It seems like everyone around me is either sick, getting sick, or recovering from being sick. Short of staying home and being a hermit, how do you prevent catching cold or flu? In this video, I’ll go over my Cold & Flu Prevention Kit. I use these items to help strengthen my immune system and it works great! I take these with me every where I go, and they are airplane friendly as well.
Prevent Catching Cold & Flu Video
1- Olive Extract
Olive extract is a powerful supplement that’s fantastic for enhancing the immune system. The olive plant is a rich source of such beneficial plant compounds as tocopherols, flavonoids, anthocyanins, sterols and polyphenols. Research shows olive leaves have enhanced the functioning of the immune system and help fight viral infections, especially when fever is present. Because of polyphenols in olive leaves, it has also been shown to have antimicrobial effects against a variety of viruses, bacteria, yeasts and fungi. You can take Olive Extract with water, but I prefer to just take it straight. Although it is certainly not tasty (think of a combination of Everclear Liquor and Olive), it has proven time and time again to keep me from being sick, even when I am stuck in with a plane full of coughing people. Make sure to take it before you get sick or if you feel like you are about to catch something.
Propolis is shown to boost immune functions and has antimicrobial properties. Propolis comes from the resin of trees. It is made by bees and they gather the resin from trees, then transforming it into a very sticky and antimicrobial mixture they use as glue for their hive. Propolis works in two ways. First, it suppresses harmful infection and bacteria. Second, it stimulates the immune system and increases your body’s nature resistance. Take it with water or you can do what I do: Take is straight. Again, not the tastiest (think honey scented Everclear) but it works like a charm!
3- Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil, also called Melaleuca, has antiseptic properties and is known to fight germs. It comes form a tree native to Australia. It has been used to treat skin infections, minor burns, athlete’s foot, insect bites, acne, eczema, colds, flu and more. Tea tree oil is used topically and should never be taken internally. For colds and other respiratory problems, add the oil into a vaporizer and inhale the mist. I like to get the tea tree oil in a roller bottle and put it under my nose to help me breath. It’s great if you are congested. It also helps you relax. Because tea tree oil has so many other uses, it is quite versatile. I use it if I am breaking out and it helps clear my complexion. You can also add a few drops of the oil to bath water too.
4- Green Tea
Green tea is an amazing source of antioxidants as well as polyphenols, boosting your immune system. Polyphenols in tea has been linked to killing the flu virus. I’ve been drinking plain green tea for as long as I can remember (thanks Mom!). I am a bit partial to green tea and oolong tea. Oolong tea has also been know to reduce the risk of health conditions such as heart disease, inflammatory disorders, and high cholesterol levels, while being high in antioxidants. Don’t add milk though, because milk proteins bind to the polyphenols and make them ineffective. If you need to sweeten it, try adding a touch of honey or Stevia.
Sleep is an essential part of being healthy and having a healthy immune system. When you are sleeping, you give your body a chance to repair itself. In studies, scientist found that sleep plays a critical role in healthy immune function, metabolism, memory, as well as learning. Not getting enough sleep can lead to reduced immune function and even increased cancer risk. How much sleep do you need? For most people, it is any where from 6-9 hours. Try waking up naturally without an alarm clock and see how many hours you slept for. This will give you a good idea of how much sleep you need. If you are having trouble falling asleep, try cutting back your caffeine intake by early afternoon and see how you feel.
6- 1 Hour Break
Kava, which is the primary ingredient in 1 Hour Break, is a plant native to the South Pacific which helps you relax. Sometimes when I am trying to get some sleep but my mind is racing, I take this supplement and it helps me relax. Unlike melatonin which makes you drowsy, this will relax you, but you can take it during the day as well. The effects last about an hour and it helps calm anxiety, relief stress, and helps with insomnia. I keep a bottle of it when I am traveling and it helps me sleep better. . The root is used for medicine. Kava is used to calm anxiety, stress, and restlessness, and treat sleep problems (insomnia). I’ve tried the Cinnamon flavor (taste like Big Red), Mint, Honey (a bit too herb-y for me) as well as the Original (It reminds me of my mom’s Asian Herbal Medicine). My personal favorites are Cinnamon and Mint. =)
If you are sick, try your best to not cough. Once you start coughing, you irritate the delicate lining of your esophagus, which causes you to cough even more and leading to a sore throat. At night, you can try to gargle with warm salty water, which can draw excess fluid from inflamed tissues in the throat, making them hurt less. During the day, I turn to cough drops. I like Ricola because they are natural and made with herbs. They also use orgainc farming practices and no chemical pesticides.
To help prevent picking up germs and virus, wash your hands for 30 seconds. You have to wash wash your hands for about 30 seconds with soap in order to kill the bacteria and virus. One trick I learned when I was in the medical field was to sing the “Birthday Song”. It’s about 30 seconds long. Just don’t sing it out loud or people will look at you funny…
9- Cover Your Cough
Lastly, if you are sick, make sure you cover your cough it doesn’t spread. Try coughing into the crook of your elbow instead of your hands. When you cough on your hands, you’re spreading germs when you touch other things. Yes, it looks a little funny, but it works.
