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Side Sleeping

You can get by with so much when you are young, right?  As we get older, we have to make some accommodations.  And one of them is with our sleeping position. I learned this from my own experience.  As we get older, sleeping on our side can cause our hips and/or knees to hurt, especially women because our hips are wide.

I bought a pillow especially made to put between my knees while on my side.  It was about 10 inches in length.  What a misstate that was!  My knees hurt more than before.  I had to experiment.  I found that I feel best when the pillow I put between my knees goes all the way from the top of my knees to the bottom of my feet.   Since I am short, I can use a regular pillow. Why is that better?  The short pillow left my leg hanging especially at the knee and ankle.  For a minute that is fine, but you sleep in the same position sometimes for hours.  It pulls on the ligaments.  Try using a pillow between your legs that goes from your knees and is long enough to still supports your ankle.  See if that doesn’t make a big difference for you like it did me!

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Fruits and Veggies

No matter whether you buy organic or conventionally grown food, you still want to wash it. This is the way I wash my fruits and veggies because this will remove some of the pesticides and herbicides from your food. Even though I buy organic food, no food is really clean these days, even organic.

I put the fruit or veggie in a bowl of water and put about a tablespoon of lemon juice and a teaspoon of salt. I swish the produce around in the water for about 30 seconds to a minute. You can leave it longer, but you don’t have to. I drain the bowl and then fill it with fresh water and wash the produce again. You will like the way this plumps up your produce if it is a bit weepy.

Nothing I know of will remove all toxins. We just do the best we can.

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Laughing

Have you ever heard of laughing therapy? In this age of COVID, I think we should all try it. It is simple, completely free and you will have chemicals flowing throughout your body without taking any pills.

Yes, I am talking about laughter. It is good for us. It is fun. So do it!

If this is a hard exercise for you, just get around a few children. It seems like it happens more with little girls. Giggle, giggle, giggle. It starts out innocently. And then continue to laugh, boistrously laugh and do it for about 5 minutes. At first it feels like you are putting yourself, and others, on. And, maybe you are. But then it morphs into just plain silliness and laughter from the heart. After you finish laughing, see how you feel. You will feel better.

I think we were meant to laugh. A few of my best memories of my Grandpa were big belly laughs–just like Santa Clause. And if you happen to be a person who is a grouch, try doing this everyday for awhile. It won’t hurt you and it just might help you.

I’d love to hear any feedback!