allergy and sinus relief and prevention

Allergy and Sinus Relief and Prevention {natural solutions}

This is the time of year most of us suffer with allergies and increased asthma.  For years I struggled with seasonal allergies.  I can even remember struggling as a kid! Then it seem to morph into a year round problem.  Before I knew it I was taking prescription allergy meds daily and fighting sinus infections at least twice a year.  My head felt stuffy most of the time and I got headaches frequently.  So 3 years ago, I decided it was time to find a solution.  I wanted to take action to prevent the need for medication daily.

Here is what I learned… Allergy and even asthma symptoms can be stirred by not only environment contaminants {pollen, cotton, chemical cleaners, etc} but by an unhealthy immune system.

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Here is what I do ::

1. Take a quality multi-vitamin

This is a huge step in boosting your immune system.  Most of us are deficient in the right amount of minerals and nutrients our body needs.  I take this multi-vitamin everyday and it has helped tremendously in how I feel and improving my immune system. 

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2.  Take an immune supporting supplement

Taking this has saved me SO much money in doctor bills and prescription medications!  It truly helps me to live a prevention life style.   I recommend taking NutriferonA Shaklee exclusive, Nutriferon is a patented, clinically proven blend of immune-strengthening plant extracts. When used daily, it increases the production of your body’s natural interferon, a critical activator of the immune system. Nutriferon works at the cellular level, by rapidly activating your immune system’s defenses.  I also take a double dose if I feel something coming on and it attacks it quickly.  I usually feel totally fine by the next morning!


3.  Take vitamin C

Your body is capable of many things, but it can’t make or store vitamin C. I take the Shaklee Sustained Release Vita-C because it offers sustained-release protection hour after hour. This brand has a unique all-natural sustained formula  that slowly releases Vitamin C into your blood stream over a 5-hour period.



4. Take a probiotic

Did you know that scientists now believe 70% of the immune system is located in the gut?  This is a good place to start to strengthen our immune system against allergic reactions.  There appears to be a surprising correlation between symptoms of upper respiratory congestion and sinus discomfort to poor elimination in the lower intestines. The best way to keep a healthy digestive system is to clean out toxins. I take Optiflora probiotic.


5.  Use natural cleaning products

Cleaning products not only irritate the skin, but their odors can aggravate upper respiratory problems.  Toxic cleaners are a huge problem for allergies and asthma.  By switching out to natural ones, you can totally eliminate the problem!  I use this kit for my whole house and this safe disinfectant.


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I have followed this plan for 3 years now and since I started I am off all allergy medication and I have not had a sinus infection.  I found that it was much more effective to spend the money on the proper supplements to arm my body with the right minerals for prevention.  And it totally works!  I have saved so much money and time avoiding the doctor’s office and nursing headaches.

A seasonal attack is pretty rare for me know but if I do have a flare-up I keep 2 things on hand to find relief naturally.

1.  Alfalfa

It’s a natural anti-histamine.  Alfalfa will reduce and prevent the itchy, sneezy and coughing that comes with allergies. 


2. Garlic

It is traditionally used for its  anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties. You can also take it to help with colds, flu, and sinus infections.  I like this one because I know it is all natural and does not have the garlic smell.


This is the plan that WORKS for me!  It allows me to stay off prescription medication and feel icky and tired from allergy side effects.

For any questions regarding this plan, email me at claireshealthyhome(at)gmail(dot)com


Check out these other posts on my healthy living choices ::

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Healthy Living Steps for Moms on the GO

Healthy Mama. Happy Life.

I have taken some healthy steps in my life for my family, home and body and through each swap or change I had a good friend or group to encourage and support me along the way.  We moms need to take care of ourselves! 


I created a private group for all you mamas (and ‘to be’ mamas) called

Healthy Mama. Happy Life.


I know you want to be healthier, eat better and have more energy. {me too!}

I am SO excited for you to begin your journey to better health and feel honored to help you along the way.


I want you to join us today so we can cheer each other on!  Then invite a friend so we can cheer her on too.

Join the facebook group and become the healthiest mama you know.

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This is a closed group. That means no one but the members of this page can see your posts 🙂

{{ It is no secret that Shaklee is my chosen brand partner, however, there is NO requirement to use Shaklee products to participate on this page or our challenge. }}

Here’s to Healthy Mamas!


Mission:: I want Muscles

I noticed a huge drop in my metabolism when I entered my 30’s.  No longer was ‘chasing my kids’ in my 20’s an effective workout for me.  Bummer.  Suddenly I was seeking and reading material on strength training.  I learned it was even more important to build muscle mass because my body was starting to lose it quickly.  Darn it.  After 10 years of….ahem…. ‘research’ I am now in my 40’s [just barely].  Let me tell you.  I tested that theory of [no] strength training for you all for 10 years and have concluded that…Yes it is important.  You’re welcome. 

No strength training results in a super weak core.  [I learned that word in my many years of research]

Then my sis-in-law came to visit and made me invited me to do a version of the bootcamp she teaches.  That’s when I realized my 10 year old son may be stronger than me….

