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Wait? Don't wait!

Happy New Year! Happy New Day! In some ways they both feel the same to me and sometimes it's easier to celebrate each day. Making the most of what is and being grateful for at least one thing every day adds up to a good year. 

This week I found myself having an interesting conversation with a dear friend and it sparked inspiration for The Care. We were talking about cramps, specifically leg cramps, at night. How they can wake us up and really disturb our sleep. I asked if they were taking a daily Magnesium supplement and their response was that it doesn't usually happen or it might have even been it's never happened before. This got me thinking, "How often do we wait to get sick or have a problem, rather than focusing on staying healthy?".

When Covid hit in 2020, before we had any vaccinations, I was right on the front line with a nursing contract in a hospital. We were double masking, gowning, wearing two pairs of gloves, and covering our heads with helmets that looked like something from a Star Wars costume. There was also a lot of fear in the air as we waited for a trustworthy vaccine. 

I've never been comfortable marinating in fear. I prefer to figure out what I can do to minimize a perceived threat. Consequently, I upped my supplement intake, took special care in eating well, increased how much water I was drinking, and made sure I kept moving, mostly with daily walks outside in the sunshine. In some ways, I never felt more healthy. Rather than freaking out about the controversial treatments IF one did get the 'Vid, I did my best to avoid getting sick at all. I was not going to "wait" until it happened. 

This doesn't mean that we can always, completely avoid having an illness or ailment. It does mean that we can be proactive in staying in as good health as possible. As we age, we may become prone to certain deficiencies, although a lot of that is also part of nourishing ourselves in all ways. I suggest taking an inventory of where we can improve our self-nurturing and possibly finding a health care provider who understands Functional Medicine. In this way, we can get tested to see where we might be deficient. In fact, leg cramps in pregnant women respond well to Magnesium, whereas it might be a potassium or calcium deficiency, in another segment of the population, that is the culprit. 

It doesn't serve us to be content with the way things are and wait until something happens. Let's step up and get ahead of what could be coming and nip it in the bud or simply prevent it all together. This is an especially good time to be Care-full.

Happy Healthy Habit Hump Day,


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Barbara L Cummings, MS, RN

the Mindful Maven and Mistress of Meditation, is a sassy Queen-ager, mentor, confidante and trusted guide who provides people with everyday life support. 

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