Healthy Living – The Best Tips For Getting Through A Cold

No one likes being ill. But yet every year, there is a good chance you will catch at least one cold or flu bug. Double this if you have children. When you are down and out with a cold, what do you find happens to your diet and fitness plan? Do you abandon ship, telling yourself you will start-up again once you are feeling better? If that is the case, you may want to rethink your strategy to some degree. While you obviously are not going to hit the gym and crash through some personal best records, this does not mean you have to become a junk-food eating sloth on the couch either. Here are some healthy ideas to keep in mind…

1. Drink Plenty Of Water. First, this tip will work double time because not only will it help you stay healthy, but it may just help you get past your cold as well. You should aim to drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water even while sick. If you are struggling to get your water intake in, note you can also make your fluid intake from broth-based soups, or teas. Some people find chicken soup, for instance, is the perfect fluid to take in while they are unwell.

2. Get Up And Walk – If It’s Shoulders And Above. The golden rule for activity while ill is if it is above your shoulders, you are free to do any activity you choose. If it is below your shoulders, however, then you will want to rest up for the time being.

Head colds will not preclude you from participating in light to moderate intensity activity. You probably do not want to do anything super intense because that will place a strain on your CNS and in turn, make it harder to recover, but do get up and get moving. The increase in blood circulation can be good for delivering nutrients to all your bodily tissues and this can also help to increase your energy level at a time you may otherwise be feeling sluggish.

3. Eat Sufficient Protein. It is normal to experience some changes in your appetite while you are not feeling so well. What you always want to make sure you are doing is eating sufficient lean protein. You want to get those amino acids in as this is what will help to preserve your lean muscle mass tissue and prevent the loss of muscle while ill.

If you are only unwell for a day or two it probably will not matter too much. But if you are ill for a week or longer and are not eating enough protein, this could start to impact you. Focus on lean sources of quality protein such as…

chicken,
steak,
eggs, and
fish.
There you have a few good health tips to keep in mind to use during cold and flu season. Even if you do get sick, do your best to make the most of it by giving your body what it requires to get you through a quick recovery.
Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.

Discover “the Holistic Alternative” For Fast, Effective & Natural Relief

Naturopathic or Holistic Wellness is thoroughly grounded upon the complete wellbeing of the entire person, mind, body and spirit. Unlike Traditional Medicine, Holistic Wellness follows and integrates both ancient (time-tested) common health and healing wisdom with the recent discoveries in modern biology, genetics and quantum physics. This is accomplished by bring out bodies into a state of balance and wholeness using mind (positive psychology), body (food, drink and herbs) and spirit (beliefs, creativity and connection). This began with the “fathers” of modern medicine, which are Hippocrates and Paracelsus.

Hippocrates in the 4th century B.C.E. who practiced holistic wellness by discovering the source of any imbalances in a person and then gently influencing them back their natural state of homeostasis (wholeness or holistic state) using both positive psychology, as we call it today, and natural holistic herbal remedies.

Later Paracelsus in 15th century C.E., originator of modern chemistry, viewed the universe and everything in it as one coherent whole. He taught the necessity of human beings (microcosm) being in harmony with their environment (macrocosm) and that all of life is pervaded by a life giving spirit. He also recommended natural foods, herbs and mental states that were conducive to healing and bring back the harmony between the person and their environment.

Modern biology has demonstrated that although we are influenced by our genetic traits and familial tendencies, we can consciously choose to override our “genetic programming” to arrive at the state that we truly desire to be in. In fact, modern genetic research has clearly shown that our environment, and more importantly, what we believe about our environment controls what genes unlock or express themselves in our experience. This is called gene transcription, and it can be largely be controlled by clearing unquestioned inherited beliefs, or those that are no longer serving our best interests. The ancient physicians somehow knew about this at an intuitive level, as they did not have the technology as we know it to actually peer into our cellular biology.

Modern science also shows that our hearts, as well as our entire body has inherent intelligence “a non-local brain” that gives off energetic waves that can be measured with electronic equipment. This is called the “Wisdom of our Body.” Ancient cultures knew this and sought to provide our bodies with a balanced approach to wellness. Kirlian photography has been around for over 100 years now, and clearly shows that all living life forms have an energetic field surrounding that envelops the life form in its entirety. This energy field even shows the complete blueprint of the body or life form (plant, leaf, animal, etc.) even if a part of the physical body or plant leaf is cut completely off and thrown away! Acupuncture meridians have also been recently scientifically verified (thanks to NASA equipment) to exist exactly as the Traditional Chinese and Indian Ayurvedic physicians have stated MILLENIA ago!

Hippocrates is called the “Father of Medicine,” and all modern physicians take the oath to “Do no harm.” He taught the holistic model of medicine, and even used astrology to see beyond the physical to the actual source of the imbalance, and educate the client of potential challenging energies that may affect the patient’s future health. His foundation was based upon nature (sunlight, exercise, and wholesome foods) as well as fresh air and clean water. Paracelsus also used metaphysics and alchemy in his successful healing practice. These foundation of holistic wellness are still very relevant today (as can be seen by few people truly experiencing complete healing of anything), but no longer being followed by the majority of Allopathic (Modern) medicine’s physicians. They do take the Hippocratic Oath to first do no harm; unfortunately much harm is done, although usually unintentionally, I sincerely hope. Paracelsus, the great physician, was also a metaphysician like Hippocrates and Galen before him. Naturopathic (pertaining to nature) and Holistic (pertaining to wholeness and balance) medicine should be the cornerstone of any intelligent physician’s practice as it is, and has always been, the beginning or origin of optimum health and wellness.

