5 Ways to Boost Your Immune System

5 Ways to Boost Your Immune System

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Imagine your immune system as your body’s defense mechanism. Typically, it does a remarkable job of protecting you against invadersーmicroorganisms that cause disease. However, at times, the immune system falls short, letting an invader in, resulting in illness.

To ensure your immune system is able to perform, it’s important you make choices that strengthen it – even before you’re sick. Here are 5 ways to boost your immunity, ensuring you can remain healthy (in all seasons!).

1. Get Enough Sleep

Studies have shown that sleep and the circadian system exert a strong regulatory force on immune functions. It’s not uncommon for work and the daily callings of life to get in the way of a good night’s. However, without proper rest, your body produces fewer cytokines, proteins that target infection and inflammation. During sleep, your body both produces and releases cytokines – so get your recommended seven to nine hours in order to achieve optimal health!   

2. Eat a Healthy Diet

It’s common knowledge that a well-balanced diet is important. Studies say that optimal nutrition for the best immunological outcomes would be nutrition which supports the functions of immune cells allowing them to initiate effective responses against pathogens. Immunity begins largely with what you eat. So, eat a diet rich in fresh fruits, veggies, grains, and lean proteins – and be liberal with anti-inflammatory foods like citrus, bell peppers, garlic, ginger, and turmeric

3. Minimize Stress 

 Stress induces the production of cortisol, which in small amounts can limit inflammation and boost immunity. However, prolonged exposure to cortisol causes further inflammation, as the body becomes accustomed to its presence in the blood. In addition, stress reduces the body’s lymphocytes, white blood cells that combat infection. Limiting stress is plays a major role in fighting illness. While it may seem impossible, there are a number of simple ways to reduce stress – such as yoga, meditation, and exercise.

4. Exercise Regulary

Not only does exercise decrease stress, but it also improves defense activity and metabolic health, which in turn, positively affects the immune system. While the recommended amount of exercise varies per person, a good starting point is 30 minutes of moderate exercise five times per week.

5. Stay Hydrated

 As Larry Kenney, Phd, a professor of physiology and kinesiology at Penn State puts it, “Hydration is important because the body is comprised mostly of water, and the proper balance between water and electrolytes in our bodies really determines how most of our system function, including nerves and muscles.”  Not sure how much water to consume? Given your age and weight, this hydration calculator shows how much water you should drink per day.  

Through healthy lifestyle choices, you can build your immunity over time. That being said, IV drips are an effective way to quickly give your system a boost. If you are not receiving an adequate amount of nutrients through diet and supplements, your immune system can suffer. Unlike oral nutrient intake, IV drips deliver vitamins and minerals directly to your bloodstream. With IV drips, nutrients bypass the digestive tract, meaning that you receive their effect almost instantly at a much higher absorption rate. Plus, as mentioned earlier, your body needs fluids – especially when trying to fight off illness. IV drips deliver the hydration your cells require to function at their peak. 

There is no denying that a properly functioning immune system begins with simple healthy lifestyle choices. IV drips can act as an auxiliary measure in boosting immunity. Whether you need some added support or want to take precautionary steps in fighting illness, IV drips can be a great option for enhancing immune health.

With ivee, getting an IV drip has never been easier. Just download the app and choose your treatment. Enter your location, and a nurse will be on their way. In no time, your immune system will be on the fast track to functioning at its best. 

This article was originally published at iveeapp.com.

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Congress Picks Up the Bill

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Congress passes relief bill 

By now, you’ve heard about the coronavirus (COVID-19) that is spreading across the globe. As of March 18, 2020, all 50 states are reporting cases of the virus. The total count in the US has reached 5,881 confirmed cases and 107 deaths (source NYTimes). 

With city-wide shutdowns, people are spending and earning less, businesses are suffering and it looks like we’re headed towards an economic recession. 

Congress just passed the Coronavirus Relief Bill to support citizens and the economy with overwhelming bipartisan support on March 18, 2020. President Trump signed it that night.

What’s included in the bill?  

  • Pays for coronavirus testing 
  • Requires paid sick leave for those affected
  • Helps businesses pay for sick leave
  • Strengthens unemployment insurance benefits for those fired or have hours reduced
  • Helps low-income families afford food

What’s next? 

The bill passed Congress and has been signed into law by President Trump. Trump requested a separate and huuuuuge (like $1 trillion) stimulus package and things like immediate relief in the form of $1,000 checks for all citizens (s/o to Andrew Yang) and bailouts for industries impacted like airlines. That’s what’s coming in part 3. 

