Have a Healthy, Happy Valentine’s Day!

By healthy, I don’t mean serving vegetables today. Healthy means making it a happy day. That requires some thought beforehand. Thought about the someone you love.

If you hate Valentine’s Day, but your significant other doesn’t –it’s about how they feel, not you. That’s what ends up making the day happy and who couldn’t use a little more joy right now.

Here’s a little help. Being stuck at home doesn’t mean you still can’t and shouldn’t be romantic.

Again, happy means having an evening that makes your significant other feel SPECIAL.

Yes, it’s highly commercialized. But who doesn’t love LOVE. If you’r lucky enough to have someone special in your life, it’s healthy to express that gratitude and make them feel it.

Here’s some help.

Most women expect (yes expect) the basics. Basics are:

  1. Roses or their favorite flowers (with chocolate, stuffed animal and big red bow). If you’re on a budget Godiva makes heart-shaped chocolate lollipop for $6.00 at Godiva (com). Toss in red balloons if you like.


  2. A romantic dinner for two (most will be at home this year, so plan on preparing a special meal, dim lights, light candles and let your significant other know you’re doing so beforehand and what time to be ready). If you can’t be together, give them an IOU for a romantic dinner or better yet, getaway for a future date. Be sure to followup with reservations when you can. This should be a romantic, intimate place, which is all the better during these times. If you’re in a warm climate, a romantic outdoor picnic for two is ideal. Your evening for two can include a candlelit romantic bubble bath with red rose pedals surrounding it, romantic music and a glass of wine.


  3. A special card (it can be store bought or hand-made). The important thing is what you write inside of it. Let her know all the things you love about her and why she’s special and that you love her.

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4. Lingerie. Important: Have her pick something sexy out. She knows her size and what she likes, even if fit. Be sensitive if you’re aware she feels like she’s put on weight during Covid. If so, have her select a satin or silk long-sleeve, long pant pajama in red. LillySilk makes these starting at $89.

5. If you’re in a long-term relationship: Jewelry. Anything else you add is a Bonus. This isn’t the time to get her a new blender, cleaning supplies, exercise equipment or anything else unless she requested it.


Short-term relationship? Stick with # 1 to # 3. The rest is up to how you feel about each other and if you plan to be long-term.

If you’re cooking at home, anything can be creatively shaped into hearts. A few ideas:

Breakfast: You can scramble eggs –then shape into a heart. Fill a bowl with blueberries, then top it with heart-shaped hearts. You can also cut things up into the shape of a giant XO.

Lunch: Celery can be cut into hearts next to your favorite bowl of soup.

Dinner: Chicken thighs can be cut into the shape of hearts before serving.

Don’t forget the men. Ask him if there’s something special he’d like. Add in some silky boxers, a card that expresses all you love about him and anything else that will make him feel special and loved on this day too.

Another fun idea during the day for couples: Get a bag of those plastic Easter eggs that can be parted. You can get them in any Dollar Store. Write a love note in each one of them. Then, hide them.

A compliment for your loved one inside each egg should iend with a clue to where you hid the next one in your house or apartment. Example: The next egg is where we last kissed.

If you have kids, they could do the same for Mom and Dad and have fun doing it.

Of course, it’s always best to ask your significant other how they’d like to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year. If it’s Netflix and Chill –pick out a movie together and try to make the setting more romantic than a usual movie night in.

If you’re single or alone on Valentine’s Day, practice self-care. Turn off electronics. Do something special just for you, even if it’s a simply a solo walk somewhere you can do so safely, where you haven’t been before or a long bath or shower followed by moisturizing face mask and a nice soothing cup of tea, listening to your favorite music or reading a good book. And there’s always chocolate.

Enjoy and Stay Healthy!

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13 Things To Keep You Healthy in 2021

Here’s a list of 13 things to keep you healthy in 2021 from a.m. to p.m.

  1. Don’t immediately jump out of bed or look at your phone or computer first thing in the morning. Take deep breathes and give GRATITUDE first for being alive, for friends, for family, for nature –anything that is priceless. Then, set your INTENTION for the day. 1 to 3 things you will accomplish. Visualize it.


  2. Stretch your body. Reach your arms above your head as far as you can hold and hold for 30 seconds. Then, touch the floor as far as you can for 30 seconds. Twist your torso from side to side.

3. Start your day with a cup of hot water and lemon. Forget coffee. This will detox your body and hydrate you instead with a little dose of vitamin C.

4. Take your daily vitamins. In winter, vitamin D, C and a multi-vitamin are good for everyone.

5. Only eat when you’re hungry. When you are hungry boil 2 eggs or make an egg omelet with your favorite vegetables. Start using sea salt instead of regular salt and be mindful of how much you use. You don’t need much.

6. Fill your pantry with healthy items that come from the outside isle of the grocery store, where fruits and vegetables are. Avoid the middle isles, which contains all processed foods. Load up on healthy snacks like almonds, walnuts, mixed nuts, blueberries, greek yogurt, cherries, fruits you love, carrots to dip in hummus, whole wheat pita to fill with black beans and favorite veggies or scrambled eggs. Lots of non-GMO chips available made from veggies now. Look for them. Read labels.

7. Eat dinner early before 7 p.m. and focus on fishes like wild cut salmon or chicken with lots of veggies on the side.

8. Get one hour of physical activity, even if it’s simply walking. You can break it up into 15 minutes, if you can’t handle one hour straight. Do 15 minutes 4 x’s a day and you’re set.

