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Constellation Trails in Prescott AZ

Health and Wealth Team’s “trails to health” featured trail today is the Constellation Trails in Prescott AZ.

From the US69/US89 intersection take US89 north 5.8 miles to the Phippen Museum on the right. The parking for the Constillation trails is south of the parking for the museum. Walk west under US 89 to get to the trails.

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Walk under US 89 to trails.prescott trails,constellation trails,hiking trails, mountain biking trails,health and wealth team

Trails are dedicated to the memory of the US servicemen that lost their lives serving their country when the Lockheed Constellation military plane crashed for unknown reasons during a training mission. prescott trails,constellation trails,hiking trails, mountain biking trails,health and wealth team

Some of the collected debris from the plane.prescott trails,constellation trails,hiking trails, mountain biking trails,health and wealth team

The trail starts out with shade but that soon changes.prescott trails,constellation trails,hiking trails, mountain biking trails,health and wealth team

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While the trails do wind up and down through the boulders with few short moderately steep segments, there is only a slight elevation change making the trails easy to moderate in difficulty.prescott trails,constellation trails,hiking trails, mountain biking trails,health and wealth team

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The story goes this wall was probably part of a corral built centuries ago by shepherds to protect their flock.prescott trails,constellation trails,hiking trails, mountain biking trails,health and wealth team

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9 Natural Immune Boosters to Keep Your Immune System Strong!

Support your immune system against unwanted invaders with supplements.

Immune system supplements help support the body in fine tuning its natural defense mechanisms and maintaining an environment favorable to good health.

Recently MindBodyGreen posted “5 Quick & Easy Ways To Supercharge Your Immune System.

We will take it a step further and and 4 more, but we agree you should get plenty of sleep, drink lots of liquids, and take your immune system supplements!

Echinacea

The root and leaves of this purple coneflower have been used for centuries by American Indians and Europeans to boost immunity. Echinacea triggers the body’s white blood cells to attack unwanted invaders. According to research, it can significantly increase the body’s white blood cell count. Specifically, this herb increases the body’s count of T-cells, interferon, interleukin and immunoglobulin.

Vitamin C

Many of us hit the orange juice or eat extra oranges or grapefruits during the winter months. Citrus and other red fruits and veggies (red peppers, strawberries and even leafy greens) contain vitamin C, which helps protect and support the immune system. It also strengthens the cardiovascular system, supports eye health and more.

Vitamin D3

Researchers are studying this nutrient to find out how it helps support immunity. It appears to help regulate the function of lymphocytes (an important type of white blood cells), the production of cytokines (another key white blood cell) and the activity of macrophages (protein messengers vital to immune function).

Garlic

Garlic stimulates the production of important white blood cells. Garlic also helps quench free radicals in the bloodstream. It even supports heart health.

Elderberry

The western US and Canada are home to the Sambucus nigraor elderberry. Its properties have been studied by many scientists. It contains principals that stimulate the body to make cytokines, a type of protein molecule that enhances the immune system’s response to attacks. This dark-colored berry also contains powerful antioxidants, including anthocyanins.

Mushrooms

Researchers have found that reishi mushrooms contain chemicals that offer a host of immune benefits, including boosting the immune system and offering lung support.

Zinc

This essential trace mineral supports the body’s immunity and aids with nerve function. Zinc seems to work the best when taken at the first sign of concern.

Olive Leaf

The leaves of this Mediterranean staple offer a powerhouse of protection against unwanted invaders. Olive leaf contains a bitter compound called oleuropein that also provides fabulous support to the circulatory system. And it battles free radical damage.

Probiotics (Friendly flora, or bacteria)

Believe it or not, your gut is a key part of your immune system. And eating plenty of friendly bacteria (probiotics) helps strengthen your immunity! A recent study published in Postgraduate Medicine found that women who took a daily probiotic had higher levels of T-cells. T-cells are special white blood cells that support the immune system.

