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What I Learned from Getting Covid and How It May Help You!

What I Learned from Getting Covid and How It May Help You!

This newsletter is about my current experience with Covid-19, and the lessons I learned that can possibly help you to prevent it and lessen your symptoms if you have it. ———————————– Wow!  The rapid test was negative, but I still wasn’t feeling well. A half hour later, encouraged by a non-medical close friend with Covid whose rapid test was negative, and PCR was positive, I went to a booth on the street for the PCR test, which would take 24 hours, and one at a doctor’s office with a same day result.  I needed to know as soon as possible if I had Covid. I was stunned when I got the call and the email a few hours later.  You have Covid!  The second PCR confirmed the diagnosis the next day. For two years I had managed to evade the virus. How and where did I contract it?  There were a few opportunities where I didn’t wear a mask for prolonged time over the prior weekend and was possibly exposed. What were my symptoms? Headache, fatigue, fever, muscle aches, joint aches, sore throat, nasal congestion, decreased appetite, and a little later in the course, sensations in my fingers and toes. I immediately got into bed and began hydrating with hot clear fluids and started a supplement protocol. I ordered chicken soup from a local deli and “doctored” it up with fresh garlic, fresh ginger, fresh onion, turmeric powder, black pepper(activates turmeric), parsley, and a squeeze of fresh lemon.(6)  (I call it Dr. Jill’s Magic Soup). I topped it off with fresh cilantro.  I also ordered fresh squeezed orange juice. ...
10,000 Steps–Fact or Fallacy? ‌

10,000 Steps–Fact or Fallacy? ‌

I hope you are well and enjoying the fall!  We are having cooler weather and it is easy to cut back on motivation to work out and exercise.  This month’s Newsletter is designed to inspire you to continue to move especially with the holidays and the delicious food and trimmings associated with it!  Physical Activity and Exercise are important for all ages, and especially as we get older.  The consequences of leading sedentary lives including prolonged sitting can cause joint pain and stiffness, bone loss, and sarcopenia (loss of muscle), not to mention obesity, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and memory loss.(1)  We need physical flexibility, aerobic fitness, and strength to enable us to push, pull, carry, squat, hinge, lunge, and rotate(2) and to make our hearts, minds, bones, and muscles strong.  Physical Activity is any movement of your body requiring energy, whereas Exercise is “planned, structured, purposeful physical activity”, designed to increase physical fitness.(3).  Exercise as a Health Booster and Free Anti-Aging Remedy! (8) Check out these Health Benefits of Exercise:  1.  Decreased Stress 2.  Better bone health and balance(7)  3.  Improved memory and cognition  4.  Improved Mood, decreased depression risk  5.  Decreased Anxiety risk  6.  Improved Sleep  7.  Improved Quality of Life  8.  Decreased risk of Cancer  9.  Improved Gut Microbiome  10. Decreased oxidative stress  11. Decreased aging—by lengthening telomeres (the caps on chromosomes).  12. Increased BDNF—Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor—fertilizer for neuron growth  13. Relief from constipation  Just think how you feel after you exercise. I know for me, when I exercise, I have a sense of well being.  And when you exercise, you have a healthy glow. ...
How to Stay Cool in the Heat and Hear Dr. Jill Help You Beat Burnout

How to Stay Cool in the Heat and Hear Dr. Jill Help You Beat Burnout

I hope you are doing well.   It’s a been a little while since I have written to you and I wanted to reach out and connect.  This month’s Newsletter is about dealing with heat outside.  Coincidentally, I am going to be speaking about “burnout” next week, which is generated from both outside and inside ourselves. Heat Related Illness: Earlier in the summer in places in New York City and around the country, there were heat waves.  In August, it can also get very hot outside and I wanted to give you some tips to help you stay cool and healthy in the heat. Heat-Related Illness is a term that encompasses a spectrum of conditions from hyperthermia (overheating of the body) to lower extremity swelling, cramps, to heat exhaustion, and finally heat stroke. (1) According to the Wilderness Medical Society Clinical Practice Guidelines for Prevention and Treatment of Heat Illness: 2019 Update, Heat Exhaustion is “mild to moderate heat illness” due to exposure to high environmental temperatures or strenuous physical exercise. The signs and symptoms of Heat Exhaustion include “intense thirst, weakness, discomfort, anxiety, dizziness,” and fainting. (1) One’s body temperature might be normal or elevated up to but not including 104 degrees F. With Heat Stroke, the body temperature is greater than 104 degrees F, and the signs and symptoms are more severe and can be deadly.  They include “altered mental status, seizures, or coma resulting from passive exposure to heat or strenuous exercise.” (1) Also, flushed skin, rapid breathing, racing heart, and headache can be seen with heat stroke. (4)   How can you prevent heat-related illness? First, identify your risk factors. Having any of the following conditions increases...
Women’s Wellth™ Workshop

