Fitness, Food, Focus and Fun Tips
Learning how to boost your immune system doesn’t have to be a challenge. There are many easy ways to support yourself that don’t cost much and are available to you already.
Temperatures are dropping! Time to figure out how to boost
immune system this winter.
Winter is here, and so are the germs.
You can Help your body build up its natural defenses.
Nutrition is a big part of it, but there’s more to staying healthy during winter than just washing your hands and staying away from sick people. Although those are great and may work.
HERE ARE SOME OTHER WAYS TO BOOST THE IMMUNE SYSTEM IN WINTER
#1 Drink more water. Even mild dehydration can lower your defenses.
#2 Pay attention to your coffee and tea intake. They may be a diuretic, which leads to losing more water than you take in.
# 3 Use a Probiotic. Like Life 9... When the good bacteria in the gut are outnumbered by unhealthy ones, the immune system is compromised.
#4 Eat Breakfast. Research shows that people who skip on the day’s first meal are more likely to catch colds
#5 Get enough sleep. There’s a relationship between cortisol and sleep deprivation, where this “stress hormone” rises the more tired your system is.
#6 Reduce Stress. An overtaxed or stressed body becomes quickly depleted of energy, which in turn lowers your defenses and makes you easy prey for viruses.
#7 Try Eco-friendly cleaning supplies. Most traditional cleaning supplies are full of dangerous toxins that overwhelm the liver - it absorbs everything you eat, touch and breathe. To support healthy liver function and immune response, the fewer toxins, the better.
#9 Eat Less Suagr. Excess sugar consumption, could lead to internal inflammation. An acidic and inflamed body might become a breeding ground for viruses, colds, and the flu.
#10 Stay Warm. It’s not the weather that makes you sick, it’s the continuous and rapid change in temperatures that lead the body to shock.
#11 Avoid Alcohol. Alcohol has been linked to immune system suppression and inhibition.
#12 Stay Connected. But I don't want to be around people... when they could be carrying germs. Well it turns out that research shows that loneliness lowers immunity and the reason behind it may be psychological stress.
#13 Keep working out. Researchers found that exercising could give you 50% more chances to stay healthy and avoid cold viruses, and if the worst came to pass it might also reduce the severity of an infection.
#14 Use supplements that help support the immune system...I take several and haven't had a cold in over 5 years. My favorite is The High Antioxidant Superfood Ningxia Red
Learn more about my favorite Red Drink Here
I recently read an article "6 Things to Stop Bragging about on Facebook"
- Your perfect spouse
- Your perfect kids
- Your dress size
- Your weight
- Your amazing job
- Your workout
The point being was that nobody has a perfect life and when we portray only the perfect life on facebook we turn others off and can cause some to feel hopeless. I admit that the circumstances in my life are not perfect and things certainly do not always go as planned, but I must say that I feel over the top blessed to lead the life that I do. Now don't stop reading, I am going to get real with you and let you see my vulnerable side. You may ask why this blog is on my Young Living website, but keep reading, you will see why.
Do I have a perfect spouse? Yes in my eyes I do. He is perfect for me because he balances me out very well.
- When I am dreaming out of reality he brings me back from my fantasy world.
- When I play around too much or get too competitive he reminds me to get back to work and take it easy on myself and others.
- When I want to do something totally out of the ordinary like quit my job and start my own horse business, then add a bunkhouse (causing him to loose privacy of his kingdom) and then when I start another network marketing business helping people discover healthier options to live above the wellness line, he rolls his eyes and says, "it all sounds crazy, but whatever you want to make you happy and fulfilled."
- He quietly goes to work everyday to a job that he doesn't like to provide us with stability and insurance while I run around living my dreams.
- He takes care of our property and horses with excellence and never complains, so when he buys I don't know how many bows, motorcycles, and other man toys, I am so glad that he is my man.
- So if you think I am bragging. I AM! He is also super good looking, has a great sense of humor and takes life one day at a time.
- Does he frustrate me at times, and make me angry? AHH Yes!
- Can I figure his way of thinking out? Well of course not, but I have learned how to adapt and live in harmony even though we have very different ideas about certain things.
- Are there some things I wish he would change? I would be lying if I said, no. However, I have learned to focus on the positive, honor and respect him for who he is, and life truly is SWEET!
Now for #2. You won't see me bragging about my own kids unless they are the 4 legged kind, because I don't have any of the human kind, at least not biological. I have and still am influencing the lives of kids through teaching, church, horses, camps, mentoring and more. And yes, I might brag about them from time to time because everyone needs an atta boy/girl. There is no greater honor than to mentor a young person, to inspire them to live with grace, truth, love, and confidence. Helping them discover their purpose and potential is rewarding at the highest level.
I don't think I have ever bragged about my dress size or weight, and it is none of your business, so we will go on to my amazing job!
Which job? I am a women who wears many hats. Isn't that the truth about most women? Currently I have many jobs.
