Coronavirus Advice from a Source I Trust: Let´s Do More

Coronavirus Advice from a Source I Trust: Let´s Do More

What is true and what is fake news? What should we be concerned about and what is just fear mongering? What habits should be disregarded and what more could we be doing to get the spread of Covid-19 under control?  If you´re anything like me, your head is full of questions just like this.

 

It´s an unprecedented time and we´ve all been enlisted to do our part. For some that involves fighting this fight on the front lines, and a huge thanks to you all, but for most of us it simply means staying at home and taking responsibility for our own actions.

 

I was recently sent the following from Irene Ken, a physician whose daughter is an Assistant Professor in infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins University. It’s quite informative and outlines truths, unthruths and actions we can all be taking. It is clear, to the point and fear-monger free, which is why I approve. I hope you also find it useful at this crazy time.

 

Remember fear and panic are contagious, but so are happiness, laughter and peace. Choose wisely.

Battling Coronavirus

Facts, Fiction & Actions to take  

 

  • The virus is not a living organism, but a protein molecule (DNA) covered by a protective layer of lipid (fat), which, when absorbed by the cells of the ocular, nasal or buccal mucosa, changes their genetic code (mutation) and convert them into aggressor and multiplier cells.

 

  • Since the virus is not a living organism but a protein molecule, it is not killed, but decays on its own.  The disintegration time depends on the temperature, humidity and type of material where it lies.

 

  • The virus is very fragile; the only thing that protects it is a thin outer layer of fat.  That is why any soap or detergent is the best remedy, because the foam cuts through the fat (that is why it´s important to rub so much: for 20 seconds or more, to make a lot of foam).  By dissolving the fat layer, the protein molecule disperses and breaks down on its own.

 

  • Heat melts fat; this is why it is so good to use water above 25 degrees Celsius for washing hands, clothes and everything.  In addition, hot water makes more foam and that makes it even more useful.
  • Alcohol or any mixture with alcohol over 65% dissolves any fat, especially the external lipid layer of the virus.

 

  • Any mix with 1 part bleach and 5 parts water directly dissolves the protein, breaks it down from the inside.

 

  • Oxygenated water helps long after soap, alcohol and chlorine, because peroxide dissolves the virus protein, but you have to use it pure and it hurts your skin.

 

  • No Bactericide serves.  The virus is not a living organism like bacteria; they cannot kill what is not alive with antibiotics, but we can quickly disintegrate its structure with the other tips included here.

 

  • Never shake used or unused clothing, sheets or cloth.  While it is glued to a porous surface, it is very inert and disintegrates only between 3 hours (fabric and porous), 4 hours (copper, because it is naturally antiseptic; and wood, because it removes all the moisture and does not let it peel off and disintegrates), 24 hours (cardboard), 42 hours (metal) and 72 hours (plastic).  But if you shake it or use a feather duster, the virus molecules float in the air for up to 3 hours and can lodge in your nose.

 

  • The virus molecules remain very stable in external cold, or artificial conditioned air in houses and cars.  They also need moisture to stay stable and darkness.  Therefore, dehumidified, dry, warm and bright environments will degrade it faster.

 

  • UV Light on any object that may contain it, breaks down the virus protein.  For example, to disinfect and reuse a mask UV light is perfect.  Be careful, it also breaks down collagen (which is protein) in the skin, eventually causing wrinkles and skin cancer.

     

    • The virus cannot go through healthy skin.

     

    • Vinegar is not useful because it does not break down the protective layer of fat.

     

    • Spirits or vodka aren´t enough. The strongest vodka is 40% alcohol, and you need 65%.

     

    • Listerine works! It is 65% alcohol.

     

    • The more confined the space, the more concentration of the virus there can be.  The more open or naturally ventilated, the less.

     

    • This is said a lot, but you must wash your hands before and after touching pets, food, locks, knobs, switches, remote control, cell phones, watches, computers, desks, TV, etc.  And when using the bathroom.

