Dates have been used as a source of nutrition and medicine since ancient times. They have been shown to help regulate heart rate and blood pressure which makes them heart healthy and stroke preventative.
Long known as a digestive aid, prunes are rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber and two powerful antioxidants, lutein and zeaxanthin that help negate the impact of free radicals in the body.
Mango is rich in Vitamin A, good for eye and skin health, and glutamine acid which helps boost memory and mental acuity. Mango is also rich in potassium which is good for the heart muscle.
Even in small amounts, lemon peel is high in fiber and vitamin C. It also contains calcium, potassium and magnesium. Lemon peel has strong anti-bacterial properties and is thought to fight common oral disease that stem from bacteria. In addition, the D-limonene that gives lemons their citrus smell has been tested in people with gallstones. A whopping 48% who were given lemon peel had their gall stones dissolve avoiding the need for surgery.
Pineapple has many good vitamins and minerals including calcium, manganese, Vitamins A and C, as well as folic acid. Pineapple has been shown to shorten viral and bacterial infections. It also strengthens your bones and has anti-inflammatory effects.
What is acerola? It’s a cherry-like fruit packed with nutrients. Acerola has been shown to help fight cancer, aid digestion, support the cardiovascular system, boosting immunity, preventing and managing diabetes, prevent aging, boost brain health, support strong bones and teeth, promote good vision and prevent fatigue.
Furnaces, fireplaces and other heating elements can produce carbon monoxide if not properly ventilated. If you find yourself using something other than your furnace to heat the area you’re in, make sure there is at least a crack in the door or windows of the room or car you’re in.
Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include: dizziness, headache, nausea, fatigue, vomiting, difficulty breathing and chest pain.
Unfortunately, the cherry red skin color that we’re all taught to look for is often a symptom that occurs so late that the carbon monoxide exposure is already dire.
Take some pro-active steps to ensure your home is safe. Install carbon monoxide detectors along with your smoke detectors.
If you’re in a cabin or other remote location, a stand-alone carbon monixide detector should be among your gear.
And if you find yourself stuck in a car and need to keep the engine running for heat, leave a window cracked, and get out every so often to make sure the tail pipe has not become covered in snow.
Snow, freezing rain and ice make surfaces difficult to navigate and increase the risk of falls along with associated injuries such as fractures, sprains, strains and head injuries.
If you’re on a slippery surface, take short steps and walk slowly.
Try to establish three points of contact such as a rail or other stable structure as you walk.
Avoid carrying anything in your hands while on a slippery surface as you need your hands free for balance.
If you do take a fall, a good neuromuscular massage will help relieve your aches and pains.
Frostnip is the mildest of cold-related injuries but should still be taken seriously. Typically it affects any skin that remains uncovered for a period of time in cold temperatures. You may find you have a pale appearance, burning, itching, pain, tingling or numbness in your face, ears, toes and fingers. Rewarming the affected areas is often sufficient with no permanent damage to the skin.
Frostbite is more serious, and occurs with prolonged exposure to cold temperatures.
While you may feel the same symptoms as frostnip, the skin and underlying tissues are freezing and need attention. Frostbite symptoms may also include blisters, firm-feeling skin, a loss of sensation in the area, and changes in color from red and cold, to pale yellow, to grey or black. Everything beyond red and cold may require medical attention.
Hypothermia is a severe cold-weather injury with symptoms that can include confusion, memory loss, drowsiness, slurred speech, exhaustion and death. Anyone who is suspected of suffering from hypothermia should seek medical attention immediately.
Winter is not only the cold and flu season, but now that there’s Covid, there’s all the more reason to stay well.
All the the advice pertaining to Covid helps to stop the spread of colds and the flu as well.
Frequent hand washing for a minimum of 20 seconds with soap and running water.
Sanitizing areas where multiple people congregate such as break rooms or the elevator.
Keep your distance if you can.
Stay properly hydrated and maintain a healthy diet.
Exercising consistently is a well-known boost to the immune system.
And bundle up so that you can get outside and enjoy the fresh air as much as you can.