Good Food Good Health – Fighting Colds

Hi everyoneIf you read my last article on those beastly little cold viruses that plague us all, you will know that your best line of defence is keeping your immune system in tip top condition. Not just for fighting colds but for any infection or illness that our body encounters.Colds are one of the most common reasons we have time off work through the winter period and hospital beds are tied up with cold and flu cases. Colds and flu viruses are the biggest single killer of the elderly over winter.I really cannot stress how everybody should take our motto ‘good food good health’ of eating a nutritionally balanced diet to give your body the best fighting chance at beating off viruses and illness.Although diet is the main factor in keeping your immune system up to scratch, other factors are equally important, I believe sleep is also so very important and that we should all look at our sleep patterns and make sure we get a good seven hours sleep a night. A good nights sleep increases the release of immune stimulating hormones.Stress is another strong factor, as this puts our body under untold pressure. People who have busy lives are generally under great amounts of stress and although all of us actually perform better when under a small amount of pressure, constant high stress levels are most certainly not good for us.A lot of people are actually highly stressed because they cannot sleep, and therefore it is a vicious circle for many, this greatly weakens their immune system making it easier for them to be the victim of colds and other ailments, always feeling lethargic and rundown.Our immune system is a highly specialised network of cells and organs working together, protecting us from bacterial and viral infections.Obviously during the winter period our bodies are much more susceptible to viruses especially colds and flu, so to help maintain a healthy immune system we need to make sure we are eating a nutritionally balanced diet rich in minerals and vitamins that are vital for this.So ‘good food good health’ really is the key. I know that during the winter months our diets alter but we still really do need to eat the five portions of different fruit and vegetables a day.There are plenty of cheap vegetables at this time of the year and dried fruit counts just the same as fresh, also frozen fruit and veg is equally good, even some tinned fruit and vegetables count as well, as does a serving of fruit juice. There are also some very good vegetable drinks available now.Another steadfast recipe of my dear old Nan is chicken soup or broth. Home made is best of course but even tinned is excellent and it is a proven fact that it helps to combat colds, flu and chills.Eating a healthy diet does not have to be expensive if you try to use seasonal fruit and vegetables, and farm shops and markets give excellent value for money.Relaxation is important to keep stress levels under control, and laughing is known to reduce stress hormones and increase the immune systems activity. So taking a little time out of your busy schedule will only benefit you, even if it is only putting your feet up for half an hour and watching a good comedy, chasing the children around the garden or park, anything that makes you feel good.Exercise carried out in moderation regularly is beneficial for the immune system, reducing the risk of common infections and also help protect us from serious diseases too such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some types of cancer.30 minutes a day of moderate intensity five days a week is thought to be the recommended exercise regime, and the 30 minutes does not have to be carried out all at the same time, it can be broken down into smaller periods to work into your schedule.Wrapping up warm may help to keep colds at bay even though colds are caused by viruses and not by chilly weather. But being chilly makes blood vessels constrict, especially in the nose inhibiting immune response and making it more likely that viruses can take hold. So perhaps our parents and grandparents were right in telling us to dress sensibly after all!The main vitamins and minerals we need for a healthy immune system are vitamin B6, C, D, E and copper, selenium and zinc. Although it is best to get these through a varied diet many of us would benefit from taking supplements through the winter periods, there are many reputable supplements and suppliers that can be taken to enhance and top up your diet.Vitamin B6 is found in vegetables, whole cereals, bread, milk, pork, chicken and cod. It is available in supplement on its own or in a vitamin B complex.Vitamin C is found in fruit and vegetables especially oranges, kiwis, peppers, broccoli and yams, and is available in supplements and tonics.Vitamin D is found in oily fish and eggs. Is formed in the body when skin is exposed to sunlight and readily available in supplement form.Vitamin E is found in nuts, seeds, wheat germ and plant oils such as soya, rape and corn. Available in supplement form.So just take a look at your usual diet and see if there is any of the above requirements missing, and if so add these into your meals and get the natural benefits of good food good health.Making meal times fun is a great way of getting children to eat vegetables they like and to add new ones to their diets, be a little imaginary when serving up.For Children, many of the cereals that are now targeted at them often do have added vitamins, but I believe it still is best for whole grain cereals and plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables and dairy products.I am a strong believer in the power of garlic, and have long taken it in a supplement form to help my body fight colds. Many countries have used it not only in cooking, but some believe rubbing it on the soles of their feet helps too! – not one I feel inclined to try. Garlic is also a strong natural antiseptic.Do not forget good food is good healthSandra & Ted