     

    • Keep hands moisturized. They dry out after lots of washing and the molecules can hide in the micro cracks.  The thicker the moisturizer, the better.  

     

    • Keep your nails short so that the virus does not hide there.

    I made it home to Montana and now I´m staying here.

     

    Sending you lots of love, light and laughter. Stay safe, stay home and thank you to everyone for doing your part.

    Giveaway: Would YOU like to Feature on Style Beyond Age?

    Giveaway: Would YOU like to Feature on Style Beyond Age?

    Finally, skincare for all three stages of the menopause is here, and it´s brought to us by Pause. Would you like to give it a try?

    Pause are kind enough to have gifted me some products, and I would like to pass their kindness on to you. I´ll be selecting one lady to trial and review this fabulous range of skincare products for women in all three stages of the menopause.

    These products have been created specifically to equalize and combat the imbalances our body and skin face at this stage of our lives.

    The lucky lady will receive the following Pause Skincare items:

    4-in-1 Micellar Cleansing Treatment

    Collagen Boosting Moisturizer

    Hydrating Cleanser

    Hot Flash Cooling Mist

    Facia Stimulating Tool

     

    If you´re selected as the Style Beyond Age tester, you will receive the Pause skincare products free of charge through the post. I´ll ask you to trial them for one month before filling us all in on the benefits and changes you noticed for a special blog feature.

    Who am I Looking For

    On this occasion, I´m looking for women in the US only, due to postage so apologies if this doesn´t include you.

    You should be in one of the three stages of menopause, and just in case you aren´t sure, there´s a quick outline below.

    I also hope to share photos via my Instagram feed so please ensure you are comfortable with this when applying.

    At the end of the testing period, we will ask you to answer a few questions, that will appear on a blog feature.

    Want to make a nomination? We accept those too. If you´d like to nominate a fabulous female in your life, then contact me by DM or leave the name under the post on my Instagram

    Which stage are you at?

     

    Premenopause

    At this stage estrogen fluctuations and symptoms are at their most intense. On average, it begins 7 – 10 years before the menopause.

     

    Menopause

    The menopause is officially 12 months after the last day of your last period. If you´ve made it, the sweats are over – welcome! But guess what, after all of that it only lasts a day.

     

    Post Menopause

    Post menopause is all the time that follows the 1 day that is the menopause. It´s the final phase and lasts the rest of our lives.

    How To Apply

    The application process is simple. It´s all done through Instagram. Just send me the name of your nomination, whether that´s yourself or a fellow female in your life. You can do this by commenting below the photo on my Instagram feed or if you´d prefer, you can send me a DM (direct message) with name of your nomination. The winner will be drawn, at random, live on my Instagram Stories on Saturday March 21, and I´ll reach out to let them know they have won, and request their mailing details.

    Would you love to give them a try?
    Enter now. They could be yours.

     

    Enter now:

    Pause Skincare Giveaway

    Make your nomination through my Instagram 

    Specifically designed for women going through the menopause.

    Product Information

     

    Learn more about Pause Skincare and what makes it totally different…

    Body Skincare Tips: Get Your Glow Back for Spring

    Body Skincare Tips: Get Your Glow Back for Spring

    We all take care of our face, after all it’s the first thing people see, but how are we taking care of the skin on the rest of your body? Our skin is our largest organ, and it needs a bit of TLC to keep us looking, and feeling, our best.

    If you are at all like me, you reach for lotions or creams (perhaps you don’t even know the difference between the two) and you use whatever is handy. I’ve been guilty of that for decades!

    With spring quickly approaching its time to start reconsidering how we take care of those delicate areas on the rest of our bodies.

    Skincare Tips

    We have heard a lot lately about crepey skin and there are many products that address that condition. Crepe Erase, Emepelle are some prime examples of how science has improved in this area. However, for complete, innovative skincare there is a two-prong system that is worth looking into.

    The Two-Prong Approach

    Just as exfoliating your face is important to the efficacy of your products, exfoliating your body is equally important. We´ve got to put in the preparation if we want the best results!

