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Bug-Busting Natural Remedies for Colds and Flu

Natural Remedies for Colds and Flu

Treat yourself naturally with these home remedies for colds and flu.

The common cold is nicknamed that for a reason. Despite our best efforts, even the strongest of us get the sniffles and a blazing fever from time to time. It may be ‘just a cold,’ but it’s nothing to sneeze at – the flu can make you feel drained and miserable. Fortunately, fast action on your part with these home remedies for colds and flu can mitigate the misery.

Drink Up – Drink as much water as you can. Aim for eight or more 8-ounce glasses to keep mucous membranes moist, and to relieve dry eyes and other common flu symptoms. Fluids can also help to thin mucus so it’s easier to get rid of.

Add a Humidifier – To help keep mucus loose, stay in a moist, warm, well-ventilated room. To keep the air in your bedroom moist, place bowls of water near the air ducts or run a humidifier.

Take Vitamin C – As soon as you notice cold or flu symptoms, start taking 500mg of vitamin C four to six times a day. This vitamin helps to kick start your immune system. For a pure and natural intake of this vitamin, eat plenty of oranges, kiwi, and leafy greens.

Get Garlic – A dose of garlic, the natural antiseptic, will help to kick out any cold or flu. For the best effects, hold a small clove of garlic in your mouth and breath the fumes into your throat and lungs. As the clove softens, crush it up, mix it with water, and swallow it in one.

Sip on Ginger Tea – Ginger helps block the production of substances that cause bronchial congestion and stuffiness, and it contains compounds called gingerols, which are natural cough suppressants.

Salt and Water – For a sore throat remedy, fill a glass up with warm water, mix in one teaspoon of salt, and gargle away. The salt soothes the pain temporarily.

Ditch Dairy – Dairy products cause more mucus and phlegm and make your congestion worse. While you recover from a cold, opt for plant-based alternatives.

Eat Clean – Give your body the best chance of recovery by taking it easy on digestion and eating foods that boost immunity, such as greens, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, and fruit.

Rest – We’re sure you’ve heard this one before, but it does make a difference! Resting gives the body a chance to heal and recover so that you can get back to business right away.

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Valentine’s Day Date Ideas for You and Your Sweetheart

Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

Check out these Valentine’s Day date ideas for this romantic holiday.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, many people find themselves looking for some exciting and romantic date ideas to partake in with their significant others. Fortunately, there are all kinds of wonderful date ideas that you can enjoy with your love during this upcoming holiday. Check out these Valentine’s Day ideas for some much-needed inspiration to spark romance.

Dinner and a Movie

Consider going out to dinner to your significant other’s favorite restaurant. If you are of legal age, order glasses of wine and enjoy a nice dessert as well. Then, decide on a movie that you will both enjoy for the perfect romantic evening. While it’s a simple date idea, it never fails to connect two people!

Hotel Rendezvous

Looking to get away on a mini-vacation without having to go too far? Consider booking a suite at a local hotel with a pool, hot tub, and spa for ultimate pampering. Then, enjoy a romantic night in by ordering room service.

Cook Together

If you and your spouse are rarely together on weeknights, choose to make Valentine’s Day a special occasion to spend some quality time with one another. Cook your favorite meal together and spend time catching up about each other’s days.

Take a Walk

A budget-friendly outing is to explore the natural landscape around your local area. Take a hike during the day or head to nearest park or beach to stroll and spend time with each other.

Go Ice-Skating

Handholding, chocolate, and cozy clothing – ice-skating is a great way to connect and have fun! An hour of ice-skating is sure to end with laughter and love.

Have a Spa Day

What better way to relax on this romantic holiday than starting it off with a massage and spa? Enjoy the resort’s amenities for the day before heading out for a romantic dinner.

As you can see, there are plenty of great Valentine’s Day date ideas to consider for the upcoming holiday. Whatever you end up doing, be sure that you and your loved one are covered with the peace of mind of a great insurance policy. Contact Chambers & Company Insurance Brokers to learn about suitable coverage for you and your sweetie.

