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Thursday, September 09, 2010
Everyone has experienced it at one point and although it seems like one simple illness in the past, it has actually proven to be an underestimated disease. However, with the flu outbreaks and with some deadly diseases associated with flu-like symptoms, flu is now perceived as a threatening condition. Flu, the common flu can bring about very serious complications like pneumonia and bronchitis.
Always remember that prevention is still your best weapon; so here are pointers that you should follow:
? Have your flu shot. The flu vaccine is 70% effective that should be administered annually. Most importantly, children, the pregnant and the elderly should be given priority as their immune systems are not as strong as compared with the average adult.
? Proper handwashing is important; the important element is friction. Rubbing your hands and applying pressure is necessary. Ever heard of germs being passed from one person to another through a simple and seemingly harmless handshake? Ever thought that door knobs and other articles could be agents for flu to be transferred? Yes, it is relatively easy to transfer the virus from one person to another through anything that has been touched by the nasal discharge and saliva of an infected individual. So when a person has one, he should be isolated as much as possible. If it could not be done, then he and the ones near him should take precautionary measures to avoid the transfer. Additionally, someone who has flu, as always, should cover his mouth when he sneezes or coughs and discard the tissues he used in the proper bin.
? A boosted immune system will go a long way. Flu is easily caught when your resistance is slow. Eat well, stick to an exercise regimen and have enough sleep. These three things should be made to ensure that your body will be able to combat any flu virus that lurk in your environment.
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
Organic foods are obviously getting more serious attention these days. This is because you don't want to serve your family with foods that are obviously laden with chemicals in the form of insecticides and pesticides that are equated to cancer and other diseases.
Apart from the better flavor of the organic foods because they are juicier, no additives can be found; therefore you don't expect your body particularly your stomach and intestinal linings to grow any resistance from genetically modified organisms. Expect no growth hormone or any sort of antibiotic to make its way to your system. Simply put, with organic foods, you can assure yourself that your baby could also eat with you and you don't need to worry about any harmful effects organic foods may have. In addition, these foods will not pose a threat especially when allergy is a possibility.
Organic foods' popularity these days also mean these edibles are almost always accessible. In fact, you could do your own version at your own backyard. As organic gardens usually work with the environment and owners consider several factors while working on the products, organic foods are usually more expensive than the non-organic foods. In any case though, the benefits you get from organic outweigh the non-organic. You might not feel the short-term effect, but in the long run, you will be able to appreciate the difference. Be wary that there are already factual data that have been published as regards GMOs.
If your family plans to switch from non-organic to organic, you can do this gradually. The secret is to carefully pick the ones that appeal to you until you get the hang of things. Interestingly, there is a growing number of stores which claim to be sellers of organic foods. Even pizzas are already going organic. When you feel like you could stroll around the town in every nook and cranny available or if your fingers are in the mood to click and search on the net, then do so. Surely, you will find interesting shops that sell organic foods.
In these days when health should be a top priority, do not gamble! Go organic!