    To exfoliate, I use a variety of products in all price ranges, from the cost-effective St Ives Apricot Scrub which is a firm favorite of mine, to a lemon sugar and oil scrub that I concoct myself. I´ve included my recipe here if you want to give it a try.

    Skincare From the Experts

    There are also clinical products developed by experts. I have been using the RéVive Supérieur Body System for a while now. Developed by Dr Gregory Brown, a successful plastic surgeon, who realized that many of his patients simply wanted to rejuvenate lackluster skin. The RéVive formulation works to increase skin renewal, improve elasticity and reduce the signs of aging. If you´re looking to get your glow back, I highly recommend! The two-pronged system is said to firm, moisturize and smooth the skin. It delivers proven results and will help you welcome in spring in style.

    Consistent Skincare Routine

    Whatever you do and whichever products you choose consistency is key. Make your largest organ a priority in your daily routine and get that glow!

    Until the next time….

    10 Tips to Stay Active After 50

    10 Tips to Stay Active After 50

    The spirit of wellness continues….

    The new year is a time when we´re supposed to feel energized and full of ambition, but instead the holiday over-indulge often leaves us feeling bloated and a bit lethargic. The best tonic to tackle the tiredness is to get moving, and so I’m sharing my 10 top tips to stay active after 50 and have some fun along the way.

     

    Use it or Loose it

    Staying active after 50, offers so many benefits. It helps to keep us strong, healthy, flexible and it also combats the effects of the menopause monster. But exercise doesn’t always call for your blood, sweat and tears. A healthy life is all about wellness. I love to stay active, whilst enjoying myself at the same time, so here are my top tips to do just that…

    1 – Walk and Talk

    Taking a walk is a great way to get outside and be active. To amp up the fun factor, invite a friend. After half an hour of walking and talking you´ll have caught up on all the gossip and completed your 30 minute work out for the day without even realising it.

    2 – Yoga

    Yoga is a great way to stay active, whilst improving strength, balance and flexibility. It comes in many shapes and forms and can be tailored to suit your needs and abilities. Some styles are more fast-paced or strenuous than others, so if you aren´t a full blown Yogi yet, then look out for a suitable teacher or gentle yoga class close to you.

    3 – Shop till you Drop

    Some partners might disagree, but shopping is exercise – believe me! Spending a few hours walking around the mall gives you (and your credit card) a great work out for the day.

     

    I also like to don a pair of killer heels to up the ante and really get those calves workings!

    4 – Pilates

    Pilates is a fantastic way for us to stay fit, providing a range of mental and physical benefits. It allows us to tone and strengthen our muscles, without being too taxing on the joints. Attending a regular class is also a great way to meet and mingle.

    5 – Swim and Sauna

    Swimming is a great form or exercise that works the whole body, whilst being gentle on the muscles and joints. Select the stroke, speed and distance that works for you and off you go.

     

    After completing a few lengths, I like to treat myself to a relaxing sauna. It´s a great end to the work out as it’s can improve circulation, ease pain, reduce stress and improve cardiovascular health. That´s a win for me!

    6 – Respiration and Relaxation

    Controlled breathing has been shown to reduce stress, boost your immune system, increase alertness and it’s a great way to start the day.

     

    Take a deep breath, expanding your belly. Pause. Then exhale slowly to the count of five. Repeat this four times and the benefits are yours for the taking.

    7 – Resistance Training

    Don’t let the fancy name, put you off. Resistance training is simply using your own body weight to get stronger, which makes it great as it´s super easy to do at home.

     

    Exercises can include planks, side planks, hip bridges, lunges and squats. Each exercise can be modified to suit your skills and abilities. For those looking to really challenge themselves you can start using resistance bands for an added challenge.

    8 – Arm Toning

    The bingo wings and toothbrush wobble are a real pain point for a lot of women. Arm exercises are a great way to tone up this problem area and banish the upper arm wobble for good.

     

    Push ups, dips and arm curls are simple exercises that help to improving toning and all can easily be performed in the comfort of your own home.

