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Be Prepared to Fight a Winter Cold!

Be prepared to fight a winter cold. Know which two remedies can nip it in the bud.

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Though your drugstore is stocked with a multitude of cold meds, there are really just a couple of things that have actually been proven to speed up a cold. They are: vitamin C and andrographis (and your mom’s chicken soup). Take regular doses of these the moment you start feeling symptoms. That’s 500 mg of vitamin C four times a day, with plenty of water, for the next two or three days — or andrographis (as 48 mg of standardized andrographolide extract) three times daily. These remedies, alone or in combination, can reduce the average time that a cold lasts from roughly five days to three.

Excerpted from YOU: The Owners Manual, Updated and Expanded Edition by Michael F. Roizen, MD, and Mehmet C. Oz, MD.

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2014 in Clinic Reviews

 

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Find Balance during the Holidays

Start your day with the stork pose to help you find balance during the holidays.

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What better way to center yourself during this busy time than with a yoga pose that promotes strength and balance? Yoga’s stork pose helps you focus the mind and calm the body. It’s just what you need when your days are filled with shopping, cleaning, cooking, travel and social events. Ready to be flooded with zen? Simply stand tall and focus your gaze at a point in front of you. Gently lift one foot and try to stand on the opposite leg for as long as you can. If you falter, just put both feet back on the ground and steady yourself; then try again. Keep your gaze on that focal point, breathing gently and evenly. If you’d like more of a challenge, rotate your raised ankle and draw circles in the air with your foot. Return your foot to the ground and repeat on the other side. You can even practice stork pose while standing on line at the bank or grocery store. It will help you float through your errands gracefully.

 

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Be Happier & Improve Job Performance taking Time Off!

Take some time off this holiday season. It could make you happier and improve your job performance.

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Are you planning to take a vacation this holiday season? Too busy at work, you say? Well, consider this: In a recent survey, 35 percent of participants felt better about their jobs and were more productive at work after taking a vacation. It makes perfect sense, really. But according to the same survey, the average American uses just 14 of their 18 allotted days. Compare these numbers to the Europeans: German, Spanish and French citizens receive 30 vacation days each year, and only the Germans leave any of it on the table. If traveling isn’t an option, how about a “staycation”? You can still enjoy many of the same benefits — relaxing walks, hot soaks in the tub, a new restaurant, or a great book — without actually having to leave home. You might even consider planning a future or fantasy vacation, just for fun. The vacation planning itself can release positive emotions and benefit your brain by boosting mental flexibility. That’s something your employer is sure to appreciate.

 
 

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Make a Mess!

Go ahead and make a mess! The cluttered desk might just help you find a solution to a difficult problem at work.

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If you’ve been stymied by a challenge at work, don’t waste another minute straightening up your desk or office space. Having a disorganized work area actually inspires the kind of creative thinking that stimulates new and interesting ideas that lead to problem solving. The disorder seems to help you break free of “inside the box” thinking. When given a choice, people with messy offices are also more likely to prefer a new product instead of an established one. Tidy surroundings, on the other hand, seem to encourage people to do exactly what’s expected of them. So if “clear the clutter” is on your to-do list, focus on all the other things you really must do during this busy time of year. The mess on your desk can wait.

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Maintain Exercise Momentum

Want to maintain your exercise momentum? Commit to shorter, moderate-intensity workouts rather than lengthy, high-intensity ones.

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Here’s an early Christmas present: 30 minutes of moderate exercise is about as beneficial to your health (not to fitness) as a full hour of intense training (and much easier to fit into your busy schedule). What’s more, you’re more likely to be energized by moderate workouts and more motivated to keep doing them. “When you do a 30-minute moderate workout, you increase your energy levels without depleting them completely, leaving you with more energy to continue with the rest of your day,” says Melissa Hendricks, MEd, manager of the Cleveland Clinic Fitness Centers. So pop in your favorite workout DVD, take a vigorous walk or hop on the elliptical at your gym and watch how quickly those 30 minutes fly by.