9. Get outdoors somewhere where it’s empty for at least 15 minute on sunny days.

10. Make sure to call at least one good friend or family member a day, so you’re not isolated.

11. If you begin to feel anxious at any point in the day, make yourself a cup of green tea. That feeling of anxiety will pass.

12. Do something that is indulgent in self-care like using a moisturizing face mask or taking a bubble bath.

13. When you turn in, make sure to get at least 9 hours of good sleep. Close your eyes and again give gratitude and feel good about accomplishing the above, and the 1 to 3 items on your morning intention list.

Studies have shown people who live the healthiest and longest have a positive attitude, and eat more plant-based foods. They avoid white breads, pastas, rice and processed foods or sugary beverages or desserts.

Look for foods that are anti-inflammatory. There’s a great book called HERO FOOD by Seamus Mullen, a chef who reversed his own rheumatoid arthritis by changing the foods he ate.

There are similar books for Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure, Heart Disease and of course, obesity. Knowledge is power. Scroll past photos below for 11 Ways to Reverse Type 2 Diabetes.

Most doctors will medicate you, before informing you that you won’t need medication if you eat and drink the right things.

You can allow yourself to indulge once a week or month, but be sure that the majority of the time the food you eat is healing your body, not causing illness.

If you want to reverse any illness, start by examining the foods you eat and beverages you drink, You will be amazed at how eliminating certain foods and substituting them with other will have a long-term positive impact on how you feel.

More than ever, if you do get the flu or Covid, you want to assure it will be a mild case. Start healing any co-morbidity you may have now by choosing better foods. Know what healthy food looks like.

Avoid gimmicks and quick-fixes. Health is a longterm lifestyle. Whatever you do, you want to be able to sustain it for a long time. The great news is once you find a mix of veggies you love you can create a GINORMOUS bowl of it and enjoy to your hearts content. Same for healthy snacks.

Some people crave sweet snacks. Other people prefer salty ones. There are healthy versions of both. For example, replace sweet ice cream with greek yogurt (look for ones with low or no sugar) and toss blueberries on top of it. Replace potato chips with ones made from veggies with sea salt. Get creative.

One year from now, you will thank me. .

Stay healthy, everyone!

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11 Ways To Start Reversing Type 2 Diabetes Today

by Dr Rangan Chatterjee   

Whether you have a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes or or you’ve been told you’re at risk, read on for 11 ways to start reversing the effects immediately.

Type 2 diabetes is reaching epidemic proportions. There are 3.9 million people living with diabetes – 90 per cent those of being affected by type 2 diabetes. Here’s another shocking statistic: 1 in 3 UK adults has prediabetes, the condition that precedes diabetes.

As you’ll soon see on BBC One’s Doctor in the House, it is entirely possible to both prevent as well as reverse type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately, a lot of the advice that is given for the condition is, in my opinion, unhelpful and misguided. Most people think of it as a blood sugar problem but this is the ultimate effect rather than the cause.

WHAT IS TYPE 2 DIABETES?

Type 2 diabetes is a condition that is characterised by chronically elevated blood sugar levels. However, the main cause as well as the driver for this condition is something called Insulin Resistance. When you eat certain foods, particularly refined carbohydrates, that food is converted to sugar inside your body. Your body’s way of dealing with this sugar is to produce a hormone called insulin. Insulin moves the sugar inside your cells so that it can be used for energy. Sounds great, right?

Well, yes and no. When working efficiently, this is a fantastic system that helps your body to function well. But when you have type 2 diabetes, prediabetes or significant abdominal obesity, that system does not work so well.

Eating too many refined carbohydrates elevates your insulin levels for long periods of time and your cells start to become resistant to the effects of insulin. Think of this a bit like alcohol. When you start to drink, a single glass of wine can make you feel drunk. Once your body becomes accustomed to drinking, you need more and more alcohol to achieve the same effect. This is what happens in diabetes. You need more and more insulin to do the same thing. The problem is that too much insulin is toxic to the body.

WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF RAISED INSULIN LEVELS?

  1. It causes water and salt retention, which causes raised blood pressure
  2. You become at risk of atherosclerosis (“furring of arteries”), which can lead to heart attacks
  3. Raised insulin levels increases VLDL (very low density lipoprotein), a type of blood fat and one of the “bad” forms of cholesterol
  4. Can drive the growth of certain cancer cells
  5. In women, it can cause the ovaries to produce more testosterone, which is associated with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  6. Significantly increases your risk of getting type 2 diabetes

The only way to effectively reverse type 2 diabetes (or even pre-diabetes) is to deal with the underlying cause – Insulin Resistance. Trying to address the blood sugar levels (with medication) without addressing the insulin levels is treating the symptoms, not treating the root cause. It is similar to using a bucket to remove water from an overflowing sink rather than actually turning off the tap!

The most important thing to do is to stop adding fuel to the fire. If Insulin Resistance is driving the condition, you need to firstly stop consuming foods that increase insulin production. Secondly, you need to make some lifestyle changes so that you can become sensitive to insulin once again

SO, WHAT FOODS INCREASE INSULIN PRODUCTION

All carbohydrates – to some degree at least – will raise your blood insulin levels. That is why I consider type 2 diabetes a form of “carbohydrate intolerance”. Protein can also raise levels but to a much lesser degree. The only macronutrient that keeps your insulin levels and, therefore, your blood sugar stable is FAT! Therefore, if you are trying to reduce insulin levels, you need to reduce your amount of certain carbohydrates and replace them instead with healthy, natural fats.

What does that mean in terms of actual FOOD CHOICES though?