    9 – Morning Stretches

     

    If you´ve been following me for a while, you´ll know I’m always zipping here, there and everywhere. Morning stretches are a great way to get your body warm and moving first thing.

     

    Five minutes and a few simple exercises can improve flexibility, mobility and alleviate stiffness. A combination of neck, arm, and leg movements leave you feeling ready for the day.

    10 – Local Classes

    Be socially active. It´s no fun to exercise alone. Pop to your local health centre or gym and see what they have to offer. The after-class coffee with friends is always a welcome reward.

    I hope you´ve enjoyed this share. A healthy body and mind are what it´s all about!

    If you´ve got any questions, leave me a comment so I can reply below and don´t forget to share with a friend so the walking and talking can commence.

    Sending wellness wishes to all for 2020.

    Sonia x

    My Wellness Journey at 65

    My Wellness Journey at 65

    As you might know, I started to live full-time In Montana about four years ago. I was finished with my large construction project there and we moved into a gorgeous home.  After that project was finished  I had nothing to do no one to talk to and the winters are cloudy and long.   I had no purpose and very few connections. I finally had to pull myself up by my bootstraps and reinvent myself.  So at 65 I finally started to connect on social media. I chose Instagram for the beauty there, the women I saw and the art I could create.  I had never even been on Facebook.

     

    So when we were talking about wellness and it became such a large all encompassing topic I thought I would start with ‘the meat of the coconut’  as I put in my post. For me that was getting centered and finding my power.  All the creams workouts and detoxes can’t begin to help if your mind and your self-worth are not aligned. I took a few steps to begin to control just that.  Here  is what I ended up doing

    1. Exercise every day!

     

    Even if it’s 15 minutes on a treadmill or a long brisk walk.  Get out in nature when you can; it is very important to connect in that way.

     

    The key here is consistency. Start small and consistent. It’s easier to stay on track that way. I used to think if I didn’t work out after some arbitrary time let’s say 10am I “wouldn’t get around to it” this time I worked out whenever I had the time but never let one day slip by.  I don’t know if this happens to you, but if I miss one day I can talk myself into missing others – Don’t do that!

    2. Teach yourself to set boundaries and say no!

     

    Trust me when I say this will empower you, lighten the load and remind you of your strength.

     

    Not only that, it frees up your time so you have no excuse not to spend the measly 1/2 hour it takes to get centered .  It occurs to me now that we might fill our time with things for others in order to avoid doing something for ourselves.  I promise you will not lose your friends They might even admire you for it.

    3. Start your day with a healthy quick and a tasty green drink.

     

    I used to say I don’t eat breakfast, but you have to “break the fast”. if you want your body and mind to get going. I never thought I would like a green drink, but I have a recipe here for a detox that is an every day easy to make way to get your veggies from Jacquelyn Jones, Health and Wellness Coach and Vegan Chef.

    Featured on the Food Network
    Founder of SolFood Collective and Starving and Single
    @solfoodcollective
    @starvingandsingle

    4. Take the few minutes to put on your make up.

     

    When you look good you feel good you will be surprised how that helps.

    5. Go through your closet and

    put your comfortable but everyday prettier things upfront.

     

    For a long time I had a tendency to wear my old sweats and that does not serve you well.  As our resident stylist once told me if you don’t want to look ugly keep your ugly things in the back of the closet.  Well, she used other words!

    When I did that I never wore them again I’m not saying you should be fully decked out, uncomfortable or in any way out of place. Just show pride in yourself.

    6. Finally Don’t play the victim

     

    As Nelson Mandela was quoted saying it doesn’t serve you to act small.

     

    5 Affirmations to Attract in the New Year

    5 Affirmations to Attract in the New Year

    A New Outlook

    At this time of year, everyone is busy setting their resolutions and goals for the new year ahead. If I´m being honest, I´m not a huge fan of resolutions. They tend to focus on giving things up or taking something away, so this year I’ve decided to try something new.

