Sunday, December 12, 2010

Staying healthy during cold and flu season

Getting flu vaccine is your best defense, but you may also use the following 10 tips to fight the flu this year:

1. Wash your hands frequently, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, being with ill people and especially before you eat
2. Avoid sharing objects
3. Avoid touching your nose, mouth and eyes
4. Get enough sleep and avoid getting "run down"
5. Reduce stress
6. Use tissues for coughs and sneezes and dispose of them immediately and appropriately
7. Eat right and get regular exercise
8. Avoid crowds and keep your distance from people whom you know are ill
9 If you are sick, avoid contact with the frail, very young and elderly
10. If you are sick, stay home from work or school

Keeping warm during winter

Candles give smoke, which can give warmth. Shut windows and use light. Shut all the windows in your room, turn off all the lights and light some candles. But if you don't want to risk a fire, candles should only be used to illuminate a room during winter and to create atmosphere.

Wear warm clothes. Wear two sweaters and a large overcoat in case of severe cold. If you have a heater, turn it on.

Give yourself a blanket treatment. Take all the blankets around your house, and if no one has any problem, pile them all up in your bed. Spread them over the bed, one on top of the other, get inside them, and get warm!

Run, jump, hop, skip and roll until you sweat! Then jump constantly for two minutes, take a minute's break. Skip for ten minutes, with a three minutes' break every two minutes. Go for a mile's walk in the neighborhood. On the way, take your jump rope and hop about for a while. All this ought to make you sweat!

Have warm food and drinks. Drink hot drinks, like coffee. It makes you feel warm inside. Hot food, like grilled meat, hot pizza, is tasty and warm, too. If you are hungry you will feel cold. Any food will help you feel warmer.

Stay in one place. Being in one place can make the seat, bed, etc, quite warm, but only if you've been there for a long time. (You might not be able to feel it, though. But someone else might.)

Go to Indoor Parties. Whether it's with family or friends, everyones body heat can help warm you, along with others. You can also snuggle with people, it works!

Take hot baths. It's a nice way to relax your muscles, especially after a stressful day, and can warm you up in no time. If you really want to relax, add some candles and soothing music. Be sure to dry off well afterwards.

Patch up the drafts. Prevent any cold air coming into the house, or any hot air escaping the house. This helps save energy and money.

Sit by a fire. It can keep you warm! If its a fireplace or a campfire you're sure to stay warm.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

High cholesterol may lead to Alzheimers disease

Regular consumption of a high fat cholesterol diet might lead to Azlheimers. Alzheimers starts 20-30 years before the 1st symptoms start showing and recent studies show that high cholesterol levels are linked to the pathology of this disease. This study uses adult rats which were fed a normal diet and another group with a special cholesterol enriched diet. After a 5 month study rats with the special diet showed memory impairment, cholinergic dysfunction, induced microbleedings, all which resemble Alzheimers disease. Data shows that high fat lipids, including cholesterol may be an active participate in Alzheimers. Since Alzheimers is a complex disease, this data does not conclude cholesterol to be alone responsible for the disease.