Staying Healthy?

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Registered: 04-01-2002
Staying Healthy?
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Fri, 01-25-2013 - 12:27pm

I am mindlessly surfing this morning and found this article:  "Secrets of People Who Never Seem to Get Sick."   So I fired it up.  We had the good habits QOTD this week, and to me, this goes right along with that.

So, what does this article say that healthy people are doing?

1.  Get a massage.   Most studies show that massage can reduce anxiety, blood pressure, and heart rate—and lowering these is likely to cause your stress level to drop, one key to building immunity.   I adore getting a massage,   It's paying for them that the wallet isn't so fond of.  

2.  Take a cold shower.  Devotees claim cold showers help with low energy, migraines, circulation, and pain reduction.  Um, thanks anyway. 

3.  Take ginger.  For centuries, ginger has been the go-to root for a wide range of gastrointestinal distresses, including constipation. Researchers believe its compounds stimulate digestive secretions, improve intestinal muscle tone, and help move food through the gastrointestinal tract.   I have never tried it. 

4.  Wash your hands.   According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hand-washing is the number-one action you can take to dodge the 1 billion colds Americans come down with annually (not to mention the bacteria, such as E. coli and salmonella, that cause foodborne illnesses).  I wash my hands constantly.  They stay cracking dry because of it, but I am a hand washing addict.   I have been at work for 4 hours and washed them 3 times already. 

5.  Take Vitamin C and Zinc.  Although vitamin C and zinc for cold prevention remain controversial, some studies show that C is helpful —especially for people who are under extreme stress—and that zinc can prevent viruses from multiplying.  I have taken Vitamin C before, but not regular for a consistant amount of time.   I eat a lot of oranges and grapefruits and tend to think I get enough C fresh from those. 

6.  Eat more garlic.  Garlic is rich in antioxidants that boost immunity and fight inflammation, says Carmia Borek, PhD, research professor in the department of public health and family medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. That means the herb, in addition to boosting defenses against everyday illness, probably helps to stave off cancer and boost heart health.   I loved seeing this one.   I always have fresh garlic on hand and mince it up and add it to almost everything I cook.   Love it. 

7.  Stay positive.  In one study, participants who had heightened activity in a region of the brain associated with a positive attitude produced greater amounts of flu antibodies.   Hmmm, I guess I am positive enough.   I rarely, rarely get sick.   My kids are almost never sick either.  

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Registered: 10-31-1999
Wed, 01-30-2013 - 9:38pm

1.  Get a massage.  I've never had one but I think I'd probably like it... as long as it is by a woman... I doubt I would feel comfortable with a guy.

2.  Take a cold shower.  This would not bother me... more often than not, I turn the water to cool and run it over my head anyway.  I heard a long time ago, a cold water rinse helps your hair to stay clean longer.

3.  Take ginger.  I am not fond of ginger at all.  I think it's because when I was a kid and had my tonsils out, they gave me Vernor's to drink and I threw it up.  During the last session of my chemo, I was feeling nauseaus and the nurse gave me some ginger lozenges and I put my big girl pants on and used it... it did seem to help a little.  I do like ginger snaps though... weird.

4.  Wash your hands.   Constantly... but this is the first winter that they have felt scratchy so I've been using Ponds Dry Skin cream on them and it seems to help.

5.  Take Vitamin C and Zinc.  I was taking vitamin C for a long time but then my dr. changed one of my medications and I read that you shouldn't take vitamin C with it so I stopped.  Never have taken zinc.... I've heard that a lack of it causes white spots on your fingernails though and I do have lots of white spots so maybe I should take some.

6.  Eat more garlic. I like garlic... but I normally use garlic powder.  I'm thinking maybe it's not as good for you as fresh garlic is... 

7.  Stay positive.  I always try to find positive in just about everything... my hubby is down in the basement right now pumping 2-3 inches of water up the stairs and outside with our pool pump... when I was down there, I kept thinking that I was so glad that none of the electronic stuff was in the floor and that I didn't get electrocuted when I stepped in the water... lol

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Registered: 07-13-2001
Sun, 01-27-2013 - 7:52pm

1.  Get a massage.   Most studies show that massage can reduce anxiety, blood pressure, and heart rate—and lowering these is likely to cause your stress level to drop, one key to building immunity.  Ive never had one... but I dont like being touched.... 