So last Saturday night I went to my favorite [dangerously close to my house] Target and perused the fitness isle.  I found this


What I know about Jillion is that everyone hates her.  And apparently that’s a good thing because she claims to ‘shred your body’.  yay me….

So I put the $9.99 life changing DVD into my cart along with a couple of hand weights feeling good.

Cheer me on in shredding my body [because that’s a good thing for my core ;)]!




Oral B Glide Floss [review]

Are you a floss fanatic?  I am!  I have floss in all three bathrooms in my house and I carry some in my purse too.  I want to be a good example to my 3 boys about good teeth hygiene and I am constantly reminding them to FLOSS.  All for the hope that when they move out to go to college they will always have their mothers’ voice in their heads.  hehe

So when I was recently contacted by Oral-B to review their Pro-Health Floss on the blog, I said yes because taking care of your teeth is am important part of a Healthy Home. 

Crest and Oral-B Pro-Health Clinical renderings

After using this floss for 2 weeks I can honestly say that I do like it.  I only buy floss that has mint and this one does so points for that!

Here’s moi in the car after flossing…

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Here are a few facts about the

Oral-B Glide Pro-Health Clinical Protection Floss:

  • Is clinically proven to help reverse gingivitis in two weeks as part of a comprehensive dental health routine.
  • Invigorates gums and provides a minty cool feeling every time you floss.
  • Protects against cavities and bad breath.
  • Slides up to 50 percent more easily in tight spaces versus the leading floss.

Now for the cool part!

Oral-B is doing some sweet give aways ::

  • Every first-time entrant will receive a tote bag with Glide product, while supplies last (up to 5,000 units).

  • Every two weeks from now until July 7th, the Oral-B Glide Floss Face app will award a grand prize of one iPad

    Simply go HERE to enter.  Who doesn’t like free stuff??? 


    happy healthy teeth!



    I participated in this sponsored campaign for One2One Network. I received monetary compensation and product to facilitate my post, but all opinions stated are my own.

  • My Excuses and A Killer Workout

    I write this blog to [hopefully] inspire others to make healthy changes in their life for the family, your body and your life.

    But my biggest reason for this blog is to motivate and grow myself! 

    My start in swapping out bad habits for good ones began many years ago and it will continue.  I have learned a lot and I have lots more to learn too.

    One of those changes is learning to exercise on a regular basis.  I honestly struggle with this! 

    I probably have all the same excuses as everyone else.

    • I’m too busy.
    • I’m too tired.
    • I’ll do it later tonight.
    • My favorite show is on instead.
    • I ate pretty good today so it’s OK.
    • I shouldn’t take time away from the kids.

    Sound familiar???

    The bottom line is they are just that :: EXCUSES!


    So when my sister-in-law, Rachelle, came to visit this week and said let’s do a workout, my first response was not of joy.  lol  Rachelle is also a personal trainer, teaches boot camp and blogs at Livin’ The Sweat Life.  She knows her stuff!  I knew I needed it plus she was going to teach me her moves.  So….really it was a one-on-one training session FOR FREE.  How could I turn that down?

    So we ‘got our sweat on’ as Rachelle would say.  We did a variation of her Boot Camp routine.  Now, I do go for walks and hikes, but that totally did not prepare me for her workout.

    This is me half way through.  LOL

    excuses and a killer workout

    It was a  killer workout!

    After, I didn’t know whether to thank her or slap her so she said we should high five.  lol I am still sore 2 days later.  There were several moments when I wanted to stop and she wouldn’t let me and I’m so glad.  In fact, she was so great and encouraging, I wish I could workout with her several times a week.  She would kick me into shape in no time!

    Exercise is such a mind game but when you push your body past what you ‘think’ it can do, it is powerful. I am inspired to challenge myself harder in my exercise.

    Later we took the kids to the pool for a much deserved float.


    So what about you?  Do you exercise regularly?  Is it walking like me or killer workouts like Rachelle?  Are you inspired to try something new and harder? 



    Chocolate Covered Cherries Energizing Smoothee

    I drink a energizing protein smoothee every morning and until now my favorite was vanilla with frozen blueberries.  I was ready for a change. Plus. It’s chocolate.  Enough said.

    Super easy and fast and nutritious to make and take on the go for a busy mama like me.

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    Here is the simple recipe ::


    Chocolate Covered Cherries Energizing Smoothee

          Blend until creamy.


    chocolate cherry smoothee 3

    Yep. That’s me. In the bathroom. Taking a picture.  It is that good.  So I had to share.

    Do you drink protein shakes or smoothees?  Got a favorite recipe?

    Bottoms up!



    Get My Body Back 180 Challenge

    Remember how I lost a pant size recently

    I am still going. 

    spring cleaning my diet  

    Summer is coming and I want to be fit and healthy to keep up with my three boys.

    Seriously, they are a bundle of energy!

    I know there are so many plans out there, but this is what I do because it works for me. 


    The clincher for me is that it keeps the muscle and loses only the fat and that means a lot to this 40 year old mama.  Muscle mass is so important especially as I get older.  I need all I can get!

    I love that this plan is all natural, safe and works.  It includes healthy recipes and online support and even has an app for my phone that makes it super easy to keep track of my progress. 