Conquering the Stigma of a Mental Health Disorder

Having a family member that is suffering a mental health disorder can be taxing at times. Depending on the severity of the disorder, many families have been broken up because of this. Some of them can be blamed on the lack of love or patience a family member can bestow. Some just cannot handle the pressure and others just cannot take the shame.But if the people around a person with a mental health disorder feels awkward, then what about what the actual person with the disorder feels? Many or most of these people are too afraid or ashamed to share their disorder with other people because they fear being ridiculed or judged.Even as seeing a psychiatrist or taking mental health disorder medicines are commonplace nowadays, many people still distrust a person with a mental health problem; they feel that they are too unstable and unpredictable. Fearing what they do not know, this ignorance causes more depression and damage to a person with a mental health disorder.Getting Over the FearWhat mental health disorder patients want is for them to be considered as normal people. Only that they need more compassion, understanding and kindness. Treat a mental health disorder afflicted person the same way as you would anyone, this would make him or her feel more normal.As they feel more accepted and happy, they increase the chance of becoming normal. Also, be prepared; learn about the disorder that has afflicted your family or friend. Know the symptoms so you can be prepared as well.For the patient, learn and try to accept your condition, do not be afraid of what people will say, open up your condition to them. If they can’t take it then they’re not worth it. Remember that there are many people with mental health disorder; some are not just as obvious. Hold your head up high and live with dignity.

Entertainment, Trademark And Copyright Lawyers, What Is The Difference?

An entertainment lawyer has extensive knowledge of the nature of entertainment law. The entertainment industry is a vast one. The music industry and movie industry are a few examples of the entertainment industry. So entertainment lawyers make sure that all the legal procedures concerning entertainment are addressed. They also give legal counsel to various entertainers who could include musicians, actors, and actresses to mention but a few. Having a lawyer who is conversant with the entertainment world is very vital. Actors and actresses need legal advice every once in a while. They will need a lawyer present to help them get contracts with movie makers and other entertainers. Musicians will need lawyers to help establish a business relationship with the entertainment business promoters.Another role of a lawyer in entertainment is to aid the entertainers like musicians, actors and actresses to better manage their income. This is because they earn a lot of money and thus lawyers give them sound advice and guidelines on how to wisely invest in their money. So when it comes to hiring a lawyer, get a lawyer who has represented a good number of entertainment personalities successfully, this gives them more credit. It is not wise to hire a lawyer who does not come highly recommended, entertainment industry has very fragile assets and personalities, and thus a highly recommended lawyer is more practical. Finally it is wise to get a lawyer who specifies in entertainment law; this is because they are more competent compared to other types of lawyers.Every company has its trademark seal in this industry. This seal is what identifies that company and makes it stand out from other companies; a good example is the apple company. A trademark lawyer works on protecting the different signature trademarks. These lawyers are very knowledgeable when it comes to trademark laws. A company that has a lawyer who specializes on trademark has a lot of edge because the trademarks created are all aligned to the trademark laws that are made known by the lawyer. If there are any changes in the law, then the lawyer informs the clients immediately. A good lawyer in trademark is the one who has gone through law school and works for a very affluent law firm.Every company has something that it creates that needs to be protected, this is the main meaning of copyrights. Many movie companies hire copyright lawyers to make sure that the copy right to their movies are not sold or even worse violated by any third party. Musicians also get these lawyers all the time because without them, then their music will be forcefully owned by individuals who have not worked hard in making the music. These lawyers make sure that their clients get legitimate copyright licenses, and also help them get the copyright for their work and products. An educated lawyer who has passed the bar with flying colors having specialized in copyright laws is the best option.It is good to legal firm that has lawyers who have an in depth understanding of the different aspects of entertainment laws and are leading edge with any changes in the laws and what is happening in the industry.

Life Insurance For Kids

Whether kids require insurance cover has been a long debated matter. It is seen that unlike kids, adult insurance buyers look for life insurance leads to prevent financial hurdles in the event of an untimely death. Some of the experts in insurance leads opine that insuring children with no income generating ability is a must to secure their future.Various people buy insurance for their children for different reasons. Some of the reasons prompting them to scout for life insurance leads are as follows:o InvestmentSome guardians invest in insurance leads for their kids for investment. This is a much controversial issue that has both supporters and opponents. Those who oppose it say that the insurance charges and premiums erode investment return.o EducationOwing to the rising education costs, many parents see these insurance leads as a good medium to save money to fund their children’s higher education.o ConvenienceA number of parents purchase life insurance leads for the convenience of their children. A family package is an attractive deal for parents who get hold of the insurance policy at lower prices under this arrangement. Also, it gives them satisfaction that everyone in the family is insured. Moreover the fact that there are medical requirements for children in most schemes makes such these leads more attractive.o Future insurabilityAnother reason behind getting children’s insurance is insurability, irrespective o what the children’s heath will be in the future. The insurance coverage will protect the kids if they develop a serious ailment later. This is more common in families where hereditary diseases run in generations.Furthermore, insurance may be a good avenue when kids grow up and need to borrow loan for purchasing properties. At that time, the life insurance policy can act as a collateral. By making an early insurance purchase one can ensure that the premiums are affordable.o Creation of propertyA majority of the people don’t see insurance policies as an asset such as car, land or house. Interestingly however, in comparison to other types of assets, life insurance policy is a highly safe asset which does not require a lot of personal attention from the purchaser. By procuring the life insurance policies for kids, guardians assist them in creating assets that can increase in value at a later stage. The insurance schemes for children may also be considered as gifts from parents to their children.Generally speaking, life insurance schemes for children are not a major requirement but a want of the parents. Parents, who are the main family breadwinners, must always put the first priority on their own protection related needs and see to it that they are properly covered by taking help from some life insurance leads. This is because they support the family by managing the financial resources. Once the parents have adequate protection on their life, there is no reason why they should not consider accumulating information on insurance leads for their kids.

