The Good News About Bird Flu

February 15, 2019

Haven’t heard about bird flu in a while? It’s good news. The virus has mutated away from humans… for now, at least. This flu season and last flu season have been bad, but the threat of bird flu hasn’t been a part of it.

The bad news comes in a bunch of small pieces. Bird flu is hanging out in ducks, where 1) it’s  harder to control, and 2) more likely to mutate. It wasn’t predicted, based on how things were going, that bird flu would mutate away from humans. That’s good news, but the surprise nature of it is a cautionary tale about how easily and unpredictably the flu can mutate.

Both H5 and H7 families of flu strains can share genes, and for now that’s taken them away from being concerning for humans, but also means things could change in an instant.

More good news: the world has been preparing, and has more time to continue preparations. Countries have been stockpiling antivirals, and awareness about the flu has been increased since pig flu, and then bird flu appeared.

You can continue to be prepared for bird flu and regular flu. Wash hands frequently. Assume the worst—that flu season will go from September to June. Run a humidifier. And make self-care (like immune system support) a priority.

Maintain habits like prioritizing sleep, planning healthy meals, and maximizing movement (exercise). Support your immune system with colloidal silver (which has a very long shelf life, by the way), and make sure to take extra precautions when traveling (especially by plane).

There’s no worry today and still lots of time to prepare for more virulent mutations of flu, and that’s great news.

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American Heart Month

February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine’s Day! February is American Heart Month. You’re heart is not just about love, it’s central to your health and wellness. Here are some things about hearts and heart health that can help you take care of your heart. Make your heart your valentine and give it some things it loves: extra movement (exercise); supportive nutrition (Deep Ocean Krill Oil and Mito Cardia CVS); and a meditative, soothing break.

Did you know? Stress absolutely can have physical effects. For your heart, this can mean both immediate and long-term problems. “Broken Heart Syndrome” is a real thing, and the symptoms are similar to a heart attack. Also known as Stress Cardiomyopathy, sudden, severe stress can cause your heart to beat faster, and the heart muscle to suddenly weaken. Chronic stress can eventually cause the heart to weaken and appear misshapen. It can also cause oxidative stress, meaning it can cause damage at a cellular level.

Treat your heart: schedule time to let stress go, whether that’s doing a soothing hobby (fishing, reading, meditating) or an active one (running, dancing, bike riding).

Did you know? Women have different heart attack symptoms (and sometimes men, too). It’s a classical movie trope: the man is yelling, stressed, and suddenly he grabs his left arm, and with an “oof” he collapses. It’s clear to everyone in the room he’s having a heart attack. But heart attack symptoms for women can be “silent” and are often attributed to stress or other dismissable problems.

Heart attack symptoms for women: squeezing, pain, or just discomfort in the center of your chest, pain in your back, both arms, jaw, or stomach, breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, and feeling faint. Some describe it as feeling a “bubble” that goes up the center of the torso.

Take care of your heart today and everyday. Spend some time exercising, fighting stress, and checking up on your heart health. Make sure to feed your heart good things like those found in Mito Cardia CVS and Deep Ocean Krill Oil.

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Ebola Edging In

February 13, 2019

First, the good news: no one in the US has tested positive for Ebola since the outbreak a few years ago. But here’s the bad news: watching for an Ebola outbreak is the new reality. As Ebola rages in the Congo, out of control and still spreading, there have been a few travelers who’ve been exposed, and had to be tested and quarantined. While they tested negative, an increase in the number of Ebola cases means there will likely be an increase in the number of people exposed. What’s scariest is that doctors in the region have been having trouble tracking patients, who caught Ebola from whom and where it’s spread.

Keeping an eye on the news is the best first step—not only Ebola, but other ongoing outbreaks (including some in the US) get publicized locally with what places and at what times people may have been exposed. Travelers need to be alert and aware—major outbreaks aside, respiratory illnesses like colds and flu spread readily on planes. Hand washing, immune system support (like colloidal silver) and other basic self-care go a long way. Before heading off somewhere, be sure to check the local news of your destination. The internet gives you targeted information (whether you’re on Google, Facebook, or other platforms) and something out of the ordinary like an upcoming vacation destination might not pop into your online bubble.

As viruses become more common, self-care becomes more important. Keep your immune system strong with good habits like setting aside enough time to sleep, eating healthy foods, drinking lots of water, and making moving around a priority throughout your day. You can boost and support your health with things like daily multivitamins, or immune system supporting colloidal silver.

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It’s cold outside, and some parts of the country are huddled up inside away from freezing temperatures and piles of snow. Perfect conditions for Vitamin D deficiency. Most Americans are already low on Vitamin D, and with less sunlight during the winter and storms keeping us in, Vitamin D levels are likely starting to bottom out across the country. Make sure you’re getting enough with Triple Strength Antioxidant.

You can get some Vitamin D from the sun, and that exposure is part of what makes us feel so good during the spring and summer, drawing us outside. But depending on where you live (altitude, and how far from the equator) you may not be getting enough sun even then, at least not without hanging around outside in a bathing suit.

Supplementing with Vitamin D is an important year round strategy for helping mood, immune system, and other important bodily processes.

What are the symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency? You might be familiar with SAD: Seasonal Affective Disorder. Vitamin D is one of the main contributing factors, and even people who just feel down during fall and winter months may just need a little Vitamin D pick me up. Flagging energy is another sign that you’re not getting enough Vitamin D—especially if you’ve made time to catch up on your sleep. Needing more sleep is a symptom of our body or immune system working harder, but the ultimate cause may be illness, or just not having the nutritional building blocks to run properly, like Vitamin D.

Make sure you’re getting enough Vitamin D and other important nutrients year round with Triple Strength Antioxidant.

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Diet is key to weight loss; to lose weight, you have to burn more calories than you eat. But if your goal is to improve your health, specifically the key to organ health, exercise is the most important thing. Why? There’s hidden fat inside your body, cushioning your organs that you don’t necessarily see visual body changes from improving, but managing that internal fat may be key to diseases like diabetes and heart disease. Research shows the best way to target it is with exercise, so no matter the strategy, make exercise key.

Choose the exercise that’s right for you. Not everyone has to hit the gym—there’s a place for routines like the old “Sit and be Fit”, or small lifestyle changes like walking a little more and sitting a little less. Many benefit from making exercise a part of their routine, rather than a blocked out activity (for example, an after dinner walk, physical weekend hobby, or exertive physical chore done regularly).

Calories and diet are still important, but exercise remains critical, too. Experts are everywhere in the age of online connectivity, and you’ll see them waring over exercise routines vs. diet plans. One ad will exalt a celebrity’s diet, while another will say the key to everything is a workout routine from a prominent instructor. The key is balance, and doing a little better at each. Sometimes, gradual, more permanent results are better than fast, dramatic results.

To help you get moving, make sure you have support. If sore muscles and tension are holding you back, grab a bottle of Dakota Muscle Relief and relax. Even walking can make calves burn if you’re not used to doing it for a long stretch, so don’t let that slow your new healthy changes. Make sure whatever aches you have are soothed—whether it’s right after your activity, at bedtime when you can really pay attention to your body, or whether it’s not until the next day that you’re really feeling it—by relaxing muscles with Dakota Muscle Relief.

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