When I say healthy, natural fat – think nuts and seeds, avocados, omega 3 fats (found in almonds, flax seed and cold water fish, like wild salmon, herring, mackerel and tuna), extra virgin olive oil and whole eggs.

And when I talk about reducing certain carbohydrates, I mainly mean reducing your intake of  refined carbohydrates such as pasta, rice and bread. Non starchy vegetables (such as broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower) are fine and can be eaten in abundance. Many fruits are packed with carbohydrates, so if you’re trying to reduce your carb intake, try and limit your intake to low-carb fruit, such as rhubarb, watermelon, berries, peaches and blackberries.

It is really important to say that I do not believe that there is one perfect diet for everyone. Different people respond to different diets.

However, if you have a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes or if you have been told you are at high risk or if you have significant abdominal obesity, here are 11 ways to start reversing the effects immediately:

  1. Avoid ALL refined carbohydrates. That means no pasta, rice or bread (even wholegrain bread will spike your insulin)

  2. Avoid ALL added sugar. If your body is already in a state where you cannot process carbohydrates and sugars properly, you are going to have to take steps to fully eliminate all sugars, at least in the short term.

  3. Avoid ALL sweet drinks. It is best to stick to water, tea, coffee.

  4. Do not be scared of good quality, healthy, natural fat – avocados, olives, almonds etc. Don’t worry about this causing you to put on weight. A study published in 2003 showed that people who supplemented their diet with almonds lost more weight than those who supplemented with so-called “healthy, complex carbs”

  5. Do not waste your energy counting calories. Concentrate on the quality of the food that you are eating and the calorie control will take care of itself.

  6. FEED YOUR GUT BUGS, not just yourself. There are trillions of bugs that live in your gut – their health is critical in determining your health. Many studiesshow links between the state of your gut bugs (your microbiota) and type 2 diabetes. Start improving the health of your gut immediately by eating five servings of different coloured vegetables each day. The non digestible fibre in vegetables is the preferred food for your gut bacteria and when your gut bugs are happy, you will be happy. The wider the variety of colours, the more phytonutrients you will be getting.

  7. Do my 5 minute kitchen workout once a day. This could be before breakfast, lunch or dinner – whatever works for you.


  8. If you like to snack, keep some high fat healthy snacks with you, such as olives, nuts or hummus. When you snack on refined carbohydrates such as biscuits, you go on a blood sugar rollercoaster that results in you feeling hungry shortly after. Fats, on the other hand, will keep you fuller for longer.


  9. Include high quality protein and fat with EVERY single meal. This helps to stabilise your blood sugars and promotes satiety and fullness, making it less likely that you will want to reach for dessert after your meal.


  10. Eat your meals sitting down at a table. Eating on the sofa while watching TV encourages a mindless form of eating – this can lead you to eat higher quantities than you otherwise would. If you sit at a table and concentrate on what you’re eating, you are more likely to enjoy your food, feel satisfied at the end of your meal and eat less.


  11. Consider a form of regular fasting (more to come in a later blog), such as intermittent fasting or time-restricted feeding (TRF). TRF means eating your calories during a specific window of the day, and choosing not to eat food for the rest. It’s a great way to reduce insulin levels in your body and help undo the effects of chronically elevated levels.

As always, I’m here to answer any questions, so please get in touch via Facebookand Twitter if you’d like to chat.

— Dr Chatterjee

Dr. Rangan ChatterjeeMbChB, BSc (Hons), MRCP, MRCGP

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Helping People with Medication Adherence

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Medication nonadherence is in the US and around the world, leads to 125 thousand unnecessary deaths in the US each year. 

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Leeanna Gantt’s own challenges and experiences while in treatment for breast cancer.

She was given a cabinet-full of prescription and over-the-counter medications to deal with the side effects of chemotherapy.

Even with the help of her caregivers (husband and daughter), it was impossible to remember what she was supposed to take when, or more importantly, when she may have taken something, as many of these medications would be dangerous if taken more than prescribed.

INNOVATION

As the effects of her treatment began to multiply, Leeanna invented her own solution using modified sticky notes.



Some of the best ideas are simple.

Post It Notes sell 50 BILLION sticky notes a year. This one can save lives.

Leeanna created TookTake stickers, which can easily be placed on any medication pill bottles. The center of the label says DAILY with side tabs for the day of the week.

Someone tears off the day of the week when they take their medication.

Simply peel the label and stick it on any prescription bottle, vitamin or medication as a reminder

Oftentimes, people forget if they’ve taken a medication. This prevents forgetfulness.



This DIY solution worked so well, she became committed to making it available to others who had issues remembering to take their own medication once she was finished with her own treatment.

Tooktake is available in three configurations: Daily, Every __ hours, and 7-10 day.

These work for a wide variety of common over-the-counter and prescription medications such as antibiotics, anti-hypertensives, statins, pain medications, allergy medication, cough syrup, ointments, drops or even daily vitamins.

Tooktake is a woman and mom-owned small business located in Pasadena, California, USA. Tooktake is committed to helping others get well and stay well, offering information and support for lifestyle practices that support mental and physical well-being.

BENEFITS of using these stickers:

Tooktake helps healthy habit formation

Tooktake labels include visual and tactile cues that help you remember the routine of taking your medication or administering it to someone else. Removing the tab after taking your dose creates an action that signals the completion of the habit. And you don’t need to use tooktake forever. Once you’ve established the habit, you can kiss us goodbye. If you need us again (we hope you don’t) we’ll be here.

Tooktake supports your healthy lifestyle

Medication and supplements can help you get well and stay well if you take them as directed, and tooktake helps you do that. But we’re also big believers in the power of nutrition, movement, meditation and other lifestyle practices as a means of reducing or eliminating your reliance on them.