Healthy Snacks That Fill You Up

Healthy Snacks

Feeling peckish? Put down the candy and pick up these healthy items.

With the number of fast food options and milk-and-sugar loaded beverages, it’s often hard to be healthy on the go. Unless you’re uber prepared and have your own snack pack of hummus and veggies, you may be tempted to grab something unhealthy, and ultimately, bad for you. If you need some healthy snack inspiration, look no further than this list!

Apples and peanut butter – A sliced apple paired with a scoop of peanut butter (preferably one with no added salt, sugar, or oils) is tasty and will keep you full throughout the day.

Chips and dip – Believe it or not, but this can be a healthy choice! Opt for salt-free chips and a dip, such as hummus or homemade guacamole.

Granola bars – Be careful which granola you pick up as it could have hidden sugar and dairy. If you don’t have time to make your own, always look at the ingredients on store-bought bars.

Falafel – Healthy, filling, and relatively easy to make! Falafels are good choices to fill you up while snacking.

Hummus and vegetables – What can we say? It’s a match made in heaven!

Tomato and basil soup – If you make a big batch of this soup, it’ll see you through the week.

Salt and pepper chickpeas – Roast chickpeas with a sprinkle of salt and pepper to make a healthy alternative to chips.

Green smoothie – Pile in your favorite green vegetables, a few pieces of fruit, and top it up with a non-dairy milk for a healthy drink to sip on.

Nuts – A handful of almonds, cashews, and Brazil nuts are a healthy snack that fills you up quickly!

Now you know what makes a great alternative than reaching for those candy bars!

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Hacks on How to Make (and Keep!) Your New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions

Keep your New Year’s resolutions this year by making the right ones.

Are you keen to reinvent yourself in 2017? While many of us make the same bad habits as we did in the previous years and pick up new ones, we’re always motivated to make resolutions. Traditionally, New Year’s Day is the time to reinvent yourself for the entire year. So that your 2017 is a successful one, here are the top hacks on how to make and keep your New Year’s resolutions.

Only pick one. If you want to change your life or your lifestyle, don’t try to change the whole thing at once. Instead, pick one area of your life to change. If you’re successful with the first change, you can go ahead and make another change.

Set yourself up for success. To ensure that you make a resolution, you’ll need to plan ahead. Read up on what you want to change, whether you go to the library or use the Internet to find the best way to go about doing it. Secondly, get everything ready so things run smoothly. If you’re going to be taking up running, make sure you have the right shoes, attire, route, and music playlist loaded! There should be no excuses.

Anticipate problems. Think ahead and understand the problems that may occur. Then, determine how you can cope with issues so that you can sail past them.

Go for it. Make a commitment and write it down on a card. Keep this card with you or in a place where you see it often for an extra dose of positive reinforcement.

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Shopping Online for the Holidays? Use These Cyber Security Tips!

Safety comes first when you’re shopping over the season. Use these cyber security must-knows.

The holidays are just around the corner, and that means the gifting season is almost upon us. If you’re someone who hates to brave the sales in stores, you’re not alone. The retail sales from online orders alone have skyrocketed over the past decade, meaning that more are shopping online more than ever. If you’re one of those who takes the Internet by storm and gets all the gifts in one click, you’ll need to keep cyber security at the top of your to-do list.

When you’re providing personal information online, you want to ensure that it is protected. While there’s no secret formula for this yet, there’s definitely active steps that you can do to minimize the risk of getting scammed out of your hard-earned money and having your information compromised.

Here are six simple steps that you can do to stay safe shopping online!

  • Trust your gut – You wouldn’t shop in a dodgy-looking retail store, so why do so online? If the website appears shady, has a weird address, and fills your screen with pop-ups, just forget about it.
  • Never use public Wi-Fi – Most Wi-Fi hotspots don’t encrypt your data. Any neighborhood Starbucks hacker can pluck your identity out of the digital air if he has the right software.
  • Check our credit card statement frequently – Using a credit card is really the only smart way to shop online. If you buy from a scam site using your debit card, check, or cash, there’s no way to get your money back. If you use a credit card, the card companies have to reimburse you for your fraudulent charges under the Fair Credit Billing Act.
  • Change your passwords regularly – Even though it’s a pain, changing your passwords every three to six months help to keep your information and account safe.
  • Look for HTTPS in the URL – If the URL is just HTTP, be careful with the information that you share. The ‘s’ means that the way that your information is being sent is secure.
  • Update your browser – Each new version of your Internet browser, especially if you use one of the most popular browsers, gets a boost in security.

