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Tips for a Safe Halloween!

With Halloween right around the corner, browse through these tips to ensure a fun (and safe!) Halloween for all.

  • Make or purchase costumes in a light material for better visibility.
  • Place strips of reflective tape on the front and back of costumes.
  • Dress for the weather, add layers if needed.
  • Bring a flashlight and cell phone.
  • Carry a white bag or pillowcase for candy, and attach reflective tape as well.
  • Always travel in groups.
  • Use the sidewalk as much as possible.
  • Don’t eat any treats before you get home and can check them out in good lighting.
  • Leave on the outside lights for visitors.
  • Remember that some children have allergies; stickers are a great alternative!

Pumpkin Quesadilla Recipe

Immune Boosting Facts!

Immune Boosting Facts!

1. Each part of the immune system has a unique function.

Dat Tran, MD, an immunologist at the University of Texas Health Science Center, shares, “Think of the immune system like the military. There are different branches that each serve unique function in protecting the body.”

2. Every day we encounter billions of germs, but they’re not all bad.

Countless micro bacteria live in and on our bodies, and they play a vital role in maintaining good health. Tran shares, “Good bacteria in our body provides us with the nutrients we need and also provides a defense against bad bacteria, as well as infections.”

3. Positive emotions and a healthy lifestyle can boost your immunity.

Studies show that optimism, positive emotions, and a healthy lifestyle can actually make our immune system work better. Tran explains, “The happier, or more positive you are, the more likely you are to eat right and be less stressed, which will help your immune system.”

4. Sleep deprivation can impact immunity.

Not reaching optimum levels of sleep can really wreak havoc on our bodies and immunity. Research shows that lack of sleep makes it harder to fight off infection, and easier to catch viruses such as the common cold.

5. Stress can affect the way your immune system works.

Increased stress levels are never ideal. This leads to increased cortisol levels in your body, a hormone that is important for overall bodily functions, but too much of it can lead to numerous health problems, including a compromised immune system. “The high level of cortisol can blunt your immune system.”, Tran says.

 

Immune Boosting Facts Courtesy Of: EverydayHealth.com

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

This healthy smoothie recipe has all the flavor of a pumpkin spice latte without all the sugar. Made with real pumpkin and frozen banana, this whips into a creamy, luscious grab-&-go breakfast (or snack) in just 5 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium frozen banana
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk or other nut milk
  • ⅓ cup plain whole-milk Greek yogurt
  • ⅓ cup canned pumpkin puree
  • ⅛ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1-2 teaspoons pure maple syrup

Place banana, almond milk (or other nut milk), yogurt, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and maple syrup in a blender. Blend until smooth.

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