Recap:

  • Part 1: $8.3 billion to fund spurring coronavirus vaccine research and development (passed March 6)
  • Part 2: $100 billion largely focused on paid sick leave and unemployment benefits for workers and families (passed March 18)
  • Part 3: $750 billion – $1 trillion to prevent a recession (being drafted). This would be larger than the $700 billion economic relief bill passed during the 2008 recession. 

What’s the Post-partisan take? 

It’s a scary and trying time as information and the world around us seem to change daily. And while we’re in a state of uncertainty, we’re also looking for glimmers of hope. Congress passing a bill with such overwhelming bipartisan support? A huge glimmer. President Trump demanding relief by putting cash in the hands of struggling Americans, with Democrats supporting the demand? Triple huge glimmer. 

We’re seeing small examples of what we can happen when we put down political loyalty and pick up protecting the wellbeing of all Americans first. Now imagine if this was how we operated all the time. That’s the post-partisan world we’re fighting to create. 

What Does the Coronavirus Bill Mean for Me? 

If you get sick…

  • The government will pay for the test confirming you’re sick. 
  • Your health insurance (or lack of) determines how much the rest of your care cost. 
  • The government will pay your company to pay you for sick leave – if you work at a company between 50 and 500 people
  • If you are told to quarantine the government will cover part of your loss of income

If you get laid off because of coronavirus…

If you are an hourly worker and your hours get cut…

You may become eligible for food stamps

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Changes to Your Business that are Best for Your Health

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Creative businesses can be brilliant outlets for talented professionals, but they can also take a toll – the kind of toll we are not always ready to confront or confess. I began my own entrepreneurial career as a successful makeup artist for weddings and events. I eventually moved into a storefront and expanded into wedding planning as well. Unfortunately, business success does not always equal personal wellbeing. I became overworked and my health deteriorated.

I knew things had to change.

Emily Sullivan Events was born of this time in my life and career, as was a laser focus on keeping my company small, overhead low and stress level down.

Do you see yourself in my story? More creatives do than you might expect. We pour our hearts and souls into our work, sometimes at a grave personal cost.

What kinds of changes would make a difference in your career and personal wellbeing?

Focus on the Basics

Taking stock of your personal and professional life is an important first step. What are your priorities? When you accept too many social invitations, even when they relate to business, what are you giving up? Time with your family? Opportunity to tend to self care?

Limit appointments and events to the ones that will help you achieve your goals without overwhelming your schedule. Give your family obligations, children’s events and time with your spouse as much weight, or more, as your business obligations.

Choose Your Team Carefully

Look for a team that complements your strengths. I searched for someone who could take some of the load off my plate and handle all of the physical activities. You might need someone who has the time to field phone calls, act as a leader on event days, or manage other employees day to day. Get the help you need to prevent you from overdoing things and putting your own wellness in jeopardy.

Keep Your Health In Check

You hear it from everyone – your doctor, friends and loved ones: you need to establish a routine that includes exercise, sleep and healthy meals. By the time the ramifications of ignoring these instructions start to manifest, it can be too late to repair the damage. The arthritis flare up that forced me to reconsider my business was my wake up call. It was the evidence that convinced me that the stress of the job was affecting my health. Don’t wait for your body to send such a dramatic SOS. Start incorporating healthy habits today.

Set Boundaries

Establishing your limits and making your boundaries known are the best things you can do. Accept that your to-do list will never be done, but you can still be successful even so. Don’t allow the world around you to influence your values or your self-image.

Life is simply too short to allow your business to rob you and your family of your best. Make the changes that will give you all a better quality of life before it’s too late. You simply won’t regret it.

This article by Emily Sullivan was originally published at honeybook.com

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Ready For A Lifestyle Overhaul?

Ready for a shakeup in your life? Have the last few months or weeks given you something to think about? Are you ready to create a more enjoyable, better and more personal lifestyle for yourself? 

So here are a few suggestions of where you can make changes to help you improve your lifestyle. 

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Hobbies

Did you know that hobbies make you happier? Yes. There is a proven link between doing things we love, and raising our happiness hormones. So that makes hobbies the perfect antidote to stressful situations and life. 

Think about the hobbies you used to do as a child, remember how much you loved them? Do you still do them? Of course, interests change over the years, so you might need to find a whole new hobby! 

You might be thinking about refurbishing an old van and going on long driving trips. VanLife is a big movement, and focuses on travelling minimally, but comfortably. If you do decide that VanLife is for you, make sure you have a good car accident attorney on your speed dial! 