Well Educated Hobos

During the Great Depression period of the 1930′s there were a tremendous amount of hobos wandering the country. The term ‘hobo’ probably comes from a combination of the two words ‘hoe’ and ‘boy’ referring to itinerant laborers who wandered from house to house and farm to farm carrying only the clothes on their back and a long handled hoe used for impromptu gardening jobs in order to make a few nickels. The term seems to go back to the late 19th century however it was likely modified for the depression era wanderers. Hobos wandered for various reasons but the most likely were; to find better prospects for work, disillusionment with the economy, and the breakdown of many families due to unemployment. Though displaced and disillusioned these individuals also carried with them many skills and some of them were well educated.As I write about well qualified and displaced workers I am reminded of a conversation with a close friend this past week. My friend is highly intelligent and also highly educated but is an older worker searching for gainful employment along with millions of others in this country. He related to me that it is tough to be one of the smartest guys in the room and yet carry around the hard to shake sensation that intelligence and a dollar merely gets you a cup of coffee these days. It seems that education and the educated have become passé and may continue to be so until the need for university gained knowledge comes around again. This is not an attempt to diminish the well schooled on my part. I am one of them. The point is to say that the twofold value of education in the past, the desire for employment and the joy of learning for its own sake, has become a one fold benefit in that of becoming a learned person only. The employment aspect is no longer a given.I feel that the unemployed are not facing a condition of not being wanted or needed, but are dealing with a function of pure economics in the current job climate. Employers are not hiring at large and therefore have all of the brainpower that they need for the most part. This then leaves a general employment profile, in my opinion, of companies staying the course which merely requires a workforce that has the basic skills to keep the ship afloat until better times come around. By better times I mean conditions which call for increased intellectual capital due to economic growth in new industries as well as expansion due to technological opportunities and exigencies for existing industries.Having stated all of this I still strongly feel that intelligence and education are great gifts to be had. Until this great recession they were gifts that could be used to make a good living. Not as much currently. All one has to do is read the myriad articles and accounts of how one thousand people applied for a single part time job. I am curious as to why the other 999 or so came up short. Statistically speaking, many of these individuals must be well educated and highly intelligent. Still, skills gained from education and intellectual pursuits are to be set aside or used less frequently until better times. The educated hobos of today may not be physically wandering yet are likely still moving about, looking for opportunities to use their intellectual tools, and then to move on to another farmhouse to the next patch of soil in order to earn a few nickels for another day.

Hawaii Vacation Deals – Why the Travelocity Guarantee is Worth Considering

The splendor and extreme luxury that is the trademark of Hawaii makes visitors keep coming back to this paradise island. Perhaps the only discouraging thing about a vacation in Hawaii is the price. This is a top-end tourist destination and many would-be visitors are discouraged by the premium prices they have to pay. The good news, however, is that there are plenty of vacation deals in Hawaii which sometimes translate to very substantial savings.To find out the variety and precise details of Hawaii vacation deals, an online research is highly recommended. Seasoned online providers of vacation deals have all the details and will help you obtain the best deals that the market has to offer.The two biggest costs when you are on holiday will most probably be your air ticket and hotel accommodation. Vacation deals enable you reduce these costs quite substantially. For example, when you use your travel agent to book both the flight and hotel accommodation, you enjoy a reduction in cost that sometimes goes as high as 65%. These savings would not be possible if you were to pay for the accommodation expenses at the hotel.The variety of deals to choose from is also wide. If you chose to holiday in Maui, for example, you could pick the Maui Mystery Vacation Package which costs less than $100 per person. Various hotels offer varying packages too. Leading hotels such as the Hyatt Regency Waikiki offer Spa services and meals at greatly discounted prices. You could also stay at the Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa at prices that won’t break your wallet if you obtain a flight+ hotel package. Other benefits that vacation deals provide include free nights and breakfasts as well as a host of other promotions.