2.  Take a cold shower.  Devotees claim cold showers help with low energy, migraines, circulation, and pain reduction.  Back home when it was stinking hot sure.... but hasnt gotten hot enough in Canada to do that lol

3.  Take ginger.  For centuries, ginger has been the go-to root for a wide range of gastrointestinal distresses, including constipation. Researchers believe its compounds stimulate digestive secretions, improve intestinal muscle tone, and help move food through the gastrointestinal tract.  I dont like ginger...

4.  Wash your hands.   According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hand-washing is the number-one action you can take to dodge the 1 billion colds Americans come down with annually (not to mention the bacteria, such as E. coli and salmonella, that cause foodborne illnesses).  I wash my hands alot!

5.  Take Vitamin C and Zinc.  Although vitamin C and zinc for cold prevention remain controversial, some studies show that C is helpful —especially for people who are under extreme stress—and that zinc can prevent viruses from multiplying.  I used to take vitamin C.. never zinc though....

6.  Eat more garlic.  Garlic is rich in antioxidants that boost immunity and fight inflammation, says Carmia Borek, PhD, research professor in the department of public health and family medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. That means the herb, in addition to boosting defenses against everyday illness, probably helps to stave off cancer and boost heart health.  I love garlic!!!

7.  Stay positive.  In one study, participants who had heightened activity in a region of the brain associated with a positive attitude produced greater amounts of flu antibodies.   Yeah I am most of the time!

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Registered: 11-01-1999
Sat, 01-26-2013 - 7:08pm
1. Get a massage. Umm, no. I hate having strangers paws on me. I wouldn't relax. I would be tense and fighting it every minute. 2. Take a cold shower. Absolutely not. Not even in July. 3. Take ginger. I use gingerf in stir fries and I keep a piece of ginger root in the freezer. I drink ginger ale when my stomach is upset. 4. Wash your hands. Yeah. I do this. A lot. 5. Take Vitamin C and Zinc. I take vitamin C, but zinc gives me awful heartburn. 6. Eat more garlic. Oh, yeah. Love garlic. Use it in my food all the time. 7. Stay positive. I try. I'm seldom sick, either. And I have no idea how or why I got the flu two weeks ago.

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Registered: 07-23-1998
Sat, 01-26-2013 - 12:45pm

1.  Get a massage.   Ray won a gift certificate at one of his meetings and he gave it to me. I have to use it by March. Can't wait!! I love massages.

2.  Take a cold shower.  I'll pass on this one.

3.  Take ginger.  I drink Vernors ginger ale everyday.....does that count?

4.  Wash your hands.   Constantly, I'm a freak about it.

5.  Take Vitamin C and Zinc.  I take a multi vitamin everyday along with the kids. It has all that stuff in it.

6.  Eat more garlic.  I love garlic....probably should eat more of it. 

7.  Stay positive.  I should do that too......

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Registered: 02-27-1999
Fri, 01-25-2013 - 7:36pm

1.  Get a massage.   Most studies show that massage can reduce anxiety, blood pressure, and heart rate—and lowering these is likely to cause your stress level to drop, one key to building immunity.  What?  Who can afford that?  When I drop $60 in one hour, I'd better have 3 cool outfits to wear for the next 8 years!!!

2.  Take a cold shower.  Devotees claim cold showers help with low energy, migraines, circulation, and pain reduction.  OK, I got "lukewarm only" orders 2 years ago from the doc.  I hate it.  

3.  Take ginger.  For centuries, ginger has been the go-to root for a wide range of gastrointestinal distresses, including constipation. Researchers believe its compounds stimulate digestive secretions, improve intestinal muscle tone, and help move food through the gastrointestinal tract.  Yeah, I crave ginger ale sometimes.  I've never made ginger tea but I have fresh ginger in my freezer ALWAYS.   

4.  Wash your hands.   According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hand-washing is the number-one action you can take to dodge the 1 billion colds Americans come down with annually (not to mention the bacteria, such as E. coli and salmonella, that cause foodborne illnesses).  I'm a hand washing fool.  

5.  Take Vitamin C and Zinc.  Although vitamin C and zinc for cold prevention remain controversial, some studies show that C is helpful —especially for people who are under extreme stress—and that zinc can prevent viruses from multiplying.  I don't take zinc, but I take C, D, calcium, glucosamine, fiber, E, flax seed oil, fish oil...I have no immune system.  