Tooktake is low-tech and proud of it

No beeps you silence and forget. No batteries to change. No apps to download. Just a simple solution that works. And unlike conventional pillboxes or complicated “smart” solutions, tooktake works for tablets, capsules, liquids, creams and most other types of packaging, and is available in three formats to cover most dosage requirements.

Tooktake works great for pets, too!

Our furry friends are family, too and they’re not great at reminding us to give them their medication. We can’t ask them if they got their eardrops or whatever, and they’d always say yes regardless. Tooktake can help you keep track of your pet’s medication, so thay can stay spunky, funny and awesome.

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Simple idea, which is ideal for Pharmacists or Physicians to already place on all prescription bottles prior to handing them out. Until then, at least patients and caregivers have a way to assure adherence.


Great for prescription medication, vitamins. allergy meds, acne face wash and even on eye drops.

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STAY HEALTHY, EVERYONE!

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Best Foods To Help You Sleep

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Eating the right foods can help you fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake feeling refreshed.

Four main vitamins and minerals that can be found in food that aid in promoting sleep:

1. Tryptophan

2. Magnesium

3.  Calcium

4. B6. 

Tryptophan is an amino acid that when ingested gets turned into the neurotransmitter serotonin and then converted into the hormone melatonin.

Foods with tryptophan:

  • Dairy products (cheese, milk, low-fat yogurt)
  • Poultry (chicken, turkey)
  • Seafood (salmon, sardines, shrimp, halibut, cod, tuna)
  • Nuts and seeds (almonds, walnuts, sunflower, pumpkin, flax, sesame, cashews, peanuts)
  • Legumes (black beans, split peas, chickpeas, lima beans, kidney beans)
  • Fruits (bananas, avocado, apples, peaches)
  • Vegetables (broccoli, seaweed, spinach, turnip greens, asparagus, onions)
  • Grains (oats, corn, barley, rice, wheat)
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Magnesium

Magnesium is a natural relaxant that helps deactivate adrenaline. This mineral helps you fall and stay asleep.  Sources of magnesium are:

  • Dark leafy greens (collard greens, kale, baby spinach)
  • Nuts and seeds (almonds, cashews, pecans, pine nuts, flaxseed, sunflower seeds, brazil nuts)
  • Wheat germ
  • Fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel, halibut)
  • Soybeans
  • Banana
  • Avocados
  • Low-fat yogurt

Calcium

Calcium is another mineral that helps the brain make melatonin. A lack of calcium can cause you to wake up in the middle of the night and have difficulty returning to sleep.

Sources of calcium include:

  • Dark leafy greens
  • Low-fat milk
  • Cheeses
  • Yogurt
  • Sardines
  • Fortified cereals
  • Soybeans
  • Fortified orange juice
  • Enriched breads and grains
  • Green snap peas
  • Okra
  • Broccoli
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Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 also helps convert tryptophan into melatonin. A deficiency in B6 has been linked with lowered serotonin levels, poor sleep, symptoms of depression and mood disorders which can lead to insomnia.

Highest sources of B6 are:

  • Sunflower seeds
  • Pistachio nuts
  • Flaxseed
  • Fish (salmon, tuna, halibut)
  • Meat (tuna, lean pork, lean beef, chicken)
  • Dried Prunes
  • Bananas
  • Avocado
  • Spinach

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Melatonin

Many of the vitamins and minerals that are on this list are there because they help aid in the production of turning serotonin into melatonin.

Foods which naturally contain melatonin include:

  • Fruits and vegetables (grapes, tomatoes, olives, cucumber, tart cherries, corn, asparagus, pomegranate, broccoli)
  • Grains (barley, rice, rolled oats)
  • Nuts and Seeds (walnuts, flaxseed, sunflower seeds, mustard seeds, peanuts)

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Figs

“Figs pack potassium, magnesium, calcium, and iron,” says Jaclyn London, MS, RD, CDN, Nutrition Director at the Good Housekeeping Institute.

“These minerals help with blood flow and muscle contraction, which are key for falling asleep.” Besides crushing your dessert craving, each fig also packs some additional fiber that’ll keep you full.

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Watermelon

It’s all in the name. Each 2-cup serving is half (you guessed it) water, which will hydrate you before bed and eliminate post-dinner hunger pains due to the fiber and volume.

Remember, not too much or you’ll wake to use the rest room.

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Sweet Potato Toast

Swap baked sweet potatoes for traditional nighttime toast, advises London.

“Sweet potatoes are great sources of potassium, magnesium, and calciumto help you relax,” she says. Top with a drizzle of honey and pinch of sea salt, or a tablespoon of nut butter for a post-dinner treat.

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Pistachios

Pistachios hit the sleep-inducing jackpot, packing in protein, vitamin B6, and magnesium, all of which contribute to better sleep. Refrain from a shell-cracking frenzy, though.

“Don’t exceed a 1-ounce portion of nuts,” London warns. “Anything too high in calories can have the reverse effect of keeping you awake!”

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Prunes

The nutrients in dried plums — vitamin B6, calcium, and magnesium, to name a few — help make melatonin, the hormone that regulates sleep. Use prunes as a whole-grain toast topping, mix them into trail mix, or eat them on their own about 30 minutes before bedtime.

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Canteloupe

Since dehydration can impact your ability to fall and stay asleep (not to mention your energy levels overall!), choosing watery fruits like melon can make up for any deficits.

London also recommends thirst-quenching apples, oranges, and pears.