     

     

    Attracting not Subtracting

    Ive chosen five self-love meditation affirmations that will replace my typical new year resolutions and allow me to focus on growth and attraction for the year ahead. I wanted to share them to remind each of us of the power of thought and visualization.

     

    My New Year Affirmations

     

    In 2020, I will express gratitude for what I am lucky enough to have and experience.

    In 2020, I will celebrate my body and it´s unique and miraculous abilities.

    In 2020, I will release the negative and make room for people and things that make me happy.

    In 2020, I will enjoy expressing my boundless creativity, without apology.

    In 2020, I will treat myself with the same kindness I offer to family and friends.

     

     

    Happy New Year. Happy New Decade!

     

    Sending you lots of love and happiness for the year ahead.

     

    Love, Sonia x

    DIY Natural Face Mask Recipe

    DIY Natural Face Mask Recipe

    We´re in that limbo period between Christmas and New Year. There has been food, parties, dancing, and more food, and now it’s our chance to recoup and recharge.

     

     

    There isn’t much that a face mask followed by a warm shower can´t solve and this DIY natural recipe is a great skin and body booster. I’ve tried and tested many homemade concoctions but this is a firm favorite and it´s created from simple ingredients that can be found in your kitchen, or your friends kitchen, should you be staying away for the holidays.

    Natural Face Mask Recipe

    1 tablespoon of natural yogurt

    1 tablespoon of honey

    1 teaspoon of Turmeric powder

    Recipe Note: Turmeric can be replaced with Cacao for similar effects

     

    Simply add the ingredients to a small bowl, mix and apply evenly to the face or body.

    Allow it to work on the skin for 15 minutes before rinsing with warm water.

    How it Works

    This natural face mask puts the glow back into dull skin and each ingredient offers its own benefits.

    The lactic acid contained in the yoghurt helps to remove surface cells and results in a smoother and brighter completion.

    Honey is natures moisture magnet. It will rejuvenate your skin leaving it feeling soft and elastic.

    Turmeric is effective a combating pigmentation and evening out the skin tone. This could also be replaced with Cacao which gives your skin a fabulous natural glow.

    It really is that simple and a great substitute when you´re away from home or on the run (A.K.A. Not at the #shechateau)

     

    I finished it off with my go to rejuvenating moisturizer by Perricone MD.

    Presto. On the run perfect!

     

     

    I hope you´ve enjoyed this self-care share. Give it a try and let me know how you get along.

    Love Sonia x

    DIY Winter Solstice Cleansing Ritual

    DIY Winter Solstice Cleansing Ritual

    For a long time, I didn’t think much about 21 December. It was a cold, dark day in the run up to Christmas, but I now realize this dark cold day is the perfect opportunity for growth and cleansing.

     

    Winter Solstice Traditions

    The 21 December marks the Winter Solstice, an event that is celebrated by many different cultures in a variety of ways. From welcoming in the sunrise on a mountain top, to dancing, gift-giving and celebrating the triumph of light over dark.

    When you break it down, everyone is essentially seeking to center themselves, rid themselves of old energy and make room for the good fortune that is said to arrive with the rising sun.

     

    The DIY Cleanse

    This year I´m going to be ushering in the Winter Solstice by partaking in a simple, yet effective DIY Solstice Cleansing Ritual. It´s something we can all do at home, so I´m inviting you to join me. Follow these six simple steps to get ready to welcome the good vibes that 2020 will bring.

     

     

    Step 1: Light a Candle

    Settle yourself in a dim room, turn off all electrical equipment to avoid distractions and light a candle. This symbolic act of bringing light to the darkness will help to focus your mind and illuminate your space.

     

     

     

    Step 2: Breathe

    Controlled, intentional breathing helps to alleviate stress and relax your body. Spending just five minutes on this simple exercise can release toxins, expel bad energy and invigorate your whole nervous system. I also like to gather a few of my favorite crystals and meditate on what I want to invite into my world.

    Step 3: Cleanse your Space

    Now you´re relaxed and ready to receive, we can begin cleansing our space. I do this by smudging; the act of burning sage or palo santo to clear and cultivate the energy of your home.

