Do You Have a Cold Or a Flu?

You may be asking, is there a difference? Both have a sneeze and a running nose. This may be it but, it does not mean that you have both. inappropriate diagnosis would lead to difficulties in getting the cure. This is because of you don;t know what you dealing with.

Here’s how to tell if you’re coping with a cold or fighting a flu

How similar are they?

  • Both influenza (flu) and the common cold are caused by a virus.
  • They take about a week or two to leave the human system. if it persists, seek special medical attention.
  • Both the flu and common cold are spread from person to person.
  • They both have similar symptoms such as congested nasal system.
  • They are both respiratory illnesses.

How different are they?

  • For a common cold, you will be able to do your normal duties such as go to work. However, this may not be a good idea since you will spread the cold to your colleagues and they will be on your neck for the sickness.
  • For influenza, you are not able to do much. You will have someone help around in getting your duties.
  • With the flu, your body aches almost everywhere. This makes you feel fatigued. High fever. You may experience nausea, vomiting or diarrhea

With these symptoms, you are in bed for a few days. The flu is more common in winter and early spring. In case you get seek on other seasons, it could probably be cold.

Flu spreads more quickly than a cold in a group of people like open office layout at once.  This implies that you have more people around you falling sick.

Once you know, the symptoms, you are able to identify whether it is a cold or flu.

Next time you catch a bug, be on the lookout for the symptoms and take the appropriate medications.Caroline

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Your Healthy Hair in the Kitchen

Once in a while, we encounter hair loss which can be frustrating. Hair loss can be attributed to the lack of vitamins or physical stress on the hair. It may also result from damage that can be caused by heat, sun, cold or overload of chemicals.

You love avocado on your spreads, salads and generally food. This fruit is high in vitamins B and E. These vitamins are good for your hair. Vitamin B is essential for hair growth because it stimulates the hair follicles; while Vitamin E is essential for scalp repair and rejuvenation.  The fruit also has a natural oil that will ensure that your hair is less dry.

With these benefits, here are 2 homemade remedies that you can use to prevent hair loss and promote healthy hair.

Avocado Conditioner

Ingredients

  • 1 chopped avocado
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  1. Using a spoon or fork, mash the avocado.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of water and mix well till you get a paste-like solution
  3. Apply the mixture on already shampooed hair.
  4. Cover your hair with a shower cap on a plastic bag for 10-20 minutes.
  5. Rinse our hair with warm water and style as desired.

Avocado Hair mask

Ingredients

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 chopped avocado
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • Mixing bowl
  1. In the mixing bowl, combine the chopped avocado and egg yolk.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of water and mix well till you get a paste-like solution
  3. Apply the mixture on dry damaged hair and massage into the scalp.
  4. Cover your hair with a shower cap on a plastic bag for 10-20 minutes.
  5. Rinse our hair with warm water and style as desired.

Improve your hair today from your kitchen (tags; healthy, hair, beauty, freshly pressed, home remedy, tips).

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Eating Goals! #2 Sodium

Sodium is good for the body, however too much of it is harmful to the body. While at the grocery store, carefully read through the Nutritional Facts label of the packaging. The label briefly illustrates the ingredients in foods and their quantities as well. With this information, choose lower sodium versions of foods such as bread. Avoid fast foods that may have too much salt, alternatively; you may make some in your kitchen and will be able to control the amount of salt. While shopping for canned foods, select the ones that are label, ‘low sodium’ ‘no salt added’ or ‘reduce sodium’.

salt

While cooking, it is a common habit to scope some stew and taste it. Many cooks check for salt quantity in the food have embraced this ancient technique. In addition to this, adding salt directly to cooked food may be hazardous. In the incident, that salt is inadequate, it will be unwise to add salt as you may end up adding too much or many times. Excessive salt will result in high water intake  and you may end up with a stomach full of water from the excess salt or an empty stomach for not eating the food. Eating raw salt may also injure your tongue in the end.

Tips to Reduce Fat, Salt, and Sugar

There is a saying that; too much of anything is poisonous. Yes, it is. Most chronic diseases are associated with high intake of a couple of foods or items. Eating foods that contain excess fat, salt or sugar may increase the chances of chronic ailments. For example; high intake of salt and fat poses a health risk to hypertension; high blood pressure. Let us look at some tips on how to reduce ingestion of fat, sugar and salt.

innerAvoid dip fried or fried foods, foods that get soaked in the oil and carry too much of it once they are out of the frying pan. Eating baked or grilled food is the better option. Do this for take away food and cooking food at home too.

 

Sugar is sweet but high intake of sugar foods posses’ risk of tooth decay and diabetes.

 

In a hurry to leave the house or office and want to get go to drink?

Drinking warm water would be best as it keeps you hydrated and helps burn fats. In addition to water, you can have fat free or low fat milk in place of carbonated drinks such as soda.

 

Increase your intake of fruits and vegetables. Replace sweet treats like cake for desserts. Serve fruits and vegetables every day. This gets better when you explore various fruits and different ways of serving, for example baked apples.

 

While cooking, include a variety of vegetables to your pot. Vegetables do not have to be green, you can add color with carrots or pumpkin or potatoes. With more color on the plate, it brightens you face and you get a chance to enjoy different flavors and gain more healthy benefits from these flavors.

 

In food preparation, salt is important. It gives the food taste. Little salt is ok but too much of it is risky to one’s health. For most people tasting for salt is a common thing; which good enough to ensure that the salt is just ok. In place of salt, you can use herbs and spices to add flavor. While shopping for your kitchen ingredients read labels and go for foods that are lower in sodium.