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String Cheese

Still can’t silence those stomach grumbles? Your kids’ snack stash might come in handy. Part-skim mozzarella cheese (a.k.a. string cheese) provides a satisfying protein, especially if you pair it with whole grain crackers.

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Nut Butter

Almond or peanut butter also pack in filling protein too. Spread it on graham crackers, a banana, or that sweet potato toast. Again, keep your dollop under a tablespoon so you’re not feeling too stuffed before heading to bed.

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Cherries

The best way to get a good night’s sleep is to increase your melatonin intake, recommends Michelle Dudash, a registered dietician.

Cherries, along with nuts and oats, are a natural source of melatonin. When eaten regularly, they can help regulate your sleep cycle.

And don’t forget WEIGHTED BLANKETS! Click below for recommendations.

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BE AWARE OF THE WORST FOODS AND BEVERAGES FOR A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP. THEY ARE:

  • Foods and drinks that contain caffeine
  • Spicy foods
  • Alcohol
  • Foods high in fat 
  • Foods high in protein
  • Foods containing water (you’ll wake to use rest room)
  • Heavy meals before bedtime

    Stick with the good list of foods and your sleep should improve. It’s also best to shut down all electronic equipment and dim the lights one hour before you go to sleep.

    The temperature should be a bit cool, and you can do some deep breathing once in bed. Close your eyes and empty your mind for worries. Instead, focus on at least 3 things you are grateful for or at least one thing you’re happy you accomplished during the day.

    A hot bath with soothing lavender epsom salt is also helpful. Unwind, relax and try to associate your bed with sleep. If you’re prone to late night snacking choose foods from the list above. Otherwise, your body will busy digesting, and that could cause a restless night’s sleep.
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Sleep Well & Stay Healthy!  

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Best Foods To Sleep Well

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Eating the right foods can help you fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake feeling refreshed.

Four main vitamins and minerals that can be found in food that aid in promoting sleep:

1. Tryptophan

2. Magnesium

3.  Calcium

4. B6. 

Tryptophan is an amino acid that when ingested gets turned into the neurotransmitter serotonin and then converted into the hormone melatonin.

Foods with tryptophan:

  • Dairy products (cheese, milk, low-fat yogurt)
  • Poultry (chicken, turkey)
  • Seafood (salmon, sardines, shrimp, halibut, cod, tuna)
  • Nuts and seeds (almonds, walnuts, sunflower, pumpkin, flax, sesame, cashews, peanuts)
  • Legumes (black beans, split peas, chickpeas, lima beans, kidney beans)
  • Fruits (bananas, avocado, apples, peaches)
  • Vegetables (broccoli, seaweed, spinach, turnip greens, asparagus, onions)
  • Grains (oats, corn, barley, rice, wheat)

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Magnesium

Magnesium is a natural relaxant that helps deactivate adrenaline. This mineral helps you fall and stay asleep.  Sources of magnesium are:

  • Dark leafy greens…

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Now You Can Take Your Temp On-the-Go

TAD™ takes the wearer’s temperature every 15 minutes, showing the temperature for 10 seconds.

Once the temperature light goes out, a Green, Amber, or Red indicator light stays illuminated as an indictor visible to those in your close proximity.

Should the temperature be elevated to Amber or Red, the wearer will feel a vibration, which serves as an alert. In addition, the wearer’s temperature can be taken manually with a simple push of a button!

Physician Approved

“Body temperature is the most commonly used vital sign to identify illness by clinicians across all specialities. Being able to identify early fluctuations in temperature has the potential to save lives and keep those around us safe. With TAD™, the most commonly used vital sign is within an arm’s length.”

-Dr. Julian Trivino, Board Certified Emergency Medicine Physician

Giving Staff, Parents and Students Peace of Mind

Your patrons, employees, and staff will be confident of their well-being when you show them you are a TAD SAFE™ facility. Increase the amount of foot traffic into your business with a clear identifier – your focus is on providing a level of safety many others are not!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines a fever as having “a measured temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit [38 degrees Celsius], which is what you need to be aware of during the pandemic. A temperature of 100.4 is listed as one of the first signs you may have Covid-19, which is why monitoring your daily temperature during this time is important.

Slightly higher than 98.6 is normal for healthy adults.  

TAD™ brings peace of mind to students, sports fans, and everyone who interacts with them to feel and be TAD SAFE™. The cost is reasonable too at $19.99

A user-friendly instruction booklet comes with the watch. First, you remove the charger from the back of it. Plug it into a USB port to charge. Then, reinsert it into the watch. Press to activate.

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Small package arrives with blue wristband and instruction booklet. Read it first.


First thing you do is remove the module from inside watch. Charge it for 2 hours in a USB port.

Module didn’t fit into my MAC computer, but it did fit into a USB port on a lamp & in the one I use to charge phone.
Charge module for 2 hours before placing it back inside blue wristband. My wrist is small, but it fit on the last setting. I had a difficult time closing it with one hand. Having someone help you is advisable.

When I first pressed it, temperature read 98.2, but I had just come in from outdoors. The instruction pamphlet advises not to wear it while outdoors in cold or hot temperatures or while active, as this can affect the reading.

A few moments later, my temp was at 98.6. It says the reading stays lit for 10 seconds, but it felt quicker.

All in all, I’d recommend this more for people who are sedentary. I move around a lot, which would cause minor fluctuations.

If you’re in an office or school setting all day, it could be helpful. One press and you can check your temperature. It’s not recommended for anyone younger than 10 years of age.

I could see this being helpful for my parents after I charge it for them and show them how to use it. Again, it’s simple to use as one press and it lights up with your temperature.

