Fall is upon us and with it pumpkin pie, fall festivals, and a change in the weather that usually has my allergies acting up. While there are times when stuff just happens and we get sick no matter what we try, there are a couple of things I do at home to help prevent sickness and keep my immunity up.
1. Eat and drink plenty of Vitamin C. This means plenty of fruits and vegetables as well as juices. I do a lot of my own juicing at home too after making a stop at my local Natural Grocery Store. Vitamin C is great for immunity boosting and warding off colds.
2. Keep grapefruit seed extract spray on hand. Just a few squirts in my nose, and I'm good as new. Several times when I was coming down with something, I ended up perfectly fine after using this.
It's freebie time! I don't know about anyone else, but I love
going to my mailbox to see what freebies are there. Lately I've
been receiving a lot of K-Cup coffee offers I signed up for
about 6 weeks ago. Not just one K-Cup
either, they're four packs! Have you scored any of
the freebies offered in the Weekly Round-Up?
There are some free beauty products this week. You can get a free
samples of St.Ive's Blemish Control Apricot Scrub. Just upload a
photo and follow instructions to create a poster and then
submit it to get your sample. Dark & Lovely is offering a free
sample of Anit-Reversion Cream Serum.
A recent update of the USDA dietary guidelines showed that healthy eating costs $380 more a year per person--or $7.28 more per week. According to the new nutritional guidelines, aptly named My Plate, Americans are being asked to consume more potassium, fiber, vitamin D and calcium. Last week I wrote about five easy and frugal ways to increase your dietary fiber intake--and really, it's not that hard. Eating healthy does not have to be expensive. If you think about, you can cut out junk food and replace it with healthier fresh foods and you really wouldn't be upping your grocery bill by that much.
Whenever the household budget consumes every dime of monthly income, the wage earner knows the strain and pressure he, or she, endures every day caused by the fear of losing the job or having wages reduced. Without a savings account to offset an emergency or a loss of the primary income, stress can build quickly to the point of causing physical illness. The primary wage earner can avoid physical illness by recognizing the subtle changes that are happening and taking the proper steps to address the problem at each progressive stage. If left unchecked, worry moves from a mental exercise to a physical reaction that can develop into serious illness.
I hope all of you are avid users of sunscreen and at the very least use
it on your face daily. In a recent article taken from the SF Gate, it was reported that the FDA is changing the standards of how SPF is determined. Currently, SPF only refers to UVB rays (causes sunburn) and not UVA rays (causes skin cancer). Sound confusing? It is.
Most sunscreens in the U.S. market claim to protect against both types of damaging rays, but really don't. In fact, 20% of the products here can't be sold in Europe because their UVA standards are so strict and have been in place for many years. Why is the U.S. behind, considering our rates of melanoma have gone up 50% from 1994 to 2004?
I recently learned that The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) does not authorize FDA to approve cosmetic ingredients (except color additives that are not coal-tar hair dyes), and that cosmetic manufacturers can pretty much put whatever they want into their products, except the few that have been prohibited. The next time you head to the drugstore to pick up your favorite lotion, face cream, or any other beauty product, you might want to take a look at the ingredients list. The list is usually quite long and most of the ingredients you probably can't pronounce.