Plantar Fasciitis

Who has plantar fasciitis? There are a few ways to alleviate the pain so that you can continue with your daily life. There is nothing that can really take all pain away, maybe surgery. But once you have this condition, it is for life.

Trust me, I am on my feet so much (I am a nurse) and there have been times that the pain in my feet are so bad that I can hardly walk. But I still manage to go on. There are exercises to do that help somewhat with pain and extends the period before the pain sets in.

Freeze a bottle with water and roll them with your feet, paying close attention to the arches. Or you can use a tennis ball. Arch inner sole in shoes can help you be on your feet a little longer before the pain is too much to handle.And then I found these awesome inventions – Arch elastics. They are tight and fit over your foot. It pulls your arch upwards and it acts like a support.

Massaging the arches and calves also helps a lot. Just use some ointment for muscle spasms or muscle pain.

Another thing I have had to do, and that is only wear sport shoes with inner supports – asics gell soles. Rather have an expensive pair of shoes so that you can minimize your pain levels. And stay away from flat shoes, they are usually the cheap ones that you can buy anywhere. If it not an option to buy shoes that have supports, then you can use the inner arch support soles- Green Cross is my recommendation. Or you can go the arch elastic route.Lastly, anti-inflammatory medication will really do a great job, especially at night when you are in bed.

Hopefully I have helped someone who has been experiencing this condition.

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Candles

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I love to burn candles. Whether they are scented or not, I will light a candle. I find that having a candle on my desk while I am working very relaxing and therapeutic for me.

This made me wonder if candles may have a positive effect on my emotional well-being.

I did some research and this is what I found:

They say that candles promote relaxation and meditation. Staring into the flame is a great way to quiet your mind. Candle light creates an atmosphere of peace and relaxation.

Candles that are scented with essential oils have the added benefit of promoting health benefits.

Choose Your Candle

If You Want Then Choose
a natural scent beeswax. It is scented by the honey and floral nectar in the honeycomb.
essential oils soy. The essential oils will release slowly.
the most light beeswax. Their light is the closest to natural sunlight.
the least expensive candle paraffin. They are 1/10th the cost of beeswax.
very little smoke and soot beeswax because it produces the least. Paraffin produces the most. Soy is in the middle.
to support local farmers beeswax or soy.
a longer burn time beeswax or soy.
minimal dripping beeswax or soy.
help relaxing any candle will do!

It is stated that candles produce an ambiance that creates an intimate atmosphere. It makes the room feel warm and welcoming.

Candles have soothing and healing properties which helps to soothe the mind. They are also beneficial for your emotional health. Candles can help with anxiety and fear or stress.

Candles are also associated with celebration and romance. Or even associated to important holidays.

Fragranced candles can be used to deodorize a room.

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Candlelight promotes focus.

Scented candles can affect and change your mood based on the scent you are burning. Lavender will help you to relax and encourage sleep. Jasmine will encourage energy and make you alert. Citrus will make you alert and energized. While rose will encourage a feeling of calm.

 

So to sum it all up, candles will help you relax and it will ‘burn’ away all your stress, anxiety, fear and other negative emotions you may have as it burns away the wax. It is peaceful and calming. Scented candles have other benefits based on the scent it diffuses.

Just be cautious when burning candles as it is a fire hazard. You can also burn if the flame or melted wax comes into contact with your skin.

Time to think

The COVID-19 is spreading. We are all in lock down in South Africa, Western Cape. Waiting in fear for the latest update.

The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 27:1

This is the ideal time to enjoy our families and work on family relationships. We are always so busy with life that we forget the most important thing: family love.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

John 14:27

The lock down is a family time for us. 21 days of family time. The guys are building outside, and the girls are doing whatever we can find to do. We have had a few game sessions with all of us participating. We are each doing our bit in the housework department.

This is the time for you to work on your relationship with your spouse and children.

Teach your children how to manage a household, teach them responsibilities or teach them that family is the no.1 true friendship that they will ever get in this life.

Friends are not the same as family. Family should be the ones that will stand up for a fellow family member. Family should defend family. Family should risk their lives for their family.

Spouses can work on their relationship of marriage. Marriage is sacred. It is important to take the time to sit and talk through issues that have risen in the marriage. Our busy lives doesn’t make time to sit for hours talking. Talking is not making money or paying the bills. Now this is the time to sit and talk. Work it all out.

For those who are Christian and attend church, make this the time to have family church. Discuss the Bible together. Include the younger family members too. Pray together. It is the ideal time to strengthen the family foundation in the Faith.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:38-39

I fully understand that many people lost jobs and now have no income. Things will improve after this pandemic. But for now, keep still and listen.

The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

Deuteronomy 31:8

We need the Word of the Lord far more than we need the news of the world.

I have hidden Your Word in my heart that I might not sin against You.

Psalm 119:11

 

Keep safe and stay healthy. God is in control.

Sunflower seeds

I love sunflower seeds. They are small and easy to chew. They also have a nutty/woody taste. They are the least expensive seed that can be bought at a local shop or health store.

Sunflower seeds can be added to baked goods, or even smoothies. Or some people like to eat them just like that, straight from the bag. This is my preferred method.

These tiny seeds are tasty and full of great health benefits for the human body.

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They contain minerals such as:

  • copper
  • folate
  • manganese
  • magnesium
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B
  • Vitamin B1
  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin K
  • Iron
  • Protein
  • Zinc

And many many more minerals and vitamins.

With all the minerals and vitamins, these seeds have great benefits for the human body.

