Wellness Wednesday – Donating Blood can be Good for your Health!

“Heroes comes in all shapes and sizes. No matter what, measure up. Be someone’s hero today.” – Richard Norris

My Beau, has been bugging me for sometime to help him find and come with him to a blood donation center. He has been studying about the health benefits that it can do to your body. So it works both ways, you get to help one or more person with your blood donation and doing so helps to improve your health. It is his first time to donate blood and I am very proud he did this phenomenal choice and plans to do so twice a year.

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I am no doctor but here is a perfect explanation from one of our favorite Alternative Medicine Doctor  known in the  Paleo Movement, Dr. Joseph Mercola.

The Benefits of Donating Blood (Excerpt from Dr. Mercolas’s Article)

1. Balance Iron Levels in Your Blood

For each unit of blood donated, you lose about one-quarter of a gram of iron.

You may at first think this is a bad thing, since too little iron may lead to fatigue, decreased immunity, or iron-deficiency anemia (which I was diagnosed a year ago), which can be serious if left untreated. This is common in children and premenopausal women. But what many people fail to realize is that too much iron can be worse, and is actually far more common than iron deficiency (especially in men and postmenopausal women). So for many, the fact that donating blood helps to rid your body of excess iron is one of the greatest benefits it offers. It has been long known that menstruating women have fewer heart attacks. This was previously thought to be due to hormones but is now thought to be due to lower iron levels.

Similar to premenopausal women, blood donors have been found to be 88 percent less likely to suffer from a heart attack,  and this is thought to be due to its effects on iron levels. Researchers explained:

Because high body iron stores have been suggested as a risk factor for acute myocardial infarction, donation of blood could theoretically reduce the risk by lowering body iron stores.”

2. Better Blood Flow

Do you know what a high-sugar diet, smoking, radio frequencies, and other toxic electromagnetic forces, emotional stress, anxiety, high cholesterol, and high uric acid levels do to your blood? All of these make your blood hypercoagulable, meaning it makes it thick and slow moving, which increases your risk of having a blood clot or stroke. Hypercoagulable blood contributes to inflammation, because when your blood does not flow well, oxygen can’t get to your tissues.

Repeated blood donations may help your blood to flow better, possibly helping to limit damage to the lining of your blood vessels, which should result in fewer arterial blockages.

What is clear is that blood donors seem to not be hospitalized so often and if they are, they have shorter lengths of stay… And they’re less likely to get heart attacks, strokes, and cancers.”

3. You Get a Mini Physical

Every blood donor gets a “mini physical” prior to donation. Your temperature will be checked along with your blood pressure, pulse, and hemoglobin. Your blood will also be tested for 13 infectious diseases like HIV, hepatitis B and C, West Nile Virus, and syphilis.

Donating blood is certainly not a replacement for medical care, but it does give you a (free) glimpse into your health (as well as notice if you’ve been exposed to an infectious disease without knowing).

4. A Longer Life

People who volunteer for altruistic reasons, i.e. to help others rather than themselves, appear to live longer than those who volunteer for more self-centered reasons. Altruistic volunteers enjoyed a significantly reduced risk of mortality four years later according to one study,6 with the study’s lead author noting:7

“This could mean that people who volunteer with other people as their main motivation may be buffered from potential stressors associated with volunteering, such as time constraints and lack of pay.”

So there you go, it remains to stay true that when your hands are open to give, blessings comes in hundredfolds. This seems to be a very simple act of kindness but it is truly heroic that you are giving part of yourself. He did get a little weak after, but was still able to drive of which I was supposed to do but he insisted. He was advised not to get too much excitement or activity but to just rest and let his body recover and regenerate. And surely he did with that handsome smile that I first saw the next morning.

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David Clark, First Time Blood Donor at Stanford Blood Center

I hope this will somehow give you the curiosity to find out more about this good deed that comes with good benefits. May it somehow nudge you a bit in that direction to live life healthy, peacefully happy and to continue to have that desire to learn what can give us the power for longevity.

i remain,

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Decorating our Christmas Tree (2017)

This is the 2nd installment of the Christmas Tree Video. It’s my turn to do the hard work this time. Good thing it is one of the things I love to do…. decorating. It brings out the creative side of me. And research shows doing the artsy activity of Christmas decorating is therapeutic. Just like doing painting and playing musical instruments, it’s relaxing at the same time good for the brain.

I’ll let you watch the video below and I hope you enjoy!


Happy Holidays!

xoxo,

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Happiest Christmas Tree

The Sunday after thanksgiving Dave fulfilled his promise that he will get us a fresh Christmas tree. I was so looking forward to shopping for real Christmas Tree, it was going to be my first. However, the day was not very cooperative as it was pouring that day. But rain or shine he said we will go and if he must he will chopped it down himself. I was expecting to go at Christmas Tree farm in Half Moon Bay because we always passed by it when we go to the beach. But he made a sudden turn towards the Skyline Blvd and drove through the Redwoods towards La Honda. He said he will take me to a much bigger farm. fullsizeoutput_1a1fThe place was called Skyline Ranch Christmas Tree Farm, and the drive on the way was scenic and just amazing even with the rain. If I may say it made it more exciting and fun. Below is the video of our fun adventure to get a blue spruce Christmas Tree. The most essential part of our activity is the bonding as family in working together amidst the pouring rain and having fun at the same time.

 

Him being a very handyman did most of  the hard work and I was like the happy kid playing in the rain.  Lol!  These are one of the times when we women are so thankful for the men in our lives. You can also say he is Santa and I’m his happy elf! I did help! 🤪

I will now look forward to this annual tradition as it is a great joyous family experience. May this inspire you and your family to do wonderful things together. Enjoy the video!

Happy Holidays!

xoxo,

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Love Letter to SuperDave

Dear Super D,

It’s been eons since I’ve written a love letter and i hope my words will still make a mark, a ripple if not waves… most especially in your heart.

Twenty something years ago, I used to spend solitary time at the beach watching the horizon. Something tells me my future is beyond that horizon, maybe doing the same way I do. Wishing, hoping and praying. I believed and hold that in my heart the future will arrive. It always does. The journey getting there was marvelous. I do not say it was all happy and perfect. But it was a journey that molded me to get better and better in life, and as a person. I have and still am grateful for everything I had gone through, and all the wonderful people and even the not so good ones for they all played an important role in leading me to you. I believe I was whole and content just by being me.

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And then you came and I realized I still can get better. With you, I can be my best self. I have found the best cheerleader who not only puts me on a pedestal but most of all always cradles me in his arms in the most loving ways i’ve known.

We have a long future ahead of us chasing sunsets and sunrise  and playing underneath the sun too. Most of all we have each other as sunshine for a lifetime and yes the best is yet to come. But Today (Now and always ) we savor… savor…savor.

il mio amore,

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