Top 5 Ways to Keep Your Family Healthy This Germ Season

germfreaksAs a new mom, I have been incredibly vigilant this germ season about keeping myself and my family healthy.  I absolutely refuse to see my 4-month-old beautiful little girl get sick!!

It has been working thus far (knock on wood!!) so I thought I’d share some pointers that will hopefully be useful for keeping you and your family healthy too!

Here are my top 5 strategies to avoid becoming a host to any of the nasty germs that are floating around!:

1. Regular chiropractic adjustments! – Of course this is my numero uno!  And with good reason; every chiropractic adjustment boosts the immune system and allows your body to function at 100%.  There is really no better solution to keeping healthy!

2. Take your vitamins – My personal immune-boosting, winter concoction consists of a potent daily multivitamin (Phytomulti by Metagenics is my fave), 5000IU of D3 (I currently use Nutri-Dyn drops so I can add a drop or 2 to my baby’s bottle every day, too!), 1-2 scoops of Espresso Dynamic Greens (antioxidant power), and a vegetarian DHA (omega-3 source)!

3. Immune-boosting essential oils – I both aromatically diffuse and directly apply essential oils for their immune-enhancing capabilities.  Some of my favorites are Veriditas Good Samaritan, DoTerra On-Guard, Oregano and Frankincense.  (Side note: I highly suggest seeking professional advise before using essential oils on yourself or your family)

4. Frequent hand washing – Through everyday interactions and happenings, we inevitably come into contact with germs; they are literally everywhere!  During this season of heightened sensitivity and germ load, it’s important to wash hands frequently (and avoid touching eyes, ears and mouth in the meantime) to reduce chances of exposure.  It’s also effective to use hand sanitizer when a sink isn’t convenient!

5. Think happy thoughts – No joke!  Meditate, use positive affirmations, visualize a happy you.  There are studies showing more and more that a positive mind creates a positively healthier body.  Think: “gratitude, love, patience, yes!!” as often as possible, and you’ll be started on a positive track. Or, find yourself an amazing therapist… everyone needs one on their team!

Be well, friends!

xo

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Starting Over. Again…

“It takes courage to start over”

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It certainly does!! I pulled this sweet little quote from a really powerful video that I was recently introduced to. The quote, and the entire motivational video pushed me to reflect…

I opened Jai on January 1st, 2 years ago; round 2 of my go at starting my own business (round 1 was short-lived in California), so the pressure was ON to make this go-round WORK! After my first short week in business, nothing had magically turned into SOMETHING as my stats told me I had seen 6 patients that week! 6 wasn’t exactly the success I had in mind, but I celebrated and meditated in gratitude at the end of the week nonetheless.
The practice slowly began to blossom over that first year and by the end of it all, I was blessed with the opportunity to serve an abundant number of patients every week; I was thrilled and honored. I was also newly in LOVE and completely glowing from all of the happiness and success which suddenly surrounded me.

Cue 2014 – the year of my growing belly, morning sickness, sore wrists, and exhaustingly sleepy days. I had no plan in place to sustain year one’s success at Jai, so the stats went tumbling. They tumbled, and tumbled, and tumbled.

My beautiful Isla Ray was born in mid-October, and I was excited to return to Jai just 5 weeks later on a part time basis. My hopes were high that all of the patients I had served in 2014 would come flooding back in and pack my limited schedule to the brim.

Weeks passed and I realized my flooding wish wasn’t a reality. Cue round 3 of essentially starting my business all over.  It feels scary, disheartening and trying.. but at the same time exciting, challenging and filled with the joyous celebrations of all of the small, seemingly insignificant successes.

Starting over is tough, whether we’re talking business, weight loss, relationships; it all takes massive amounts of courage! But at the end of the day priorities are set, dreams brew, the success carrot dangles, and forward progress starts again… Or the ultimate goal will fade and never come to life!
I am completely determined that 2015 will be my very last ‘start over’ with lots of courage to boot. Cheers to that!

xo