Stop Being Prone to Colds & Flu

From time to time we all tend to suffer from a cold, and occasionally we’re unlucky enough to get a bout of flu too. But how can we become less prone to these illnesses? Here’s how:

  • Eat a balanced diet – The more varied your diet is the less likely you are to suffer from a cold. This is because you’re likely to have a higher intake of a wider range of nutrients. If you make sure that you also eat at least 5 portions of fruit and veg a day then you’ll be even less likely to fall ill.
  • Quit smoking – We all know that smoking’s really bad for us, but did you know that people who smoke are more susceptible to colds? Cutting down or cutting out cigarettes will help to boost your immune system, reduce your risk of cancer, bring your taste buds back to where they should be and reduce the frequency of colds and flu.
  • Get more fresh air – If you tend to stay inside a lot you could be prone to more germs. This is because the air is likely to be stale and full of bacteria. If you don’t intend to get out as much, then open a window so fresh air gets in.
  • Stay warm – If you get cold it’s likely you’ll be more immune to illnesses as your immune system will be working hard to fight off bacteria and germs. Stay warm, and you’re less likely to get the sniffles. Wrap up warm or simply put on an extra layer of clothing, this will make all the difference.
  • Wash your hands – This is one of the most important things you can do in the fight to avoid colds and flu. We pick up a huge amount of bacteria every day, but washing it away can mean you’re less likely to fall ill.
  • Do you have a cold already? – If you’re unlucky enough to already have a cold then make sure you take some paracetamol every 4 hours for the next 48 hours. Drunk plenty of fluids, and make sure you stay nice and warm. Remember to wash your hands, and make sure you dispose of any used tissues.
  • Have you got the flu? – When you have the flu you know about it. You will be in bed for days, and occasionally find it hard to move. Make sure you get plenty of rest, stay warm and keep drinking lots of fluids. Doing this will help you to recover a lot quicker than you otherwise would.

Do you have a cold or the flu?


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If you follow the above tips, you will be less likely to avoid suffering from colds and flu. You may not stop suffering from them completely, but their frequency should diminish, and that has to be a good thing.


Stop Suffering from Low Blood Sugar

I know this is a lot easier said than done, but there are ways you can ensure your blood sugar dips a lot less often. I have had a problem with my sugar level for years, but I’ve found a way to make those horrible dips less frequent

Try not to worry too much – I have always found that getting worried and being anxious about my sugar level does not help at all. A few years ago I would worry if I hadn’t eaten for a few hours, and I could almost feel my sugar level dropping. As soon as I became more relaxed about it, I felt more in control, and these days having to eat something ‘Right now’ has become a lot less frequent.

Eat a good breakfast – This is perhaps one of the most important things you can do. Eating a good breakfast will help to set you up for the day. Opt for slow releasing breakfast cereals that will help you to feel fuller for longer.

Eat fruit – Eating a little bit of fruit every now and then can help to keep your sugar level up. As well as being healthier than sugary or salty snacks, the natural sugar is often released quite slowly, which will help to keep your sugar levels where they should be.

Eat slow-releasing carbs – You don’t have to overdo it and eat pasta, rice, potatoes or bread at every meal, just make sure you have some in your day. These foods will help you to feel fuller for longer and keep your sugar levels more stable.

Try to stay away from anything that makes it drop – What I mean by this is try to stay away from sodas and other sugar-packed foods that give you a sugar rush right before it drops.

Have a little something with you ‘Just in case’ – My mother takes a little pot of dried apricots with her when she goes out. If she’s feeling puckish or starts to feel her sugar level dropping then she has a few of them. Why not make sure you have something with you just in case you feel your sugar level dropping and you cannot eat a bowl of porridge any time soon.

Eat frequently – Ideally you should eat about every 2-3 hours, or sooner if you feel the need. You don’t have to have huge meals every time you eat, just a few nibbles so you can keep going.

Exercise – It may seem odd for me to suggest that you exercise as you may be certain it will result in your blood sugar levels declining, but you could be wrong. When I upped my exercise routine I found that my sugar levels stabilized just as my doctor had suggested. This is even more of a reason to try to add extra exercise to your day, so why not give it a go?

Speak to your doctor if you’re worried – If you’re still worried about your sugar level, speak to your doctor. He or she may recommend medication or other suggestions that could help to improve things for you.

These and more tips can be found at United Medical Education.

Remember, try not to worry about your sugar level, and work to make some changes in your life that could mean you find it a whole lot more manageable.


Tips to help you Look Younger

We all want to look younger, but how can we go about it? We don’t all have the funds to pay for plastic surgery, so is there some way we can look younger than our years? The good news is we can all do something to help us look younger and slow down the aging process.

