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Get a Nutrient Boost with These New Vitamins

Get a Nutrient Boost with These New Vitamins

During this increasingly stressful time, sleep has been one of the first things that has been interrupted. This, along with added anxiety can leave the body and mind restless and stressed out most days. And according to stats, we aren’t alone where “43 percent of […]

Stop Pretending That You Have It All Under Control

Stop Pretending That You Have It All Under Control

Guest post by Michelle Keinan Let’s admit it – it feels really good to have your shit together. That feeling of checking things off of your to-do list, looking cute on social media, being a go-getter. It’s just so… validating. Like – you’re worthy, you’re amazing, […]

How to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

How to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

We can all do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19. The United Nations recently released a list of simple personal hygiene and social distancing measures that we can all practice everyday. Check out the list below and please pass this along – we are part of the collective to stop COVID-19.

How to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

How to Practice Proper Hand Washing

  • Wash your hands frequently. Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands properly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.  
  • Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

How to Hand Wash

1. Wet hands with water.

2. Apply enough soap to cover all hand surfaces.

3. Rub hands palm to palm.

4. Right palm over left hand, interlaced fingers. And vice versa.

5. Palm to palm, fingers interlaced.

6. Back of fingers to opposing palms, fingers interlocked.

7. Rotational rubbing of right and left thumbs.

8. Rotational rubbing with clasped fingers, in palm.

9. Rinse hands with water.

10. Dry thoroughly with a towel.  Minimum 20 seconds. 

Avoid Face Touching 

  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

Respiratory Hygiene

  • Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. 
  • Why? Droplets from your cough or sneeze spread the virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
  • How? This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

When to Stay at Home 

Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.

Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.

WHO Myth-busters

There is a lot of false information around. These are the facts.

🔢 People of all ages CAN be infected by the coronavirus. Older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus. 

❄ Cold weather and snow CANNOT kill the coronavirus.

☀ The coronavirus CAN be transmitted in areas with hot and humid climates

🦟 The coronavirus CANNOT be transmitted through mosquito bites.

🐶 There is NO evidence that companion animals/pets such as dogs or cats can transmit the coronavirus.

🛀 Taking a hot bath DOES NOT prevent the coronavirus

💨 Hand dryers are NOT effective in killing the coronavirus

🟣 Ultraviolet light SHOULD NOT be used for sterilization and can cause skin irritation

🌡 Thermal scanners CAN detect if people have a fever but CANNOT detect whether or not someone has the coronavirus

💦 Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body WILL NOT kill viruses that have already entered your body

💉 Vaccines against pneumonia, such as pneumococcal vaccine and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccine, DO NOT provide protection against the coronavirus.

👃 There is NO evidence that regularly rinsing the nose with saline has protected people from infection with the coronavirus. 

🧄 Garlic is healthy but there is NO evidence from the current outbreak that eating garlic has protected people from the coronavirus.

💊 Antibiotics DO NOT work against viruses, antibiotics only work against bacteria.

🧪 To date, there is NO specific medicine recommended to prevent or treat the coronavirus.


Check the facts on the WHO website: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters

Enjoy the Power of Seeds with the 5 Seed Butter Spread + a No-Bake Energy Bites Recipe

Enjoy the Power of Seeds with the 5 Seed Butter Spread + a No-Bake Energy Bites Recipe

Not everyone can eat nut butters. Whether it’s an allergy or you just want a tasty, healthy alternative to peanut, almond, cashew or other nut butters, there several options including the Beyond the Equator’s 5 Seed Butter Spread. Founded by farmer Carl who began farming […]

5 Steps to Support the Immune System

5 Steps to Support the Immune System

Guest post by Dr. Stephanie Berg, ND As everyone takes action to reduce the spread of COVID-19, it’s always good to remember all the easy ways we can take care of our immune systems. In addition to physical distancing and thoroughly and frequently washing our […]

How to Cope with Stress & Anxiety

How to Cope with Stress & Anxiety

We are a stressed out and anxious nation. This is especially true during the challenging time of COVID-19. To help alleviate some stress, we enlisted the help of Phyllicia Bonanno, a certified yoga instructor and W Hotels Fuel Guru  on how to stay well at home. Read on to check out her tips on how to deal with stress and anxiety right now.

How to Copy with Stress & Anxiety

Meditate: Everyday and even more during these times of uncertainty. There is so much going on in our lives that we cannot control, but one thing we can control is our self and our response. With that I believe it is so important to take time for ourselves, even if It is just five minutes. Take a moment to turn off the television. It is awesome to be aware of what is going on, but hearing the same thing on repeat can lead to fear and panic. So get the necessary news and then turn it off. Find a quiet space and just sit and breath. The most important thing is recognizing that you are important, and you are worthy of your own time- literally the most worthy of it. The breathe that we have is so powerful and taking control of that is the first step. Taking time to meditate has helped me clear my thoughts, and  have a calmer energy in everything that I do.

