Healthy Habits

Probably your top health priority is to Maintain and Boost Your Immune System

Listen to advice from Dr Mercola on this topic



1.   Eat Ginger

Ginger is one of the world’s seven most potent disease-fighting spices. It has been widely regarded for centuries as a natural remedy for a variety of ailments. Find out why and how ginger can benefit you in this video.

2. Learn to recognize Poison Ivy and Avoid It

Each leaf of the poison ivy plant has three glossy leaflets with smooth or toothed edges. These leaves can vary in color depending on the season.
If you come in contact with this poisonous plant, wash your skin with soap and cool water as soon as possible. The sooner you can remove the plant oil from your skin, the less likely you are to develop a rash

If a rash does appear, apply a cool compress and cover the infected area with a soothing lotion. Remember poison ivy and other minor skin irritations can be evaluated at your local MinuteClinic.

3. Avoid  Yeast Infection

An infection occurs when there’s an imbalance between your body’s natural bacteria and yeast

What you should know:
•Yeast grows in moist areas of your body
•Vaginal yeast infection is most common
•Eat yogurt with live acidophilus to avoid infection

4.     Minimize the Stress of life

 Changing your daily routine, diet, & outlook on life can have a lasting impact on stress levels

What you should know:
•Try relaxation exercises
•Eat a diet rich with antioxidants
•Keep a stress journal Drink a lot of water and keep a healthy diet

5.   Look after your Blood Pressure

Almost one third of U.S. adults have high blood pressure.

Lifestyle choices play an important role in controlling your blood pressure.

Always check the amount of sodium in the processed food you eat. Reducing the sodium in your diet, even small amounts, can improve blood pressure.

Limit  the amount of alcohol you drink – lowering your intake can potentially lower your blood pressure. Men commonly  have greater resilience against the stressful  impact of alcohol on their blood pressure than do women.     Generally, more than one drink for women and two drinks for men a day are too much.  Monitoring your blood pressure at home can help you stay on track towards a healthy lifestyle.

6.   Look After Your Skin

There are many things you can do to maintain healthy skin without cosmetic procedures, as this video shows.


  1.  Always protect your skin
  2. Limit caffeine
  3. Limit Alcohol
  4. Do Not Smoke
7.  Have Echinacea on Hand to Alleviate the Common Cold Symptoms

Over a billion colds are caught in the US each year.

The common cold is among the leading reason for visiting a doctor or missing school or work.

Taking the natural herbal supplement Echinacea may help alleviate cold symptoms and cut down the length of your cold.

Research shows that Echinacea activates chemicals in the body that decrease inflammation, which may help reduce cold symptoms.

It seems a little unclear whether Echinacea may  prevent you from catching the cold, but it can help treat your symptoms when you’re not feeling well

There is conflicting information about Echinacea in the media and amongst the scientific community.

According to a recent study by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), Echinacea is found to have two very different health benefits.

  1. The roots of Echinacea, when harvested in the fall, yield alkylamides that can quickly reduce the duration and severity of colds and respiratory problems.
  2. The flowering tops, when harvested in the spring, release polysaccharides that stimulate and boost the immune system on an ongoing basis.

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