Healthy for Life

It’s time to get moving, smile, and speak from your heart



Good day to everyone! As life continues down or up its various roads, I hope that you may find happiness in heart wherever or however you may be. It is a very important time to pray for others and yourself, also especially for our future leaders during this election time. You may want to learn and keep the focus on local politicians, Congressmen and women, since they are the ones in our backyards. Hopefully, we are learning from past mistakes and facing the truth to move forward which can be a courageous change to smile about. The world looks brighter behind the genuine smile. Consider this quote from an unknown author “A smile is like tight underwear: it makes your cheeks go up.”

After all is said and done, it can be a rewarding experience and your neighbors may appreciate it. Make sure to dress accordingly and have a good rake and gloves. Wear a mask if the outdoors stir up any sinus issues. While raking, be aware of your posture and your core. You may want to take breaks when needed.



In addition, be sure to have water on hand and nutritious snacks for energy and endurance. Eat soups or hot cereals; drink hot lemon water or teas to help keep you warm. To help ease those limbs from aching afterward, try light stretching, a sauna or a warm bath with Epsom salts. Also my love goes out to those who help with the raking. Thank you!

Be good to your mouth

• Besides what you eat, what you say can also
reflect the health of your mouth. Try to keep
things in a positive perspective. Lighten up
on the sugars you eat and say or think sweet
things instead.
• Try to smile and laugh more. It can lighten up
your soul.
• Bless your meals while cooling and before
you eat. It can create a positive environment for
• Brush your teeth, gums and tongue. Floss

after brushing. If neither brushing nor flossing is
available, rinse your mouth out with water.
• To whiten teeth, try 1/2 tsp. of vinegar and
1/2 tsp. baking soda and a pinch of table salt
on your toothbrush once a week at the most.
Sage leaves, dried rind of an orange and tulsi.
Crushed walnuts have also been known to help
whiten teeth.
• Carrots, apples, garlic, onions, guava, cucumbers and green fibrous vegetables, as well
as balanced meals, are good nutrition for the
• Swishing oil in your mouth is another method
to use for a healthy mouth. Extra-virgin coconut
oil, known for its many medicinal properties, is
typically used, but there are other good quality
oils that may be used as well. The swishing of
oil in the mouth can release toxins. The salvia
gets enzymes going, which helps to kill fungus,
bacteria, yeast and viruses. Before breakfast,
take 1 tbsp. of oil. Try to move the oil around in
your mouth and teeth with your tongue for at

least 10 minutes, then spit it out.
• For a toothache, try chewing a clove of garlic
every morning. Or apply garlic with a little rock
salt on the affected area. Chew on a raw onion
for three minutes or put a piece on the tooth
or gum that’s bothering you. Cloves, clove oil,
lime, wheatgrass, or a paste with bayberry bark
and vinegar are other choices to try. Rinsing
with nonaluminum baking soda and hydrogen
peroxide may help too.
Sources: home-remedies-for-you,,

Circulation tips and exercises

• Massage your body with a dry body brush
(found in health and drug stores). Begin by
moving the brush is a light circular movement
beginning with your feet working up to your
chest. Follow up with a bath or sauna.
• Bathe with Epsom salts or apple cider vinegar
(no longer than 10 minutes). Start with a small
amount to find out what works best for you.

• Perform exercises or poses with your feet in the air, such as in headstands, shoulder stands, half stands, bicycle in the shoulder stand or on your back. Inversion tables are wonderful for aligning your spine and for getting the blood flowing to the head.

Try this simple exercise

Lying flat on the floor on a mat, bring your buttocks about a foot away from a wall and then straighten your legs with heels on the wall. Begin deep abdominal breathing, relaxing the rest of your body and arms lying flat with your palms facing toward the ceiling. Hold this position for about one minute. It can be done on your bed if you have wall space nearby to put your legs and feet up. Happy circulating!

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.

One response to “Healthy for Life”

  1. Wendy Chupurdia says:

    Hi Julie,

    I just want to say that I really enjoy reading your column. I have been trying to learn more about leading a healthy all natural lifestyle. Here on the Range, it is hard to find a naturopath physician or someone to provide guidance. I am an LPN by trade, so I know the importance of physical & mental health. I am wondering if you do any community classes or teaching to people in our area? I would be very interested in attending if you do. Please let me know, or if you have other suggestions, that would be greatly appreciated. Thank you…………..Wendy

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