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Get Ready For Winter

Winter is coming! There’s a lot you can do around your home to get ready for winter that will keep your family safe, warm, healthy – and even save you money!

Winterize Your Home

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Get your home ready and well-stocked for winter.

There are many things you can do to make your home healthier and more energy-efficient. Not only will it keep your house warmer, it will save you money. A few include:

  • Seal any gaps around windows and doors
  • Check out our tips on keeping your indoor air pure during winter.
  • Replace worn-out insulation.
  • Run your ceiling fans in reverse to push warm air back down into the room.
  • Install storm windows.

Focus on Immune Support

With increased travel and more stress this time of year, illnesses tend to increase. Boost your immune system to reduce your risk of catching those winter bugs.

  • Probiotic supplements and foods like yogurt, kefir and kombucha support healthy gut flora necessary for immune function.
  • Wash your hands often to prevent the spread of germs and clip your children’s nails to reduce the hiding places for dirt.
  •  Be sure to get plenty of sleep. Your body needs to recharge in order to have the strength to ward off illness.

Check out our other tips on how to support your immune system naturally.

Get Your Car Ready for Winter

 Safe winter travel starts with preparing your car:

  • Perform a tune-up, replacing all fluids and ensuring that your tires will last all winter.
  • Keep a spare tire, jack, and jumper cables in your car.
  • Replace your car’s battery if necessary.
  • Keep a winter survival kit in your car: include a flashlight, food, blankets, water, and any medications your family needs.

Following these tips for your home, health, and travel will help you have a safe, healthy winter – enjoy!

May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!

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

3 Flu Prevention Tips for Battling the Cold and Flu Season!

 3 Flu Prevention Tips for Battling the Cold and Flu Season!

Crisp Autumn Day

Football season is in full swing, apple picking time is here, and the leaves are beginning to turn. Fall has arrived. However, we all know the cool crisp air also marks the start of cold and flu season.

We’ve all been there when one child comes home sick and you have to go into defense mode trying to prevent the spread of illness to the rest of the family.

 3 Flu Prevention Tips for Battling the Cold and Flu Season!

It’s that time of year

What are some good ways beyond hand washing to prevent the spread of the germs?  The Dr. Doormatblog is here to help with your defense and to clean up once the illness has run its course.   Check out these 3 tips for battling the bugs this coming cold & flu season!

1.    Wash it out. If one family member comes home sick get everyone’s sheets and blankets in the laundry ASAP. Beds are an easy harbor for germs- especially because kids tend to put schoolbags and books down on them to study. Make sure to use hot water! Is your washing machine clean?

Also make sure to wash pillow covers from the couch, stuffed animals, towels, backpacks and jackets as needed.

2.   Quick Wipe Down. Do a quick clean with a natural disinfectant of the following high-use spots: Door knobs, handles on the refrigerator, sinks/faucets, bathrooms, kitchen table, remotes, video game controllers, toys and backpacks. 

Looking for an easy, natural disinfectant? Vinegar is a great solution! Read about more natural ways to disinfect here. You’ll  be pleasantly surprised that most of this list is probably already in your cabinets!

Wiping down your car is important too- give your steering wheel, window controls, seat belt buckles, car and booster seats some attention. 

3.   Let the Air Flow. Get fresh air moving through your home by opening windows and running fans. You can also try spraying an all-natural disinfectant air freshener. Stagnant air flow and constant recirculation harbor germs especially in bedrooms and playrooms.

 3 Flu Prevention Tips for Battling the Cold and Flu Season!

No need to gear up with a HazMat suit

A fresh breeze will make everyone feel better and keep the air moving. 

Make sure your fans and window casings have been cleaned recently to prevent the spread of dust and grime!  In addition to these three tips I also throw the toothbrush away and start fresh.

 

What are some cleaning methods you use during cold and flu season? We’d love to hear them- share with us on Twitter & Facebook!

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.

Ring In The New School Year!

 Ring In The New School Year!

The Bus Is Here!

I’m clutching onto the last thread of summer and not ready to let go.  After all, we go from “school’s out” and that wonderful sense of freedom that includes relaxing at extended family vacations, basking in the warm sun, enjoying the lazy days of summer into a brand new school year. The transition seems far more dramatic than December 31st as we ring in the New Year during the gloomy months of winter.  I think we have our calendars mixed up; the New Year and all it’s change and resolutions should come in September when school begins. It’s all about fresh start- clean lockers, new teachers and new schools.  When I hear Labor Day my brain kicks into action and tells me to get re-energized and gear up to get organized.  This is a perfect time in our year to think about old habits and routines and incorporate positive changes in our lives.   New Years resolutions may come and go but top on the list is usually good health.  Given a choice of winning a million dollars or having good health I’m sure we would all stop for a moment and then agree good health is priceless.  What’s a Mom or Dad to do?

 Ring In The New School Year!

Keep them healthy and let them play!

You can’t put those little angels of yours under a glass jar forever.  They have to be given a chance to fall down and scrape their knees, dig in the dirt in the school playground and even catch a bug or two.  Healthcare costs are soaring and every time your child misses a day of school it causes a ripple effect that impacts all of our lives.  They miss the lesson of the day and you have to coordinate coverage at work or at home and then the Dr. visit.  It all costs time and money and aggravation.  For us adults, staying healthy is put on the back burner and we often neglect to take care of ourselves.  Staying healthy involves getting sleep, eating a healthy diet and implementing some simple tricks to help improve the overall home environmental conditions in your home and your family’s health.  For this post, I am going to simply give you three basic categories to think about.  You may not be able to do it all so hone in on at least one good tip and stick with it.

SLEEP

Try to get at least eight hours of sleep a night.  Children need more.  Avoid using electronic devices before bed- time as the flashing lights stimulate the brain and make it difficult to fall asleep.  When children are preparing for bed, dim the lights.  Set up a routine for a healthy bedtime ritual for you and your children.  Come up with a realistic amount of time to get through the routine and have a start time to stay on track and not derail your plan.

EXERCISE

Most of us try and take advantage of the warmer months and enjoy healthy walks, bike rides and various outdoor activities.  Make a plan to invest 30 – 60 minutes a day or at least 10,000 steps a day to stay heart healthy during the colder more hectic months of fall and winter.  You can do it, park your car further away and take the stairs when possible.

NUTRITION

Eat preferably organic fresh fruits and vegetables (a rainbow of colors). Eating enough protein rich foods (like chicken, eggs, milk, seeds and nuts) can strengthen the red blood cells that ultimately strengthen your immune system.  Drink plenty of water and avoid soda and processed foods.

Here’s to a Healthy New School Year!

Best Regards,
signature Ring In The New School Year!
Debbie Estis Greenspan
Founder/CEO/Mom
Dr. Doormat, Inc.

May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!

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