    A bundle of sage is said to boost your inner clarity and wisdom, whilst banishing negative energy. A stick of palo santo is said to encourage grounding, cleansing and good fortune for the New Year. Whichever you choose, it´s all about welcoming in good energy and dispelling negative ones.

    Step 4: Exfoliate

    Now that your room is cleared and cleansed, it´s time to clean and cleanse ourselves. I start by dry brushing my whole body. This removes any dry, dead skin and encourages new cell growth, leaving you feel invigorated and energized.

    Step 5: Wash Away

    After exfoliating, take a warm shower to remove any remaining dead cells and symbolically wash away all that doesn’t serve you.

     

     

     

    Step 6: Moisturize

    To finish off the cleansing process, treat your body to some sustenance and moisturize yourself all over. I also like to add a drop of essential oils and massage them into the bottom of my feet, so the benefits are felt as its absorbed into the bloodstream.

    And Relax!

    We´re finished. These six simple steps are the perfect way to relax, cleanse and welcome the rising sun with all the positive energy that it brings.

    I hope you enjoy this DIY Winter Solstice Cleansing Ritual. From me to you, I wish you the best possible for the New Year.

     

    For more on wellness and rejuvenation visit my Instagram or check out these other wellness blogs.

    9 Principals For A Happy & Healthy Life | Power 9

    9 Principals For A Happy & Healthy Life | Power 9

    Can you believe the average life expectancy in the United States is 78 years old? Yet there are people all around the world who have the privilege to surpass 100 years of age. What are we doing differently than anyone else? I found this great article on Well and Good about this 9 habits of the Blue Zone, which are regions of the world where people live much longer than average. 

    Where is the Blue Zone? 

    • Barbagia region of Sardinia – Mountainous highlands of inner Sardinia with the world’s highest concentration of male centenarians.
    • Ikaria, Greece – Aegean Island with one of the world’s lowest rates of middle-age mortality and the lowest rates of dementia.
    • Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica – The World’s lowest rates of middle-age mortality, second-highest concentration of male centenarians.
    • Seventh-Day Adventists – Highest concentration is around Loma Linda, California. They live 10 years longer than their North American counterparts.
    • Okinawa, Japan – Females over 70 are the longest-lived population in the world.

    Culturally, these regions are VERY different from this American Life. Luckily, a team of medical researchers, anthropologists, demographers, and epidemiologists researched these cultures and created the Power 9, or 9 principals that you can start incorporating into your daily routine today. 

     

     

    Power 9®

    Reverse Engineering Longevity

     

    1. Move Naturally

    The world’s longest-lived people don’t pump iron, run marathons or join gyms. Instead, they live in environments that constantly nudge them into moving without thinking about it. They grow gardens and don’t have mechanical conveniences for house and yard work.

     

     

    2. Purpose

    The Okinawans call it “Ikigai” and the Nicoyans call it “plan de vida;” for both it translates to “why I wake up in the morning.” Knowing your sense of purpose is worth up to seven years of extra life expectancy.

     

     

    3. Down Shift

    Even people in the Blue Zones experience stress. Stress leads to chronic inflammation, associated with every major age-related disease. What the world’s longest-lived people have that we don’t are routines to shed that stress. Okinawans take a few moments each day to remember their ancestors, Adventists pray, Ikarians take a nap and Sardinians do happy hour.

     

    4. 80% Rule

    “Hara hachi bu” – the Okinawan, 2500-year old Confucian mantra said before meals reminds them to stop eating when their stomachs are 80 percent full. The 20% gap between not being hungry and feeling full could be the difference between losing weight or gaining it. People in the blue zones eat their smallest meal in the late afternoon or early evening and then they don’t eat any more the rest of the day.

     

    5. Plant Slant

    Beans, including fava, black, soy and lentils, are the cornerstone of most centenarian diets. Meat—mostly pork—is eaten on average only five times per month. Serving sizes are 3-4 oz., about the size of a deck of cards.

