made it thru the game but by last evening I had a chill in my body and couldn’t get warm, then fell asleep and woke up hot and sweaty.

So today I feel better, although I guess I definitely have a cold. And so my point is that although I am under the weather, I feel OK. It feels like the effects of this cold will not be so bad and I can only think it’s because my body is stronger and I’m overall healthier.

Let’s hope so anyway…going to go now and have my feverfew tea with ginger.

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