Here is what you can do:

  • water & sun lotionDrink lots of water as it can help to flush out a lot of antioxidants and keep your skin nice and supple.
  • Cover up in the sun, you don’t need that golden tan to look good. People who love to sit in the sun now will regret it when they’re older and quite wrinkly. Your skin starts to cook in the sun, that’s why it goes brown. Wear a sun hat, and some sunglasses too. Cover your shoulders, and wear linen clothes so you don’t overheat.
  • Use sun tan lotion as it helps to protect your skin from harmful rays that will naturally age your skin.
  • Quit smoking as it causes wrinkles as well as cancer and other nasty conditions. You can always spot an old smoker a mile off as they have a wrinkled mouth and their skin may not look great.
  • Moisturize every day so your skin is smoothed and nourished.
  • Get plenty of sleep, not enough will make you look tired, and you could get bags under your eyes. If your body is tired all the time it won’t be able to repair itself, healthy natural sleep enables your body to repair itself and help you to feel rejuvenated.
  • Limit your alcohol intake as it can dry out your skin, age you and too much won’t do you any good at all. It’s ok to have a drink now and again, but too much will start to take its toll and you’ll age quicker than you otherwise would.

Bear these tips in mind and your skin will thank you for it.


Tips to help you Fight Depression

Depression affects around 1 in 10 of us during our lifetime. That’s an incredible one tenth of the population, and those are the people health professionals know about. I used to work with a lady who was clearly depressed, but she didn’t see it that way, she thought she was “Naturally miserable”. This lady never asked for help because she didn’t see the point, and it’s a real shame as her life could be so much brighter.

If you have been feeling depressed for a few weeks, you should think about visiting your doctor. They will discuss your feelings with you and maybe even come up with a solution in the form of a lifestyle change or medication and therapy.

There are ways that you may be able to help yourself without medical intervention, but if you find the following tips are not working then a visit to your doctor is a must.

  • As easy as it may be, you should try to refrain from secluding yourself. Being around friends and your family can help you to feel better. You could also talk to someone you trust about how you feel. Not only could they come up with a bit of advice, but the process of talking to someone will be a great help.
  • There’s a lot of evidence that shows just 20 minutes of exercise each day can boost your mood. It doesn’t really matter what type of exercise you do, just try to do something.
  • If you find yourself becoming anxious about going out, then make yourself go out. Facing your fears is one of the best ways to overcome them.
  • Try to avoid alcohol as it’s a natural depressant. A lot of people drink alcohol in order to cheer themselves up, but it doesn’t really help. In some cases drinking can make you even more depressed.
  • Set up a routine and try to stick to it. I know it’s often hard to feel motivated to get out of bed and even eat a meal, but sticking to a routine will help you to feel better and may stop you from dwelling on how bad you feel.
  • Get help for your depression. Talk to your doctor about how you feel. If you’re suicidal and think there’s no point in going on, you need to seek help straight away. I have been there myself, I thought there was no way I’d ever get out of my rut, but I did and life is good again. Life can be good for you too, you just have to try to be brave and ask for help.

Tips to help you Prevent Arthritis

Arthritis can be unbearably painful, but there are things we can all do to ensure we can are less susceptible to this condition. Here are some tips that could make a difference to your life:

  1. Try to be a healthy weight – many overweight people suffer from arthritis because of the extra strain their joints have to deal with. Many people have also lost weight and noticed their symptoms have dramatically improved or vanished altogether.
  2. Some women love to wear high heels, but they won’t do your feet any favors. What’s more is they can also harm your joints so it’s best to wear something else. If you’re still determined to wear heels, don’t wear them very often, trust me your body will be grateful.
  3. Try to avoid exercises that don’t stress your joints. Running and football can have a hugely negative impact on your joints, this is why you don’t often see professional sports men and women over the age of 30. Why not go swimming or take up a bit of cycling instead?
  4. Do your best to avoid injuries. If you often play sports or undergo exercise routines that leave you in pain, then you need to stop doing what you’re doing. Be careful, begin a new exercise routine slowly, and be aware of how your joints feel. Too much stress on your joints right now could lead to arthritis when you’re older.
  5. If you’re a woman, make sure your vitamin D level is ok. If your levels are sufficient you’re less likely to be prone to osteoarthritis.
  6. Drink plenty of fluids – if you don’t keep hydrated your body will automatically take the fluid from between your joints, and more specifically the cartilage. This can prove to be very painful, so make sure you drink the right amount of water (8 to 10 cups) every day.

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