Survive The Cold!

January 8, 2014

Snow GirlIf you’re buried in snow right now, this article is for you!

Severe weather of any kind is an important time to be extra safe as well as cautious with your health—it’s a horrible time for you to have to drive to the hospital, and to have to depend on doctors fording their way in, too!

Snow presents its own special challenge—most places legally require you to go out and interact with it in the the form of keeping the sidewalks clear. So stay safe with these tips:

-Before shovelling, jog in place to give yourself a warm up. Then take it easy—a smaller shovel may take longer to get the job done, but it will be easier on your muscles. Treat shovelling like other forms of exercise, and listen to your body! Take breaks, and try and watch your temperature (wear warm layers so you can adjust). Don’t smoke or drink before/while shovelling.

-If you HAVE to drive, beware bridges, which can be especially slippery. No matter how used to you are to inclement weather, take it easy out there! You may be frustrated by other drivers, but don’t let them goad you into making unsafe driving decisions!

-Other driving tips: keep your gas tank at least half full, put more distance between you and other cars, drive more slowly, and don’t use cruise control.

-Temperatures are dangerously low in many areas. Limit time outdoors, especially for kids, the elderly, and pets. Older people have less body heat while kids lose theirs quickly, so be sure to have warm up time between activities. Even thick coated dogs can get too cold, so watch your furry friends for signs they need to come in. Short hair and low to the ground breeds will need to come in even sooner.

-Clean outdoor pets of any de-icing agents, like mag chloride, lest they clean themselves off (lick it) and become poisoned.

-And of course, don’t forget to take some colloidal silver. Just because it is cold, doesn’t mean you need one!

Dress warm and enjoy some hot cocoa! Share your cold weather tips in the comments (Or your favorite hot cocoa recipe):

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Sleeping WomanSometimes you have true insomnia, and you can fix it by adjusting your environment—the sights, smells, and feel of your bedroom, as well as your state of mind, and topping it off with a natural sleep aid that ensures your body has the nutrients and minerals needed to fall asleep and stay asleep.

Other times, insomnia is a symptom of something else. The three biggest causes? Stress, acid reflux, and chronic pain.

Stress. The best way to deal with stress is to address your stressors. Sit down and make a list. Break things into manageable chunks, then list out what your going to do about each one. If you can’t do anything? Stop giving it head-space. Meditation is a great tool to help you manage stress.

Don’t have many stressors? Maybe you need a little extra help balancing your stress. D.S.A. is a natural supplement that helps combat your anxiety with ingredients like St. John’s Wort.

Acid reflux. If this is a chronic condition, stop popping OTC pills. They only make it worse, and can have negative long term effects. Read more insomnia fixes…

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Climbing HikerIf you’re having trouble getting started on your health goals for 2014, maybe you need to make sure they’re achievable—which means focusing those goals, and making a plan.

“I want to lose weight” is a great goal, but more effective goals are “I want to eat healthy” and “I want to exercise more”. If you focus on losing weight, you’re more likely to give up. You can’t just will yourself to lose weight, after all. Exercising and eating healthy are part of a plan to lose weight. Read More

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Headache LadyCold and flu tend to hog the spotlight in winter, but minor ailments, like headaches, tend to be more common this time of year too.

If you find yourself rubbing your temples, squeezing your eyes, and pinching the bridge of your nose, go through this list and see if you can banish that nasty winter headache.

You’re probably dehydrated. Winter robs us of our moisture. Lips chap, skin cracks, sinuses ache. If you find yourself behind on water consumption, drink some coconut water (or other electrolyte drink) to get some into your system faster.

A refillable water bottle is a great way to stay hydrated, and help measure your consumption.

You might be tense. Dehydration really makes muscle tension worse, but it could just be residual holiday stress (–still gotta get on the roof and get those lights down). Try a coconut oil massage, or if you don’t have a friend to help, rub some Dakota Muscle Rub on—the peppermint smell will help with your headache too.

You might be about to come down with something. Sometimes in the winter, a headache can be the first sign you’re about to get sick. How’s your appetite? Your energy? Your temperature? At the first warning sign, start resting a little more, and make sure you take some colloidal silver daily.

Or it could be sinus pressure. Maybe your nose never stopped running after your last cold, or you live somewhere warm and spring allergies are hitting earlier. Try rinsing your sinuses (blowing during a headache only makes things worse).

If all else fails, sleep it off. Drink water before and after, but sometimes sleep will do it—it rests your eyes (in case eye strain is the problem) and calms all those pulsing arteries.

How do you solve headaches?

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Stretchy AthleteThis isn’t a surprise, but hygiene is of the utmost importance if you don’t want your crowded, public place to be a breeding ground for MRSA. New strains are still emerging, and the occasional outbreak affects gyms and schools (and, very often, gyms within schools). The CDC wants the public informed and an active part of stopping the spread of this potentially deadly disease.

You probably don’t want to hear this after signing up for that New Year’s special gym membership, but gyms are a hotbed for MRSA (and other pathogens like fungi). Athletes are more prone to having an open wound that can host an infection (or even just sweat caused acne) and shared equipment can spread disease. Even major sports leagues have suffered from MRSA outbreaks!

Luckily, most gyms (at least where we’re at) have caught on. Paper towels and cleaning sprays are available so you can clean equipment when you’re done (or before you start, if you’re distrusting). I also recommend investing in your own gear, like yoga mats, whenever possible.

Schools are a different problem. With far more problems needing attention than the possibility of MRSA, it’s hard to trust that coaches and teachers will make it a priority. You have to instill hygiene in your kids. Pack a mini first aid kit in their gym bag, and make sure they know how to clean wounds (just don’t give them any aspirin/tylenol—most schools have a zero-tolerance policy that could land them in boiling hot water). If schools haven’t changed much in the ten years since I’ve been there, I doubt you’ll have to explain how dirty school gyms and bathrooms are—just make sure your kids have the tools they need to take care of themselves.

Speaking of keeping wounds healthy, colloidal silver has been used for centuries to help skin heal, especially for minor burns and scrapes. Whether you’re an athlete or just taking care of yourself, throw some in your gym bag.

MRSA can look like a big pimple or other small wound that doesn’t heal. If something isn’t normal, get it looked at!

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