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ACHOO! Dealing With Allergies

Saturday, October 15, 2011

I have allergies that affect me both Spring and Fall, but Fall is definitely the worst!!!

Seasonal allergies affect 35.9 million Americans. Although it is impossible to avoid allergy triggers altogether, there are ways to help minimize issues.

* Do a thorough Spring and Fall cleaning. Wipe windows, bookshelves, and air conditioning vents and heat vents that collected dust and mold.

* Know your local pollen count. (National Allergy Bureau Website: www.aaaai.org/nab)

* If possible, use air conditioning instead of opening windows.

* When traveling in a car, keep windows up and the air conditioning on.

* Stay indoors on hot, dry, and windy days when allergens get stirred up.

* Don't hang your laundry out to dry. Allergens can collect on it.

* When mowing the lawn or raking leaves, wear a filter mask.

* Wash bedding weekly in hot water.

* Shower and wash your hair every night.

* Remove visible mold using non-toxic cleaning products such as undiluted vinegar or lemon juice mixed with a pinch of salt.

* Pay attention to high mold spore counts after heavy rains or in the evening.

Source: American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MS.ELENI 10/16/2011 11:35AM

    I am one of the lucky ones as I have never had this problem.

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INFLATED 10/15/2011 11:06PM

    Ragweed is supposed to be bad this year.

This year was supposed to be a bad year for allergies.

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ECONLADY 10/15/2011 7:57PM

    What has helped me is I don't vacuum, dust or mop. Made a huge difference. Also, nasal rinses help. Good luck!

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FLAME42 10/15/2011 7:12PM

    Hope you will find some relief from those awful allergies. They can spoil so many fun times.
Bless you, with your sneeze.

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NEW-CAZ 10/15/2011 5:16PM

    great advice Patti emoticon
I hope you get through this autumn allergy free emoticon

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ECONLADY 10/15/2011 4:32PM

    I use to have alot of trouble with allergies and then I found that if I didn't dust, mop or vacuum I did dramatically better. Also, nasal rinses are a great help. Good luck!

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A Little Lightness.......

Friday, October 14, 2011

There's a lot of truth here, besides, some may make you smile.......maybe even laugh...

Remember.....Once you get over the hill, you'll begin to pick up speed.

If it weren't for STRESS.....I'd have no energy at all.

Whatever hits the fan.....will not be evenly distributed.

Everyone has a photographic memory. Some, like me, just don't have any film.

I always know.....God won't give me more than I can handle. There are times I just wish He didn't trust me quite so much.

Dogs have Owners.....Cats have Staff.

Never be too open-minded, your brains may fall out.

Middle age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist change places.

Opportunities always look bigger going than coming.

Junk is something you've kept for years and throw away three weeks before you need it.

By the time you can make ends meet, they move the ends.

Learn from the mistakes of others. Trust me.....You can't live long enough to make them all yourself. I've tried!!!

Have a great weekend!!!

  
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BENDER7 10/21/2011 8:01AM

    Cute!

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FLAME42 10/15/2011 6:50PM

    Always nice to share a smile/laugh with friends.

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MS.ELENI 10/15/2011 9:21AM

    Dogs have Owners.....Cats have Staff. So true emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 10/15/2011 3:16AM

    emoticon thanks for sharing

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INFLATED 10/14/2011 9:50PM

    By the time you can make ends meet, they move the ends.

Yep!

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ECONLADY 10/14/2011 9:41PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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TWEETYKC00 10/14/2011 9:23PM

    You said it! Those are great!

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Retirement Secrets

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The secret to a healthy retirement may be linked to continuing work---at least part time---if you can.

In a study of men and women ages 51 through 61, those who described themselves as "officially retired" but continued to work part time or at temporary jobs were less likely to be diagnosed with heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other serious conditions. They also showed less mental decline and found it easier to perform activities of everyday living.

If working doesn't appeal to you maybe volunteering would. It's worth a try.

Source: Journal of Occupational Heath Psychology, Vol. 14, pg. 374.

  
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MS.ELENI 10/14/2011 11:39AM

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1CRAZYDOG 10/13/2011 9:52PM

    Good information! DH isn't retiring till he's 90 anyway, so hopefully the part time job market will be a little easier!! I cannot imagine him staying home . . . at all. Just has to be busy.

Me . . . I can find about a million things to do at home.

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INFLATED 10/13/2011 5:41PM

    I'm a firm believer in "What you don't use, you lose." I tend to be lazy. When I worked, I did my chores so they wouldn't have to be done when I had a day off. When you don't work, it is easy to put off things, sit and watch TV and eat more often.

The added bonus of continuing to work is a pay check.

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ECONLADY 10/13/2011 5:34PM

    Thank you for reinforcing what I have been thinking about lately. I am making plans to volunteer part time when I retire.

