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Well, it is hard to believe what has rapidly changed in our world in a matter of weeks. The stock market was on fire and lost 30% of its value. Yet, as of this writing, about half of what it lost has been regained. We still do not have cure for COVID-19, so the question remains: Are we safely returning back to our “new normal”with COVID-19? Will we be wearing masks everywhere? Will this end the all-American handshake? More questions than answers. I understand the need to get our economy going again; however, you have to wonder what the motivations are behind it. There are several theories, such as the states cannot afford the massive unemployment payments with little to no income coming in from various sources like DUIs, traffic tickets, sales tax, and so forth. Is this a smart decision? Only time will tell. I encourage you to always think for yourself and make the best decision for you and your family both medically and financially. If I can help in any way, please let me know.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock since January, you know all about COVID-19, more commonly known as the coronavirus, and the global chaos it has caused, including massive quarantines, flight cancellations, and medical supply shortages. Understandably, people have since picked up new habits to avoid contracting the illness, like washing hands more thoroughly, wearing masks outdoors, and avoiding big crowds. Those are all good precautions, but according to The New York Times, there might be another strategy you can employ year-round to boost your immune system: regular exercise. If that surprises you, you’re not alone! Back in the 1980s, misleading research conducted on marathon participants spread the myth that a tough workout suppresses your immune system, making you more susceptible to illness. However, in recent years, new studies on both mice and humans debunked that theory. In 2014, scientists at Umeå University in Sweden found that elite endurance athletes — the people you’d think would be sick all the time if hard workouts really did reduce immunity — actually took fewer sick days than athletes who exercised less. And in 2005, a study on mice showed that jogging for 30 minutes a day over several weeks made them more likely to survive rodent flu. What’s even more interesting is that according to The New York WHY YOUR WORKOUT ROUTINE MIGHT PROTECT YOU FROM INFECTION CAN EXERCISE STAVE OFF SICKNESS?
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is swimming because it’s a great full-body workout and the humid air is gentle on the lungs. With hay fever and other pollen allergies in full swing, now might be the perfect time to start a new routine. If you do decide to start exercising more regularly, just remember not to overdo it right away. Going from entirely sedentary to training like a marathon runner overnight actually can be damaging to your body because the change is such a shock — you might end up sick as a result! Instead, ease yourself into your new workout regimen by adding a bit more duration and/or intensity to your sessions over time. Also, if you’re already feeling sick or suffering from severe allergies, do yourself and others a favor and stay home. Going out when you’re under the weather will just spread your germs to other people trying to stay healthy. Here’s the bottom line: While it’s been proven to help, exercise isn’t a silver bullet for preventing or controlling illness. It’s still smart to take other common-sense precautions
Times, a 2008 study conducted on mice in Germany suggested that rather than dying off during exercise, immune cells “traveled to the animals’ lungs, guts, and other parts of their bodies potentially most vulnerable to germ invasions during exercise” before returning to the bloodstream. Basically, exercise helped the mice become even better illness-fighting machines! On top of staving off illnesses like the flu, there’s evidence that working out can help control allergy symptoms. Fitness and Wellness News reports that the link between the two comes down to blood flow. When you exercise, your blood flow speeds up, which moves allergens more quickly through your body so your kidneys can eliminate them. On the contrary, sedentary living encourages allergens to stay put and destroy nearby tissues. As Fitness andWellness News puts it, “Constant movement of the allergens through the bloodstream prevents these delicate tissues from becoming inflamed.”One of the best movements for allergy sufferers
against illnesses like the flu and COVID-19, like washing your hands regularly (including before and after you work out), getting enough sleep at night, and avoiding people who are coughing or sneezing.
SUPER BEAGLES AND JUMPING LLAMAS Guinness World Records’ Most Amazing Animals
DIDGA, A VERY TRICKY KITTY
Hearing about someone who has claimed a Guinness World Record is pretty cool, but do you know what’s even cooler? When animals make world records. Here are a few amazing animals who hold some really cool records.
Anyone who says cats can’t learn tricks hasn’t met Didga. In 2016, Didga, with help fromher human, Robert Dollwet, claimed a world record by performing 20 different tricks in 60 seconds. Her routine started with the classics, like sitting and giving high-fives, and culminated in riding a skateboard while hopping over a low bar. Dollwet told GuinnessWorld Records that training Didga took a lot of time and patience and that he was so proud of his clever cat.
CASPA, THE AMAZING JUMPING LLAMA
PURIN, THE BEAGLE WHO HOLDS 3 GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS
SueWilliams is an animal trainer and behaviorist who specializes in dogs. One day, she was working on agility training with her dogs when she noticed her llama, Caspa, watching them. After a little time and training, Williams discovered that Caspa loved jumping, too. In 2015, Caspa cleared a bar set at 3 feet, 8 1/2 inches. He jumped right into the world record for “highest bar jump cleared by a llama.” “He’s a complete diva,” says Williams. “So, if there are people there to show off in front of, that’s when he’s at his ultimate best.”
