Healthy for Life

Make productive choices with your time and health



Hello, everyone. As we continue to move along and venture out of our comfort zones, it is still important to keep your guard up and be aware of your environment and choices that you make. We are all different and have different needs.

If you are feeling cooler, your body may be craving foods, especially high fat foods, to fight off the declining temperatures. You may want to be aware of putting healthy fats in your diet such as unsaturated fats and omega-3s. Try to keep away from the artificial trans fats and saturated fats.

Your mind could also be thinking of hibernation and rest or different activities to suit your needs at this time. Switching gears can give your body what it needs, but too much fat and inactivity may keep your muscles stiff and the mind lethargic. Being consciously aware of yourself and the choices that you make may help ease any transitions. So, keep your armor on and stay strong.

You and your children’s immune system



The germs are ready to go with the cooler weather, sinus and allergy issues, and kids back in school. So, I have listed a few interesting facts you may want to consider when taking care of the immune system this season.

The type of childbirth an individual had may play a vital part in how strong your immune system is. A normal childbirth (through the vaginal canal) is, in most cases, necessary to prime our immune system. Having a cesarean section can delay the development for our immune system. Also, if you were breastfed, breast milk contains a substance called colostrum, which is produced during the first three days after childbirth. Colostrum is loaded with antibodies.

Hydration is very important to maintain our bodily functions and to get rid of toxins. Monitor your children to make sure they are getting about six glasses of water, adults at least eight glasses. That does not include, pop, juice and milk. Sugar is a major source for lowering our immune system. We all like our sugar, but really cut it down!

Sleep is a huge necessity to be able to function normally. Children and adults require eight to nine hours of sleep to feel rested. Sugar and caffeine can interfere with your sleep as well. Not getting enough sleep can definitely weaken one’s immune system.

Getting children outdoors to play at an early age will help get their bodies used to the outside elements, which can help boost immunity. It can also get them stronger physically. Adults, too, need to go outdoors, get active and get some fresh air.

Mental depression can result from a suppressed immune system response. Focus on ways to keep a positive frame of mind is crucial. Moderate exercising, mindful eating, laughing, sunshine, fresh air and prayer are necessary in maintaining and building up your immune system.

If you feel you or your child isn’t getting the necessary food requirements, a good multiple vitamin may be important at this time. You may think you’re already getting the necessary vitamins, but you need to consider that you may be eating a lot of processed foods. To make sure you are getting the nutrients required to maintain a good immune system, check with your family practitioner. (Source: parent’s journey. blogspot.childrens immune system)

Minnesota eats in September

The month of September brings fresh foods on the horizon. Broccolis are usually good, cabbage, cauliflower, chard, grapes, Brussel sprouts and various greens such as green beans. Eat and be happy!

What is your daily minute ratio?

There are 1,440 minutes in a day. Hopefully, you are spending about 480 minutes of the day sleeping. An average of 480 minutes (8 hours) is spent working (homemaker included) or going to school.

An average of 180 minutes is usually spent eating and cooking… seriously, folks. And at least 30 minutes of physical activity with varying intensity levels should be spent daily. That’s all, folks!

If you are sleeping and eating well, working or going to school full time, this leaves about you about 270 minutes. In other words, it leaves you with more minutes to try and get things accomplished … minutes left for reading or studying, meditating or praying, physical activity or leisure time and hobbies. Minutes left for extra projects or chores that have escaped you. Minutes left to reorganize your life.

It is your personal time account; you may want to spend it wisely one minute at a time.

Julie is a Healthy for Life advocate. If you have any questions or would like to share your inspirations or information, contact her at or write to her at Hometown Focus, 401 6th Ave. N. Virginia, MN 55792.

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