Naturopathic and Holistic medical physicians and practitioners seek to find the source of imbalance in the whole person and recommend changes that bring the person back to a state of optimum health, on all levels. That is they treat the person, not the illness. This is a very important distinction as we will show you as we go along in this website. This is accomplished first through a state of being (we are human Beings, not human Doings) finding the source of dis-ease (the absence of a state of ease, our natural state) and coming into alignment with our body’s wisdom.

As Albert Einstein stated, we must solve the dis-ease or disturbance (problem) at a higher level than its manifestation. Modern medicine keeps focused on treating the “effect” and rarely ever arrives at the “cause” of the effect. If you treat the illness but not the cause – your condition will surely return. That’s why most cancers return because we keep killing the effect but not even touching the cause. The spiritual, mental, emotional and environmental levels must be been brought back to wellness and balance first. That’s exactly why we are here. So, join us on a journey that will bring health and happiness back into your own control, you can do it, and we can help! Your journey starts now.

James is a lifelong student and advocate of holistic health, fitness, nutrition and spirituality and fully embraces the unity of all life. He specializes in teaching others how they can attain a state of optimum wellness and happiness in their life by living in harmony with their own inner wisdom. This naturally leads to more “lucky moments” as you actively find yourself in the flow of things, particularly those that you desire to achieve. The key I’ve personally discovered is this: The Better You Feel – The More You Attract the Types of Experiences you Desire in Your Life. This begins with Optimum Wellness, and James can help you plot the course you choose and learn to “smell” and “reap” the roses (whatever kind they may be) along your path. You can check out is new Homeopathic Medicine website here.

4 Actions Home Health Leaders Should Take

When you become the owner, manager or administrator of a home health agency people look up to you for leadership, to clarify, and guide them in the right direction, even if they don’t ask for it they do want it. When I was thrust into a leadership position a few years back, I kept looking for someone who could guide me and show me “the ropes.” I started reading as many leadership books that I could get my hands on. However, what helped me the most was watching leaders and mentors such as Oprah, Tony Robbins, Les Brown, and a bunch of unknown leaders in various professions in action. YouTube is great for having easy access to top leaders in the world.

I found that it was hard to find a person in a leadership position who would take the time to show me the ropes. Huh! I had to learn the hard way through many trials and errors. I finally understood that in some industries there is no emphasis on the concept of mentoring and coaching the” newbies”. You are on your own, especially if you need help in the home health industry.

So many home health agencies are in need of having an experienced director of clinical services on board, that they are now hiring nurses with no experience in home health that can jeopardize the success of the agency. Having the right person and processes in place is crucial to meet the state and federal requirements. Thus, having someone with great leadership skills, experience and knowledge is becoming ever more important in the home health industry.

What about Homecare (Personal care) Agencies?

While homecare agencies are not required to have a Director of Clinical Services, the Manager still need have specific qualifications required by the state regulations.

As a first-time Administrator, Manager, Owner, or Director of Clinical Services, here are a few strategies that any leader can use to be successful.

1. Be a first-class Listener

To be a good listener you must be present. This means to be physically or mentally focused on what is being said and not being distracted by everything that is happening around you. Being a good listener will make you more appreciative of what the other person has to say. You will be more effective in problem solving. Listening to your staff may take a lot of practice, consistency, and effort on your behalf, especially if you don’t agree with what that person has to say. We must remind ourselves of the benefits to listening more than talking. We must not judge the employee who is speaking, and look at the situation from their point of view.

2. Be a Better Communicator

Being a leader who can successfully communicate will be key to your success. Great communication skills should be a required for all agency owners, managers, or administrators. This is one skill that will vastly improve over time with practice.

3. Have a Vision For Your Agency

A great leader should have a clear and exciting vision for the future of their agency. This vision should be clear to everyone working for your agency, your clients, and business associates. What are your goals for the agency? Share those goals with people who matter and can help your goals manifest.

4. Find a Great Leader to Emulate

As I mentioned before, when I first started out on my journey as a leader, I was looking for someone who would serve as a role model and good leader. Of course, there wasn’t anyone in the home health or healthcare industry for me to emulate. Who do you know that is a successful leader as a home health administrator, owner, or manager? Good question huh! Since our choices are very limited, we have to emulate people from other industries to guide us to success and prosperity.

A leader that can demonstrate their commitment to being persistent, honest, take risks, and discover ways to develop creative solutions will be successful in growing a very profitable business.

Being a great leader will not happen overnight but by simply doing these 4 things you can start to learn a lot about yourself and what good leaders do to be successful. You’ll find what works well for you and what else you need to learn to continue your growth as a great leader. If you enjoyed reading about leadership, then let me encourage you to check out the different online leadership programs on this site.