A Few of Bea’s Favorite Posts

 

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Bea’s Wellness Project – Day 26 – 3/2/15

Bea’s daughter was in town this week-end, and they needed some “girl time,” shopping and lunching at the mall.  Which meant that writing a post for today’s wellness project fell by the wayside. 

Instead, Bea is sharing a few of her old favorite posts and hopes you enjoy them!

10 Minute Energy Boosts

Can You Hear Me Now?

Ladies, You’ve Got to Have Friends!

 

 

 

 

How to Stay Healthy this Holiday Season

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The holiday season is quickly approaching. Unfortunately, the holidays are often  accompanied by the dreaded coughing, sniffling, and sneezing cold and flu season. You might figure that since you’ve gotten your flu shot, you’re safe from those annoying symptoms.

But wait!  A flu shot just might not be enough. There’s so much more you can do to avoid buying all that extra Kleenex, scarfing down your favorite cold and flu medication, and above all, stop the flu IN ITS TRACKS!

You need to take action to build up your immune system. It can be done,  and Bea’s can give you some tips to do just that:

First, eat a healthier diet.   That means getting plenty of antioxidants – found in foods that do not resemble fast-food burgers or snacks like Hostess cupcakes. No surprises here: you can get immune boosting antioxidants by eating plenty of fruits and veggies. Brightly colored fruits and vegetables have higher concentrations of these antioxidants.  Eat more berries, for example: blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and cranberries, just to name a few.  Add leafy green vegetables such as spinach, kale, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts to your meals.  If you love peppers, eat all varieties, yellow, green, orange and red.

The best way to eat your veggies is raw or lightly steamed, in order to keep the antioxidant advantage intact. And seriously, we need a minimum of 5 servings every day – ideally, we should be eating 9 servings. (Heck, why have one vegetable with lunch or dinner when you could have two or three?)

Secondly, take time each day to get some exercise! If the weather’s not too vile, take a brisk walk outside.   If the snow’s too deep, exercise inside, or join an inexpensive gym such as Planet Fitness. All it takes is 30 minutes of moderate exercise each day to boost our immunities. Exercise also has additional benefits. It helps reduce stress, which in turn boosts both physical and emotional health.

Next, take time to fight off STRESS!  The holidays can lead to stress overload, and chronic stress is bad for our immune system.  Find time to relax, get a massage, meditate, just say “No” to over-demanding people, don’t watch the nightly news! You can find out about more stress relievers here.

Other healthy tips include: cooking with canola or olive oil, eating Greek low-fat yogurt, enjoying some hot, steamy chicken soup (good for your soul, as well); as well as washing your hands frequently and getting a good night’s sleep.

By taking these simple actions, you can avoid having to spend the Christmas holidays sick in bed! Unless, of course, you WANT to steer clear of your relatives; in that case, ignore all my advice)

For further reading:
20 Surprising Ways to Prevent Colds and Flu

Influenza Prevention

 

 

 

 

Bea’s Wellness Beat: Focus on the Heart

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I’m willing to bet that you weren’t aware of these 9 fantastic heart facts:

  •  Our heart pumps around 2,000 gallons of blood every stinking day.

 

  • Our heart beats around 100,000 beats per day, 35 million times a year, and around 2.5 billion beats in an average lifetime.

 

  • The heart is not on the left side of our chest – it’s in the middle, hanging out between our lungs.

 

  • Have a big heart is great figuratively. Literally? Not so much. An enlarged heart is a symptom of heart disease.

 

  • What day do most heart attacks occur? I’ll give you a hint, it’s NOT on our favourite day of the week, Friday. Nope, it’s the day we all love to hate: Monday (wow, what a surprise).

 

  • A guy’s heart is around 25% bigger than a woman’s. A woman’s heart beats faster than a man’s.

 

  • Guys, are you losing the hair on the top of your head? Watch out! Research shows that you have a higher risk of heart disease, especially if you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels. (I suggest you join Hair Club for Men, stat. If it’s still around, that is).

 

  • The heart can continue to beat when separated from the body, as long as it has an oxygen source.

 

  • Lastly, we all know that laughter makes us feel better about life. Health experts point out that laughing not only has emotional health benefits; it’s also great for our heart.  You can read more about that in this article.

 

Heartfelt quotes:

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart. (Helen Keller)

 

Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye. (H. Jackson Brown, Jr.)

 

Despite everything, I believe that people really are good at heart. (Anne Frank)

 

I could hear my heart beating. I could hear everyone’s heart. I could hear the human noise we sat there making, not one of us moving, not even when the room went dark. (Raymond Carver)

 

Be the one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart, one who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them. (Marvin J. Ashton)

 

For Further Reading:

Can you really die of a broken heart?

Sleep and Cardiovascular Disease

Exercise for your Heart Health

 

 

Bea’s Wellness Beat: Trivia Day – May 8th Birthdays

For your intellectual wellness pleasure, here are some famous people born on May 8th:

1884: Harry Truman, 33rd U.S. President, died: 1972

Quote:  A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.

1895:  James H. “Dutch” Kindelberger, American aerospace pioneer, died: 1962 Inducted in the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 1972.  Read his biography at the National Aviation Hall of Fame website.

1911: Robert Johnson, blues singer, died in 1938 at age 27.  Visit the Blues Foundation to read about the singer, whose work influenced the Stones, Allman Brothers, and more.

1916: Swami Chinmayananda, Indian Spiritualist, died 1993.

Quote: See Positive, Seek Positive, Stay Positive….. Every day may not be good…   but there’s something good in every day….   Every person may not be good…   but there is something good in every person.

1940: Peter Benchley, author of Jaws and The Deep, died 2006.

Quote: “If man doesn’t learn to treat the oceans and the rain forest with respect, man will become extinct.

1947: Phil Sawyer, rock singer, Spencer Davis Group:

I’m a Man:  http://youtu.be/POCUgBSVENQ

Last but not least:

1969: Akebono Taro, retired sumo wrestler: 6’8″ tall, 514 pounds (well, what other career could he have chosen?) He has a Facebook page, in case you want to “Like” him. Read more about Akebono at Wikipedia.