6.  Eat more garlic.  Garlic is rich in antioxidants that boost immunity and fight inflammation, says Carmia Borek, PhD, research professor in the department of public health and family medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. That means the herb, in addition to boosting defenses against everyday illness, probably helps to stave off cancer and boost heart health.   I don't know how to cook without garlic.  

7.  Stay positive.  In one study, participants who had heightened activity in a region of the brain associated with a positive attitude produced greater amounts of flu antibodies.   I'm very positive!!!  

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Registered: 12-16-2004
Fri, 01-25-2013 - 5:26pm

1.  I  used to get that for free, all the guy wanted was some one to brew him tea and listen to him whine a bit and I have no problems doing that while I get my body massaged. Sadly he is away for awhile now and I dont know when he comes back.

2.  Take a cold shower.  I used to never take a hot shower, mine was at max luke warm but pregnancy and now breastfeeding  didnt sitt well with cold showers, so warm it is and I am soo looking forward to when I can do my  colder showers again.

3.  Take ginger. Ginger goes in curry once a week, that is enought for me.

4.  Wash your hands.  I wash my hand, but not to extent that they start to crack, because then I have destroyed the bodys own system to keep me healthy .

5.  I am one of those people  where vitamin pills do nothing, I need the full fruit to get the benifits from it so I rather eat fruits and veggies.

6.  Eat more garlic.  I use  garlic once or twice a week, garlic and a esophagus hernia doesnt mix.

7.  Stay positive.  I am posetive, I even have the papers to prove it.After 10 years of  chronic pain, I had to do a test to see how  I felt mentally and I am posetive and very happy person.   I still get ill even if I smile and laugh a lot.

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Registered: 07-03-2008
Fri, 01-25-2013 - 1:08pm

1.  Get a massage. I have no idea how much one would be around here, but I know it's more then i can afford just to pamper myself. I can spend that $50-$60 on something for the boys or for the house and not be so selfish (or so I've been told LOL)

2.  Take a cold shower.  Thanks but NO THANKS!!!!!!!

3.  Take ginger.  Nope, never thought of it.

4.  Wash your hands.   Yup...all the time.

5.  Take Vitamin C and Zinc.  Normally any kind of vitamin makes me sick to my stomach

6.  Eat more garlic. LOVE garlic!!!!!!!! Use it often in my foods

7.  Stay positive.  I try as well, doesn't always work with everything we have going on. . . .   

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Registered: 04-01-2002
Fri, 01-25-2013 - 1:05pm

An hour massage here is about the same, about $60-70.   I have gone to a school where you can get a student, or grad student one.   Student is $25, and no tipping allowed.   Grad student is $40 and you tip.

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Registered: 02-12-2002
Fri, 01-25-2013 - 1:03pm

1.  Get a massage.   I have only had one massage (other than from my DH) my whole entire life.  Not fond of people touching me when I am naked.  Didn't really enjoy it all that much.

2.  Take a cold shower.  That would be a big "H N" from me also.  Brrrrrr.

3.  Take ginger.  Ginger ale or ginger tea soothes my stomach when I am not feeling well.

4.  Wash your hands.   Yup...all the time.

5.  Take Vitamin C and Zinc.  I take some supplements but no C and Zinc unless I feel like I am coming down with a cold or it is running around the office.  I will either drink or get the chewable Airborne tablets.  I also be sure I have it with me when we are traveling by air plane.

6.  Eat more garlic.  I love garlic!  Use it all the time.  

7.  Stay positive.  I try to the best I can.  Somedays are better than others.

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Registered: 02-06-2004
Fri, 01-25-2013 - 12:42pm

1.  Get a massage.   I got a gift certificate from the guys I work with for one!  I can't wait to use it.  My sister budgets to have 1 a month.  How much is an hour one in your area?  Its between $50 and 60 here.

2.  Take a cold shower.  Um, no.  I mean, h*ll no :)  DH will turn his down pretty cool right before he gets out.  If I catch a cold chill in the shower, it seems I can't shake it all day!

3.  Take ginger.  Never tried it, but I wonder if that's why some people drink Ginger Ale when they're sink?

4.  Wash your hands.   Yup...all the time.

5.  Take Vitamin C and Zinc.  We take daily vitamins at supper time.  I will have to check and see how much C and Zinc is in them.

6.  Eat more garlic.  I don't a strong garlic flavor.  I don't like having it on my breath after I eat.  

7.  Stay positive.  I try!  We're a pretty healthy family. 

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