It makes for a great stocking stuffer for Christmas.

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Top 10 Habits of People Who Live to Be 100

1. Healthy centenarians stay connected with others of all age groups and involved in their communities.

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2. They keep physically active with regular, daily exercise. They bake and cook for family gatherings, go to the office and play golf. One woman, 101 years old, has a habit of reading while riding a stationary bicycle.

3. They continue to use their brains throughout their lives. Many experts recommend learning new skills as a way to keep the brain functioning. Try a new language!

4. They have learned how to handle stress and the many losses that happen on the way up to 100!

5. They use humor to cope with difficult times. He who laughs, lasts!

6. They find meaning in some kind of spiritual practice and seem to take a lively interest and joy in everything around them.

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7. They are self-sufficient — they remain living independently as long as possible and adapt well to challenges. They avoid taking pills or medication, unless they are absolutely necessary.

8. They have good sleep habits, regular bowel movements, and prefer outdoor activiities and fresh air.

9. They focus on living each day as it comes instead of on living a long time. Being old to them is not any different than being young, except that they know they are wiser.

10. They are not always nice. Some are cantankerous and ornery. Most have been married, and most have been widowed. But after their losses, they grieved and got over it.

There you have it. Here’s to still laughing at Centi Anni.

Boost Your Immune System In Cold Weather

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This is an excellent time to strengthen your immune system to make sure you don’t catch a cold, get the flu or end up testing positive for Covid-19. A lack of the right vitamins leaves you more vulnerable to illness or disease. It’s best to get your vitamins from clean eating and the foods you eat, but if you don’t supplements are recommended.

If you haven’t been eating right due to stress, it’s never too late to start.

Vitamin C is needed now, which you can get from oranges and tangerines. Vitamin D is also beneficial. Foods with vitamin D includes chicken, eggs, mushrooms, fish, including salmon, cod, and tuna.

Vitamin D Rich Nuts and seeds

  • Seeds, breadfruit seeds, raw  
  • Almonds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sunflower seeds

Insufficient vitamin D levels have been associated with illnesses such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Rickets
  • Osteomalacia
  • Mental illness such as depression
  • Osteoporosis
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Cancer

    Another important vitamin is zinc, a mineral and micronutrient.

5 Benefits of Zinc

  1. Supports immune system 
  2. Fight common cold 
  3. Reduces inflammation 
  4. Regulates wound healing 
  5. Decreases risk of age-related disease
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HOW MUCH ZINC DO YOU NEED?

Recommended dietary allowance (RDA) is 8mg.

Zinc deficiency is common worldwide, but particularly in developing countries. Your body uses zinc for so many things like fighting off infections, healing wounds, and creating DNA.

When you lack zinc in your diet, you may start to experience:

  • Hair loss 
  • Lack of alertness
  • Unexplained weight loss 
  • Wounds that won’t heal properly 
  • Loss of appetite 

Research shows the body needs zinc to develop and produce T-cells. We talked about T-cells in our last BOLDHealth show with Dr. Max Gomez. T-cells help you to fight off infection. 

As the seasons start to change, colder weather arrives and brings more flu and cold infections.

It’s important to strengthen your immune system to help you fight off colds and feel your best. IN addition to getting daily exercise, make sure you get enough sleep and reduce stress. You may even want to get more rest than usual. There’s a reason some animals naturally hibernate in the winter.

They conserve their energy in order get through cold temperatures. That said, you still need to get in daily exercise.

Reducing stress also means limiting your daily intake of negative news either on TV or through social media. Green tea is a know antioxidant and a great way to destress in the evening.

Related: 9 Tips to Strengthen Your Immune System

HERE’S A CLOSER LOOK AT THE 5 WAYS ZINC IMPROVES YOUR HEALTH from
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1. Supports Your Immune System 

Zinc activates enzymes in the body that break down the proteins in viruses and bacteria.

Australian researchers found that zinc can actually ‘starve’ off one of the world’s deadliest bacteria. Streptococcus pneumoniae is responsible for more than one million deaths every year, causing pneumonia, meningitis, and other serious infectious diseases. Researchers found that zinc stops a protein transporter so that it can’t take up manganese. The bacteria needs manganese to invade, spread, and cause disease in humans. The interesting discovery shows how zinc can play such a pivotal role in preventing the spread of infection.

Related: How to Have an Awesome Immune System 

2. Fight the Common Cold

One way zinc can help fight off illnesses is by reducing the severity of the common cold. Research shows that zinc may reduce the length of your cold. A study published in the Open Respiratory Medicine Journal found that zinc lozenges shorten the length of a cold by 40%.  

Another review shows that zinc may be beneficial for reducing cold duration and the severity of a cold. The research investigated the effects of zinc lozenges or syrups. Healthy people showed an improvement in symptoms when taking zinc lozenges within 24 hours of the onset of the first symptoms. 

Zinc is an essential nutrient that helps to regulate and maintain immune function. The mineral is often found in many over-the-counter cold treatments and natural remedies. Alongside things like garlic and ginger, zinc could be a useful addition to your natural medicine cupboard. 

Related: Build Up Your Natural Medicine Cabinet 

3. Reduce Inflammation 

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A growing body of research is looking at how zinc may reduce inflammation in the body. Inflammation is part of the body’s immune response. It’s a natural part of your body’s response to injury and infection. The inflammation signals your body to start the repair process. But too much inflammation can cause the immune system to keep fighting indefinitely, even when there’s no pathogens or foreign invaders to combat. Chronic inflammation has been linked to several diseases like heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and arthritis. 