Don’t fall victim to daylight robbery online! Be sure to put these tips into practice to protect yourself and your information while cruising the web for your holiday gifts.

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Ring in the 2017 on a Budget With These Affordable New Year’s Eve Plans

Looking for affordable New Year’s Eve plans? Read on!

Figuring out what to do for New Year’s Eve can be a challenge – especially if you’re on a tight budget. Whether you’re a family of four that want some fun entertainment or a young couple who wants a dance-til-morning marathon, there are some sure ways to ring in the New Year without breaking the bank.

Host a Party

Instead of paying a huge cover charge for an elite club on New Year’s Eve (that will only be packed to the brim), opt to host a party at your house. Make it affordable for everyone by asking each person to bring a drink or snack. Forget the 2017 banner and party hats; you can make it a relaxed and fun feel even without the house dressed in decorations. What’s more, you don’t have to worry about an overpriced meal or cocktails that have you take out a loan.

Camp Out

Take advantage of the mild winter in California by going camping right in your own backyard! Light up the fire pit, roast the marshmallows, and grab the guitar for some old-school fun! The kids and pets will love it, and you may get to see some nearby fireworks to ring in the New Year.

Plan Ahead

Believe it or not, but you can get some affordable travel tickets for New Year’s Eve, meaning that you spend the New Year in your ideal destination! Plan ahead and book in advance so that you can properly prepare for the journey, as well as save a few dollars.

From the professionals at Chambers & Company Insurance Brokers, we hope that you have a safe and fun New Year’s Eve! For all of your insurance needs to see you through the New Year, contact us today to secure the right policies for you.

Winter Recipe: Hot and Hearty Mushroom Curry

Warm up this season with a toasty and delicious winter recipe.

Even though California isn’t known for it’s wet, windy, and winter weather, the temperatures are still lower than we’d like them to be. Because of this, the winter sweaters are pulled out of boxes and the heating systems are put to good use. This year, don’t face the winter weather without the right food in your system! Whip up this winter recipe of mushroom curry that will leave you feeling full and warm.

Ingredients

For the spices

  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon red curry powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

For the curry:

  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 16 ounces Cremini mushrooms, sliced thick
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium red, yellow or orange bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 medium-large cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2-inch piece fresh ginger root, peeled and chopped
  • 1 pound carrots, chopped into 1 inch-ish pieces (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 3 cups spinach greens
  • Juice of 1/2 lime (about 2 tablespoons)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Preparation

  • In a large non-stick cooking pot, heat 1 teaspoon of oil on medium. Sauté the mushrooms for about 5 minutes, or until they’re quite juicy and reduced in size. Remove to a plate and set aside.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of oil to the same pot and reduce the heat to low. Add all the spices and let them bloom in the oil for about two minutes. Add a little water if they’re looking dry.
  • Raise the heat to medium and add the onion and pepper. Saute for about 2-3 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and sauté for another two minutes. Reduce the heat and add a little water if needed.
  • Add the carrots, water, and salt and raise the heat to high; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover and let simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the carrots are tender.
  • Remove from heat and use an immersion blender to puree the carrot mixture into a creamy sauce. You can also use a food processor and do it in two shifts. If using a food processor, when you’re done return the sauce to the pot.
  • Heat the sauce on medium-low and stir in the peanut butter, greens and mushrooms. Heat through until the greens start to wilt.
  • Serve alone or with your favorite rice, quinoa or flatbread.

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Get Involved for World AIDS Day

Participate in World AIDS Day by learning the facts.