And of course, eating healthy foods and maintaining an active lifestyle also helps boost a healthy immune system. I’d love to hear your favorite cough and cold remedies. Feel free to leave comments! =)
Ever get tired of just going to the gym? I know I sure do. One of my favorite ways keep myself active and mix things up is to take classes. I recently started taking Krav Maga and I love how it mixes fitness in with self defense. What is Krav Maga? Krav Maga is Israeli Martial Arts, used in the Israeli Military and now taught in the United States Military and law enforcement unit. Martial Arts usually takes many years to master. With Krav Maga, it is designed for real life scenarios and teaches you how to protect yourself in a short time. In this video, my good friend and Krav Maga Coach Mark Dong, from Krav Fit Now, explains what Krav Maga is, and goes over some self defense moves.
Hi Healthy Living Junkies! This is Annie and Andrea and we have a delicious healthy blueberry smoothie recipe for you. It’s our favorite blueberry smoothie recipe because not only does it taste amazing, it is incredibly good for you too! Blueberries are high in antioxidants, which is has all kinds of health benefits including cancer fighting properties, is heart healthy, and well as improves your complexion. Beauty in a cup? Sign us up! Flax seed is a healthy fat and aids in digestions, and the protein powder feeds your muscles. Bananas are a healthy carb and is also high in fiber and nutrients. Coconut milk is a great substitute for cow’s milk, is easier to digest and is also lactose free and has a rich creamy taste.
Healthy Blueberry Smoothie
Ingredients – 2 servings – Just half the recipe for one =)
1 cup of blueberries (frozen or fresh, we used frozen)
1 cup of coconut milk
1 scoop of protein powder (vanilla or unflavored)
2 teaspoons of flax seed (grounded)
Stevia (to taste)
Take all the ingredients and put it into a blender. Blend for 10-15 seconds. Pour in a cup and enjoy! =) Try out our Blueberry smoothie and tell us what you think! Better yet, show us your pictures!
Hi Healthy Living Junkies! This is Annie and Andrea, and we have a great upper body workout that will tone up your arms! It is short, sweet and will get your arms on fire! It is inspired by the Catching Fire Movie with Jennifer Lawrence. It’s perfect as we gear up for warmer seasons, with tank tops and spaghetti straps around the corner. This workout is designed to tighten and tone your arms so you are summer ready!
Catching Fire ❤ Tone Your Arms Workout
30 seconds/ 10 second rest – 3 rounds
Bicep Curl w/ Toe Tap
Concentration Squat Curls (one on each side)
How’s the arm workout? Are your arms on fire yet? Tell us in the comment section! =)
Every once in a while, even a fitness girl needs lose the workout clothes and dress up. The best way to dress up the eyes is with a coat of mascara. As we all know, finding the right mascara that doesn’t run or smear can be a challenge. Here is a video on my all time favorite mascara. The winner of the Best Mascara Review may surprise you. If eyes are the window to the soul, then mascara are the curtains… or something like that.
Maybelline Great Lashes: $5 from the drug store. It is just like department store brands, but at a fraction of the price.
Maybelline Great Lashes Waterproof: Great product but hard to build volume. I have a trick to build volume in the video.
Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara (green tube): Didn’t really like this product b/c it dried out too fast.
Almay Get Up & Grow (white tube): I liked the consistency, but didn’t really see a big difference in my eyelash length.
Did you know you can improve your skin by eating the right kinds of food? The right kind of foods will improve your skin tone, even out your complexion, as well as makes your hair and nails grow. Oh, and it also keeps you lean and toned. Find out more in this video. =)
Want to know the secret to weight loss success? It has nothing to do with what you eat or how you exercise; It has to do with how you think. Your mind is a very powerful tool. Believing you can lose the weight and having a positive attitude makes a HUGE difference on whether you are successful or not. Of course, eating the right types of foods and exercising is important to your success. But in order to stay on track, mental commitment and a positive attitude is key.
Many people will decide to get in shape and go with a very rigid diet program and exercise regime. The problem is, because these diets and exercise programs are so hard to stay on, you will always end up giving in to temptation. What happens to your mind after eating that cookie or do nut? Unfortunately for most people, you get so upset that it is common to just give up and eat the whole box, since the “diet’ is now ruined.
“You can go as far as you want to.”
The key to getting in shape is to understand that life happens. Lose weight and staying in shape is a marathon, not a sprint. If you have a bad eating day, or skip a workout, this does not make you a failure, or ruins your goal. The key is to have the mental strength to love yourself no matter what, and honor the commitment to take better care of your body and your health. Train your mind to stay positive and believe you will succeed and you will. Thanks for reading and make it a great year!