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Tips For A Healthier Flu Season: #2 of 7 Parasite Cleanse

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Parasites?! Yikes!

Everyone has them, they just may not know or believe they do. I’m not talking about people in your life either (although you may want examine that as well). Simply google “intestinal parasites” and you’ll find a ton of information.

Parasites can be responsible for a whole host of symptoms:

  • Unexplained constipation, diarrhea, gas, or other symptoms of IBS
  • Trouble falling asleep or wake up multiple times during the night
  • Skin irritation or unexplained rash, hives, rosacea, or eczema
  • Grinding your teeth in your sleep
  • Pain or aching in your muscles or joints
  • Fatigue, exhaustion, depression, or frequent feeling of apathy
  • Never feeling satisfied or full after your meals
  • Diagnosis of iron-deficiency anemia
  • Traveled internationally and remember getting traveler’s diarrhea while abroad
  • History of food poisoning and ‘your digestion has not been the same since’
  • Itchy butt

The main takeaway for me though:

Parasites house the same cold, flu and other viruses and bacteria that get you sick. When you think you’re over your illness, those same germs are still in your body because the parasites are still in your body. When the parasites die off, their cell walls rupture, spewing the viruses and bacteria inside them. The result: frequent bouts with illness.

There are many parasite cleanses out there. Do your research and find the one for you. There are a few available on Amazon.com.

The views in this post are strictly the author’s. Consult a functional medicine doctor before trying any remedy or treatment (western medicine doesn’t understand the implications of parasites and the like).
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Tips For A Healthier Flu Season #1 of 7: Wash Your Hands

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Wash Your Hands!

Don’t reach for the hand sanitizer, wash your hands instead. Hand sanitizer may kill germs, but it leaves dead microbes behind for new germs to feed on and grow stronger. Washing your hands is better because you rid your hands of microbes, both dead and alive, that can trigger infection and illness.

Sing the ABCs or the “Happy Birthday” song as a timer.

Of course, if only hand sanitizer is available use it. It’s better than not using anything.

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How To Keep Your Football Pads From Stinking

How To Keep Your Football Pads From Stinking

There is one thing that every football player knows for sure, but may not admit outloud to themselves nor their teammates for fear of embarrassment: your football pads get funky! Your pads get smelly enough to where they have to ride in the trunk of the car and are not allowed inside the house. Your days of embarrassment are over. Here are a few ways to keep your gear from smelling like a barnyard and also keep germs at bay that can cause infection and keep you off the field.

Air Out

Germs love dark, damp places–that’s where they do the most multiplying. By zipping your gear up in a duffle bag all you’re doing is giving germs like staph and e. coli their favorite environment. When enough bad germs are present that’s when your gear starts getting funky and you can contract an infection. I know it’s easier to toss your pads and helmet in a bag or locker and let them marinate in your sweat until the next time you need them, but that is not a good habit to get into to. A simple way to remember it: bad odors equal a ton of germs. After each game or practice it is critical to let your gear air out. Since we live in Las Vegas, and the air is dry, just place your pads and helmet outside for an hour or two (direct sun and heat not required). The goal is to evaporate your sweat to give the germs nothing to eat and survive on.

Spray Down

After evaporating your sweat from your pads, you are now ready to spray them down with something antimicrobial. There are number of chemical sanitizing sprays out there, but I highly recommend against them for a few reasons: 1) ounce for ounce, they cost more than natural sprays, 2) they simply don’t work–they will not penetrate fabrics before they themselves evaporate, 3) they have proven to be contributing factors in the growth of superbugs like MRSA and 4) they are hazardous to your health–their own warning labels say so!

Alternatives I strongly encourage are natural antimicrobials like vinegar, essential oils or even probiotics. To make your own spray you just need a spray bottle, water and mix in one of the following:

  • vinegar – 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water – the vinegar smell goes away in a few minutes
  • essential oils – 1-2 drops per ounce of water – essential oils also smell great
  • probiotics – 0.5 ounces to 32 ounces of water – probiotics can stay active for several days, so they are still working even when you put your gear back on tomorrow.

Each natural alternative works great and will keep your gear from harboring germs a lot longer than chemical sanitizers will, plus they’ll cut down on the odors that spring up from your pads.

Go Deep

At least once per month, during the season, you should get your gear professionally deep cleaned. Look for a company that specializes in cleaning sports gear using natural methods. That way you won’t suffer in the long run from doing the healthy thing by getting your pads cleaned and deodorized from time to time. In Las Vegas, go with Germz Be Gone as they deodorize and sanitize sports gear using steam and probiotics. For the ultimate convenience, they are a mobile service and come to you. They even offer team discounts. Check out their prices. For $5 off for first-time customers use code: SAVE5.

Bad Odor = A Ton Of Germs

Whether you play football or any other sport where you sweat in pads, the above techniques can be used to help save you embarrassment and keep you healthy and active. Use these techniques every time you take off your pads. Remember to air out, spray down and get your gear professionally cleaned every now and then. Can you imagine your locker room where all of your teammates keep their gear free from germs and odors? How much better would the locker room smell? How many more players reduce the risk of infection and stay healthier during the season (football is played in the heart of flu season)? How much better will your season be?

