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PERK #45: Home Alone

Strang BA BEd MEd, Florence Basic Health Publications ePub

Perk #45

Home Alone

While I thoroughly enjoyed my Florida vacation, for me there’s no place like home. I love solitude. However, a hectic work schedule combined with three children left very little “alone time” for me. Most nights I would drop into bed shortly after tucking Ben in for the night and fall asleep mid–“Hail Mary.” Following my diagnosis, however, I had more time to myself than ever before in my life. And I was lovin’ it!

Once the kids left for school, I had six glorious hours to myself every weekday. Sometimes I preplanned my day, as I had to be sure to include the boring stuff, like doctor’s appointments, picking up prescriptions, and paying bills. Many days, however, I would awaken to a blank slate, which I could fill in any way I wanted. Here are some of my favorites:

• go for a walk

• do a meditation

• cook a pot of healthy soup

• sit in my sunroom with a cuppa and bird-watch

• read

• garden (in season)

• catch up on e-mails to my friends

As I continue to pursue these stress-relieving activities, I know that I am creating an environment that is most conducive to my continued health.

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6. Carnosine for Overall Good Health

Moneysmith, Marie Basic Health Publications ePub

CHAPTER 6

CARNOSINE FOR OVERALL GOOD HEALTH

With nearly 1,000 studies on carnosine, it should not be surprising to learn that it benefits a wide range of functions in the body. Although it has been widely used by athletes and bodybuilders because of its outstanding ability to prevent muscle fatigue, and therefore make workouts more effective, carnosine is creating a stir among advocates of anti-aging medicine, too. In part, this is due to its antioxidant effects, as well as to carnosine’s ability to prevent protein-damaging glycation, two processes involved in aging.

You don’t have to be a bodybuilder, a senior citizen, or even middle-aged, to benefit from carnosine, though. Although they tend to be more common among the elderly, heart disease, cancer, ulcers, and inflammation can affect the young and old alike. In all these cases, carnosine has been shown to be effective. Let’s take a closer look at some of the science behind these claims.

Our Most Common Concern: Cardiovascular Disease

The human cardiovascular system consists of the heart, which is essentially two pumps, and a series of blood vessels of varying sizes. We have about 60,000 miles of blood vessels in our bodies, including the arteries, veins, and capillaries. Oxygen-rich blood moves away from the heart through the arteries, delivers oxygen to cells throughout the body, and then returns to the heart via the veins. A normal, healthy human heart beats an astonishing 100,000 times each day, circulating the 6.5 pints of blood in the human body.

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PERK #97: The Opportunity to Help Other People

Strang BA BEd MEd, Florence Basic Health Publications ePub

Perk #97

The Opportunity to Help Other People

Sometimes in conversation, I will casually mention something about my psychic, and it generally results in a few raised eyebrows. To me, my annual psychic reading is as normal as my annual dental checkup. I don’t think it is weird at all. In fact, I have been going to psychics on a regular basis for fifteen years, not just to get a sneak peek into my future (although that has been very helpful at times), but more important, to help guide me on my life path.

For the past four years, I have been going to Kelliena (www.kelliena.com). The last time I spoke to her in person was in Halifax in July 2011, three months after I had been diagnosed with breast cancer. At that point, my treatments had not yet started, and I was unsure of my prognosis for survival.

When Kelliena started the session by asking if I had any questions, I frantically said, “Do you see any sickness or death around me?!”

She gazed over my shoulder and then looked back to me and said, “No, they are rejoicing!” (By “they” she meant my angels and spirit guides, of course.)

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5. Building Good Soil

Hunter, Beatrice Trum Basic Health Publications ePub

BUILDING GOOD SOIL

How can one improve soil? Where can one find adequate organic materials to put into the compost pile or to use as mulch?

There is no longer a plentiful supply of barnyard manure. However, there is an ample supply of organic materials from other sources. Available substances suit the needs of small-scale home gardens, as well as large-scale farming operations.

Some materials are available within communities, free for the hauling, or at nominal costs. Others are available through commercial channels. Additional materials may become available as communities are forced to turn attention to recycling, as one means of lessening pollution of the air, water, and soil.

Fallen leaves provide rich nutrients for soil. Some municipalities distribute leaves gratis to gardeners for use in compost piles. The municipalities may even shred the leaves and deliver them directly to individual homes. Some communities forbid the burning of leaves in order to prevent air pollution. Among the irritants in burning leaves are poison ivy and pesticide residues. In one city, a public notice prohibiting the burning of leaves and garbage refuse ended with the suggestion that “the valuable materials be used for composting to provide soil nutrients for the next growing season.”

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7. Sport-Specific Nutrition Tips

Ivy Ph.D., John Basic Health Publications ePub

F O R   B A S K E T B A L L   P L A Y E R S

Key challenge: Most basketball games are decided in the last few minutes, when fatigue is a factor. Anything players can do to increase their energy level in those crucial last minutes could turn a loss into a win.

Basketball players tend to sweat very heavily during gamesup to 2 quarts per hour. Most players dont drink enough to offset these losses. But its not that hard to do, if players are actively encouraged by their coaches to drink at every opportunity (timeouts, substitutions, and halftime).

Carbohydrate replenishment is just as important. The working muscles and the nervous system burn carbohydrate rapidly during games. As muscle glycogen and blood glucose levels drop, players lose speed, power, coordination, and concentration. When this happens, shooting percentage drops and players get lazy on defense.

Fatigue is also a contributing factor in many of the injuries that occur on the basketball court. As players run low on energy, their form deteriorates, their reaction time slows, and they lose stability in certain joints. This leaves them much more susceptible to injury than they are when theyre fresh.

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