Uncontrolled anxious thoughts can be harmful to our health, in many ways. Let's control our thoughts and help ourselves.
— Martha Robards (@MrsProfQuack) October 10, 2017
Walking has so many benefits. It’s good for physical health, but it also is good for emotional and mental health. It can be done with very little cost and in so many different ways. Walking with a partner is a good way to help each other keep to the routine. Families walking together regularly will making habits that will last, and can even become a family tradition.
The CDC says,
Walking is a great way to get the physical activity needed to obtain health benefits. Walking does not require any special skills. It also does not require a gym membership or expensive equipment.
The physical benefits can include weight loss, and an increase in stamina and muscle endurance. You can help your weight loss efforts by taking an exercise bar about 30 – 45 minutes before you walk. I use one that jump starts my body’s fat burning process and helps me get through my 45 minute walks.
Build up your walking routine slowly. If you overdo it, it can result in sore muscles or even shin splints. Always do warm up exercises and cool down exercises, stretching your muscles slowly and carefully.
If you do over-work your muscles, use a good muscle cream to help sooth sore muscles and for deep, soothing pain relief. I use a good one that contains camphor, menthol, methol salicylate and melaleuca oil.
If the weather doesn’t allow you to walk outside, go to a mall.
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In spring and summer, we are used to anticipating allergies but this Healthline article points out that allergies can visit us in every season. It points out which exterior causes trigger which allergies.
And did you know that not all allergens are generated from the outdoors? Many allergens are sourced to the inside our homes. Many come from the household cleaners we use and even our laundry products.
The article continues to identify which allergies occur in which seasons, how to cope or avoid them and diagnosing them. Naturally, your doctor can prescribe medications that in most cases provide relief.
I represent a wellness company that produces many natural alternatives as well as a full line of eco-friendly cleaning and laundry products, which can make a huge difference in your in-home environment.
I shared this article from: http://makegreengogreen.com/article/seasonal-allergies?MarthaRobards
For decades, DEET has been the most popular active ingredient in insect repellents. This article from Scientific American offers some interesting insights into reasons why you may want to look for some alternatives.
Fully 25% of the subjects tested experienced negative health effects that have been linked to the use of DEET (diethyltoluamide). It goes on to suggest that DEET can cause diffuse brain cell death and behavioral changes in adults.
It can also cause rashes and skin irritation, numb or burning lips, nausea, dizziness and difficulties with concentration. So the ingredient that scares off mosquitoes should scare off humans, as well. There are some new alternatives that are virtually risk-free.
The risks to children, as you might imagine, are even greater.
Quantum Health tells us here to be wary of using DEET on children and NEVER use it on infants. Children are more susceptible to subtle brain changes because their skin is more absorbent and their developing nervous systems have a higher potential for harm.
Did you hear the story of a group of young teenage friends driving around looking for Volkswagen “bugs” and spraying them with repellent? Just good fun, huh? Not so fast. As a result of inhaling the repellent, one of the backseat passengers was vomiting for nearly a week and eventually had to be taken to the emergency room for treatment. So avoiding use AND any access is the best precautions you can take.
There are, as I said, new alternatives to DEET that have been proven highly effective. My Company has developed and manufactures a completely natural insect repellent using essential oils. The dangers of DEET exist whether absorbed through the skin or through inhalation. When there are effective alternatives available, does it really make sense to expose yourself and your family to the dangers that DEET threatens?
The US National Library of Medicine says:
Phthalates are used in cosmetics and personal care products, including perfume, hair spray, soap, shampoo, nail polish, and skin moisturizers. They are used in consumer products such as flexible plastic and vinyl toys, shower curtains, wallpaper, vinyl miniblinds, food packaging, and plastic wrap.
Phthalates are also used in wood finishes, detergents, adhesives, plastic plumbing pipes, lubricants, medical tubing and fluid bags, solvents, insecticides, medical devices, building materials, and vinyl flooring.”
They’re everywhere. So?
- Why Be Concerned?
Chemicals are all around us. We can’t escape them. We can, however, limit our exposure to them. That should be of concern to us because harmful chemicals can disrupt the way our bodies work and cause us to have health problems. For instance, phthalates, according to the NIH, “are suspected to be endocrine disruptors.”
What that means in a nutshell, is that they “… may interfere with the production or activity of hormones in the human endocrine system.” The human endocrine system controls many body functions, which include hormone production, pancreas, pituitary, thyroid, adrenal, and male and female reproductive glands.
- What can you do?
You can try to reduce the amount of phthalates you are exposed to. The way I see it, putting something directly on my skin or in my hair, (cosmetics and personal care products, including perfume, hair spray, soap, shampoo, nail polish, and skin moisturizers) that contain phthalates just doesn’t makes sense.
Washing my clothes and dishes in detergents that contain phthalates doesn’t make sense. Cleaning my house with products that contain phthalates doesn’t make sense.
I ask myself why I would do that when I know I can purchase high quality, economical products, WITHOUT phthalates. We can’t completely eliminate phthalates from our environment, but we can greatly reduce the amount of phthalates we are in direct contact with. Therefore I use products that are free from chemicals, including phthalates. If you would like to learn about the products I use, contact me (Martha) at 505-750-7857 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Summer is quickly approaching. On some days in Arizona, it feels like it’s already here. Sunny days are ahead.
Now is the time to start thinking about sunscreen. Wearing it all year long is a great idea, but for those who think about it more when they feel the heat, now is the time.
- Limit Exposure
“Skin cancer — the abnormal growth of skin cells — most often develops on skin exposed to the sun.”
It goes on to say what to do to reduce the risk, by stating,
“You can reduce your risk of skin cancer by limiting or avoiding exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation.”
Sunscreen will help you reduce and avoid that exposure.
- Choosing a Sunscreen
Choose a sunscreen that has a high SPF. What is that? SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. Although there seems to be controversy on this, generally the higher the better. A sunscreen with less chemicals in it, for many, is a better choice.
SPF measures how well a sunscreen protects against UVB rays (the radiation that causes sunburn and damages skin) and UVA rays (also damages the skin, but deeper). According to Skincancer.org/prevention/uva-and-uvb,
“UVA, which penetrates the skin more deeply than UVB, has long been known to play a major part in skin aging and wrinkling (photoaging), …”
Have fun in the sun, but be proactive and take steps to protect yourself and your whole family by buying and using a high quality sunscreen.
Martha maintains RobardsHealthyLifestyles.com , which is a health and wellness information website that promotes healthy living and products for healthy living. For more information contact Martha at email@example.com or 505-750-7847.
My confidence level rises when I know (really know) why I am doing something. If you are starting a new venture in your life, a new home business, a new health and wellness program, a new way of shopping green, figure out why. Your real reason. When things get difficult (and they will), keep going back to that. mlr
Always congratulate (sincerely) others on their accomplishments and advancements, no matter how big or how small. Our team members, work mates, friends and family members will be encouraged by a word of encouragement, and it will help our own heart. mlr
Let’s live our lives on purpose. Let’s know the reasons we do things and the reasons we want things. That becomes the “why” of how we live our lives. When we do this, it helps us to think more clearly about our everyday activities and the roads we take. Our everyday activities are what begin to lay the foundation of our future. Within a decision to start a business that we can do working from the luxury of our own home, change our eating habits to become healthier, change our shopping habits to save money or help the environment, change our reading habits to become a more spiritual person (the list could go on and on, for instance, drinking, cleaning, talking) — within each decision we make, there is a reason (why). Whatever the decision is, it will take some kind of an everyday action to accomplish, so let’s make sure our ‘why’ is strong enough to keep us doing that, because we will need to think about it often. Let’s start today. mlr