“Healthy Trails” to You!

It’s finally here, the trip you saved for all last year. Taking a long, relaxing vacation sounds very soothing and is always “much needed” long before your actual departure date. But what happens if your week of relaxation and sight-seeing turns into a week of sickness? We all get sick from time to time, but just because we plan [...]

5 Tips to Get You Through an Earlier Allergy Season

It seems as though our unseasonably warm winter has brought early spring blooms and pollen. [You didn’t think we could sail through an unseasonably warm winter without a catch now, did you?!]

More than 40 million Americans (my three children and myself included) have already begun wiping our watery eyes and blowing our sneezy noses because allergy season hit us [...]

Clover – unwanted weed or welcome workhorse?

A weed is a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered. At least that’s what Ralph Waldo Emerson said. Using Emerson’s approach as a litmus test, clover is no weed. Clover has properties which yield environmental, health and even magic benefits. So, put down the weed killer and read on!

Originally found in Europe, Central Asia, Australia and Northern [...]

The Healthiest Fall Produce for Your Diet

When I think of fall cooking, only two things come to mind…Thanksgiving dinner and holiday baking.

But what about eating a little healthier during this crisp autumn season? After all, the shorter days and cooler weather tends to bring most of us indoors, which means we may consume higher calorie foods and exercise a lot less in the fall [...]

20 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Exposure to Allergens

Trees, grass, headaches, runny noses and itchy throats…what do they all have in common? You guessed it – allergy season!

If you are a seasonal allergy sufferer, you are a pro at dealing with itchy throats, noses, and eyes two times a year, once in the spring and again in the fall season. We allergy sufferers are up on the latest [...]

Self-diagnosis: Cold or Flu?

Being able to tell the difference between the cold and the flu may help prevent flu victims from contaminating family members, co-workers and schoolmates. It also provides the best response outcomes for anti-viral drugs, which are most effective during the first 48 hours of infection.

Recognizing flu’s symptoms early is an important step in breaking the chain of infection which [...]

By |October 14th, 2015|Healthy Body|0 Comments|

Hand Sanitizer: Do’s and Don’ts

If you’ve ever used a hand sanitizer and afterwards felt like your hands were stickier and dirtier than before, don’t you wonder…Is the sanitizer bad? Is the alcohol drying up in the gel? Have I used too much gel? Am I doing it wrong?

The truth is, most people don’t really know the proper way to use a hand sanitizer. And with flu [...]

3 Simple Ways to Prevent the Spread of Flu

Brace yourself! Because flu season 2015 – 2016 is just beginning and kids, the elderly and the chronically ill are more prone to becoming infected with the flu virus than you or me. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has already estimated that about 36,000 people in the United States alone will die from the flu this [...]

How to Get Your Kids to Care about Germs

 

The facts: Americans touch about 300 different surfaces every half hour. Eighty percent of infections are spread through hand contact. About 22 million school days are lost each year due to contagious illness.

Germs (microorganisms such as bacteria and viruses) are found in all sorts of places like your home, your car, at school and even in your office. The good news [...]

By |September 23rd, 2015|Healthy Body|0 Comments|

5 Common Places Where Kids Meet Germs

If there is one thing I try and teach my children, it is to WASH THEIR HANDS throughout the day. I have been a nurse for the last twenty years. Back when I was 14 years old, I was cleaning boats for a living. At 16 years old, I expanded my horizons and started cleaning homes. I have seen [...]

By |September 23rd, 2015|Healthy Body|7 Comments|