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FLAME42 10/13/2011 3:53PM

    Volunteers are such an important part of our society. Thanks for reminding everyone.

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Small Victories

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Looking for an effortless way to burn more calories? Simply turn off the TV.

One study of adults who regularly watched television three or more hours per day found that just by cutting that time in half they burned an average of 120 calories more per day. "That's the equivalent of more than a mile a day of walking," notes researcher Jennifer Otten. Most participants replaced television with light activities such as gardening, housework, or working on projects.

Source: Archives of Internal Medicine, Vol. 169, pg. 2109.

  
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ECONLADY 10/12/2011 8:50PM

    I do feel better when I watch less TV.

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FLAME42 10/12/2011 8:41PM

    I do find it helps to exercise while watching and especially during commericials. However, I know it would be better if I turned it off.
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INFLATED 10/12/2011 7:47PM

    I would do well to turn it and the computer off, lol. It is raining here today and all the work cleaning the pool on Saturday has been undone by leaves coming down today. The yard needs raked and it isn't our tree. God is saying to me, "Wondering what to do for exercise? I'll give you a project." Joking of course, but our yard will need to be raked. It is supposed to rain today through Friday, then be windy Saturday. I guess we will cover the pool with leaves in it because the water level is below the skimmer and I can't run the filter now.

My husband and son are notorious for starting something and leaving it unfinished. It was sparkling on Saturday. They rigged up a slow siphon with a garden hose to take the water level down. It has been running since Saturday and today is Wednesday. They could have pumped the water out till the level began to affect the pump, but they didn't want to stay there and watch it. The grill is also uncovered from grilling burgers on Saturday. I feel like I have to remember to check on everything and I can't keep doing that. They need to have some responsibility too.

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MS.ELENI 10/12/2011 2:24PM

    Can't turn my tv off.

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NEW-CAZ 10/12/2011 1:31PM

    TV gets switched on soaps and news only now Patti, WAY too active to be bothered with much else of the other rubbish that passes for entertainment anyway emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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THECRAZYMANGO 10/12/2011 1:24PM

    I rarely watch TV anymore.. I feel like I am too busy to be bothered by it, lol!

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Your Body Benefits From A Sound Nightly Rest

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Just about everyone notices the effects of sleep. When you sleep well, you feel refreshed and ready to start your day. If you sleep restlessly, you're often sluggish and unable to concentrate.

But did you know if you don't get enough sleep, it could also take a toll on your health? Most adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep per night. Inadequate sleep is linked to a number of health issues, such as obesity and increased risks for heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and cancer.

"Sleep, like exercise and nutrition, is essential for good health and general well being," said Dr. Phyllis Zee of the National Sleep Foundation.

The Benefits Of A Good Night's Sleep:
On the flip side, good sleeping habits may result in:

* Holding Type 2 diabetes at bay

* Better concentration and memory

* Keeping your heart healthy

If you have insomnia-----that is trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking early and being unable to get back to sleep-----talk to your health care provider.

7 Tips For A Restful Night

1. Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day.

2. Create a relaxing pattern before bedtime, such as a bath or reading a book.

3. Keep your bedroom dark, quiet, and comfortable.

4. Keep work materials, computers, and televisions out of your bedroom.

5. Try not to eat or drink for 2-3 hours before bedtime.

6. Finish physical activity a few hours before bedtime.

7. Avoid caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol close to bedtime.

Source: National Sleep Foundation. The preceding seven tips are intended for "typical" adults, not necessarily children or adults experiencing medical problems.

  
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NEW-CAZ 10/12/2011 3:05AM

    Great info Patti, fortunately I sleep well most of the time. But when I miss two good sleeps in a row I'm like a bear with a sore head and cannot focus emoticon

Hope you enjoyed E's visit

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INFLATED 10/11/2011 9:38PM

    I don't sleep well in the bed. I sleep better sitting up. I have to sleep on my side in the bed, flat on my back and the pain in my back will wake me up.

Sleep apnea affects a lot of people too.

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FLAME42 10/11/2011 8:22PM

    Excellent reminders! Hope you got a good rest before E came over!!!

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LINDABENEDICT 10/11/2011 7:17PM

    Ohhhhh...I know this topic well!!!!! Sleep has been a key for me in my weight loss journey !

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DK184132 10/11/2011 7:03PM

  I have arthritis in my knees and find I sleep better if I put a king size pillow underneath my knees so they are elevated.

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MS.ELENI 10/11/2011 6:26PM

    Getting enough sleep seems to be a common problem for women

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ECONLADY 10/11/2011 6:25PM

    Getting more sleep has always been a problem. I'm thrilled to get 6 hours of sleep on a work night.

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