You might be looking for something a little slower paced. Baking bread is a great way to spend time and can be really wonderful for those who love a fresh, warm loaf with melted butter. 

Slow walks through the woods, combined with photography, can be so satisfying too. 

Health

In modern times we often push our bodies and minds into spaces that aren’t healthy for us at all. The pressure of everyday life and the people who need us can make it hard to say no. You can make small and simple changes by taking a multivitamin, drinking more water, and heading to the doctor for a check-up. 

Also, consider how much fruit and veggies you are consuming. And make a conscious effort to increase the amount. You can get an application for your mobile phone or a range of cool gadgets to help remind you to drink more water

Socially

Having the same social circle for years is really cool in the current climate or technology. But there are people out there you have yet to meet. Adding new people into your group, or generally just meeting others can have a huge impact on you and what you do. 

New people are going to like different things to you, their taste in music might open you up to new artists and bands. Their love of ice coffee instead of a traditional cup of tea, and even their hobbies. All of these new experiences can give you a fresh perspective and a new zest for life too. 

And if you know that you aren’t giving your friends the best of you, it might be time to think about why you haven’t been keeping in touch as much as you should be. Modern life means people are busy, but how often you keep in touch with people will make a difference to your everyday life. 

And finally, unplug from technology for a few hours every day, read, draw or go for a walk. 

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What is Intravenous Therapy?

Originally posted on iveeapp.com by Amber Theuer on Jan 28, 2020

Used for decades in hospitals and medical settings, intravenous therapy, or IV therapy, has traditionally aided symptoms from dehydration to nutrient-absorption conditions. In the past few years, IV therapy has increased its presence — popping up in independent clinics and delivery services throughout the world.

Intravenous therapy helps users feel their best through rehydration…But it’s more than just H2O that brings you to ultimate wellness!

What is Intravenous Therapy? 

Intravenous therapy is a treatment that administers fluids and nutrients directly into the vein. The intravenous route is the quickest way that medications and fluids can enter the body, as they are brought straight  into circulation. That being said, they can be used by the body almost immediately

When individuals ingest nutrients orally, they typically do not receive all of the benefits effectively. This is due to a variety of reasons — from the inability for the gut to process nutrients properly to the lack of tolerance for high vitamin and mineral dosages. 

IV therapy eliminates this issue. Intravenous administration allows you to receive the vitamins, minerals and medication you need — quickly and in the total amount required. 

Why Should You Use Intravenous Therapy? 

You can use intravenous therapy to increase your overall wellness, as adequate hydration and nutrient levels are key in achieving maximized health.

In addition, IV can also: 

  • Lift immunity 
  • Relieve fatigue 
  • Detoxify the body 
  • Reduce stress 
  • Alleviate anxiety 
  • Promote athletic recovery 
  • Enhance beauty 
  • Relieve illness 
  • Boost metabolism 

What Does the Process Look Like? 

Intravenous therapy is easy and safe. IV treatment is virtually painless, with most patients feeling only a slight initial pinch during IV administration. During the treatment, it’s normal to experience a cooling sensation. No major side effects are associated with intravenous therapy.

With ivee, the process of getting intravenous therapy is as simple as calling an Uber! Just download the ivee app and create an account. Select your desired treatment, enter your name, and select any additions you’d like to make to your IV, such as nausea or headache relief. When you’re happy with your purchase, schedule your delivery and enter your location. A nurse will then be to you within 15 to 45 minutes! 

At ivee, all of our carefully formulated treatments are administered by our expert team of nurses. Plus, you provide your allergies and medical history beforehand in order to prevent any potential adverse effects. 

Wellness with the click of a button? And in the comfort of your home?

IV therapy helps you feel your best, and ivee creates an experience that will have you coming back for more.

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Simple Hacks to Improve Our Mental Health

Mental health awareness is growing across the globe. This is excellent news for everyone as we don’t discuss this critical topic enough.

Your mental health is absolutely integral to your health and well being. We all face mental health issues from common to severe problems. Here are some simple hacks to improve your mental health this year.

Eat Healthy

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The links between our food, gut health, and mental health are becoming very apparent. Recent research all points to our guts as being instrumental to the health of our minds. 

To put it simply, the healthier you eat, the healthier your mind. Filling your belly full of processed foods high in fat, salt, and sugar is a one-way road to low self-esteem, anxiety, and risk of developing depression.