One study by Ohio State University found that zinc helps to control infections in a way that stops inflammation from getting out of control. The research shows that zinc supports the immune system by stopping inflammation before it becomes chronic and damaging to the body. What’s more is that researchers found that when there isn’t enough zinc present at the time of infection, there is excessive inflammation.  

4. Regulate Wound Healing

Zinc plays a significant role in wound healing. One of zinc’s jobs is to maintain skin integrity and structure. Often, patients with chronic ulcers and wounds have lower or deficient levels of zinc. One Swedish study found that applying zinc topically to a wound may stimulate healing while decreasing inflammation and bacterial growth.

Research shows that zinc plays an integral role in every part of the wound healing journey. From the very beginning of the repair process to coagulation, and scar formation, zinc is absolutely essential. Zinc deficiency can negatively affect the wound healing process.

5. Decrease the Risk of Age-Related Disease

Increasing your zinc intake either through diet or supplementation may help to lower the risk of developing age-related chronic diseases. The mineral appears to affect how the immune system responds to stimulation. Research shows that zinc deficiency may play a role in chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes, especially in older adults. 

These types of diseases that are linked to inflammation may be influenced by zinc. Things like heart disease and diabetes tend to show up later in life. Older adults are at a higher risk of developing a zinc deficiency. It’s clear that zinc plays a crucial role in the immune system, but it appears to influence inflammation which could be vital for combating chronic disease as you get older.

How to Boost Your Zinc Intake

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Zinc is involved in so many important processes in the body. It metabolizes nutrients, repairs body tissue, and regulates and maintains the immune system. Your body doesn’t produce zinc, nor does it store the mineral. This means you need to ingest zinc-rich foods or supplements every day to make sure you’re hitting your daily intake. 

It’s always best to get your nutrients from your diet. Eating a healthy and balanced diet is a natural way to sneak some zinc-rich foods into your meals. To up your zinc intake, make a conscious effort to consume more foods that are rich in this trace elemen.

10 Plant-Based Foods High In Zinc:

  1. Legumes: chickpeas, lentils, beans and peas
  2. Seeds: hemp, squash, and pumpkin 
  3. Whole grains
  4. Tofu and tempeh 
  5. Shiitake mushrooms 
  6. Quinoa 
  7. Spinach
  8. Cocoa powder
  9. Avocados 
  10. Asparagus

The immune system is complex. There are a lot of working parts involved in a strong and robust immune system. While there is no one single thing you can do to protect yourself from 100% of infections, bacteria, and pathogens, there are things you can do to boost your immune system. 

Another way to kickstart your immune system in time for the cold weather is by adding medicinal mushrooms to your routine. Mushrooms like reishi, lion’s mane, and turkey tail have all been shown to have immune-boosting and antioxidant properties to fight free radicals in the body. 

Related: Boost Your Immune System with Functional Mushroom Superfoods!

Zinc is a trace element and essential micronutrient that the human body needs to thrive. It plays a role in healthy aging, immune function, and supports normal growth and development from birth. As a massively understated mineral, it’s a good idea to include foods rich in zinc to your diet to boost your intake and strengthen your immune system. There are a lot of easy ways to add zinc to your diet. Simply sprinkle some hemp seeds on your salad or add some Shiitake mushrooms to your next meal.  If you’re worried that you’re not getting enough zinc through your diet, consider speaking to your healthcare provider about the possibility of taking a supplement

Remember, a strong and healthy immune system keeps you feeling your best, no matter the season.   

If you need a great place to get supplements on-line visit https://www.sunwarrior.com

Or you can always find them on-line at CVS
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Vitamin D: Why You Need It

Getting some natural vitamin D on a gorgeous day.  Ten to 15 min. sunlight is safe daily.

Exposure is best after 5 p.m. or before 8 a.m. when it’s less harsh.

Healthy Benefits of Vitamin D:

Sun’s UV rays help your body produce it naturally, which is vital for blood cells, bones and your immune system. It also helps you take in and use certain minerals, like phosphorus and calcium.


At all times, but especially during flu season and Covid19, it’s important to keep your immune system strong. 



Foods high in D are fatty fish, like salmon & tuna, and egg yolks.

People age 1 to 70 need 600 IU daily. People over age 70 need 800 IU daily for optimum health. You can find supplements.

Symptoms you may have a vitamin D deficiency are:

Fatigue
Lethargy
Hair loss
Depression
Slow wound healing
Weight gain
Muscle or bone pain
Decrease in bone density
Increases your risk for colds, flu & other illnesses like Covid19

According to a 2011 study, 41.6% of adults in the US are deficient.
This number goes up to 69.2% in Hispanics and 82.1% in African-Americans.

7 common risk factors for vitamin D deficiency:


🌞 Having dark skin.
🌞 Being elderly.
🌞 Being overweight or obese.
🌞 Not eating much fish or dairy.
🌞 Living far from equator where there is little sun year-round.
🌞 Always using sunscreen when going out.
🌞 Staying indoors.

So, find an outdoor space that’s empty or with only a few people social distancing, so you can get outside and enjoy the sunshine. Preventing illness by maintaining daily healthy habits is one of the best defenses you have against any illness.

It’s worth repeating: Exercise daily, eat nutritious foods, avoid processed foods, sugar and alcohol, stay hydrated with water, get enough sleep, read to keep your mind active and limit your time on social media, so you have time to take care.



Keep your pantry stocked with healthy foods and snacks during this time. The healthier you eat, the less you will crave the bad for you stuff or you will at least limit it one day a week. Your mind and body will thank you later.

