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10 Tips to Increase Productivity and Improve Health When You Work From Home

10 Tips to Increase Productivity and Improve Health When You Work From Home

All individuals working at home can take certain measures to improve their physical and mental health. Learn about the impacts of working at home, how to identify personal barriers to productivity and health, as well as our tips for the best ways to work from home.
Fighting the Flu Naturally - Dr. Tim Searle, ND

Fighting the Flu Naturally - Dr. Tim Searle, ND

It's still flu season. There has not been a better time than now, as we all watch the news anxiously awaiting more information on the Coronavirus, to consider natural preventions for viruses and flus.

Protection Against Viral Infection

Unlike bacterial infections, viruses are tiny bits of nucleic acids that contain information and use your body’s cells tor create more copies of themselves. The Coronavirus is an enveloped, positive-sense single-stranded RNA (ssRNA) virus belonging to the Coronaviridae family. The CoV family consists of several species and causes upper respiratory tract and gastrointestinal infections. The best way to fight these is to support your immune system, wash your hands and avoid people who are visibly sick; however, there are also some herbs and supplements that are virus-specific that you may want to consider adding to your daily routine.

  • Vitamin D – you already have it in your medicine cabinet to beat the winter blahs.  An article in the journal of clinic virology states that the anti-viral properties of Vitamin D may be linked to its ability to up-regulate the anti-microbial peptides LL-37 and human beta-defensin
  • Vitamin C – known to support the immune system in general, vitamin C has been shown to have viral properties as it interferes with the assembly of viral RNA and DNA. In a 2012 study, in vitro experiments showed ascorbate’s ability to kill isolated influenza viruses, as well as viruses from normal human bronchial epithelial cells. Intravenous dosing has been studied (IVC) with optimal results.  Vitamin C can also enhance the production of interferon, which helps prevent cells from being infected by a virus.
  • Mushrooms have been shown to have powerful antiviral effects and can be used preventatively.
  • Herbs such as echinacea, St. John’s Wort, Pau D’arco, garlic, and even green tea have been shown to be supportive in the treatment of viruses.

Fighting the Flue

Do you have suggestions on how to prevent weight gain?

Do you have suggestions on how to prevent weight gain?

Most articles you will read are about weight loss. Here are my 9 tips to help you avoid weight gain and establish healthy habits for 2020

1. Exercise

Not only does it help to burn calories, but it also elevates your mood and increases your metabolism – both of which make it easier to continue losing weight. Varying levels of intensity should be done 5-6 days per week. It is important to try several different avenues of exercise until you find one(s) that you enjoy.

2. Diet

By consuming 8-10 servings of fruits and veggies per day, you’re giving your body all the vitamins and minerals, it needs to function at its optimal level – and they’ll make you feel full with less calories while limiting higher calorie foods. It can be tough to prepare all of your meals, but making them in advance and freezing them is a good way to ensure optimal eating and not resorting to fast foods. Try consuming a little protein every 3-4 hours to balance your blood sugar to avoid the stress of low sugar and hunger. Try to consume 0.8g/kg of body weight a day.

3. Mealtimes

By eating well in the morning, we’re giving our bodies the calories they need to get going, and we have all day to burn them off – this will also help reduce the size of lunch and dinner.

4. Grazing

By eating several small meals as opposed to 1 or 2 big ones, the food is easier to digest and we maintain a steady blood-glucose level which reduces the desire to eat large amounts.

5. Mindful Eating

By being “present” with your food, as opposed to mindlessly grabbing at it or eating in front of the TV, you will eat more slowly and become aware of fullness sooner. This also shifts your body into a parasympathetic state, which increases digestion.

6. Water

Not only does it help to flush out toxins, but it also aids in the feeling of fullness. You should be aiming for 1oz of water per kg of body weight (if you’re 150lbs, that’s about 1.9L, or more than 8 cups of water at 8oz each)

7. Food Labels

If you’re buying packaged food, they all are mandated to have the labels listing the caloric content (as well as protein, carbohydrates, fat, etc.). It shouldn’t be hard to approximate what you’re consuming in a day.

8. Tracking Calories

There are several websites/apps that can do this for you – just type in “calorie counter” in a search engine and try one that works for you. Most of these sites have databases of food, so it makes it easier to keep track once you’ve set up your usual diet.

9. Alcohol

Behind fat, 1g of alcohol has the highest caloric content – so be more conscious of your alcohol consumption throughout the holidays.

by Dr.  Tim Searle, ND

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