- Housewife: I admit my house is hardly ever clean, the laundry is not always done, and I can be annoyingly happy to my husband. I spend too much time on the computer and the phone. I have too many plants in our small house, but they make me happy. I complain about my gross bathroom (that has needed a facelift since we moved in 14 years ago). I long for a prettier bigger house. I have drawn and designed I don't know how many dream homes. But I am grateful that I have a home that is paid for. I do fix Keith breakfast every morning, and try to make healthy meals at supper time for him. I admit I wish I had a cleaning lady, a grocery shopper, a personal chef, and a gardner, but heck it is a job and somebody has to do it, so I do it with joy.
- Horsemanship Instructor/Trainer: Horses have been my passion since I was 4 years old. I can't remember not riding. So 12 years ago I turned my passion into a business "Heart in Your Hand Horsemanship". It was tough to quit the security of the monthly teacher paycheck for the unknown, but I have never looked back, and never regretted it. A lot of people think I have the dream job, but they only see the fun stuff. I do enjoy giving lessons, riding people's horses, and seeing the changes in both horse and rider. However, that is only a small part of running the business, that is the glory side. On the other side it is not the perfect job, because the hours are long, the weather is bad, the learning is never-ending (just when I think I got it figured out, something else pops up), the cancellations are numerous, the disappointments ongoing, the bookwork overwhelming, the marketing confusing, the scheduling downright frustrating, comparing myself to other more successful trainers is disheartening, and the paycheck very unpredictable. However in the end, my husband is right I don't want to work for anyone else, I enjoy my FREEDOM! I am obsessed with horses and couldn't imagine not having them in my life. So I will continue this for the rest of my life, as long as my body allows it, (which I am confident will be long time because of my healthy lifestyle with Young Living).
- Horse Lovers Bunkhouse: I consider this another job too, even though many of my horse customers use it for camps and lessons. But I also have people who come to the nearby Calamus Lake to fish, boat etc. It is fun to meet new people and see how much they enjoy our beautiful sandhills. However, cleaning, laundry and upkeep is ongoing. It is either feast of famine. Again scheduling and cancellations are annoying, but part of the business. I didn't go to college to clean toilets, but again I love being my own boss. It beats working for someone else in a job I hate. Someday I would like to hire help, but for now life is good even though it includes hard work. I don't have to retire because I can keep this open as an extra income for years to come. And what the heck retirement isn't all it is cracked up to be. I see so many people retire and then their health deteriorates when they quit working. Having a purpose and passion keeps one young.
- Inspirational Speaker: Maybe this isn't really a job but a ministry. However, it is an important work that I will continue to do as long as I live. I love studying and writing the presentations. It is about bringing a message of encouragement, hope, grace, love, and truth. There is only one draw back to this job and that is travel. Boy of boy I am such a homebody. But I will go when I am asked because it is about touching people's lives in a meaningful way, it isn't about me.
- Sandhill Oils: This is my latest adventure. Four years ago I was introduced to Young Living Oils by my dear friend Alyce Carter from WY. With her encouragement and support from Jeanna Anderson I have discovered a new passion, purpose and abundance in my life that I wasn't even expecting. Is it an amazing opportunity that I will brag about? YES, YES, YES! There is no other way to impact the lives of people in so many areas of their life than through being a part of the YL Team. I have grown more in every area of my life than I thought was possible. I have learned how to develop relationships, interact with different personalities, and leadership, communication, and listening skills that I didn't even know I was missing. It has been very humbling and rewarding at the same time. Is it the perfect job. YES, because it allows me freedom, opportunity to help others, and a residual income for my older years that is even willable. Is it hard? YES, because it teaches me selfless service to others, how to deal with rejection and disappointments, unanswered emails, text, and phone calls, no shows, and how to work as part of a team. However, the teamwork is a nice addition to my life because I have been on my own for so long. The support and encouragement from our team members is so uplifting. They believe in me and I believe in them.
Well I hope you have made it to here and you are not sick of my bragging yet. Ha Ha. Actually I didn't forget #6 my workout. Darn, you got me there. I have been known to brag about my workouts. Why I do not know? Because they are probably not that fantastic or I would be in even better shape. I have a rather strong competitive part of me that likes to win. Thankfully I only compete against myself now, because I can get ugly when I try to beat an opponent. I have learned to tame that part of me and use it in a positive way. At least most of the time. I am still a work in progress. How about you?
Now I know this blog post has gone on way to long. I hope you got to know me by reading this, and you will trust me to guide you on this healthy lifestyle journey that is the heart of Young Living. We are way more than oils. We are impacting the live of people all over the planet in so many ways. I would love to have you join us on this very big mission. Whether you decide to join the business as I have or be a wholesale customer supporting those of us who are making a difference you are an important part of our work. We love you and care about you. We will be there for you in the perfect parts of your life and in the challenges.
From my heart,