How to Live Healthier

How to Live Healthier

Nutrition Warriors People look for quick solutions to problems that have bothered them for months or even years. Life style changes will eliminate most problems and health will be once again restored. Just by adding meditation to you day can lower you cotrisol levels (stress hormones) and blood pressure. Improve immune function and more restful sleep.  Yoga also has many healing benefits as well.

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Fighting Cancer with Team Meg

  Written by Chris Gay

Every day the world loses people to one disease or another; battles are fought, tears are shed and lives are lost. Each deserves to be remembered independently. Unfortunately, that’s just not possible for any single person to catalogue. Today though, this writer will focus on one such individual who personified strength and courage throughout her entire life. And it was those same traits that enabled her to do so much to help others before she was stricken with complications stemming from treatment for a disease she’d already beaten; complications that would ultimately take her own life.

Meg Berte’ Owen was from my hometown. We graduated the same year and briefly attended the same school. It would be fair to say that I didn’t know her well, and I frankly can’t recall talking much with her during that time. However it was what I learned about Meg through a mutual friend a few years after her unfortunate passing, along with the more recent research done for this piece, which truly began to paint the picture of just how special this remarkable young woman truly was.

Meg was born in 1972, passed away in 2009, and yet somehow managed to fit a century of living, kindness, generosity and accomplishments into those short thirty-seven years. One glance at her biography reveals a list of achievements that might make Einstein blush: High school Salutatorian, National Merit Scholar, Magna Cum Laude graduate, varsity soccer team captain and an MBA recipient from Harvard Business School, to name but a few. She went on to become a teacher and then businesswoman, but none of the aforementioned defined her true character the way that unexpected adversity did.

At the age of twenty-three Meg was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a type of cancer that required a variety of harsh treatments that included radiation, chemotherapy, and a stem cell transplant to defeat. But defeat it she did, with her characteristic perseverance and a dedicated group of caring friends, family and doctors by her side throughout. During her ordeal, Meg determined that she and other cancer survivors needed a “team” to help them along on their various roads of recuperation.

While secure in the firm support of her own team, Meg realized the importance of helping other women who were dealing with the same affliction she was, and went all out to help as many as she could. For that purpose she formed the Cancer Chicks organization, and spent huge amounts of time at Memorial Sloan- Kettering Cancer Center offering support to numerous cancer patients. She became an avid cyclist, and at one point even rode her bicycle across the country to advocate for Cancer Awareness. Among the most important themes to Meg personally was that of Survivorship, and it was that theme which she strived to instill in the minds of those cancer patients she touched, in order to help motivate them to push forward. Using herself as an example, she taught them to never give up; that they were not then, nor ever would be, alone. To overcome the disease the way she had, and the way she knew that they could, too.

As has been said countless times, the word “hero” is thrown around very casually these days. To me, that word should be reserved for the obvious people; policeman, firemen and the like. And still one more type. Those people who, like Meg, after being bestowed with an unimaginable hardship they didn’t want, ask for, or deserve, still manage to stare their fears down without blinking and, instead of succumbing choose to push it aside, stand tall, and help others with all they have. Even with the uncertainty of their own fates never far from their consciousness.

On October 15, 2009, Meg Berte’ Owen lost her life to lung disease caused by complications of the treatment used in her earlier fight against Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. But those treatments bought her 15 years, years she then used to fight on behalf of many others who shared her pain; years that created a legacy which Cancer cannot ever touch or destroy. A legacy that will help add to the funding, research and efforts that are working relentlessly to swing and chop at this disease at the base of its foundation. These are the efforts that will someday, without question, allow Medical Science to extinguish the diminishing flame of Cancer forever, just as the useless menace deserves.

chris Gay

Chris Gay is an author, freelance writer, broadcaster, voice-over artist and actor. He’s written the theological, paranormal thriller novel 'Ghost of a Chance', the shocking novella 'Sherlock Holmes and the Final Reveal,' and three humor books: 'The Bachelor Cookbook: Edible Meals with a Side of Sarcasm,' 'And That’s the Way It Was…Give or Take: A Daily Dose Of My Radio Writings' and 'Shouldn’t Ice Cold Beer be Frozen? My 365 Random Thoughts To Improve Your Life Not One Iota.' His website is www.chrisjgay.com, and his humor blog can be found at www.chrisgay.wordpress.com

Foods that help protect your eyes

Lutein rich foods helps protect your eyes. Green Leafy vegetables and fish are great sources. People with intermediate macular degeneration should take daily 10 mg of lutein 2 mg of zeaxanthin 25 mg of zinc 500 mg vitamin C 400 IU vitamin E Foods that are rich in lutein are Kale, Spinach, swiss chard, collard greens, peas, romaine lettuce, brussels sprouts, zucchini, asparagus and green beans to name a few.

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Nutrition Action October 2013

How to deal with an ear infection

Kids and colds equal ear infections

If you have a child in daycare and they are under the age of three ear infections are common. Three out of four children have a least one ear infections before the age three.  The great news:  Most children grow out of it by age three when the eustachian tubes become larger and the  adenoids are smaller and able to keep the infection in check .

