Good evening everyone and Happy Freya’s Day to All!
Here in the Campbell Kingdom, mine and Campbell’s tummies are full, the kitchen is straightened up, a small load of laundry is drying and for a moment all is right with our world.
Speaking of worlds, have you been reading The Writer’s Grapevine? If so you’ve noted our column ‘Health World.’
What? You’ve not been reading and you’ve no idea what ‘Health World’ is?
Well read onward to learn all about it and more.
The following comes from The Writer’s Grapevine July Jamboree Edition…
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a mighty toll on me.
Once I realized the impact Social Distancing has had on my physical wellbeing, I concluded that if I was having issue due to all the stillness caused by the lockdown happening round the world then most likely so were lots of others.
I knew then that I must try and help those reading The Writer’s Grapevine recover as much as I could, and so I began to look for articles which would be useful to us all.
The Smorgasbord Café Blog Magazine has been a great resource of health columns for me over the past few years. I reached out to its author Sally Cronin to see if she might consider becoming a regular contributor of Health World.
She wrote back to say that while she was flattered that I would consider her for my magazine, she just didn’t have the time to do it.
At first, I was disappointed, then inspiration struck.
I wrote her back and requested permission to use partial columns from her new series with read more links leading to the posts on her blog included and she wrote back with her blessing.
I strongly encourage you to make use of the read more link provided, visit her blog, and read the rest of each one.
These columns began in May and I’ll be featuring them in order as they appeared on the blog.
My thanks to Sally for allowing her work to be used here.
Smorgasbord Health Column – Project 101 – Resilience – Improving lung function, Weight loss hack – The Power of One and Music Therapy
By: Sally Cronin
May 20, 2020
In yesterday’s post I set out the project that I have been following for the last six weeks in isolation to improve my lung function, drop a few more pounds to a healthier weight, and to boost my immune system. This involves making small changes to our diet and lifestyle to give all our body’s operating systems the best possible chance to keep us healthy.
In conjunction with the posts, I have created pages in the main directory that cover the topics in more detail if you wish to find out more. This includes the 17 chapters of Size Matters the Sequel that told the story of my 150lb weight loss 25 years ago and the programme that I developed to achieve that and to share with my clients over the years as a nutritional therapist.
A reminder of the topics I will be covering:
- Weight loss and some hacks that helped me lose over 150lbs
- Inflammation in the body and brain one of the leading causes of disease
- Lung function improvement.
- Immune system boosting
- Vitamin D and its vital role in keeping our bodies safe.
- Exercise – keeping moving and the body functioning.
- Flexibility – not just in body but in mind.
- Blood Pressure – we need it to pump blood around our bodies, but too high and it can be dangerous.
- Type II Diabetes and Pre-diabetes – risk factors that are simple to reverse
- The Brain – The control centre of the body and it needs to be treated with respect.
- Stress and its impact on weight and major organs such as the heart.
- Acidity and Alkalinity in the body and how are creating the perfect environment for pathogens.
Improving lung function.
This current virus is respiratory and those with underlying health issues such as COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) are at greater risk during recovery. Aging also results in reduced lung function as we become less active and for many, become chair bound without access to the outdoors. Lungs stiffen and cannot express inflammation or infection in an efficient way.
Without oxygen we will die in approximately 6 minutes, without water about 6 days and food around 6 weeks.
For an action that is so vital to our existence, you will be surprised to find that very few people actually breathe efficiently and are not maintaining adequate lung function. By the end of the first week you should notice a difference in the ease with which you complete the exercises and also when you are active.
The aim is to increase the flexibility and the capacity of your lungs, giving them a better chance of fighting off infection.
Continue reading at: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/05/20/smorgasbord-health-column-project-101-resilience-improving-lung-function-and-weight-loss-hack-weight-loss-hack-the-power-of-one-music-therapy-by-sally-cronin/
Patty back to say…
I’m happy to report that since I renewed my workout routine taught to me by my physical therapists back in 2017 while recovering from illness in a nursing therapy facility, replaced evening soda with ice water, and Campbell and I began enjoying his morning sniff fests again thanks to his acupuncture treatments having lessened his pain, I’ve lost 5 pounds and just a day or so ago I discovered that a pair of shorts I’ve not been able to get into for ages fit me once again.
Thank you Sally for inspiring me to ‘Get fighting fit’.
By the time things settle and I’m ready to go to The Seeing Eye for a successor dog I’m going to be a lien mean fighting machine. Well, erm, maybe at least I’ll be able to do the training without huffing and puffing like a steam engine.
Well, that’s it for this afternoon’s Sips of Wine from the July Jamboree Edition of The Grapevine. Before I go, I’d like to invite you to sign up for the August edition. See below for all the information.
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