On December 1st, it’s World AIDs Day. This is a time when people across the world come together to learn about AIDS and get active about raising awareness about detection and prevention. More tools than ever are available about the ways to prevent HIV and AIDS. In addition to limiting your number of sexual partners, never sharing needles, and always using condoms, you may be able to take advantage of the remedies available. For World AIDS day, find out more about how to get involved and educate yourself and those around you.

Know the Facts

Learn the basics about HIV and AIDs, how it’s transmitted and how to prevent HIV.

Get Tested

The only way to determine if you have contracted HIV is to get tested for it. Fortunately, there are multiple ways to do this: Find a testing center, talk to your doctor or health care provider, or buy a home HIV test kit.

Get Involved!

Today, take to social media to warn others about the dangers of contracting HIV, as well as multiple solutions for preventing it. You can follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to share all of their information about World AIDS day. On Facebook and Twitter, you can help #WAS2016 trend by re-tweeting messages or creating some of your own! Whether you share your personal experience, useful tips, or informative images, be sure that you’re getting involved.

Learn more about World AIDS day here, and how you can help to raise awareness.

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Thanksgiving Fun Facts to Encourage You to Enjoy the Season

Thanksgiving Fun Facts

Get into the spirit with these Thanksgiving fun facts.

Thanksgiving is the time for reflection and giving thanks. It allows us to reflect inwards and give thanks for our friends, family, food, and health (not to mention our shortened work week). While you fill your bellies this holiday season, check out these Thanksgiving fun facts that are sure to entertain your family around the table!

Thank you berry much. A lot of cranberries are needed to accompany all that food on Thanksgiving. In all, 768 million lbs. of cranberries were produced in the United States in one year. Wisconsin and Massachusetts were responsible for the most production, producing 450 million and 210 million lbs. of cranberries, respectively.

It was more than just one day. If you can’t make it through the daylong celebration of food, football, and family, be thankful that you weren’t around for the first Thanksgiving. That celebration took place in the autumn of 1621 in Plymouth Colony between European settlers and the Wampanoag Indians and it lasted three days!

It’s a holiday. Abraham Lincoln issued a Thanksgiving proclamation officially setting aside the last Thursday of November as the national day for Thanksgiving.

It’s the season! In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt restored the Thursday before last of November as Thanksgiving. He did so to make the Christmas shopping season longer and thus stimulate the economy during the Great Depression.

It was celebrated far and wide. Europeans and Americans once celebrated Thanksgiving holidays throughout the year. Around the time the Pilgrims came to American in 1620. It was common in England and many parts of Europe to frequently set aside days for giving thanks to God.

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Top Six Natural Ways to Boost Energy

Natural Ways to Boost Energy

Caffeine-free, natural ways to boost energy!

Put down that espresso and energy shot! You don’t need to chug a crazy concoction of chemicals or down buckets of coffee to get through the day. Instead of brewing your tea extra strong today, it’s time to try these natural ways to boost energy! Certain tricks will help you to surpass the 3:00 p.m. slump like never before.

Work out midday. When that mid-afternoon urge to doze rolls around, hit the road running or visit the gym. Studies suggest that workout out can actually increase productivity enough to counteract that time away from the office.

Eat regularly. Many people get fatigued because they starve themselves from morning until noon. Your body needs fuel (a.k.a. food) to function. Choose complex carbs (like whole grains) or healthy produce (bananas) to keep going.

Hydrate. Being dehydrated is a common cause for feeling tired throughout the day. Be sure you’re sipping enough water so that you’re staying hydrated all day long!

Pop a piece of gum. Gum doesn’t just refresh your breath; it can also revitalize your body. Chewing gum increases heart rate, which increases blood flow to the brain. It also stimulates the autonomic nervous system, which can increase alertness.

Lighten up. There’s a reason darkness and bedtime go hand in hand. Bright light awakens your brain. If you’re working in a dark room, it’s time to open the blinds, let in plenty of natural light, and turn on lamps if necessary.

Step outside. Head into the great outdoors, even if some woods aren’t nearby, a green park will do! Just a few minutes outside is enough to feel more alive!

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