May 012019
 

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A recent article mentioned how the excessive rainfall in California and the bomb cyclone in Colorado are wreaking havoc on our eco-system.  This is all a part of climate change.  It also has a lot to do with healthy lifestyles and our and ability to live well.  It seems that skyrocketing pollen counts are one of the consequences of climate change.   According to the article,        Dr. David Rosenstreich, the director of the division of allergy and immunology for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montifore Medical Center, told PEOPLE that the trees are pollinating earlier and earlier.
It appears this is helping to make the allergy season more severe.
Why Be Concerned?
If you have bronchial, asthma or lung conditions, increased pollen counts can trigger an attack that can be very dangerous.  According to the PEOPLE article cited above, climate change can increase air pollution, boosting pollen production and strength, causing even more severe asthma attacks.  The Lung Institute says that people with COPD are at greater risk for a flare-up during allergy season.  Add to that longer, more intense seasons and that makes it even more difficult to breath.
What can you do?

As soon as you get any symptoms:
⦁    Take your antihistamines, if you use them.  Antihistamines work much better to prevent allergies than to treat them.  This goes along with the concept of being pro-active rather than re-active.  Look for high grade allergy tablets, containing the common antihistamine ingredient Loratadine,  that provide 24-hour, non-drowsy relief from seasonal allergy symptoms.  You can get them at about 50% the cost of popular store brands.

Allergy Tablets Containing Loratadine

Allergy Tablets Containing Loratadine

 

  • Try essential oils.  A great study has been done showing that peppermint essential oil has a great anti-inflammatory effect in the lungs in healthy individuals.  Another study showed that inhaling peppermint essential oil improved lung capacity.   Tea tree oil and eucalyptus oil have long been used for congestion and soothing airways, and frankincense has been shown to be helpful in allergic rhinitis.   Look for essential oils that are of the highest quality oils.  You can get them at an incredible value.
Essential Oils Help Seasonal Allergies

Essential Oils Help Seasonal Allergies

⦁    If you want to run or exercise, do it in the afternoon or night.  The pollen count is higher in the mornings.
⦁    Shake out your clothes and take a shower when you come in from outdoors when the pollen count is high.
⦁    If you live in the city, keep tabs on the air quality (affects pollen and vice versa) and schedule activities accordingly.  Go here to check the current air quality and forecast for Phoenix, Arizona.

Photo credits:

Children running:  www.cdc.gov/asthma

Essential oils:  Martha L. Robards © 2019

Allergy tables containing Loratadine: Martha L. Robards © 2019
Resources for this article:
https://people.com/health/climate-change-allergy-season-worse/
https://lunginstitute.com/lung-diseases/copd/copd-and-seasonal-allergies/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4103722/  Peppermint study
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4808543/ Frankincense study
https://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.local_city

This article was written by Martha L. Robards 5/1/19

Feb 102019
 
Healthy Breakfast for the Family

Healthy Breakfast for the Family

If you have a healthy lifestyle then you probably have a happy home, because they go together.   I describe a happy home as a place where the heart is.  It’s a place where you feel comfortable, and where you know everyone else there feels comfortable too.  There is peace and a feeling of security.  There is a calm atmosphere.  Everyone feels respected and cared for.  It’s clean and orderly, and the family does it’s best to keep toxins out.  There are healthy foods and snacks, and healthy eating routines.  So, how do healthy lifestyles and happy homes go together?

Healthy Lifestyles and Happy Homes Go Together

Your home can be the actual, physical building, or what goes on inside the walls.   The actual building, your home, has to be bought first, moved into and organized.   Then all the happy family members have to work together to keep it clean.  Think about what all of this means.  Moving into a new home is a time consuming, stressful and often frustrating experience.  There are tons of deadlines.  The paperwork and steady stream of necessary appointments is constant.  How do you cope?

How To Cope

You live well. You get enough sleep and try to help others in your family do the same.  You eat well.  You make sure you have healthy food handy and healthy snacks available to fill in the gaps.  You use non-toxic cleaners and time-saving products to quickly wipe up spills and mishaps.  You take a few minutes each day, even through all the stress and confusion to do some exercises and take a family walk.  You care for your spiritual health by reading, listening to or watching something positive and encouraging each day.  What does this do?

What Living Well Does

It reduces stress, which helps you and your entire family deal with the situation calmly.  This helps you stay healthy because the stress that could be taking it’s toll on your body isn’t taking it’s toll on your body.  So you remain strong and able to cope. Since you are remaining calm, there are no, or less, angry outbursts at family members, which also contributes to the peace in the family.  Everybody is getting it through it.   Yay!

Thank you for reading and stay tuned for more tips on living well, healthy lifestyles and happy homes.