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CAUSES

Daycare Kids average a cold a month during the winter in the daycare setting. The ear infection is not contagious, but the cold virus is. Allergies clog the tubes Pacifier or lying down while feeding can also increase the chances of and infection. Liquid can go into the tube and into the middle ear. Second handsmoke

Large adenoids

Flying with a cold

sinus infection Spitting up a lot may also be a risk for an infection

Do This

Warm compress will relieve the pain

Hyland or Boiron homeopathic earache tablets. Take every 15 minutes for the first hour then less for the next 24 hours until the pain

Viamin C zinc and beta-carotene grape seed extract is a powerful anti-inflammatory

Add plums, strawberries and raspberries to your diet. These foods xylitol which prevents viruses and bacteria from migrating up the nose. xylitol gum or vitamins with xylitol

1 teaspoon of fish oil a day will cut the need of antibiotics by 12 percent.

Take a pro biotic to lessen the yeast growth in the body

Have allergy testing done. Many studies have linked food allergies to ear infections.

Have the adenoids removed

Go to the chiropractor for adjustments for the spine and neck.

USANA has great children vitamins, probiotics,  Biomega Jr, vita min C

nutritionwarriors.usana.com

Make sure before doing any treatment that you consult a doctor. If the eardrum is not intact damage to the ear may effect hearing.

Sources How to Get Kids To Eat Great and Love It! Christine Wood MD

Lower Your Sodium Levels Naturally

Many people suffer from high sodium levels.Sodium is needed but high levels can cause high blood pressure, heart disease and kidney damage.

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Foods that  will help balance your sodium levels are potassium rich such as;

Spinach

Chard

Bananas

Lima beans

Prunes

Baked Potato with Skins

Follow the DASH diet ( Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) it is a low fat and low calorie diet that is rich in potassium , magnesium and calcium. The diet should have no more than 1500 mg of sodium a day. An easy way to start is by eliminate processed foods to reduce sodium levels. Also eat at home as much as possible and make homemade meals without adding salt.

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Flavor your foods with spices. Spices are natures own natural medicine. Spices increase metabolism so it help the body detox, burn more calories and excrete sodium faster. Spices can add more flavor to food so there is no need for salt. Great spices that add heat are

Ginger

Mustard

Curry

Pepper

Fresh salsa - Use as a topping instead of a condiment like tartar sauce or a butter sauce

Exercise helps the body sweat out extra sodium. Drinking water also dilute the sodium levels. Another great benefit of potassium is that it helps reduce muscle cramps when you exercise.

For more about potassium rich foods read my post on "Muscle Cramps Slowing You Down From Working Out?"

Source Mayo Clicic

Wearing your sunglasses is not just a fashion statement in the summer

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It is summertime; the sun is shining and everyone enjoys spending time outdoors.

Most people are aware of the harm UV radiation can do to the skin, but many may not realize that exposure to UV radiation can harm the eyes and  can also affect vision.

It’s important to protect your eyes from the damage caused by even a single outing on a very bright day. Intense, excessive exposure to ultraviolet light reflected off sand, snow or pavement can damage the eye’s surface.  “sunburn of the eye”, photokeratitis may be painful and include symptoms such as red eyes, a  gritty feeling in the eyes, extreme sensitivity to light and excessive tearing. Fortunately, this is usually temporary and rarely causes permanent damage to the eyes. To ensure your eyes are protected, wear sunglasses and a broad-rimmed hat. When selecting sunglasses, make sure they block 99 to 100 percent of UV-A and UV-B rays. But don’t be deceived by color or cost. The ability to block UV light is not dependent on the darkness of the lens or the price tag. Also, while out enjoying the sun in the water, remember to wear swimming goggles whenever you swim. Chlorine can make your eyes red and puffy; and ponds, oceans and lakes may have bacteria that can get underneath contact lenses and cause inflammation of the cornea. The longer the eyes are exposed to solar radiation, the greater the risk of developing later in life conditions, such as cataracts or macular degeneration. Don’t forget protection for children and teenagers. They typically spend more time in the sun than adults.  Remember to protect your eyes when you step out into the sun. If you experience any vision problems, see an optometrist. 

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American Optometric Association

Breathing to reduce stress and anxiety

The past few days may have left you feeling more unsettled. Dr Weil has a great breathing technique that everyone should do daily to help relax. It will help you manage stress and fight off depression. April is Stress Awareness month, watch the video everyone can benefit from deeper, slower, quieter, and regular breathing.  

 

Last month I had the great opportunity to meet Dr Weil and he demonstrated this great breathing technique. He uses it for his patients.

It is is used for anxiety, sleep problems, cravings, and depression.

 

Breath Benefits and Demonstration by Dr Weil

Once you develop this breathing technique by practicing it every day, twice a day, it will be a very useful tool that you will always have with you. Use it whenever anything upsetting happens - before you react. Use it whenever you are aware of internal tension. Use it to help you fall asleep. Use it to deal with food cravings. Great for mild to moderate anxiety, this exercise cannot be recommended too highly. Everyone can benefit from it. Learn more about Breathing Exercises.

See all of Dr. Weil's videos here.

For more information  go to

http://stressawarenessmonth.com/

 

Source Dr Weil