     

    6. Wine @ 5

    People in all blue zones (except Adventists) drink alcohol moderately and regularly. Moderate drinkers outlive non-drinkers. The trick is to drink 1-2 glasses per day (preferably Sardinian Cannonau wine), with friends and/or with food. And no, you can’t save up all week and have 14 drinks on Saturday.

     

    7. Belong

    All but five of the 263 centenarians we interviewed belonged to some faith-based community. Denomination doesn’t seem to matter. Research shows that attending faith-based services four times per month will add 4-14 years of life expectancy.

     

    8. Loved Ones First

    Successful centenarians in the blue zones put their families first. This means keeping aging parents and grandparents nearby or in the home (It lowers disease and mortality rates of children in the home too.). They commit to a life partner (which can add up to 3 years of life expectancy) and invest in their children with time and love (They’ll be more likely to care for you when the time comes).

     

    9. Right Tribe

    The world’s longest lived people chose–or were born into–social circles that supported healthy behaviors, Okinawans created” moais”–groups of five friends that committed to each other for life. Research from the Framingham Studies shows that smoking, obesity, happiness, and even loneliness are contagious. So the social networks of long-lived people have favorably shaped their health behaviors.

     

    Go to BlueZone.com for more information. 

     

    Dancing with the Stars | Mental and Physical Health after 60

    Dancing with the Stars | Mental and Physical Health after 60

    Recently I had the opportunity to meet and support friends at a competitive sport new to me: Ballroom dancing. I never realized how rewarding and physical it could be. Not only do you have to remember all the steps, learn to coordinate, and have excellent lung capacity, you have to do it all at once!

    When Net-A-Porter AND The Fine Magazine both have articles on dancing, you know you’re on the right track.

    In the Net-A-Porter article “The Happiness Swerve,” there is a section titled “Learn to Dance”. It talks about a Harvard medical study that shows learning a new skill fundamentally improves your brain health. According to the study, any form of dancing that requires coordination can improve mental sharpness and (even more fascinating) can help protect the brain against the early onset of dementia.
    What more motivation would we need to get out there and shake our tail feathers!

    I met people in their 80’s and beyond enjoying the camaraderie that comes from music and dancing. Here are just a few of my stars in action.

    Approximately two years ago, Victoria started competitive ballroom dancing. Here she is performing her winning Paso Doble.

    Virginia is 91 and still going strong! I mean, look at the size of that trophy!

    Anita is a 99-year-old winner of the dance competition. 

    Murrey is in his 80’s and as happy as can be.

    My Dear Friend Victoria! The Paso Doble and All Round Winner! Victoria took up dancing to relieve stress. Not only is she an incredibly successful businesswoman, she knows that relieving stress is one of the most important things you can do for long and healthy life. She gives her stress reduction 100%, just like everything she does. It shows in her work, her hobbies and her friends. She is an excellent example for all of us.

    Well, a flirt at any age is a joy!

    To sum up my trip, I met lovely people of all ages with a joie de vivre, which is sadly lacking at times. When we get stuck in our ways and reclusive, it could be hard to get out of that rut. The first step is not allowing ourselves to get there, but if you are, let a friend take you out and experience a new adventure. Say yes to life, and that could be at your closest dance studio. Just remember everyone has a left foot. 🤪

    Annual Breast Screening is Essential | No More Excuses

    Annual Breast Screening is Essential | No More Excuses

    This post was sponsored by Hologic.

     

    Don’t wait until Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October to prioritize your breast health.
    Preventative screening is our best tool in the fight against breast cancer, a disease that affects one in eight women. I was thrilled to know that modern day breast screening technology like the Hologic Genius 3D Mammography exam can deliver a much more comprehensive breast image allowing the doctor to achieve more accurate breast cancer detection, compared to traditional 2D mammography. [i]

     

     

    Now with the Hologic SmartCurve breast stabilization system which utilizes a curved compression surface, the comfort level has increased tremendously.[ii] I tried it last week and was amazed at how much more pleasant the experience was for me.