Martha xoxo

 

 

This article was written by Martha L. Robards

Photo Credit:  Free photo 84960626 © creativecommonsstockphotos – Dreamstime.com

Jan 102019
 

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My husband says that the person behind him on the bus coughed for two miles.  I would have been scrambling to find a seat as far away from the coughing person as possible. But alas, sometimes there is just no escaping it.  One of the next best things you can do to keep yourself safe from getting a cold is to build your immune system up as much as possible.  Even if you do get a cold, there are things you can do to reduce those nasty symptoms.   An article at Healthline.com cites a few studies showing the benefits of using essential oils to prevent or treat the common cold.

There are quite a number of essential oils with properties that do just that.  Whether you already use aromatherapy or are just getting started with it, it is worth a review of what has been shown to work for colds.  Here is a brief check on three good essential oils for your cold supply box:

  • Eucalyptus:  has antiviral and antimicrobial properties.  It can be inhaled with steam (be careful not to burn yourself) or used in a diffuser.  It may safely fight viruses and can help with respiratory problems.
  • Peppermint: contains menthol and is used as a natural decongestant and fever-reducer.  Peppermint oil has shown in tests to have viral activity.  Menthol is used in cough drops to help sooth throats.  Use by inhaling the steam or in a diffuser.
  • Chamomile: can help reduce cold symptoms and helps with sleep. Inhale with steam, use in a diffuser or drink some chamomile tea.

Buy essential oils that are pure, traceable to their sources, fairly priced and sustainably harvested.  If you are careful to follow these guidelines, you will purchase high quality essential oils which are the only kind you should use for aromatherapy.  Aromatherapy is very powerful and effective when done properly.

Learn more about how essential oils can be used for colds and flu next Tuesday, January 15 from 1:00 p.m to 2:00 p.m., at the Cesar Chavez library, located at 3635 W. Baseline Ave., Laveen, AZ.  Call me, Martha, at 505-750-7847 or email me at marthapmintl@gmail.com to reserve your spot or for more information.

Martha has been writing articles about wellness for 10 years.

Sources:

https://www.healthline.com/health/cold-flu/essential-oils-for-colds#treatment

National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy

Martha L. Robards c 2019

Sep 262018
 

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One of the definitions of ‘challenge’ in Mirriam-Webster is, “to arouse or stimulate especially by presenting with difficulties.” That’s the definition I’m using for this post, not because I want to encourage people to present their health with difficulties, but because I want to encourage people to stimulate their routines to change for the better, for their health. Make sense?

 

Stay on top of your health. Take your vitamins. Get into or improve your routine. Take your omega 3′s and 6′s. Get into or improve your routine. Take your probiotics. Get into or improve your routine. Take your antioxidants. Get into or improve your routine. Take your anti-inflammation blend. Get into or improve your routine. Exercise. Get into or improve your routine. Get enough sleep. Get into or improve your routine. 

 

Get the point? Get the point.

 

Let’s keep up the challenge to live healthy lifestyles.

 

https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/adding-pa/activities-olderadults.htm

 

Sep 242018
 

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Why Procrastination Hurts

I was showing a short video about procrastination to one of my students, and it struck me how much it applies to so many areas of our lives. I procrastinate in making doctors’ appointments and paying certain bills. It’s not that they don’t get done. They just don’t get done in a timely manner. I decided to research it a little more and make some changes. Besides, how can I be showing someone else about it if I don’t work on it myself. I am a big believer in being prepared, and yet, with some things, I need to work on not procrastinating. Good grief, I can make a doctor’s appointment online!

Procrastination can be defined as “the avoidance of doing a task that needs to be accomplished. It could be further stated as a habitual/intentional delay of starting or finishing a task despite its negative consequences.” ~ Wikipedia. That’s pretty much it.

Why Procrastination Hurts

Procrastination causes some to wait until the very last moment to do something they really don’t want to do. For instance, a student who needs to prepare for an exam, and despite having several weeks to do so, waits until the night before the test to cram all night. That hurts. In my case, I don’t like this bill because it’s an arrears on something we got behind on when the economy fell apart. However, procrastinating paying it only makes the situation worse, because the interest and penalties increase. That hurts too. Avoiding a task doesn’t make it go away, nor diminish the importance of it.

What I was reminded of is that sometimes people procrastinate because they are disorganized, live with clutter, multi-task too often, are easily distracted, or have trouble with punctuality. Those are all different issues in themselves, but they all contribute to each other. I struggle with a touch of all of them in one way or another.

Make a Plan and Follow It

In my work, I have a running calendar where I put all my activities, and always carry a notebook to write things down in. I am going to change the way I’m making my doctors’ appointments to help me not procrastinate doing it. I plan on thinking more seriously about why it’s important to get my check ups done more timely. For the bill I don’t like, I plan on going into my account and see if I can set it up for automatic payments.

You can do the same with whatever it is you procrastinate on. Think of why you don’t want to do it and why you should.  Think of how you can change that. Write down pros and cons (I’ve done that for years). Make a plan and try it. Keep improving. We’re all trying to do that.  These things will help us as we continue to live healthy lifestyles.

Aug 312018
 

 

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Your blood sugar has a direct effect on how hungry you are and how energetic you feel. Keeping your blood sugar balanced promotes a healthy insulin response. Eat fruit, vegetables, edamame, popcorn, and peaches to help control your blood sugar.

