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Boost Your Immunity

Boost Your Immunity

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As the world braces after hearing The WHO declare a global pandemic, most search for ways to maintain health. How is it that some people that are infected with COVID-19 are barely showing symptoms while others are aren’t so lucky?

Lord only knows…

The infected number is climbing at alarming rates as the death toll continues to rise. Clean hands, closures and social distancing is helping slow the cases. But human nature tells us, ‘We need to do more’. The major organizations request that people stop buying masks. However, people are looking for ways to feel proactive. To keep fears and anxiety at bay, there are some helpful suggestions, finally, being sent our way.

We Know… Wash your hands

Yes, it’s surprising this is number one on every preventative list. It’s amazing how many folks can forget this on a regular basis. Many, many years ago, it was discovered that rinsing hands, alone, doesn’t have the same impact as adding soap into the mix. Nowadays, timing is everything. For as long as I can remember, I have sung my ABC’s while washing my hands. As a child, it was considered adorable. Yet, as a teen, my friends would tease. And as an adult, well… lets just say, I sing it in my head, along with a head bob every now and again.

Recently, people have created new versions of 20 second washing by using show openings and classic hits. However, according to a poll, what is the song that people are singing in their heads while scrubbing down their paws? The census appears to be ‘Happy birthday’. Good choice. Just remember to sing it twice!

Supplements

Supplements are always a tough suggestion when dealing with any illness. Their mere presence can cause backlash, especially since most aren’t FDA approved. Plus, as a nutritionist, I can honestly say, ‘I don’t know your personal history’ to safely recommend a one size fits all cure-all. (Btw, there is no, one size cure-all, as far as I know.) When the SARs outbreak happened, many took to natural viral fighters like, turmeric. Really? Yes, but listen… Supplements like turmeric are amazing as long as they are right for you, personally. Curcuminoids that are found in turmeric supplements are bad-asses that can kill many things in vitro (in a test tube). Yet, the way it works on your specific body could be different. Always talk to your doctor before starting a supplement or vitamin. They will know you best and what interactions to look out for.

Exercise

We all know exercise is good for us. But, seriously… there seems to be a connection to COVID-19 patients who exercise daily with things like, stretching or yoga and their lack of symptoms. So, why not add a bit of exercise into your daily. It’s good for your heart and your immune system.

Healthy diet

This is a given for any immune system. Eat fresh. Eat a variety. Green and leafy veggies have plenty of chlorophyll to toughen up your immunity. Veggies with lots of color tend to have lots of nutrients. Buying caned or frozen will still give you a good deal of nutrition. Look for foods that are packed with vitamins. Vitamins in the B family are always important to keep the cognitive aspects in check. New studies have shown intakes of Vitamin D have had effects on blocking and/or shortening viruses. And who could forget, Vitamin C. Look for some vitamins that might have the combo you need like Vitamin C + D chews. Eat several small meals a day, so you can get more variety. Also, it might be more beneficial to ration your meals if you find yourself in quarantine.

Rest

Getting a good amount of sleep is important for any immune system. However, getting extra sleep is important to fight off germs and viruses. Don’t neglect your body. If you feel tired, take a nap. Taking several periods of rest through out the day can cause a surge of healthy cells to do their job and fight off the bad guys trying to take up residence in your system.

Reduce Anxiety

Shortness of breath can also be a symptom of stress. This pandemic is unnerving for most individuals. Follow the guidelines of your country, city, town. The rules laid out to stay home or keep away from crowds are there to protect you and others. Don’t lie, we have all been self-serving at one point or another, but this is about the bigger picture.

Feeling overwhelmed? Try deep breathing exercises: Inhale deeply through your nose and exhale very slowly from your mouth. Repeat several times. Try a pressure point for relief. Pressing your tongue to the roof of your mouth and holding it there for several seconds can ward off a panic attack.

Stay calm; stay kind. Make plans with neighbors if any one of you should get sick. Remember, pets can catch this! Keep your pets away from your tissues and bodily fluids and wash your hands thoroughly after dealing with theirs. Check on the family and the elderly with a phone call. Cover your mouth when you cough, yawn or sneeze, by using the crook of your elbow. Wash hands for at least twenty seconds. Don’t like to count? Try singing a song. Don’t fight with your fellow man over toilet paper or any other store item.

