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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.

Protecting Your Family From the Flu This Season

There’s a lot to look forward to as the seasons change, but some aspects of the transition aren’t so welcome. One that we’re all familiar with is the flu. It seems to pop up like clockwork leaving many people sick and miserable for days – or even weeks.

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Don’t end up like this poor guy – take steps to protect your health!

Nobody likes going in to get the flu shot, but the fact is the flu vaccine reduces the odds of getting the flu by 70% to 90%. The other alternative is the nasal spray vaccine which my 10 year old prefers.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, those who live with or interact with small children and babies, pregnant women, the elderly and anyone else who is immune-compromised for any reason should place extra importance on getting the shot, as those around them are relying on herd immunity for safety from the illness.

Other groups are also at higher risk for developing influenza:

  • Small children, elderly men and women, and pregnant women
  • Native Americans
  • Those with certain medical conditions like asthma and heart disease
  • Those with weakened immune systems from medications or conditions such as HIV, AIDS, or cancer
  • Obese men and women (those with a body-mass-index of 40 or greater)

You can also take a few natural preventative measures – check out my last post on avoiding the flu for some healthy (and often overlooked!) tips on how to do so.

And of course – wipe those feet on Dr. Doormat each and every time you come home. Make your home a safe haven from germs and don’t let them inside. I’m running out to get my shot today.

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.

     Boost Your Immune System Naturally

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

Weclome to the Dr. Doormat Blog

 Weclome to the Dr. Doormat Blog It gives me great pleasure to announce the launch of our new Blog at Dr. Doormat. Many of you email and call me with your comments, questions and much appreciated support. Now, I’m excited that we have a new way to communicate. Since 2002 when I began to research various ways to clean up my home environment for my family, I uncovered a wealth of information and felt a responsibility to share what I learned with friends and family. This long journey of developing Dr. Doormat has not only been an adventure in business but an opportunity to fulfill a mission and help so many people learn about the issues of how to manage their home environment. I plan to include health tips, share relevant articles that I think you would find useful and share with you an under the hood view of running my business and balancing family life. I will invite guest blogger experts like Allergists, Veterinarians, Medical Advisors, Professional Housekeepers and Environmentalists and real Moms among others to contribute. I will also occasionally recommend products and techniques to help us through the seasons. I believe it takes a village to raise a family and I would like you to be part of mine.

May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!

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