Feel warmer in a cold house

Feel warmer in a cold house

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During this trying time of cold weather extended over a period of time, it is important to do our part to lessen our impact on the energy grid and hopefully increase the chances that others will regain or continue to have electric power.  Let’s all work to decrease the strain on the grid.

We are keeping our thermostat at 65 degrees to conserve energy and hopefully allow others to get some power. But it seems cold in the house and no one likes to be inconvenienced.

Here are a couple of things you might try to be more comfortable in the cooler temperatures.

Layers

Layer up.    Wear more clothes than you normally do. Add layers that are thin.  More layers seem to be warmer than one or two thick layers.  They are also easier to move around in.

Confine the heat

If you find one room is warmer than others, go there. Close the door and contain the heat there.

Move it, move it

Do some exercise. Anything. Lunges, push ups, walk around, whatever.  You don’t have to have a gym or specialized equipment to get your blood flowing.  Just get some body heat going by moving around.

Humidity is good

Because more humid air holds heat better, you may want to break out your humidifier. It will feel warmer and you will loose a bit less water from skin evaporation.  Think of it as a beauty treatment, keeping your skin from drying out and encouraging wrinkles. No humidifier?  Simmer some water on the stove.  Just make sure you watch it closely.

Drink freely

Related to number 4, keep drinking water. Dehydration can happen easily in cold dry weather. Being hydrated will help maintain good blood flow, keeping circulation to your extremities ( feet and hands) and thus, keep them warm.

These ideas are my own musings. You may or may not agree.  You may find opposite theories online or elsewhere.  The bottom line is to do what you can to stay warm while conserving energy.  Others will thank you and your power bill will thank you, too.

As always, Be Well. Perform Well. Stay well.

Turmeric potency varies among products

 What do apple slices have to do with turmeric?

You are a kid who loves apple slices. Each day you go to the local fruit stand and give him your dollar.  He gives you an apple slice and you are so happy. You are “Keeping the doctor away.(?)”

You go to visit your cousin who also loves apple slices. When you accompany him to his local vendor he gives the man a dollar and a half and the man gives him 19 apple slices.

How do you feel about your vendor and the apple slice you get? You are getting only 5% while your cousin is getting 95%.

From Apples to Turmeric

 

You see, this is like turmeric.  If one is taking turmeric from the grocery store spice aisle, he or she is only getting about 5% curcumins, the active ingredient in turmeric root.  If he or she is taking Shaklee’s Turmeric Boost, they are getting 95% curcumins.  Shaklee is using a Standardized Extract of turmeric.  Standardized!  Understand how much more value and benefit is there in a standardized extract.  Standardized Turmeric extract is heads above Turmeric root.

Turmeric has been used for ages as a seasoning for food.  Many began to see the health benefits of this spicy root as well.  As with any food item, the nutritional value varies from product to product.  This orange may have many  times the vitamin C as that orange.  Growth and processing methods also affects the nutritional value of foods.

I only began using turmeric when Shaklee introduced Turmeric Boost.  After a short time, I noticed a big difference in a cranky hip.  It is so much better now that I am being consistent with my “curcumin” intake.

Links for more information

For more information, watch this interview on YouTube:  https://youtu.be/6HxmWtIOvRI

You can buy this standardized product at Dallas Health Helpers

Ankle strength for hiking

Why strong ankles are important

On a recent vacation to campout and hike in Palo Duro Canyon In the Panhandle of Texas I became aware of the importance of having strong functional ankles. We don’t think much about having strong ankles and how they actually support us and help keep us from falling. I found that my ankles are very integral in my being able to stay vertical while hiking up and down the Canyon. We don’t think much about our ankles in our daily lives walking around on Pavement and concrete and the hard floors of our home. I wondered what can we do to help exercise our muscles in our ankles and lower legs. As a massage therapist, all muscles are important and as we get older muscle tone and functionality is especially important in keeping us active and healthy.

Where do we usually walk

I walk most days for about 3 miles. Living in Dallas, that is usually on sidewalks or streets. While I get some cardio benefit and some weight bearing exercise while walking, my ankles are not putting out a lot of effort to do the walk. Unlike hiking up and down the mountain in rocky terrain, my ankles have a smooth go of it in general.

