New School Year - Time To Build The Immune System!

Foods The Build The Immune System - Ann Again and again.com

Yesterday I hear, "Mom, where's the stomach medicine?"  It's in the same place it's always been however, if the question's being asked, that means she re-e-eally doesn't feel good and wants to be taken care of.  Mom to the rescue!  (Hopefully).  With the new school year upon us it's a good time to freshen our eating habits on foods and vitamins that build the immune system. 

I'm wondering if the rumbling in my stomach is something wrong or just the result of too much cayenne pepper in my scrambled eggs.  (Hello, hypochondria?  It's me, Ann.)  Time to do some research and see what I need to stock up on:

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Beta-carotene and other carotenoids: apricots, asparagus, beets, broccoli, cantaloupe, carrots, corn, green peppers, kale, mangoes, turnip and collard greens, nectarines, peaches, pink grapefruit, pumpkin, squash, spinach, sweet potato, tangerines, tomatoes, and watermelon

Vitamin C: berries, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cantaloupe, cauliflower, grapefruit, honeydew, kale, kiwi, mango, nectarine, orange, papaya, snow peas, sweet potato, strawberries, tomatoes, and red, green, or yellow peppers

Vitamin E: broccoli, carrots, chard, mustard and turnip greens, mangoes, nuts, papaya, pumpkin, red peppers, spinach, and sunflower seeds
These foods are also rich in antioxidants:
  • Prunes
  • Apples
  • Raisins
  • Plums
  • Red grapes
  • Alfalfa sprouts
  • Onions
  • Eggplant
  • Beans
Other antioxidants that can help keep you healthy include:

Zinc: oysters, red meat, poultry, beans, nuts, seafood, whole grains, fortified cereals, and dairy products

Selenium: Brazil nuts, tuna, beef, poultry, fortified breads, and other grain products
(Above information courtesy of WebMD)

I'm also going to add ginger ale and oyster crackers.  Those are things that are a "go-to" when one of us doesn't feel well.  Are there certain foods your family wants when they don't feel good?  

Oh geez, do I feel an itchy throat?

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A Health And Fitness Guide This Summer

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There are few seasons that make staying healthy and exercising more appealing than summer, as it allows you to get out in the sunshine, fresh air, and warm weather—a lot more appealing than winter’s snow and cold. But even when motivation is high, it can be sometimes difficult to figure out the best ways to stay active and in shape. So if you’re trying to plan your path to a summer full of healthy choices and exercise, here are a few things you can do to get you on your way.

Begin by walking
The easiest way to begin living a healthier life is by simply leaving your car at home and walking to local destinations whenever possible. This will not only build muscle and stamina for the more intense activities you will do when working out, but it will also burn calories and help your cardio. Another benefit to walking as opposed to driving places is that it has no negative environmental impact.

Head to a local park
Today more and more parks are beginning to install a variety of exercise equipment and spaces for activity, from running tracks to pull-up, push-up, sit-up stations and more. Many public parks also have sports courts available for free use, such as tennis courts and basketball courts. Also, take a look online as you might find an exercise class that meets in the local park, which you could sign-up for.

Join a program
The easiest way to ensure that you stay on top of your fitness is to be held accountable by someone else, and a great way to do this is by signing up for classes, sports teams, or exercise groups. Fortunately summer is the season where these are most available, so there is no better time to sign-up, get fit, and also meet some new healthy friends while you’re at it.

Consider an active holiday
Doing something strenuous on your holiday might sound like the exact opposite of a vacation, but a trekking and camping trip will not only force you to stay active during your time off, but it will also bring you to many beautiful sites that are only accessible to those who are willing to put in a little bit of effort. You can always reward yourself with a few days at the beach after you’ve finished your expedition.

Prepare for winter
There is nothing worse than getting fit in summer and then losing all the benefits of that hard work as soon as the season changes. When the weather starts to get cold and you no longer want to exercise outside, look to join a gym; or, consider buying your own fitness equipment such as a cross trainer or a treadmill, check out retailers like  Tesco to find the best deal. Whatever you do, keep working out as staying in-shape is way easier than getting back in-shape.

Remember, that whether you’re the type of person who loves or hates exercise, there are plenty of great reasons and ways to stay healthy and active in summer.

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Is Talking To Yourself A Bad Thing?

Thoughts are always swirling about something I saw on Facebook, or a news story I saw online.  I'm thinking of how I would have handled a situation or the 'What I should have said...' dialogue that goes round and round in my brain.  Sometimes my thoughts form sounds and these sounds come from my mouth.  And... I may not be alone when I say these thoughts.

Did I say that out loud?

There are many, many occasions where I have a conversation swirling in my head and then I hear someone in the next room and I wonder if I had been having this imaginary conversation out loud.  I have supported some really good arguments while vacuuming or making the bed.  And wow!  Did I ever get my point across while I was curling my hair! That'll show them, oh those people that aren't in the room. Try to intimidate me will ya'!

I really admire those that can meditate and clear their minds.  Just be.  How do they do it?  I've tried many times to follow the instructor and "Focus on the breath.  In two-three-four.  Out two-three - hey, what about that ridiculous request today?  What I should have said..."  And *boom*  I'm talking to my imaginary friend again.

But wait.  I have a dog.  I'll just say I was talking to him.

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