Twelve Days of Health

How to Stay Healthy this Season

Everyone knows this but remember to wash your hands often with soap for at least 20 seconds. And if you sneeze, sneeze into a tissue or into your sleeve or upper arm.

Stay Warm by keeping yourself dry and dressing in several layers. You don’t have to look stuffed, but….. you know what I mean!

Oh my! the stress! Balancing home, work and play can be hard. Keep a positive attitude and get plenty of sleep.

Watch out for the Police! They Love their Job and We Love Them! Travel safely by wearing your seatbelt, and don’t drink and drive!

Make 2018 the year to quit smoking.

See your doctor for check-ups.  He may get lonely this time of year. Ask about what you need based on your age, lifestyle, medical and family health history.

Tis the season for a flu shot or other vaccinations!

Keep your eyes on the children. They are very excited this time of year. When they are running around, make sure you stay out of their way, you could knock them down! Seriously though, make sure toys are used properly, keep poisonous household products away from them. Perhaps refresh yourself on your first aid training.

Prevent injuries by using step stools. Stop using that chair with only three legs. Also, don’t use generators, grills, or other gasoline or charcoal burning devices inside your home or garage.

Check your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector to see if you need new batteries.

Use three or four cutting boards. Oh my Gosh! to avoid cross-contamination by keeping raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs (including their juices) away from ready-to-eat foods and eating surfaces. Cook foods to the proper temperature. Refrigerate promptly. Do not leave perishable foods out for more than two hours.

Create a fresh fruit treat as a sweet substitute for candy and dance to your favorite holiday music for exercise!


Thanksgiving Meal Groggies?

Find out about Thanksgiving Groggies!

Feeling Groggy after eating your Thanksgiving Meal? Or because you ate too much?

The Truth About L-Tryptophan

Turkey is a good source of L-tryptophan. It is an essential amino acid and not only is Tryptophan found in Turkey but it is also found in meat, cheese, yogurt, fish, and eggs. Turkey along with a glass of milk are also high in Tryptophan which in combination with the carbohydrates and everything else on your plate give you that feeling of the Sleepies.

Tryptophan is used by the body to make niacin, a B vitamin that is important for digestion, skin and nerves, and serotonin. Serotonin is a brain chemical that plays a large role in mood and can help to create a feeling of well-being and relaxation. When levels of serotonin are high, you’re in a better mood, sleep better, and have a higher pain tolerance.

So why the grogginess after eating turkey?

Thanksgiving can be a time when people overeat and usually eat other foods along with turkey that contain tryptophan, carbohydrates, and desserts or anything else yummy on their plate.

Don’t Blame the Turkey!

So, all of the mashed potatoes, green bean casseroles, pumpkin pie combined with our Thanksgiving Turkey can cause the grogginess we feel. The digestion process takes a lot of energy too which can make us groggy.

But, who wants to eat less on Thanksgiving? I would rather enjoy the food, the company and the relaxation!

TBHQ Tertiary-butyl hydroquinone

Healthy Food Christmas

Check the ingredients in your food!

Causes cellular dysfunction, has been linked to tumors, loss of vision, liver enlargement, convulsions and paralysis.

BHQ is similar to butane a lighter fluid! TBHQ is a fuel additive added to your food.

A byproduct of petroleum is a food preservative frequently added to products.

Found in such foods as

Mcdonald’s chicken nuggets and french fries.

CHEEZ-IT Crackers

Wheat thins

Many brands of Microwave popcorn have Tert-Butylhydroquinone.

Pam cooking spray has petroleum byproducts.

Keebler Club crackers contain petroleum byproducts.

Kellogs eggo frozen waffles

Protect Yourself from Formaldehyde

Protect your Home and Skin from the Dangers of Formaldehyde

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency,

Instruction on How to Protect Yourself From Exposure of Formaldehyde

Use Air Conditioning and Dehumidifiers

The rate at which formaldehyde is released is accelerated by heat and may also depend somewhat on the humidity level. Therefore, the use of dehumidifier and air conditioning to control or reduce humidity and to maintain a moderate temperature can help reduce formaldehyde emissions (drain and clean dehumidifier collection trays frequently so that they do not become a breeding ground for microorganisms).

Increase Ventilation

Increasing the rate of ventilation in your home, particularly after bringing new sources of formaldehyde into the home, will also help in reducing formaldehyde levels.

Purchase Certified Wood Products

Consider purchasing composite wood products certified as compliant with ANSI/HPVA HP-1-2009 (for hardwood plywood), ANSI A208.1-2009 (for particleboard), or ANSI A208.2-2009 (for medium-density fiberboard). These standards include limits on formaldehyde emissions.

Formaldehyde on Clothing

Formaldehyde can be used to prevent mildew when transporting clothing and minimize the presence of wrinkles. Minimize formaldehyde exposure by washing your new clothes to get rid of traces of the substance.  Doing this will remove about 60% of formaldehyde from the clothing. Choose clothing made out of cotton material. Smelling the clothing first to check if they emit too much chemical scent is a good thing to do also.

How to Avoid Bisphenol A (BPA) and Phthalates

Bisphenol A (BPA) and Phthalates in Products

Both BPA and phthalates are endocrine disrupters, products that mimic natural hormones and can affect reproductive development and health.

BPA is linked to early puberty in girls and phthalates are linked to low testosterone and to male reproductive problems. BPA and phthalates are additives in plastics. BPA creates a rigid plastic and phthalates make plastic more flexible.

Three types of phthalates have been banned in toys for young children, they are still used to soften vinyl plastics (raincoats, backpacks, shower curtains, blow-up toys) and preserve scents (soaps, lotions, and perfumes).

Even though major manufacturers are no longer making baby bottles and children’s drinking cups with BPA, it can still be found in the lining of food and beverage cans, in bottled formula, and even on shopping receipts.

How to Avoid and Reduce BPA Exposure

Do not microwave food in plastic containers because they can release BPA and other harmful or unstudied additives into food.

Avoid buying canned food or food storage containers unless they are marked “BPA-free.”

Look for children’s raincoats and backpacks that are marked “PVC-free.”

Avoid personal care products for children with “fragrance” listed in the ingredients, which may indicate presence of phthalates.