Probiotic supplements can influence your overall health in many ways. Probiotics, better known as good bacteria, help counter the body’s lack of gut flora. Most people view bacteria as harmful, disease-causing microorganisms that attack the body when in fact, probiotics do a great job at fighting infectious, harmful bacteria.

Many of us lack healthy amounts of gut flora required for optimal digestive health. These good bacteria need to be replenished and are a nutrient that the body regularly needs. Very few foods offer a natural source of probiotics. Those that do are fermented foods such as yogurt, soy drinks and miso. However, most of these foods do not contain therapeutic doses of probiotics. Be sure to read the labels as some yogurts offer very minimal amounts of friendly flora. Consider taking a quality probiotic supplement.

When the body lacks the good bacteria needed to digest efficiently and effectively, other body systems are affected. Most noticeably affected might be the immune system. Digestive stress or improper digestion withholds essential nutrients from the life-sustaining immune system. Furthermore, probiotics play a role in fighting off harmful bacteria.

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This information is intended to provide helpful educational and informative material. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any health problem or condition or is it intended to replace the advice of a physician. Always consult your physician or qualified healthcare professional on any matters regarding your health.

 

Willow Lake South Trail in Prescott AZ

Health and Wealth TEAM’s featured “trails to health” trail takes us to Willow Lake in Prescott Arizona.

From Prescott travel north on US 89, go west (left) onto Willow Lake Road at the Watson Lake/Willow Lake Road roundabout there is a parking along side the road in a little over half a mile on the north side.

willow lake trail,prescott circle trail,hiking trail,mountain biking trail,health and wealth teamThis out and back trail totaling 4.6 miles is an easy trail, mostly level. There is a loop around the lake with the east side being a little more difficult which we have hiked in the past. Because of the water level being higher this year than it has been since I believe 2008, we elected to not attempt the loop this time.

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View of the Dam from the south.willow lake trail,prescott circle trail,hiking trail,mountain biking trail,health and wealth team

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Views of Granite Mountain to the west.willow lake trail,prescott circle trail,hiking trail,mountain biking trail,health and wealth team,granite mountain

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Bridges make biking easy.willow lake trail,prescott circle trail,hiking trail,mountain biking trail,health and wealth team

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You can hook up to the Embry Riddle trail by going left under Willow Creek Road. This is also our turn around point today.
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Embry Riddle Trail in Prescott AZ

Today’s featured trail for our “trails to health” series takes us to the Embry Riddle trail in Prescott, part of the Prescott Circle Trail.

To get to the trailhead go north on Commerce Drive from Willow Creek Road in Prescott go North .9 of a mile to the parking lot on the right.

You will start by taking the Jan Alfano trail to get to the Embry Riddle trail from this location.

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Embry Riddle trail,prescott arizona,prescott circle trail,mountain biking trail, hiking trail,Health and Wealth TEAM, LLCNorthwest of Pioneer Park in Prescott.

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Glassford Hill in Prescott Valley as well as Granite Mountain in Prescott are also visible from the trail.Embry Riddle trail,prescott arizona,prescott circle trail,mountain biking trail, hiking trail,granite mountain,Health and Wealth TEAM,

Embry Riddle trail,prescott arizona,prescott circle trail,mountain biking trail, hiking trail,Health and Wealth TEAM,For a longer hike or ride you can pass under Willow Creek Road to connect to the Willow Lake Trails, also part of the Prescott Circle Trail.

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Rainbow Falls State Park in Washington

Our featured “trails to health” today are in the Rainbow Falls state park in Washinton state.

Rainbow Falls State Park is a 139-acre camping park with 3,400 feet of freshwater shoreline on the Chehalis River. Constructed in 1935 in the heart of old-growth forest, this wooded park is known for its rainbow-crowned waterfall, which gives the park its name.

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These trails are listed as moderate but we consider them to be a on the easier side provideing just a slight cardio workout it is a slight uphill climb from the parking lot but trails are clear and even has little bridges over tiny creeks.

Experienced the Westport Washington area

Spent the day in the Westport Washington area enjoying a cool ocean breeze, clear blue skies, some color and a little history.