Women’s Wellth™ Workshop

I hope you are having a fabulous weekend! I am! My birthday was yesterday and I love celebrating my birthday. I feel that birthdays are special and I love to wish people a Happy Birthday! I am writing to to remind you that tomorrow, Sunday, March 21st, is the Women’s Wellth™ Workshop from 8am to 4:30pm. I will be presenting a session entitled, “Don’t Mess with Stress™–A Plan to Thrive in Uncertain Times” from 10:05am to 10:55am. There are several other sessions presented by wonderful, inspiring practitioners. Please join us by registering below. A portion of the Workshop Proceeds will be given to the Breast Cancer Treatment Task Force, which offers free breast cancer screening, diagnostics, and treatment to people without health insurance. I hope you join us tomorrow! To Your Health, Dr....
Don’t Mess with Stress™ Free Webinar at the JCC, Thursday, March 11th; Child Nutrition Webinar, March 10th–Free!

Don’t Mess with Stress™ Free Webinar at the JCC, Thursday, March 11th; Child Nutrition Webinar, March 10th–Free!

I hope all is well! I want to tell you about two wonderful events happening this week! First, please join me at my online Don’t Mess with Stress™ event at the JCC of New York, on Thursday, March 11th from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. I will give a brief presentation followed by an interview and a Q and A. This is a FREE event and I’m excited to be be speaking at the JCC! Click here to register: https://mmjccm.org/programs/dont-mess-stresstm-online. Please join me on Thursday!!! —————————————————- Free Child Nutrition Webinar: Wednesday, March 10th 6pm-7pm I am also delighted to tell you about an event happening this Wednesday evening, March 10th from 6pm to 7pm. Click Here to Register! https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_FhmdPcV8Tfqr_TNWL3vVkw French-American Aid for Children is proud to invite you to an exciting webinar on how to tackle child nutrition and help families put better food on the table. The global pandemic has intensified the disparity in equal access to proper and affordable nutrition. Now more than ever, there is an urgent need to instill healthy eating habits in our children as we know these will have a lifelong impact. Join us for a timely conversation with our panel of experts. They will address the current challenges parents and caregivers are facing and will give us tips and solutions to make more informed food choices. More important, they will show us how to engage our children and make them active participants in their own nutritional journey. This free webinar will start at 6 PM and last for one hour. The goal is to educate as many families as possible about healthy and affordable...
How Your Gut Can Make You Happy and Healthy! Interviews Galore!

How Your Gut Can Make You Happy and Healthy! Interviews Galore!

I hope all is well with you and yours. We continue to live through uncertain times. As I have written about in past Newsletters, it takes resilience and stress hardiness to thrive during these times. This edition of the Newsletter is focused on Part 2 of Gut Health. Please see Part 1 about “How to Heal Your Gut from Election Stress” which focused on Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD), at www.drjillbaron.com/blog. As the famous Greek Physician Hippocrates said, “All disease begins in the gut.” ¹ This was a prescient statement. Current research is demonstrating that the gut affects all of our systems from the brain and nervous system to the endocrine and the immune system. ² Research is now con firming that a “Gut Feeling” has a biological basis in one’s Gut-Brain communication! ¹ Here are some Key Concepts about the GUT: What is the Gut? The term “gut” refers to the digestive system from the mouth to the anus. The small intestine is where 90% of the nutrients from food are absorbed.³ The remaining “undigested and unabsorbed food” enters the large intestine or colon, where the remaining minerals and water are absorbed. ⁴ The colon is also home to the “microbiome”—the collection of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa that populate the colon. Gut as “The Second Brain: There is another part of the Gut called the “Enteric Nervous System.” This composes “the neurons and supporting cells” that line the “gastrointestinal tract, from the esophagus to the anus.” ⁵ This Enteric Nervous System makes hormones and neurotransmitters like serotonin, which is involved with mood, and GABA, which helps calm the brain....
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