    So I am doing 2 protein smoothees, one snack bar and energy tea a day.  I love that I don’t have to thing about getting the right amount of nutrients, proteins and carbs in my diet.  I am a busy homeschooling mama these days and my brain cannot take anymore problem solving.  I need it to be easy so I stick with it because I am ready to Get My Body Back!

    My accountability facebook group is awesome too!  We have all lost over 100lbs together.  Isn’t that amazing???

    psssst….wanna join us?  email me at claireshealthyhome(at)gmail(dot)com

    get your body back

    Follow me on facebook to get all my tips to spring clean your diet and spring clean your house.

    Are you getting ready for summer too?  What are you doing?



    Eat Regular Meals

    Do you skip meals?  Did you know that this actually hurts your metabolism?  Your body needs a steady flow of fuel and nutrition to keep it running properly.  Get in the habit of eating a good breakfast when you wake up and drinking a full glass of water.  This should include a healthy protein and carb with fruit or veggies.  I like oatmeal with blueberries, a veggie and cheese omelet or a protein smoothee.


    There are so many benefits and reasons as to why you need to eat regularly through the day.  Here are a few …

    • Eating regular low fat meals reduces total and LDL (bad) cholesterol and reduces resistance to insulin – reducing the overall risk of developing heart disease.
    • Regular meal eaters tend to have a lower energy (calorie) intake compared to those who eat irregularly – crucial if you’re looking to maintain or lose weight.
    • By eating regularly (meals and snacks) you will help keep your blood sugar levels stable. Why is this good? Because this will help prevent strong feelings of hunger, which could result in you over-eating the next time you eat (which is usually the time you reach for that chocolate bar, latte or muffin – or all 3!).

    What has helped me the most is planning ahead.  I plan my meals and grocery shop weekly.  I even have done freezer meal  planning.  I also keep stocked on fresh fruit and veggies, drink lots of water throughout the day and keep almonds and protein snack bars handy in my purse and car.

    The biggest benefit?  Eating with family!  Regular meal times together to connect with each other.  It sets such a healthy example and I just love the time together.


    Do you skip meals?  How do you feel when you do?  What do you like best about eating meals together?

    Share in the comments and then let me know on facebook!



    Eat more Fruits + Veggies

    Last year, I purposed to eat more veggies.  The fact was that I did not eat enough.  I was fueling my body with way too many processed foods.  So I decided to increase my veggie and fruit intake.  Here are a few things that work for me and my family.

    I eat an apple every morning for a snack.  By pairing it with some protein like cheese or peanut butter it makes a really great healthy snack!  I also try to eat veggies everyday for an afternoon snack.  I really like sliced tomatoes with a little cheese or cut veggies dipped in humus.  Yum! 


    If you cut it up they will eat it!  So true with kids and hubbies.


    I have also been using more veggies when I cook dinner.  Chopping up onions or peppers or mushrooms and adding them my meals gives me extra nutrition and fills me up.


    Another awesome way we get more fruit is using it in smoothees!  I chop it up and freeze it.  So good!  The kids really love them for snacks and I drink it with a quality, non GMO protein to make it a meal.


    These eating habits have helped me drop 4 lbs and 5 inches last month. You can see my pictures here.

    Lastly, my family and I take quality, pure. whole food supplements.  This has helped keep us all healthy.  NO prescription meds here for us.  Plus because of it’s purity we are getting an abundance of vitamins and minerals found in real food.  Here is a visual of what I take.

    vitalizer strip

    Start eating more fruits and veggies today.  Fill up your body with real food and you will feel so much better.  You might even drop a few pounds too.

    What are your favorite fruits or veggies?  How do you eat it?  Do you eat them everyday?  Do you find creative ways to ‘sneak’ them in for your family like I do?



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    Drink More Water

    This may sound like a no brainer, but stay with me.

    Ask yourself:

    How much water have I had to drink today?

    Do I measure how much I drink daily?

    Is it enough?

    What is your answer?  Is it good or bad?


    Ok, now ask yourself this:

    “Do I feel hungry?”

    “Do I have lots of energy?”

    “Am I  fatigued?”

    “Do I have a headache?”

    “Do I have a dry mouth?”

    “How many times do I go to the bathroom each day?”

    “Do I have dry skin?”

    “Do I get dizzy?”

    If you answered YES to some of those questions, you may be dehydrated.  In fact, if you are thirsty today it is because you did not drink enough water yesterday! 

    The rule is to consume at least half your body weight in ounces of water each day.

    Water has so many awesome benefits for your body.  Water moisturizes the air in the lungs, helps with metabolism, helps our organs absorb nutrients better, detoxifies, protects and moisturizes our joints and helps with weight loss.

    I recommend using a good water purifier.  I like this one because it also removes lead.

    Are you getting thirsty yet?  Are you inspired to drink more water? 

    Here are some tips to help you drink more water:

    • Drink a full 8 oz in the morning when you wake up.
    • Drink a glass of water with every snack and meal.
    • Get water bottle so you can measure your daily intake.
    • Keep a bottle of water with you in your car, at your desk, or in your bag.

    Now, go get your water and drink up!



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