     

     

    North Valley Hospital, Whitefish, MT

    I scheduled my annual mammogram right away by using the zip code locator and was thrilled that there was a hospital providing this technology directly in my back yard; the North Valley Hospital in Whitefish, MT was listed as a provider of the Genius exam and the SmartCurve system, and my procrastination was finally over! 

     

    I tested it for all of us and can tell you without a doubt that the comfort level was incredible. I did a little video while I was there so you can see it firsthand. Honestly, I am glad I took the time to put my health first and get my Genius exam, and I encourage You to stop putting it off too! 
    Pass the locator link, www.Genius3DNearMe.com, and info to all the ladies you know. They will thank you for it!

    The Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam (also known as the Genius™ exam) is only available on a Hologic® 3D Mammography™ system. It consists of a 2D and 3D™ image set, where the 2D image can be either an acquired 2D image or a 2D image generated from the 3D™ image set. There are more than 6,000 Hologic 3D Mammography™ systems in use in the U.S. alone, so women have convenient access to the Genius exam. To learn more about the Genius exam, visit http://www.Genius3DNearMe.com.

     

    [i] U.S. Food & Drug Administration Premarket Approval (PMA).  FDA.gov https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfpma/pma.cfm?id=P080003S005 accessed June 5, 2017.

    [ii] Smith, A. Improving Patient Comfort in Mammography. Hologic WP-00119 Rev 001 (2017).

     

    4 Tips to Remember If You Are Struggling With Hair Loss

    4 Tips to Remember If You Are Struggling With Hair Loss

    There are so many causes of hair loss. Between genetic conditions, diet & lifestyle, skin conditions, or a hormone imbalance like I personally overcame last year. Figuring out what is causing your hair loss can be frustrating and may take some trial and error working it out with your doctor.

    Last August, I wrote an article about my concern for my rapid hair loss and how a few hormonal changes and supplements made a huge difference. I think that it is important to revisit these major issues every now and again, so I wanted to refer you back to my original article by following this link.

    I am happy to report that my hair stopped falling out almost immediately after I changed my hormone balance. That, coupled with my daily regimen of supplements, water, and meditation have helped keep all of the hairs on my head. Here are my four tips for my hair maintenance.

    Take a Deep Breath

    We all deal with stress from time to time, but it is not sustainable for us on a long term basis. After all, stress can be a major cause of hair loss. I encourage you to learn how to combat stress levels through breathing exercises.

    I like the quite, so I find a comfortable seated position, close my eyes and inhale for a count of five, hold the breath for another count of five, and then exhale for yet another count of five. This breathing exercise is effective and straightforward for you to combat stress wherever you are.

     

    Drink Your Water

    Water is very beneficial to the hair and body. Did you know that the hair is made up of one quarter water? That fact alone should have you reaching for your water bottle right now. When you suffer from dehydration, your body must ration the precious water for the big players like your brain and heart, leaving very little of your water supply to reach your hair leading to excessive shedding because your hair is literally dying from thirst.

     

    Take Your Vitamins

    Our diets don’t typically give us all we need in regards to vitamins and minerals. In fact, poor nutrition, including vitamin deficiencies, is a major factor of hair loss as well. Choose a balanced vitamin supplement and consider augmenting with a specific formula for hair.  Right now, I am giving HairLaVie a trial. They send a 90 day supply so I won’t run out.

     

    Fear Not!

    Don’t fear your thinning hair. Instead, take steps to remedy the issue. Ask yourself. Is my Body in Balance? Talk to your doctor about testing your hormones, estrogen, and thyroid and cortisol levels to determine if you have a genetic or hormonal imbalance that could be at play with your hair loss. I am grateful that I talked to my homeopath last year and got to the bottom of my hair pulling, hair loss! To read more on my experience first hand read my blog post My Experience with Hair Loss After 50

    I hope my experience and subsequent revisiting of this issue is of help to you. Please stay in touch with the tips and tricks that you may use to take better care of your beautiful mane.