How can I strengthen my ankles

All this got me to thinking about how to take care of my ankles better. As you can see in this picture, I show three different types of terrain . There is grass, there’s pavement and there are stones in the landscaping. When I walk on the pavement I’m not getting much effort out of my ankles. When I walk on the grass I get a little more engagement in the muscles of the ankle and calf. And when I walk on the stones I really get a workout for my ankles and lower legs. The stones are a good way to mimic the rough terrain of Palo Duro Canyon and engage my ankles and calves in the effort .

My encouragement to my massage clients and anyone else who is walking and working to develop strength and stability is to walk on grass as much as possible and, when the opportunity presents itself, walk on some rough terrain such as these landscaping stones. Go slowly and carefully and engaging those muscles will pay off greatly in the future .

Other recommendations

I will also point out that in this heat we are currently experiencing it is very important to stay hydrated . Oftentimes water is not enough to keep us hydrated. Perspiration and breath expiration cause us to lose a lot of fluids as well as electrolytes from our bodies. Whether I’m hiking in Palo Duro Canyon, working in the backyard or taking my daily walk I always use a hydration drink .

My drink of choice is Shaklee Performance . There is a low calorie option as well as the regular.

 

So keep up your walking and exercise regime, do it smartly and stay hydrated.

Also, here are some more tips for having a healthy hike, especially if you experience muscle spasms or cramps.

Fad Diets are fake news

Fad diets are easy . They are all over the Internet and TV. Take for instance the Grammy diet. One singer drank lemon juice with cayenne pepper and molasses 6 times a day to fit into that Grammy dress. There are many other diets available that quite frankly do reduce weight. However the weight they reduce is typically muscle weight which is not what we want in a diet. When we lose muscle mass we lose a part of our metabolism. This muscle metabolism burns more calories and when it is slowed down fewer calories are burned . That makes it harder to reduce weightNot a good way to get thinner and to even maintain a proper weight.

In a typical diet or fad diet the body breaks down muscle tissue to feed the body. It allows fat to stay in tact and thereby decreases muscle tone throughout the body . I don’t know anyone who wants to decrease their muscle tone.

So the best thing to do is to get an eating plan that nourishes the body, supports metabolism and helps to lose weight while maintaining energy levels.   This type of diet can be hard to find especially since there are so many out there that do harm rather than benefit the body. It’s a much better plan to learn how to eat properly on a well balanced diet full of variety.

When you are looking to reduce weight, build muscle or even maintain muscle tone a simple eating plan is necessary. And sometimes30 Day Challenge delivered to your door. our body is not prepared for a diet or weight reduction. This is where a good, healthy cleanse can ready the body for a change in eating habits. Note that I said “healthy cleanse”. That is exactly what you get with the 30 Day Prove It Challenge.

The Shaklee 7 Day Healthy Cleanse is about preparing your body for good nutrition and good weight loss, if you want to drop a few pounds. The cleanse is free with the 30 Day Prove It Challenge, or you may purchase it separately. Learn more by clicking one of the links in this article.

All you need to cleanse your body and get to a better health status: weight managment, better sleep, better digestion.

 

 

 

Remedy for Muscle Spasms and Cramps

I have a massage client in his mid-sixties.  He loves to swim at the gym.  He often complains of cramps or muscle spasms.  What most people do not realize is that you can sweat in the winter. You do sweat even when you are swimming.  Sweating can cause your electrolyte balance to be effected.

Low Calorie Electrolyte Drink for Muscle Spasms and CrampsI gave him a packet of Shaklee’s Performance Low Calorie Electrolyte Drink. I instructed him to pour it into a bottle of water before going to the gym to swim. Voila!  No cramping!  No cramping means better workouts and probably more workouts.

Working out, especially weight-bearing exercise is increasingly important as we age.  Muscle is lost each year after age 40. So being able to continue to be active and working out is crucial for long-term health and mobility. When muscle spasms or cramps occur, the motivation to work out becomes less and less.

That is why it is important to maintain good nutrition to fuel the workouts and to recover and rebuild muscle after the workouts.  As they say, “you don’t move it, you lose it.”   And they say that “motion is lotion.”  Keep moving.