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How to Avoid Germs at the Gym

You go to the gym or health club to stay healthy – but it doesn’t really work out that way when you’re picking up all kinds of germs and bringing them home with you. As the weather cools down, many of us are getting back to the gyms and health spas to get our exercise in. Here are a few tips for avoiding germs and illnesses!

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Avoiding the germ fest at the gym

  • Choose wisely. Be sure the gym or health club you’re frequenting is up to safety standards. It should be clean, well-maintained, and well-ventilated.
  • Bring your own gear. Working out with a friend is incredibly motivating – but don’t share gear. It’s just not sanitary.
  • Wear your shoes. Don’t go barefoot – you never know what kind of foot fungi are lurking on the floor! You can get shower shoes to wear more comfortably in the shower or sauna.
  • Disinfect. Bring hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes to wipe down equipment before you use it.
  • Bring your own water. Filling up at the water fountain might put more than just H2O into your water bottle. Bring your own to keep the guesswork out.
  • Arrive home safely. As always, wipe your feet on Dr. Doormat upon arriving home and toss your gym clothes right in the wash!

Don’t let the gym make you sick – you’re there to stay healthy, after all!

May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!

Best Regards,
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Debbie Estis Greenspan
Founder/CEO/Mom
Dr. Doormat, Inc.

7 Tips To Keeping The Car Clean

We practically live out of our cars.  

Here are 7 common sense tips for keeping the car clean.

Once upon a time in this great nation it was a luxury to own a car. When suburban sprawl, soccer games, cheerleading practice, football camp and sleepovers became the norm, what was a luxury became a necessity. While plenty of urban parents and children pack up equipment and coolers and take public transportation, the majority of the soccer moms are packing as many players as they can into their car-pooling auto.

 7 Tips To Keeping The Car Clean

Gearing up in the family SUV

The term auto is used loosely. More than likely the suburban mother of today is driving an SUV or van – the 2012 version of the old station wagon from the days of Leave it to Beaver. While fathers still drive their sporty cars to work, the work car is driven by the moms.

Whether a soccer mom or working person, we all seem to live in our cars. Think about all the time spent in stop and start commuting traffic. Then comes the taxi team hauling everyone and his brother to practices, recitals, play dates and maybe camping trips. Do not forget the daily trips to the super market, mall and big box stores. How does anyone make time for themselves? Usually, lunch time or break time means eating on the run.

 7 Tips To Keeping The Car Clean

The Family Taxi

How many carloads of rambunctious cheerleaders have passed through the Golden Arches after a game. After everyone orders their favorite super-sized meal and devours as much as possible while still talking and waving their arms around, there are more French fries on the floor of the car than ever hit the collective mouths. Mom ordered her favorite, too, which means not only fries on the floor, but spilled cola on the arm rest and crumbs down the front of her shirt.

This is life in America. We love it. So do all the germs and bacteria that hide in your car when you close the doors for the afternoon or evening. Your auto becomes a rolling lab specimen. In the hot, closed environment all the bad bacteria grow and flourish. And when the next person or group of children enters the car, they come in contact with all these vermin. Are the sniffles, flu bug or allergic reactions too far away?

It is virtually impossible for Americans to maintain the interior of their vehicles so they are germ free.   Here are 7 common sense ways to eliminate some of these invading microorganisms and viruses before they can do damage.

  1. You’ll need a garbage can, vacuum cleaner, paper towels, non-toxic, odor free cleaning spray and a litter-bag.
  2. Pull all the car mats out, shake and vacuum at least once a week and then believe it or not you should be able to wash those mats in a front-loading washing machine, and hang to dry.  Only as needed of course.
  3. Open all the doors, empty all the trash under all those seats and start cleaning.

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    The cars takes a bath

  4. One major helpful tip:  Before and After you vacuum, clean the head of the vacuum cleaner with a sanitizing spray or solution.  This prevents the transfer of virus’s and other nasty germs from being spread around.   If you use a public car wash, make them use a spray or sanitizer or your car will be dirtier after they vacuum.
  5. Once a quarter have the floors shampooed at a professional car wash.
  6. Purchase a good size container of anti-bacterial wipes. Make it a game for the kids. Once they are secured in their seats have them wipe that portion of the seatbelts that they touch. They should also wipe the door handles before they touch them the first time. Don’t forget to wipe the steering wheel as well! Keep a litter-bag in the car for all the used wipes and pitch in the trash when you get home.
  7. Buy a large size container of anti-bacterial spray. You may wish to spray the seats and floors when you know the car will not be used any further for the day or evening. When you spray the interior and close the doors, while the car sits unused for seven hours, all the bacteria on the seats and floors will have been killed.  Air out in the morning before the family climbs aboard for another day.

You have not eliminated all the germs in the car, but you have made great strides in reducing your family’s exposure to harmful virus’s and toxins tracked in on our shoes.  It’s always a pleasure to drive a clean car.

May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!

Best Regards,
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Debbie Estis Greenspan
Founder/CEO/Mom
Dr. Doormat, Inc.

Boost Your Immune System Naturally

Autumn has its perks – changing leaves, apple-picking, and cozy sweaters. Unfortunately, the arrival of autumn also means that flu season is approaching. Fortunately, there are many ways to naturally boost your immune system and protect yourself from the flu, colds, and other illnesses.

 Boost Your Immune System Naturally

Get Enough Sleep

  1. Don’t skimp on sleep. Sleep is what your body needs to regenerate and recharge. Chronic lack of sleep ultimately leads to body burnout.
  2. Stay hydrated. Fuel your cells and promote detoxification by drinking plenty of water each day.
  3. Avoid processed foods. White sugar in particular is known to impact immune function. Instead, snack on fresh fruits and vegetables as much as possible and ensure that you get plenty of protein.
  4. Eat garlic and onions. These aromatic root vegetables are both high in antibacterial properties.  Lime is also a natural antibacterial and helpful when added to salad or squeezed over cooked foods.
  5. Restore proper pH in your body. Eating alkaline foods such as leafy greens, carrots, and lemon water.
  6. Destress. Stress, if not dealt with, can really take its toll on your body’s ability to fight illness.
  7. Limit caffeine. I’m not too crazy about this tip, myself, but the sad truth is that caffeine can have a negative impact on our immune systems.

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    Choose Herbal Tea

  8. Supplement with immune-boosting herbs. Herbs like Echinacea and garlic can help prevent germs and viruses from making you ill. Drinking green tea can help, as well.
  9. Wash your hands frequently. Lighten the load on your immune system and wash away germs often with warm, soapy water. Take special care to wash up often when you’re out in public and before eating.
  10. Eat probiotics. Dr. Linda White for Mother Earth News explains, “Beneficial microorganisms colonize our intestinal, lower urinary and upper respiratory tracts. They outcompete bad ‘bugs’ and enhance immune function. You can consume such bacteria in the form of live-cultured products such as yogurt, sauerkraut and kimchi. Probiotic supplements, available at natural food stores, may reduce the risk of antibiotic-induced diarrhea, viral diarrhea, vaginitis and respiratory infections.”

Take these steps to improve your health and have greater immune function this flu season.

May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!

Best Regards,
Debbie Greenspan's signature
Debbie Estis Greenspan
Founder/CEO/Mom
Dr. Doormat, Inc.