Nicknamed“The Super Beagle,”Purin scored her first title in 2015 for her amazing goalkeeping skills. The beagle “saved”14 mini soccer balls thrown by her human, Makoto Kumagai, in one minute. A year later, Purin claimed another record when she became the “fastest dog on a ball”by traveling 10 meters in 10.39 seconds while balancing on a ball. Not long after, Purin and Kumagai set the record for “most skips by a dog and a person in one minute — single rope”with 58 skips. Talk about super!
You can find videos of all these amazing record holders and more at GuinnessWorldRecords.com .
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Feeling Renewed at Any Age 2WAYS TO REVIVE YOUR LIFE THIS SUMMER
If the mercurial spring weather has prevented you from getting out as much as you would have liked these past few months, you might be feeling a bit of cabin fever about now. Luckily, you can still introduce positive changes to your life that help you feel healthier and younger. Here are two ways to awaken your body and mind.
ADOPT A NEW ACTIVITY.
As you get older, it’s not uncommon to drift further from the lifestyle you had in your 20s and 30s. Things have settled down, and you know a bit more about who you are, what you enjoy, and what you’re capable of. With this better understanding, you can make choices more aligned with your true interests and personality. Think about getting involved with a new activity you may have always wanted to try but never had the chance, like yoga or even a video game. Trying out new things keeps your brain active. You may even discover a new favorite activity along the way!
Take some time to focus on the present. Go for a walk and listen to the world around you, feel the fresh air against your skin, fill your lungs, and take in everything you can see. Meditation is also a good way to spend a few minutes to focus on your body in the moment and the things in life that make you happy. Practices like these can help you feel lighter, both physically and emotionally.
PAY ATTENTION TO MENTAL HEALTH.
Although more years provide more experience and knowledge, sometimes they also come with heavy baggage. The loss of a loved one, trauma, and other struggles can impact your life in later years. This is why it’s good to practice mindfulness.
Growing older doesn’t mean you can’t feel renewed and positive. This isn’t just an impossible idea — it’s a reality.
Take a Break!
Paleo Sausage Frittata
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4 green onions, diced
3 tbsp coconut oil
10 eggs, whisked
1 lb mild Italian sausage 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and grated
Black pepper, to taste
DIRECTIONS: 1. In a large ovenproof skillet, heat coconut oil over medium heat. 2. Crumble sausage into the skillet and cook until browned. 3. Add sweet potato and cook until tender. 4. Add green onion and sauté for 2–3 minutes. 5. Spread this mixture evenly throughout the skillet. Pour eggs over mixture and sprinkle black pepper over top. 6. Cook without stirring for 3 minutes or until bubbly. 7. Transfer skillet to oven and cook under broiler on low until frittata is cooked through.
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Inside This Issue From the Desk of Ty PAGE 1 Can Working Out Protect You From a Virus? PAGE 1 5 World Records Broken by Animals PAGE 2 How to Feel Renewed at Any Age PAGE 3 Paleo Sausage Frittata PAGE 3 Take a Break! PAGE 3 3 Garden-Fresh Ingredients for Your Smoothies! PAGE 4
TRY THESE HOMEGROWN INGREDIENTS IN YOUR SMOOTHIES! 3 Garden Favorites for Something Delicious and Nutritious
at all when you pair it with sweeter fruits and vegetables in a smoothie.
When you’re looking for a tasty, healthy snack, homemade smoothies are hard to beat. Naturally sweetened by fresh fruits and vegetables and packed with all sorts of nutrients, smoothies are the perfect summertime breakfast option or post-workout reward. Even better, you can grow several smoothie-worthy ingredients right in your own backyard. For a truly fresh and healthy treat, trying growing these ingredients in your garden.
Like spinach, you can easily start growing carrots this summer and have them ready to harvest in the fall, though they take about twice as long to grow. Carrots can give your smoothies a delightful natural sweetness. They’re also a waist-friendly food and full of nutrients like beta carotene, fiber, and antioxidants. If you have them in your garden, they’re a must-have in your smoothie.
smoothies. Just be sure to plant mint in its own container, or else it might take over your garden! Mint leaves can also go a long way in soothing an upset stomach. A good smoothie is enough to satisfy your cravings for something sweet and nutritious, and when you can use ingredients fresh from your garden, it’s all the more satisfactory.
Just like spinach is easy to blend into smoothies, it’s also easy to grow in gardens. Most varieties take between 37–45 days to mature and can be grown multiple times throughout the year. Spinach is a rich source of iron, calcium, magnesium, and various other vitamins and minerals. Plus, if you’re not a fan of leafy greens, you’re in luck. You can’t taste it
If you want a garden plant that grows fast in abundance and tastes good, mint is the plant for you. It takes around 90 days for the plant to grow 1–2 feet tall and yield plenty of refreshing, tasty leaves to garnish your
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