And God bless us, every one!

Tia, and TipsfromTia.com  is trying to keep you looking good and
feeling good, from the inside out. If you’ve got a problem or a tip email me! Be sure to Like and share on Facebook or Follow on Twitter or Instagram.

4 Tips for Dealing with a Dust Allergy

By Guest Blogger James H.

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Do you often suffer from chest tightness, wheezing or a runny nose? If so, you could have a dust allergy. This frustrating problem can have a big impact on your life, but often remains undiagnosed. In this article, I’ll go through some of the most common symptoms, before providing four tips for reducing the effects of a dust allergy.

 

Before we go any further though, it’s important to understand what causes a dust allergy. Somewhat confusingly, it’s not the dust itself that triggers a reaction, but dust mites. These tiny creatures love furniture, mattresses and carpets, and thrive in homes with high humidity. The key to relieving a dust allergy is reducing the quantity of mites in a home.

 

Symptoms of a Dust Allergy

 

The symptoms of a dust allergy are similar to any airborne allergy. The most common include itching, sneezing, a runny nose, puffy eyes and chest tightness. The symptoms are usually worse inside the home and may be most severe in the morning. Unlike a pollen allergy, dust allergy symptoms are usually a problem year-round.

 

How to Relieve a Dust Allergy

 

The good news is that killing dust mites is relatively simple. You can’t get rid of them all, but you can reduce their numbers enough to relieve allergy symptoms. Here are four of the most effective methods.

 

  1. Buy Allergy-Proof Bedding

 

As I mentioned, dust mites love to live in duvets and pillows – especially if they’re made from feathers or wool. If possible, replace bedding with an allergy-proof alternative. This can stop mites breeding and provide relief when you’re sleeping.

 

It’s also important to wash your bedding at a high temperature. This kills dust mites and prevents them from building a colony in your bed (which isn’t a pleasant thought!)

 

  1. Reduce Humidity and Get Rid of any Mould

 

In some cases, a dust allergy is actually a reaction to mould spores. Both mould and dust mites thrive in humid homes, which can make allergies worse. For this reason, if you have mould in the home – or high humidity – this is a priority to fix.

 

The easiest way to reduce humidity is to buy a dehumidifier. These can be expensive, but can reduce humidity to manageable levels in just a few days. Keep the relative humidity below 50% as this is the minimum dust mites can live in.

A dehumidifier won’t get rid of mould though – it just stops it growing. If there’s noticeable mould in your home, you may need to have it treated by a professional to ensure it doesn’t return. If the mould is being caused by a leak in a roof, wall or window, this should also be fixed.

 

  1. Buy a Vacuum with a HEPA Filter

Have you noticed your symptoms often get worse after vacuuming? This is because a vacuum with a poor quality filter can stir up dust mites and other allergens into the air.

 

A vacuum with a HEPA filter, however, is much more effective at trapping and removing allergens from exhaust air. If you have an allergy, a HEPA filter should be your first priority, as it can make the biggest difference to your symptoms.

 

You may also want to consider buying a handheld vacuum, such as the ones recommended at Spotless Vacuum. Handheld models are great for quickly cleaning your mattress and bed base, which commonly harbour dust mites.

 

  1. Replace Bedroom Carpets with Hard Floors

 

Dust mites love carpets, as they provide a warm environment to live in. If your allergies are particularly bad at night, replacing carpets in your bedroom with tile or wood floors may be your best option. This is the most expensive and time-consuming tip, but can provide almost instant relief.

 

Summary

 

Dust mites are microscopic creatures – but they can cause big problems if you’re allergic to them. Fortunately, there are ways to quickly reduce their number, which can have a positive effect on any allergic reactions.

 

If you have any questions about dust mites, allergies or home cleaning, please let me know in the comments. I’d be glad to help!

Tia, and TipsfromTia.com  is trying to keep you looking good and
feeling good, from the inside out. If you’ve got a problem or a tip email me! Be sure to Like and share on Facebook or Follow on Twitter or Instagram