  • They are safe for pregnant women to snack on as they aid in the growth and development of the fetus.
  • Sunflower seeds improve the digestive system and lowers the risk of colon cancer.
  • They provide instant energy to the body.
  • They help to prevent cell damage and improve skin condition thus protecting it from sun damage and aging.
  • They strengthen the bones and muscles.
  • Sunflower seeds can uplift the mood of the consumer.
  • Sunflower seeds can protect against cardiovascular diseases.
  • Reduces the severity of asthma and arthritis.
  • The seeds lower cholesterol levels, blood sugar levels, and blood pressure.
  • Improves the immune system.
  • They help to reduce stress.
  • They lower the risk and prevent anemia.
  • They aid in the prevention of inflammation.
  • These little bombs of minerals are great for hair, nail and skin health.
  • And they even support weight loss.

I think I have covered all the benefits of these tiny nutritious seeds.

So add them to your breakfast, eat a few with your lunch. You will be amazed at the benefits they provide.

Remember not to over eat them, less is more.

Corona Virus

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Every so many years, there is a new virus or illness out in the world. Viruses and bacteria keep forming and we are not always able to formulate cures and treatments in time. In fact we are sometimes not even able to make a cure.

We have had so many infectious illnesses and we have managed to overcome each and every one. Some still have no cures or treatments, but as time goes by we will manage to get it right.

Viruses can’t be treated, but the symptoms can be lessened with medication. Viruses can’t be cured. They need to run their course.

We can help our bodies to handle and quickly self-cure by ensuring that we are using the correct hygiene techniques. Also a healthy lifestyle will reduce the risk of viral infections.

Hand-washing is the first line of defense. Hand wash in the correct manner, with soap and afterwards sanitizing. Don’t cough or sneeze into your hands, rather sneeze and cough into the crook of your elbow. Carry sanitizer with you at all times. Never touch your face if you have not just washed or sanitized your hands first. Avoid close contact to strangers. Eat a healthy diet of vegetables and fruits. Nuts and seeds are also a great health snack for all the right minerals and vitamins.

Reduce stress and worry in your life. Worry and stress can cause the body to become weak and this will make you susceptible to infections.

We can’t avoid people, we can’t avoid going out or even using public transport. But we can try our best to stay healthy.

Now the dreaded virus of 2020. It is a ‘flu’ but with severe complications.

A person who is infected with the corona virus will show symptoms of a fever (pyrexia), cough, tight chest, aches and pains in the body. In some cases the outcome of the viral illness is death. But not all who get infected will die. Those that have weakened immune systems, frail bodies or some type of pre-existing medical condition are at a higher risk of death or other complications. And senior citizens are at a high risk.

Most people who are in contact with the virus, may develop symptoms in a day or up to 5 days after contact. Though there are always exceptions.

Those who are asymptomatic by the minimum of 12 days are unlikely to get any symptoms. This does not mean that they aren’t carriers of the virus.

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Regardless of showing symptoms, please be considerate and self-isolate for a total of 14 days. This will reduce the risk of anyone else getting infected.

Just like you would do with the flu, or any other type of illness, infection or infestation, be considerate of others and avoid people to stop the accidental spread of the virus, bacteria or parasite (scabies).

And don’t forget, the best method to prevent the spread of anything unwanted, is HANDWASHING!!!!!!

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All information provided has been collected from research of many articles provided by many different sources and from much reading on the topic. Nothing written is direct quotes and all information provided is not to treat or hinder a person from seeking medical help. If you are ill or in any discomfort, go to a doctor.

Your Body is Fragile

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I have heard people say, “The human body is fragile.”, “It can snap easily.” or “You can damage it without much effort.”

Well, I am a nurse and I should know that all the talk is true. I do know that the human body is easily broken. I see the elderly, that I work with, have hip replacements, fingers that healed skew and so much more.

What people don’t really understand and realize is that the human body is extremely fragile.

I ride a motor scooter, have been for many years. I have had a few bike accidents where a car hit me. Every time I came off my bike, (with all protection from GOD of course) I came off with a bruise or two. Well one day I was riding to work and I stopped at a designated stop point on the road, and when I put my foot down, I slipped and fell off my bike. I didn’t see that piece of metal in the road and it caused me to slip and fall. Due to the fall, I fractured my large right toe. The bike landed on me and broke my toe. Imagine that! A toe! I give GOD all the credit for keeping me safe and that only a toe got injured. In fact my bike is still in one piece – only a little kink in the right brake handle.

I am not taking credit for my safety as GOD is in control. It could have been worse, but it wasn’t.

My main aim for this post is to make a person aware of human frailty. We can do high intensity sports, have high stamina jobs and that we can have the ultimate fitness regime. But you can break. It doesn’t take much. GOD doesn’t always keep you from getting hurt or in some cases killed, (He wanted you to join Him sooner and leave the sinful world behind) but you are not invincible. Never are and never will be.

Take care of your body, it is special. It doesn’t always mean that if you keep doing something that can harm your body and it is not, that it won’t show later in life. People like think that your previous, no reaction bad habits won’t ever haunt you – it will later in life.

You can become diabetic anytime in your life. You can get a fracture from a simple fall or movement. You can fall whether you are a baby, child, young adult or senior citizen. Hip replacements are for all ages. Fragile bones can happen at any age – reduce the intake of  carbon loaded drinks. Don’t run with scissors! Don’t rock on your chair. Don’t suntan without protection and time limits.

I hope that I have helped you to become aware of how fragile you are physically. And please respect your body, you only get one.

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