Onward to glory! Make a move below:

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How To Keep Your Hockey Gear From Stinking

How To Keep Your Hockey Gear From Stinking

There is one thing that every hockey player knows for sure, but will not admit outloud to themselves nor their teammates for cause of embarrassment: your gear gets funky! Your pads get smelly enough to where they have to ride in the trunk of the car and are not allowed inside the house. Your days of embarrassment are over. Here are a few ways to keep your gear from smelling like a barnyard and also keep germs at bay that can cause infection and keep you out of competition.

Air Out

Germs love dark, damp places–that’s where they do the most multiplying. By zipping your gear up in a bag all you’re doing is giving germs like staph and e. coli their favorite environment. When enough bad germs are present that’s when your gear starts getting funky and you can get sick. I know it’s easier to toss your pads and skates in a bag and let them marinate in your sweat until the next time you need them, but that is not a good habit to get into to. A simple way to remember it: bad odors equal a ton of germs. After each game or practice it is critical to let your gear air out. Since we live in Las Vegas, and the air is dry, just place them outside for an hour or two (direct sun not required). The goal is to evaporate your sweat to give the germs nothing to eat and survive on.

Spray Down

After evaporating your sweat from your pads, you are now ready to spray your pads down with something antimicrobial. There are number of chemical sanitizing sprays out there, but I highly recommend against them for a few reasons: 1) ounce for ounce, they cost more than natural sprays, 2) they simply don’t work–they will not penetrate fabrics before they themselves evaporate, 3) they have proven to be contributing factors in the growth of superbugs like MRSA and 4) they are hazardous to your health–their own warning labels say so!

Alternatives I strongly encourage are natural antimicrobials like vinegar, essential oils or even probiotics. To make your own spray you just need a spray bottle, water and mix in one of the following:

  • vinegar – 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water – the vinegar smell goes away in a few minutes
  • essential oils – 1-2 drops per ounce of water – essential oils smell great
  • probiotics – 0.5 ounces to 32 ounces of water – probiotics can stay active for several days, so they are still working even when you put your gear back on.

Each alternative works great and will keep your gear from harboring germs a lot longer than chemical sanitizers will, plus they’ll cut down on the odors that spring up from your pads.

Go Deep

At least once per month, during the season, you should get your gear professionally deep cleaned. Look for a company that specializes in cleaning sports gear using natural methods. That way you won’t suffer in the long run from doing the healthy thing by getting your pads cleaned and deodorized from time to time. In Las Vegas, the only company I know of that cleans sports gear is Germz Be Gone. They use steam and probiotics to sanitize and deodorize your gear naturally. For the ultimate convenience, they are a mobile service and come to you. They even offer team discounts. Check out their prices. For $5 off for first-time customers use code: SAVE5.

Bad Odor = A Ton Of Germs

Whether you play hockey or any other sport where you sweat in pads the above techniques can be used to help save you embarrassment and keep you healthy and active. Please use these techniques every time you take off your pads. Remember to air out, spray down and get your gear professionally cleaned every now and then.

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San Diego Hepatitis Outbreak Needs A Different Solution: Here’s Mine

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How To Solve The San Diego Street Hygiene, Hepatitis Problem

Since I previously highlighted what’s wrong in San Diego’s hepatitis remedy, I’ll get right to it.

Step One: Stop spraying bleach everywhere.

Bleach is toxic and creates too many unwanted issues down the road like:

  • Negative Health Issues – bleach causes cognitive, respiratory and nervous system issues. This is no secrete.
  • Immediate Sanitizing Only – Once bleach evaporates, its sanitizing properties go with it. Recontamination is possible just moments after application of the bleach.
  • Bleach kills everything – Bleach kills the good microbes too. Infection risk rises when an imbalance exists favoring the pathogens. If there are no good microbes left to fight off the pathogens, other serious illnesses can spread.
  • Where Does It Go? – So the city is spraying bleach everywhere. Are they collecting the contaminated water so it won’t go into the storm drain and contaminate the environment?
  • Creating Superbugs – Applying bleach to every surface is only creating the right environment for the creation of other superbugs. See “MRSA”

Step Two: Buck traditional thinking, apply some “new” science.

A quick Google search will yield countless alternatives to bleach to kill viruses and other pathogens. Vinegar, for example, can be an effective sanitizer. However, I propose something completely revolutionary: heat and then probiotics.

Yeah, I said it! PROBIOTICS.

High-temperature hot water or steam pressure washers are available. There would be no need for any chemicals other than what already exists in the city’s tap water, as the heat would destroy whatever is in its path. No chemicals, means a safer remedy and no negative side effects in the short or long term.

Probiotics For Days

After applying the steam, come back through with an application of probiotics using an ultra-low volume fogger. This will create a layer of beneficial microflora which will last and protect for several days rather than minutes.

Some may think a remedy of heat and probiotics is crazy and it won’t work. But tell me, is spraying bleach all over guaranteed to work? Time to try something different.