Laughter is the Best Medicine

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Welp, it’s the most wonderful time of year again…the holiday bustle is in full swing, the stores are splitting at the seams with people, the travel plans are laid out, and the GERMS ARE FLYING!

As an elementary health and PE teacher, I teach over 600 students a week. Each child cracks me up with their unique personalities: their sweetness, their sassiness, their silliness, and…their grossness. I adore my students. I do not adore the germs they spread through our school.

I try really hard to keep my immune system healthy!

  • Hot water with lemon and turmeric each morning
  • 8 hours of sleep every night
  • Vitamins C and D3, probiotics
  • Regular exercise
  • Wash my hands ALL THE TIME
  • Healthy diet

No matter what preventative measures I take, I cannot seem to avoid getting a cold. Sometimes my stress levels get too high, sometimes I stretch myself too thin for too long, sometimes I get lazy with my vitamin and herbal routine, and sometimes my body “just knows” that a holiday and break from routine is coming up.

So what can you do about it when your nasal passages are so stuffed? When your head is pounding and your eyes are heavy? When your throat is scratchy and muscles are achy? Laugh.

Your body knows best. Your body is speaking to you. By getting sick, your immune system cannot keep up with the amount of pathogens in your body. Your body is screaming: Slow Down. Rest Up. RESET. 

Resetting gives you a chance to get back to basics in your health. Get back to basics in your life. Get back to basics with your family and friends. Resetting in turn helps you appreciate what you have.  Appreciate your body. Appreciate your family and friends. Appreciate your life.

So with a stuffy nose, heavy eyes, and a grateful heart, I wish you all a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving!

Oh! And Magic Soup (make when you are feeling a cold coming on and the healing properties of the garlic and onion will lessen the symptoms of your viral infection)

  • 6 cups broth: 4 cups low sodium chicken broth and 4 cups water
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1 carrot
  • dash of cayenne or red pepper
    • chop the garlic, onion, celery, and carrot
    • add vegetables and cayenne to the broth
    • bring to a boil
    • GET BETTER

xoxo,

Ariana

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