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Food as Energy

Your body relies on the energy and nutrients you get from food, so what you eat — and when you eat it — can either drain you or sustain you.

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Whenever you go more than a few hours without eating, your blood sugar drops, and that may be bad news for your energy. Plan on refueling with a healthy snack or meal every few hours to keep your blood sugar steady. And never skip breakfast! Eat something within an hour of waking, when your blood sugar is lowest. Choosing a breakfast with either soluble fiber or insoluble fiber — the kind in beans, fruits, vegetables and whole grains — actually protects against blood sugar spikes and crashes later in the day.

 

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Outsmart Sugar Cravings

Outsmart sugar cravings by eating small meals regularly to prevent blood sugar swings. For weak moments, keep fruit on hand.

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Got a sweet tooth with a mind of its own? It doesn’t have to rule your food choices. One way to keep sugar cravings in check is to eat small, regularly spaced meals or snacks to prevent hunger, irritability and uncontrolled urges for a quick sugar fix. Those snacks should contain protein, healthy fat and fiber to keep your energy level steady throughout the day: Think peanut butter on a whole-wheat pita or celery; hummus and vegetables; dried fruit and nuts; or grapes and walnuts. Remember to keep temptations like cookies or candy out of reach (and maybe out of your home or office completely). You’ll have an easier time making healthy choices. For those moments when your craving just won’t be satisfied, choose quality over quantity. A luxurious piece of dark chocolate is healthy and rich enough to hit the spot. Eat it slowly and savor it. Believe it or not, you’ll derive more pleasure from eating a small piece of chocolate than eating an entire bar.

source: the Cleveland Clinic Daily Wellness site

 

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Don’t Let Holiday Stress take the Fun out of the Season!

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Head off holiday anxiety early by coming up with a stress management technique that works for you before stress strikes. Research shows that you are likely to deal with stress in ways you already know, so make them the most effective strategies for you.

The next time you feel stressed, try a few of these strategies from the American Psychological Association. And remember, the more often you use these strategies, the more comfortable you’ll become with them.
• Get connected. Strong, healthy relationships with family and friends are important to your well-being. Think of the holidays as a time to reconnect with those around you. Don’t be afraid to accept help and support from those who can help alleviate your stress.
• Set realistic goals and plan ahead. Establish small, concrete steps to handle holiday tasks. Don’t overwhelm yourself with lofty goals that are too time-consuming for the hectic holiday season.
• Keep things in perspective. Put stressful situations into context by taking a long-term perspective. Work to avoid blowing events out of proportion.
• Take care of yourself. Pay attention to your own needs during the holiday season. Participate in activities that you enjoy and find relaxing.
If you need help learning strategies that will work for you, try our proven Stress Free Now online program with relaxation techniques, step-by-step instructions and daily support!

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Walk your way to Younger Skin

Exercise flushes toxins and improves cell regeneration for a healthy, youthful glow.

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If you already think of exercise as the fountain of youth, you’ve been paying attention. After all, it helps us to feel good, look good, and stay limber and independent. Climbing up a steep hillside to catch a glimpse of the sun setting, for instance, gives you an invigorating and powerful sense of self. Huffing and puffing up a flight of stairs? Not so much. But one benefit of exercise that you most likely rarely think about is how it affects your skin. Physical activity increases circulation throughout the body. Better blood flow to these regions means an influx of nutrients and a flushing of toxins. For the skin, this means quicker healing and cell regeneration, which promotes a more youthful glow. So get out for a daily walk, run or activity of your choice, and watch what happens — as long as you don’t mind whistles.

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Tone Muscles using Resistance Training

While you can’t target fat loss in trouble spots, you can tone muscles in those areas for a more defined look.

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You can’t spot-reduce the parts of your body you don’t like (your body decides where the weight comes off first). But that doesn’t mean you can’t target the muscles in your trouble areas. But how? Incorporate resistance training into your workout. The best way to tone your muscles: Do each exercise with a higher number of repetitions (about 15 to 20) and a lighter weight than you could lift just eight to 10 times. You can also get a leaner look by lengthening your muscles through stretching and yoga.

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