The common cold. We’ve all had one. Runny nose, congestion, sore throat, sneezing. While cold symptoms vary widely and can include headaches and fever, all colds are respiratory infections. And there are apparently more than 200 responsible viruses. A cold is usually caused by a weakened immune system that ‘opens the door’ to your being unwell. There’s no magic solution for combatting a cold. And once you have one, there is no sure fire cure. But you can help ward off a cold by including foods and nutrients into your diet which are helpful in prevention and remedy of a one. Here are seven foods to include in your diet to maintain (or regain) a healthy immune system.
4 steps to better skin through all your ages.Skin care can be seem overly complicated, can’t it? I am sure that you, like me and many others have at some point invested in a cream that has promised so much, yet delivered so little. And I mean invest. You can spend multiple times over on the moisturiser with the big ‘promise’ than you do on the cleanser. And what you get if you have skin like mine (combination, sensitive skin that doesn’t particularly like fragrance – read, temperamental) is spots. But for great skin regardless of your age, here are 4 essential steps to make the best of the skin you have and keep it looking as youthful as possible – not matter what age you are.
- Start every day with sunscreen no matter the weather.
- Apply a serum to help deal with antioxidants each morning.
- Gently exfoliate your skin two to three times per week.
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon honey
- ¼ cup gently warmed reduced fat milk
- Night time is the right time to apply an anti-aging cream.
Other blogs.How do you find the best skin care products? Look in the mirror – your skin reflects your wellbeing. Are we disconnected from the world around us? If you live in the city, take a walk in the park to be well and stay well.
There is a clever chap, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee who writes for The Guardian and was recently contemplating the deeper human issues that may be, in part responsible for our environmental crises.
He said, ‘If we go to the root of the present ecological crisis we will find a state of disconnection. We appear frighteningly disconnected from real awareness of the effects of our materialistic culture upon the very ecosystem that supports us. The challenge is to develop a value-based economic structure, that is not concerned solely with our material well-being, but embraces the whole human being – body and spirit – as well as the rich biodiversity of the Earth.’Isn’t is funny how when you focus on something, some idea, suddenly everything feels connected? I was having an internal conversation earlier this week. I had some random questions about the ‘disconnect’ of our modern age. When we get ‘plugged into’ technology do we dampen our awareness of the world around us? When people travel across the world and make modern families not related by blood but experience do they feel that they belong but aren’t bonded? If people have their beliefs but don’t worship with others do they feel alone in the universe? I don’t have answers. I don’t have hard opinions. But I know that the busier I get and the less time I spend with family, friends, nature, yeah – my dog and my quiet self, the more I am at risk of being spiritually impoverished. Right now, given some personal challenges, my motto is to do more with less – less time, less energy, less angst. And to live in the moment. My hope for you. Be well, stay well. Michelle