There are also shakes available in peach flavor that have natural blood support ingredients to help you control blood sugar and energy levels.  Choose shakes that contain ingredients such as green leaf extract, ginseng root, cinnamon bark extract and sweet potato extract.  These ingredients can help you have less fatigue, more energy and less appetite.  They can also help curb your sweet tooth cravings.

It may feel like a challenge to eat right to control or prevent diabetes, high blood sugar or low blood sugar, or pre-diabetes and metabolic syndrome, but making some simple changes in your diet can make all the difference.  You can learn to eat differently and change your relationship with food.

Peach flavored shakes.  Yummy!

Peach flavored shakes. Yummy!

Peaches are low in calories, important in controlling weight, contain vitamins and fiber, also important in controlling weight and diabetes.  So shake your peaches — make them shakin’ peaches in a shake, or fruit bowl.

Pictures and information taken from:

CDC.gov

Wikipedia

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County

Peach Cobbler Shake

Aug 012018
 

 Gearing up for Fall Cleaning

Time to Prepare for Fall Cleaning

Time to Prepare for Fall Cleaning

It’s August. I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to plan for what I want to accomplish when I do my fall cleaning. I have learned that I have to start planning early and writing things down so I can remember everything when it comes time to do it. So many times, I thought I would remember what I needed and wanted to do, but that didn’t happen.

Here are some things I will be doing: going through some old boxes I never unpacked, cleaning the stairs banister which goes up the stairs and along the loft are where my office is located, and around on the other side, makes this cool curve where there’s a little niche. I’ll be going through closets and drawers and getting rid of clothes we haven’t worn in a year.

Cleaning the Banister

Cleaning the Banister

I’ll wash walls and clear cob and dust webs. I think I’ll give myself a week (maybe two) to get this done. If that seems like a long time to some, to me, it’s not at all.

Cleaning Corners and Walls

Cleaning Corners and Walls

For some of this, I’ll need to stock up on my cleaning products. Because I’m so sensitive to scents and chemicals, I’ll make sure to purchase my favorite non-toxic cleaning stuff. For the walls, I’ll use an all-purpose cleaner which is toxic free, has no bleach, no ammonia and no strong scents. It works really well for the banister too.


Learn About the Non-Toxic Cleaning Products I Use
This is therapeutic for me when I take enough time and prepare for it. Then I’m not stressed out and hurried over it. I have arthritis which acts up sometimes when I’m doing more than normal, like a special project, so I’m going to get my compression garments ready too. When my hands, arms or legs start to ache, I’ll put those on to help.

We’ve already been going through a lot of boxes and old papers around here anyway, and it feels so good to be cleaning everything out and getting some things in order. I’ve done garage sales and it will still be kind of hot when I do my fall cleaning, but I always have my ‘virtual garage‘ for those times.

I’m even thinking about doing some re-decorating. I’m getting so many ideas that I don’t have enough time to do all the things I want to do. I need eternity.

Well, I’ll keep you posted on how this comes along. :) Cheers. Thanks for reading.

Martha xoxoxo

 

Jun 222018
 
Jun 102018
 

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Change The Channel of Unhealthy Habits

 

Changing unhealthful habits need not be difficult. While it is true that some extra effort, time and expense may be involved at first, the long-term benefits make it all worthwhile. Consider how eating processed foods every day, never exercising, smoking or over-drinking, not getting enough sleep, over-spending, neglecting spiritual needs or not keeping ourselves and our living conditions clean affect us. Each of these things in themselves can wreak havoc on a person, and much more so when they are combined, which is oftentimes the case.

Making some simple adjustments can help greatly in changing unhealthful habits. Changing long standing, unhealthy habits even a little, may seem impossible and leave you with the feeling that you can’t do it. You can! By working on one thing at time, you will find that changes begin to take place. Those changes may be almost unnoticeable at first, but they will affect the other areas in your life, and you will reap the benefits. Don’t give up.

You can contact me at marthapmintl@gmail.com , or call me at 505-750-7847 (cell).

May 032018
 

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Earth Day 2018

Weekend before last was Earth Day 2018, a celebration of our beautiful planet and it’s amazing resources. This year’s theme was all about ending plastic pollution and the impact of the choices we make every day.  When deciding where to shop, choose companies that produces less waste, uses less energy and helps keep the air and water cleaner.

According to the Earth Day Network, plastic pollution is one of the most important environmental problems we face today.  We produce nearly 30 billion tons of plastic each year which never fully degrades in the environment, and means every item of plastic you have ever used still exists.

The company I am partnered with has saved 22 million pounds of plastic, 42 million gallons of gasoline and 48 million pounds of greenhouse gas since 1985.  It feels good to know I am doing my part to help keep the earth a cleaner place. You can do your part too.  Choose where you shop carefully.

What else you can do:

  • Recycle your plastics
  • Buy concentrated products
  • Reuse containers

Check out these lists of environmentally friendly companies.