Try to eat a mostly whole foods plant-based diet this year. The plant-based diet has been shown to help you to lose weight, boost your mood, reduce anxiety, and reduce stress.

Cultivate Joy

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We live in a world where most people either don’t appreciate what they do have or continuously worry about what they don’t have. This makes us all miserable people. 

Instead, the simple act of expressing gratitude and doing the things we enjoy can help to significantly boost our mental helath. 

So, this year create a gratitude journal and write down what you are grateful for each day. Spend more time doing the things you love, whether that is making music or building custom airplane models. Do what makes you happy.

Exercise

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We all know how beneficial exercise is to our bodies. It makes us stronger, fitter, and puts us into good shape. What most people don’t realize is just how beneficial exercise is for your mind too. 

When you exercise, you realize a concoction of mood-boosting chemicals such as endorphins. Regular exercise makes you feel good about yourself and the world around you. Hence, why people get often get addicted to the gym.

Once you become an exercise regular to enter a cycle of positivity. You release endorphins this makes you happy, you go back to the gym, you get in better shape, you feel good about your body, you build self-esteem, and you start to feel good.

Practice Mindfulness

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Mindfulness isn’t just for spiritual gurus and those who visited India a few years ago. Mindfulness is an essential practice for your overall well being. We spend so much of our lives busy, stressed, and consumed with thoughts about the past and future. We rarely live in the now.

When we start living in the now, we become more present. Practicing mindfulness is done by meditating, expressing gratitude, walking in nature, and listening more. Once we start to ground ourselves, we begin to realize other priorities, such as our emotions.

With practice, you can start to objectively assess your emotions, control them, and choose better feelings. This can help significantly with anxiety, depression, anger issues, or past trauma. A helathy mind needs reflection and practice.

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4 Harmful Effects of UV Rays from the Sun

We all know that UV rays can be dangerous to our health. The most commonly known negative effects are related to the skin, which is why a lot of people use sunscreens with UV protection components on a daily basis. But did you know that the harmful effects of UV rays are more than just skin deep?

The high-energy UV radiation emitted by the sun has been linked to a lot of health problems. Among these are cancer, optic issues, and serious skin conditions. Many studies have found that those people who spend a lot of time under the sun have reported health concerns related to UV rays.

Even if you don’t go out often or the beach is not really your favourite place to go, UV rays can still harm you in your homes. Areas that have a lot of sun exposure are also prone to the negative effects of UV rays. Here are some harmful health concerns associated with UV radiation.

Skin conditions

Commonly, people are aware that frequent exposure to the sun can cause damage to the skin. And those who want to keep their skin looking good would resort to the use of sunscreen. But more than appearance-related damages, UV rays can cause bigger skin conditions like sunburn and premature ageing.

When our skin is exposed to the sun for excessive amounts of time, UV rays cause a huge change in the cells, tissue, and blood vessels on the skin. Long-term effects of this can include skin pigmentation and signs of ageing due to the gradual loss of the skin’s elasticity.

Cancer

The skin is the first line of defence against harmful UV rays. But frequent exposure to high-energy UV radiation can ultimately lead to cancer. Skin cancer is a common sickness experienced by people who get excessive sun exposure. It normally happens to uncovered areas of the body like the ears, face, neck, and forearms. The number of people developing it increases over the years as the sun’s UV rays get stronger and more harmful.

Eye problems

When the eyes are exposed to bright light, they naturally squint to minimize the sun’s exposure to UV rays. But this natural protection is not enough to counter high-energy UV radiation, which can still penetrate the eyes and cause serious conditions.

Common eye problems associated with UV rays arephotokeratitis and photoconjunctivitis. These are inflammatory conditions in the eyes, quite similar to the sunburn we get on our skin. They usually occur after excessive sun exposure and can cause extreme discomfort and pain. Although they don’t cause any long term effects on vision, it’s still ideal for protecting your eyes using UV protective shades.

Cataract development is another eye condition that can be associated with UV rays. This is when proteins in the eye entangle and accumulate pigments that can eventually lead to blindness. There are many causes of cataracts, but exposure to UV radiation poses a major risk for cataract development.

Weaker immune system

The immune system fights off sicknesses from entering our bodies. However, studies have found that excessive exposure to UV rays affects the response of the immune system, hence increasing the risk of infection and diseases. It has also been found that UV rays reduce the effectivity of vaccines in the body.

Even in the comfort of your homes, it’s important to take preventive measures to keep yourself safe from UV radiation. Put on sunscreen with UV protection components or install UV protection window films to ensure adequate safety.

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