Though some people immediately run to the pharmacy for cold medicine at the first sign of a dripping nose and sneezing, in many cases a natural solution is the best course of action. It’s important that you help your body’s immune system fight off the cold. Here are some tips for how to best fight a cold or the beginning of flu symptoms with natural remedies. Keep in mind that it’s always important to consult your physician before trying any new health remedy.
Eating rich, gourmet foods while watching your favorite shows on television seems like fun until you start to see the numbers ticking higher on your bathroom scale! A lot of people really do want to change their sedentary habits and lose weight, but getting motivated is the biggest obstacle to that goal. Here are a few tips for how to lose weight fast in fun and healthy ways.
Start Walking the Trails
Some people dread working out in gyms because it can be monotonous and boring. Going to the same place every day and looking at the same sights can be less than inspiring. If this is your issue, try walking the trails near where you live. Something about being outside in the serenity of nature gives you the energy and motivation to get healthier. There’s a good chance that there’s a nature trail within 5 to 10 miles from your home where you can enjoy nature while walking off the pounds. Remember to bring your favorite music or an audiobook to listen to while you’re taking in the sights.
Women have so many responsibilities, from caring for family members to taking care of business at work. It can be difficult to find time for some much needed pampering, but self care is extremely important. The University of Kentucky defines self-care as any purposeful actions that you take to care for your “physical, mental and emotional health.” Here are some self care ideas and tips for women.
1- Make a foot bath with Epsom salt and apple cider vinegar. Fill a foot bath or tub with very warm water. Then add 1/2 cup of Epsom salt to water. Then add 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar. The salt has healing properties, such as soothing tired feet, relieving aches and pains. The vinegar will help soften calluses and assist in removing excess skin from your feet. Make sure to soak your feet for at least 20-30 minutes. It helps tremendously if you have a pumice stone to remove excess skin. Just gently use stone in a circular pattern on feet and don’t forget to do your heels. When you are done the last step is to moisturize your feet with lotion. Your feet will thank you and you will feel rejuvenated. Do this at least once a week to renew your tired feet.
It’s too late. The mosquito got ‘cha and you’re already noticing swelling and redness in the area. What to do?
One way to quickly soothe a recent mosquito bite is to wash the area with oatmeal soap. Just lather up, wash it just like you would wash your hands, leave it on for about 3 minutes, rinse and dry. The oatmeal helps to reduce swelling and itching.
The best solution is prevention. Be sure to spray yourself with a good mosquito repellent before you go outside with bare arms and legs.
If you are thinking about trimming your waist line, but you do not have time to go to the gym on a regular basis. Here are 5 easy ways to cut calories and lose some unwanted pounds.
1- Monitor and minimize your carbohydrate (carbs) intake. For example, use 1 slice of bread instead of 2 when making a sandwich.
2- Switch out unhealthy snacks, such as potato chips. Instead, grab a handful of nuts or cherries.
3- Try baking or grilling your food instead of frying. Fish and chicken taste great fresh out of the oven.
There are some awesome health benefits to adding the tropical fruit papaya to your daily diet.
Papaya, has a digestive enzyme called papain. Papain assists in the digestion and the fiber in the fruit also helps prevent constipation. It is recommended that you consume 4-5 servings a day.
I purchase 2 large papayas from my local grocers, weekly. I generally first peel, cut the fruit in half and remove the seeds. I then slice the papaya into long slices and store them in a airtight container in my refrigerator. I either add them to my daily smoothie or eat some slices in the morning along with my breakfast. I even at times enjoy the fruit as an evening snack.