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If you haven’t had healthy habits your whole life, it’s never too late to start. Take it one day at a time. It takes a few weeks (sometimes months) for you to begin feeling your best mentally, physically and spiritually.



Start by removing one unhealthy habit. Then, another. Be patient with yourself.

Stay healthy. Stay safe.

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Remedies For Stress-Related Hair Loss

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Many people who had Covid-19 are experiencing hair loss. Stress from being diagnosed with it can also wreak havoc on tresses. Others are experiencing hair thinning simply from stress since the pandemic began.

The good news is it’s not permanent. Read on for more information about stress and hair loss.

Is stress-related hair loss permanent?
If your hair loss is caused by stress, it’s possible for your hair to grow back in time. The rate of regrowth will be different for everyone.

If your hair loss has been triggered by stress, managing your stress could be the key to returning to a healthy rate of hair growth.

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What you can do
There are a number of things that you can do to reduce hair loss and encourage new growth.

Diet and nutrition

Eating a balanced, nutritious diet of whole foods is necessary for the health of your body — and your hair.

Foods Great For Your Hair:

EGGS

NUTS

BERRIES

SPINACH 

PEANUT BUTTER

ALMOND BUTTER

CASHEWS

BROCCOLI

SALMON, MACKEREL, OYSTERS

FLAXSEEDS, CHIA SEEDS

KIWI FRUITS 

ORANGES, ALL CITRUS OR RED FRUITS & VEGGIES

STRAWBERRIES 

SWEET POTATOES 

PAPAYA 

WALNUTS 

BRAZIL NUTS 

MUSHROOMS 

CHEESE 

BUTTER

AVOCADO

Lots of people diet today and don’t realize their hair will die right along with it. Your hair needs fats to be healthy and shine. Two pats of butter on whole wheat toast will do the trick. If you’re experiencing hair loss, make sure you are getting enough healthy fats. Next, make sure you get the right vitamins through what you eat or take the right supplements.

While it’s important to include all essential vitamins in a healthy diet, there are some vital to hair growth:

Vitamin C. This vitaminis essential for building collagen, the skin’s connective tissue that is found in hair follicles. Foods that contain vitamin C include citrus fruits, broccoli, bell peppers, and strawberries.

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Vitamin B. This complex of many vitamins promotes a healthy metabolism, as well as healthy skin and hair. B vitamins can be found in foods like dark leafy greens, beans, nuts, and avocados.
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Vitamin E.  This vitamin contains potent antioxidants, which can contribute to a healthy scalp. Foods rich in vitamin E include sunflower seeds, spinach, olive oil, broccoli, and shrimp.

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If you aren’t getting enough of these nutrients in your diet, talk to your doctor about supplements. They can discuss your options and recommend the best dosage for you. You should never add nutritional supplements to your routine without your doctor’s supervision.

Keeping properly hydrated is also essential to overall good health. Every cell in your body relies on water to function properly.

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Men should aim for 15 1/2 cups of water per day, and women should aim for 11 1/2 cups per day. That amount can come from food, water, and other beverages. A reasonable goal is to drink 8 glasses of water per day, and allow the rest to come from your diet and other beverages.

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Stress management

Learning how to effectively manage your stress levels may help you reduce your risk for further hair loss. Of course, this is often easier said than done.

You may have to try several different stress-management techniques before you find what works for you.

Popular ways to reduce stress:

Exercise. Exercise is a great way to eliminate stress. Try taking a light daily walk, signing up for a dance class, or doing some yard work.

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Hobbies. Occupying yourself with something that you enjoy doing can be a great way to combat stress. Consider doing volunteer work, joining your local community theatre group, planting a garden, or starting an art project.

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Writing. Try taking a few minutes each day to write about your feelings, and the things that cause you stress. Reviewing the daily items that trigger your stress may help you to discover ways of coping.

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Breathing and meditation. Meditation and breathing exercises are great ways to allow yourself to focus on the present moment. You may also wish to try techniques that combine meditation with physical exercise, like yoga or tai chi.

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Topical treatments

Castor oil. This is a popular folk remedy for hair regrowth. Although anecdotal evidence suggests that topical use can increase hair growth, research to support this is limited.

What if you aren’t seeing improvement?
It’s possible that your hair loss isn’t stress related. There are many factors and conditions that could cause you to lose your hair.

Other common reasons for hair loss include:

aging
genetics
medications, like some blood thinners or antidepressants
chemotherapy
illness or recent surgery
hormonal changes, like childbirth or menopause
nutritional deficiency, like a lack of sufficient protein or iron

The bottom line

Hair loss is most often caused by stress, so make sure you do things daily to de-stress you mind. Physical activity isn’t only good for your body. It helps to relax your mind too. Other ways to de-stress include listening to music, journaling, mediation, having a cup of green tea, drawing, reading and being out in nature. Focus on the present.

Take a look at your environment too. De-clutter. When your environment is clean and clear –your mind will feel more relaxed. Take the time to toss out what you don’t use and create a home environment that makes you feel relaxed.

Social media can be reactionary and trigger stress. Limit TV and time on social media. Make sure you turn off all electronics two hours before bedtime, and create a relaxing atmosphere where you sleep at least 9 hours each night.

Remind yourself that your hair follicles haven’t been permanently damaged. Managing your stress and taking good care of your nutrition and health result in your hair returning to a normal rate of growth.

This too shall pass.

If OTC measures aren’t working — or you aren’t seeing results — see your doctor. They can help diagnose the reason for your hair loss and advise you on any next steps. If regrowth is possible, they can help determine the best treatment plan for your symptoms.

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