Ritual and routine: I have been working from home like many others. What I have been doing to maintain myself is I created a schedule of daily tasks to get done so that I know I have a ritual and routine for each day.  I wake up at the same time I would any other day and get dressed as if I was going to work. Taking care of myself in the same manner, not skipping a beat. Otherwise I could quickly get into the feeling of being “stuck” inside. Make sure you schedule a lot time for meditation breaks and movement. Instead of focusing on being stuck, having a ritual and routine has helped me switch my mindset feeling grateful for everyday, putting in the best I have to offer.

Yoga: I normally practice yoga at a studio, however during this time I have increased my home practice. I set aside a time daily to practice. I have space dedicated to my yoga mat and props, a space that is just for me to flow in.

Doing yoga at home has helped me to balance my mind, body and soul. Also I am able to work a bit more internally and on my own goals at home. Any physical activity is so important, to keep the blood flowing, and the joints and muscles active.

Caring for my indoor plants: Caring for my plants always instantly boost my mood. They add vibrant flashes of green to my space. I am mesmerized by the small transitions of growth that the plants reveal each day. Nature is so amazing and I love that I can be a part of it by caring for my plants. Spring is here so I will soon be repotting a few of my plants. I tend to them weekly by watering and checking up on them. Plus a lot of plants naturally clean the air by absorbing toxins and release oxygen.

You can also check out Phyllicia’s online Chakra Sound Bath course with a two-week free trial.

About the W Fuel Guru program: In 2020, W Hotels of New York re-launched their W Fuel Guru program with a new round of fitness experts enlisted to offer guests and locals alike the opportunity to engage in distinct workout classes. In February, W Hotels of New York kicked off bringing fuel to life by working with six top local-based trainers to take guests on W Hotels-guided experiences. The W Hotels of New York will offer wellness offerings such as sound meditation, yoga, and boxing in 2020. 

5 Ways to Reduce Stress and Boost Immune System While Social Distancing

5 Ways to Reduce Stress and Boost Immune System While Social Distancing

Guest Post By Wendy King As COVID-19 continues to spread and we make lifestyle adjustments in response, the challenge is to maintain your mental and physical health in light of mounting stress. These strategies will help. As social distancing becomes our new “norm” over at […]

Very Veggie Pesto Pasta

Very Veggie Pesto Pasta

This “famous” pasta has made its rotation in our house for years. It’s packed with tons of veggies and pesto and packs a punch in flavor and offers a bounty of nutrients. I recently discovered a delicious lentil pasta from Modern Table that I have […]

Tips for Managing Dry Skin from Frequent Hand-Washing and Sanitizing

Tips for Managing Dry Skin from Frequent Hand-Washing and Sanitizing

Guest Post by CosmetiCare Plastic Surgery Center and MedSpa

Washing your hands should already be a natural part of everyday life, but with the current flu season and increasing concerns about Coronavirus (COVID-19), the focus on personal hygiene is greater than ever before. The emphasis on proper hand washing is a healthy reminder to lather up after touching surfaces in public places or encountering others. But, this precautious extra hand-washing can be harsh and damaging to your skin.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people should scrub their hands for at least 20 seconds to effectively reduce the spread of germs. As a secondary measure, alcohol-based hand sanitizers that contain at least 60 percent alcohol can also be used to rid your hands of germs, though it’s important to note it’s not as effective as soap and water.  These healthy tips should be followed, as frequent hand-washing is a proven reliable way to ward off illness and maintain a healthy immune system. However, as mentioned, this can lead to and exacerbate dry skin issues.

Check out these tips from the team at CosmetiCare Plastic Surgery Center and MedSpa on how to keep both your health and skin safe.

  1. Watch the temperature of the water; try to use lukewarm or warm water to avoid over-drying.
  2. Pat dry, don’t rub dry. After washing your hands, gently pat your skin dry to better retain moisture.
  3. Use mild soaps and detergents; it’s important to know that soaps that contain alcohol strip natural oils from your skin.
  4. Be sure to hydrate! Drink more water, because your skin also receives comes from within.
  5. Give extra attention to your hands; hands show the effects of a dry environment more than any other body part, so be sure to apply a moisturizing product to keep them looking and feeling their best.


Tips from Managing Dry Skin from Frequent Hand-Washing and Sanitizing

Our pro pick to help heal dry hands: Alastin Soothe Recovery Balm, a highly emollient formulation that hydrates dry and compromised skin, helps restore the barrier function of the skin and soothes irritated skin. We often recommend this product following cosmetic procedures because of it’s incredible strength and efficacy. During these especially dry winter months, we’ve found it to also serve as a lifesaver for skin that is cracked and raw.


Five Ways to Neutralize the Noise Around the Coronavirus

Five Ways to Neutralize the Noise Around the Coronavirus

Joe McCormack says the coronavirus is bad for your health. What makes him different from the many experts with their grim statistics and scary projections is that he’s not talking about exposure to the virus. He’s talking about the dangers of tracking too many updates […]

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