Food For Thought

“Food for Thought” anything that provides mental stimulus for thinking. Literally we must have proper nutritional intake for adequate function of  our neurotransmitters, which are messengers that bring brain signals from one neuron to the next one. Your brain structure might be good, but if your neurotransmitters are insufficient, your brain won’t work right. So, it is important to feed those neurotransmitters what they need to maintain adequate performance and longevity of healthy cells!

Blueberries may be the best nutritional supplement for the brain. Evidence accumulated at Tufts University suggests that blueberries may be effective in improving or delaying short term memory loss.

A powerful antioxidant found in tomatoes, could help protect against the kind of free radical damage to cells which occurs in the development of dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s.

Pumpkin seeds can provide your recommended daily amount of zinc, vital for enhancing memory and thinking skills.

Salmon is loaded with omega 3 fatty acids  which increase brain power, particularly memory and performance.

Additional foods to add to your menu each week for Brainpower are:
Broccoli, Carrots, Garlic, Red grapes, Spinach, Soy, Tea, Tomatoes, and  Whole grains.

…Healthy Fit Healing to you, Phyllis Lomax Singh

Upper Respiratory Issues

This time of year brings a great number of upper respiratory challenges. Bronchitis and or pneumonia is characterized by inflammation in the  lungs.  It usually produces a persistent irritating cough which may be a dry and hacking or a wet phlegm producing cough. The longer the inflammation persists the more irritating it can be on soft tissues of the upper respiratory tract. So it is important to deal with it as soon as you begin to have symptoms.

Most cases of bronchitis and pneumonia do not require antibiotics. Rest and plenty of fluids is usually the primary treatment.  Consider eating Garlic. Incorporate raw, cooked, or powered garlic into your diet. It  is a natural antibiotic that may help destroy bacterial and viral cells. This may help speed recovery from bronchitis.

The natural Holistic approach is to stimulate expectoration (removal) of mucous and increase immune function: Vitamin C can bolster your immune system. Wild Cherry Bark tea will aid in thinning of thick build up of phlegm in the airway and lungs and allowing expectoration. Peppermint candies contain menthol, which has decongestant properties. Menthol may thin mucus in your lungs, helping your body to break it up and remove it through productive coughing.

Forcing fluids into the body is always a plus and aids in thinning secretions as well as filtering out the bad bugs associated with upper respiratory inflammatory processes. There is no limit to drinking juice, bouillon, soups, and water. Fluids are a way to keep the body hydrated and nourished when experiencing an upper respiratory inflammation.

While recuperating from this illness and providing your body with a much needed rest – brew a cup of Wild Cherry Bark tea, plump your pillows, find a good book, listen to some great music and love yourself.

…Healthy Fit Healing to you, Phyllis Lomax Singh

Ellie’s Healthy Fit Coaching Blog…

   Most of my dearest friends and family know me as  “Ellie” because of my deep infatuation with elephants. I am also a writer and have a deep philosophical side to life. These are some of my favorite phrases of encouraging words.  I placed them here for you to enjoy in their individuality.  I know this is a health blog, but, please bear with me. I promise there is a method for my madness.

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”  -Henry Ford

“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.” Helen Keller

“If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.” Mary Pickford

“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” Eleanor Rosevelt

In my college days I wrote poetry and was challenged by a professor to write a “poetry critique” whereby you  take two poems having a similar title, dissimilar prose, and make comparisons creating a common thread between the two. I no longer have time for the burdensome task of critiquing but to combine quotes for impact is a fascinating thought process to me. I have combined the same quotations as a paragraph…

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood. If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

Wow is this awesome or what? I am so inspired and  I am totally stoked by my holistic nutrition studies and I will be sharing information with you as the year progresses. I will be combining my nursing experience, coaching experience,  life experience, and my holistic studies to bring you as much information as I can. I invite you to follow my blog and join  as well. I am uploading as quickly as I can. Soon there will be a face book page and much more

…Healthy Fit Healing to you, Phyllis Lomax Singh

Accident Prone

Have you ever had a day when everything went wrong? A day when you were sure you would not get past noon?? Well have a laugh on me……ha ha ha

This morning I went to the cupboard to get a glass for juice. A plastic lid fell on the floor and I bent to retrieve it. As I stood back up to place the lid on the counter I banged my head on the open cupboard door. For a moment I thought it was night again because I saw stars floating in the darkness.

When the stars cleared from my sight I opened the refrigerator to get a carton of orange juice and a jar of jelly fell out of the door and smashed onto my toe. I hopped around and grabbed my foot. My poor toe was all ready swelling.

I sat on the floor and rocked back and forth. My poor toe was throbbing. When the pain ceased I stood up and hobbled to the counter. I poured my juice and reached for a cup making sure I did not leave the cupboard door open this time.  I drank my juice and poured a cup of coffee.

I placed the orange juice back in the fridge and took out the liquid creamer. I flipped the cap on the creamer and turned the bottle up to add it to my coffee and the lid flew off and the entire bottle splashed all over the counter drowning my cup of coffee. Needless to say after I cleaned up the mess I went back to bed. Have you ever had a day like this….would you  like to share???