The Health Benefits of Lemon Peel

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.



The Health Benefits of Pineapple

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.


The Health Benefits of Acerola

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.



Carbon Monoxide Poisoning is Common in Winter Months

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.



Slip and Fall Prevention Should Be Top-of-Mind in Winter

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.



Dealing with Injuries Related to the Cold Weather

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.



Watch the Woes of Winter

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.



Don’t Fire Up the Fireplace Unless It has been Cleaned

As tempting as it may be to end your holidays next to a warm, inviting fire, don’t assume that your chimney is clean because it hasn’t been used since last Christmas.

Make sure the flu opens and shuts properly. A closed flu or one that slips closed will fill your house with smoke. Even small amount of chimney buildup can allow carbon monoxide to enter the house.

Keep a good carbon monoxide detector close to the fireplace. Better an obnoxious alarm sounds than not if there is carbon monoxide in the air.
If everyone feels sleepy suddenly, or gets a headache get everyone out of doors immediately and call 911.

It may not be the best idea to act as your own chimney sweep. Hire someone who is comfortable around roofs, ladders and chimneys.


Dealing with Stress Around The Holidays

Get Some Fresh Air. Research indicates that a boost in Vitamin D from the sunlight may increase your levels of seratonin, giving you a more relaxed feeling. And deep breathing increases oxygen in your tissues which is always helpful.

Try Not to Alter Your Sleep Schedule. Even if you have to cook, and clean and shop, get to bed on time. A lack of sleep can increase your stress levels.

Get Some Exercise. Exercise will help you maintain your energy and your sleep cycle. This isn’t the time for an entirely new exercise regime, just do something fun 20-30 minutes per day.

Come In for a Good Neuromuscular Massage. Nothing can relieve muscle tension and stress the way good body work can.