Vitamin C: A Must Have

 Cold & Flu Season, Time To Boost Your  Immune System

Cold and flu season are in full swing. Although it is unclear exactly how beneficial it is to ward off nasty viruses, vitamin C-rich orange juice is a great start in keeping you healthy.  It’s not hard to reach your daily quota in terms of vitamin C requirements as long as you eat fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. So what’s the best source of vitamin C?  From highest to lowest they are as follows:

Vitamin C| Fruit


          Red bell peppers

          Broccoli

          Kiwi frui

          Oranges

There may be other latent benefits to getting a good daily dose of vitamin C – however the scientific research is ongoing. Concurrent vitamin C may aid in the absorption of iron dietary. There is evidence that it may reduce the risk of cartilage loss and disease progression such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. It has been suggested that low levels of vitamin C may increase the risk of developing asthma.

It seems the most popular belief is that vitamin C prevents the onset of the common cold, or that it actually shortens the duration of a cold. So far, significant benefits have not been observed. However, in subsets of studies of people living in extreme climates or under extraordinary conditions, studies show vitamin C may reduce their risk of developing colds by approximately 50%.  Personally, I think it’s worth a try!

Excerpts taken from mayoclinic.com/health/vitamins 

Winter Sports Safety

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Sunday, Jan. 20 (HealthDay News) –The outdoor winter sports season is in full swing, which means it’s a good time to remind people about winter sports safety. As with all sports, there are numerous things to consider before getting in the game. Winter sports are no different.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers the following general winter sports safety advice:

  • Check the weather before heading outdoors. Pay attention to warnings abut storms and severe drops in temperature. Make adjustments for icy conditions, deep or wet snow, and      bad weather.
  • Dress properly.  Wear several layers of light, loose clothing that’s both water-and wind-resistant to stay safe, warm and dry. Wear appropriate safety gear … such as goggles and helmets…and ensure that all equipment is in proper working order.
  • Don’t go out alone. You should always be with a partner and remain in sight of each other. Make sure that someone else knows about your plans and whereabouts during your outdoor activity. It’s also a good idea to carry a cell phone with you.
  • Warm up thoroughly before your activity in order to prevent muscle, tendon and ligament injuries.
  • Drink lots of water before, during and after outdoor activities.
  • Stay in shape and condition your muscles before the season begins. If you are over age 50, consider having a medical check-up before you start participating in a winter sport.
  • Know and obey all the rules of your sport. Take a lesson from a qualified instructor, particularly in sports such as skiing and snowboarding.
  • If you’re in pain or feeling tired, call it a day.
  • Seek shelter and medical attention if signs of hypothermia or frostbite affect you or a companion.  Early symptoms of frostbite include numbness and tingling, lack of feeling and poor motion in your fingers or toes.
 

Life Insurance: Leaving A Legacy

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Year after year, studies show that Americans give more to charity than the residents of most other countries. We care about our communities and our fellow citizens, and we express that conviction with our donation dollars.

As you look at your legacy and the impact you will leave on others, you may want to consider a charitable donation as an important part of what you leave behind. Life insurance can be a valuable tool in making that legacy a reality.

When you purchase a permanent life insurance policy such as whole life or universal life and list a charitable organization as the beneficiary, you guarantee your generous wishes will be carried out. Permanent life insurance protection means that as long as you pay your premiums, the policy will remain in force for your lifetime. As a result, you will be honoring the organization you care about when it receives your life insurance benefit.

 Additionally, life insurance proceeds pass tax-free to the beneficiary, so you can be confident that the donation you wish to give is truly what will be received.

As you look at the blessings ad accomplishments in your life and consider options to give back as part of your legacy, please consider life insurance as a vehicle for your gift. Call us today to help you choose the best life insurance program to meet your legacy needs.

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Insurance Update, October-December 2012