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A lot of color along the light house trail this time of year.
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We are not the the only ones enjoying the lighthouse trail this morning.
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walking along lighthouse trail.
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walk along lighthouse trail in Westport.
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Greys Harbor Lighthouse at 107 feet is the tallest in the state of Washington.

Experience life on Long Beach peninsula in Washington

During our travels in Washington state we had the opportunity to spend a little time on the Long Beach peninsula.

Traveling from Oregon to Wasington we had to cross the Astoria–Megler Bridge that spans the Columbia River between Astoria, Oregon and Point Ellice near Megler, Washington, at 4.1 miles long, this is one long bridge.

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Astoria–Megler Bridge
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Post Office in historic Oysterville at the north end of the peninsula

 

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Long Beach WA has the “World’s Longest Beach”. Who knew?
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One of many cranberry bogs on the Long Beach peninsula. Who knew?

 

 

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Long Beach has the “world’s largest fryingpan”, again who knew?
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North Head lighthouse is being renovated to resemble it’s original appearance.

 

 

 

 

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Atop the cliffs of Camp Disappoinment are not one but two lighthouses, this is the second Cape Disappointment lighthouse that helped guide ships safely toward shore in an area known as the “Graveyard of the Pacific”, where more than 2000 ships and 700 lives have been lost since the late 1700’s.
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Ft. Columbia State Park on the banks of the Columbia river. In the early 1900’s until after WWII Fort Columbia was the scene of much military activity. In 1950 the US military declared the fort surplus and transferred it into the custody of the state of Washington

 

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Former Barricks, Admin Building, commissioned and commanding offices quarters.
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My morning view outside the RV windshield this morning at the Oceana RV park in Long Beach WA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Experience life on the Oregon coast

 

We have the opportunity to travel to and experience life on the Oregon coast for a few weeks this summer, just a little of what we have seen.

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Cape Creek Bridge north of Florence OR near the Hecta Head lighthouse.

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One of many small coves along Oregon’s coast.

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Devil’s Punchbowl at low tide.

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The Lewis and Clark trail ended at Seaside OR. Who knew?
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Hectra Head Lighthouse north of Florence OR.

Glassford Summit Trail in Prescott Valley AZ

You can reach this new Prescott Valley Glassford Summit Trail by heading north on Prescott Highway East in Prescott Valley and then head west on Antelope just a few blocks till it turns south onto Castle Dr. a few hundred feet signage directs you to a nice new paved parking lot for the new Glassford Summit Trail.

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Glassford Hill in Prescott Valley AZ

This moderately difficult trail 2.1 mile pretty consistent uphill climb provides a bit a cardio workout with some great views of Prescott Valley, parts of Prescott and of course Glassford Hill and the surrounding area as far away as the San Francisco peaks near Flagstaff on a clear day.

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Glassford Hill 

 

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View of Hwy 69 in Prescott Valley AZ from trails end
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One of many picnic tables along the trail

Bring a picnic lunch with this is one of 12 picnic tables on the trail 2 at the Summit, 2 at the trails end and 1 at each of the switchbacks along the trail, and they ALL have a view.

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View of Prescott Valley from the trail
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Sign near the trailhead

 

Thumb Butte West trail

Drive west out of Prescott from courthouse square on Gurley St to reach Thumb Butte West trail, today’s “trails to health” featured trail for 3.5 miles to the Thumb Butte parking area.

On the way Gurley Street becomes Thumb Butte Road.

 This is a fee area. Drive through the first part of the parking area, and go
left across bridge. Park near the trail head for trail #316 (near rest rooms on the left). This is past the trail head for trail #315 (Thumb Butte North trail).
We hiked the loop counter clockwise.
Total loop hike is 2.9 miles (easy to moderate).
The trail head elevation is 5725 feet, the trails high point elevation is 6020 feet.

 

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Thumb Butte
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San Francisco Peaks in the distance

There are some good views from the higher points.

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Take 332 left (east)
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After you cross Thumb Butte Rd you connect to trail 367 (part of the Prescott Circle Trail)

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