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Everytime you eat or drink,
you are either feeding disease or fighting it.

~ Heather Morgan, MS, NLC

Processed meat served at fast food restaurants, such as meat, chicken and fish do not just contain meat. Additives such as textured vegetable protein and soy product are paced in the meats to make them cheaper to manufacture.

Speaking of processed foods, ultra-processed foods have been shown to increase the risk of inflammatory bowel disease (IBS). “Ultra-processed foods are void of nutrients, full of additives, and impact the brain in such a way that the individual consuming them may find it hard to control portions,” Kirkpatrick told Healthline.

“There’s a reason why we can’t put a bag of potato chips down but can easily stop eating broccoli after one serving.”  Diets high in processed foods are also associated with diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and early death.

Inflammation in the body is a marker for and sign for early disease. The nutrition trend is to eat anti-inflammatory foods like ginger, pineapple, turmeric and omega 3 fats.

A new study suggests that fermented foods should be added to the list. Foods such as yogurt, kefir, fermented cottage cheese, tofu, sauerkraut, kimchi and kombucha tea have been shown to increase microbial activity in the gut and lower inflammation in the body.

Regular aerobic exercise improves memory and lowers risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Sunscreens containing benzene are being recalled for the long term cancer risks. Neutrogena and Aveeno are voluntary pulling sunscreens from the store shelves. Check your products ingredients for benzene.

Swimming for exercise improves mental health. Regular swimming has shown positive changes in peoples mood and feelings of well-being. I am sure this applies to all exercise.

Antibiotics save lives.  But the unnecessary use of antibiotics over time can lead to the creation of supergerms, antibiotic resistant bacteria.

Antibiotics are useless against viruses – common cold, etc.  They only kill bacteria.  Taking antibiotics for viruses is useless.  A new study finds that antibiotic use over time can also lead to colorectal cancer.  Another good reason to avoid the unnecessary use of antibiotics.

10 Ways to help with anxiety naturally:

  1. Exercise
  2. Meditation
  3. Relaxation exercises
  4. Writing
  5. Time Management strategies
  6. Aromatherapy
  7. CBD oil
  8. Herbal teas
  9. Herbal supplements
  10. Time with animals

3 Tips for preventing heat stroke.

  1. Stay hydrated. Increase your water intake in the summer months.
  2. Rest avoid exercise outdoors in the peak heat hours between 10 am and 5 pm.
  3. Hang out in a cool environment. Obviously, air conditioning works. No AC? Look for shady spots. Spray yourself with cool water mist. Place a wet towel or tee shirt over the back of your neck. Also, do you know why fans work or fanning yourself? Not because of lowering the air temperature, but because they cause air movement over the skin, evaporating perspiration, thus lowering body temperature.


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