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Monthly Archives: December 2016

Tricks to Fight Colds when Holiday Season

As for something more radical – try regular sauna session. A personal garden sauna can be a dream come true, not only in winter, but all year round. What it does is it de-stresses you also, and being stressed makes you much more prone to sicknesses in general, but colds and influences at most, because stress brings your immune system down. Simple relaxation, meditation and spa can health you inside and out. Small sauna sessions are perfect to prevent flues as well as to hela them. Try steaming with bacteria killing oils like eucalyptus, peppermint, pine, niaouli, rosemary and cedarwood essential oil. These are amazing for fighting and preventing colds.

If you enjoy hot bubbly water – try a Wooden Hot Tub from Spruce or Larch. Larch and Spruce are amazing materials for wooden tubs, and they as well have their benefits in fighting colds and flues. A short dip in hot water reduces stress, and fastens your blood circulation, and that directly means you will be healthier and fitter. Just like steaming with oils, you can add them directly to water in a wooden hot tub, the outcome will be the same – good!

De-stressing is very important during holiday season, since we humans tend to rush through it, and be glad it is over, instead of enjoying it – strong and healthy, well balanced and happy. Having a garden sauna in close reach every day or a wooden hot tub in your back yard can brighten up any celebration, insure you have a personal spa at home and help you with colds!

All about Sinusitis

Sinusitis is an inflammation, or swelling of the tissue lining the sinuses (that are filled with air). When sinuses become filled with fluid, bacteria can grow there, causing common cold, allergic rhinitis (swelling of the lining of the nose), nasal polyps (small growths in the lining), or a deviated septum (a shift in the nasal cavity).

Symptoms include:

  • Thick, yellow, foul-smelling discharge from the nose
  • Blockage in the nose
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Fever or cough
  • Pressure or pain around the face and eyes
  • Severe headache

This section of the article briefs you about different treatments available for sinusitis.

Antibiotics

These are standard treatment for bacterial sinusitis. Depending on the type, an antibiotic can be prescribed for 3 to 28 days to treat sinuses. Longer treatment may be prescribed for patients with chronic sinus problem.

Nasal decongestant sprays

A patient can use topical nasal decongestants. These spray help shrink swollen nasal passages, ensuring the flow of drainage from the sinuses.

Antihistamines

Antihistamines are quite effective treatment. They act by blocking the inflammation caused by an allergic reaction.

Decongestants and antihistamines

These are effective for treating the congestion in the nose, runny nose, and sneezing that are caused by common colds and hay fever.

Topical nasal corticosteroid sprays

These sprays prevent inflammation and swelling in the nose’s passages and sinus openings. Further, the sprays shrink and help prevent reoccurrence of polyps in the nose.

Nasal saline washes

The washes help clear thickened secretions from the nasal passages. When it comes to such washes for sinusitis, Nasopure Nasal Wash is highly recommended. It has natural ingredients that help improve sinus health, without any side effects. Regular use of a saline washes helps treat sinusitis while keeping sinus clear and clean.

Have a glance at some of the benefits of saline washes.

  • Regular use improves sinus health
  • Clears out thick mucus and help congestion by thinning secretions
  • Helps avert respiratory infections
  • Relieves nasal dryness
  • Improves smell of breath
  • Improves nose bleeding
  • Relaxes the tissues stressed by radiation therapy

Tips to Keep Flu Away

  • Bundle up. When the temperature begins to drop, it’s time to pull out the jackets, coats, and scarves. While not wearing a coat won’t necessarily cause you to catch a cold, it will cause you to shiver. Shivering suppresses your immune system, meaning that you are more susceptible to germs and illness. Plus, with the lower levels of melatonin and serotonin due to less sunlight, your immune system doesn’t have the fuel it needs to fight off colds.
  • Always wash your hands. Germs can be spread in a number of different ways. If someone sneezes, germs are blown into the air where they are inhaled by those close by. Germs can also be spread through touch. When someone with a cold touches their eyes, mouth, or nose and doesn’t wash their hands, it makes it easier to spread their illness. Make sure to always wash your hands or keep hand sanitizer close by.
  • Get enough sleep. Whether you need a solid 9 hours of sleep or just 7, it’s important to rest. Sleep affects your mood and hormone levels. Without proper sleep, your body doesn’t have the energy it needs to fight off infection. Plus, it leaves you in a down mood. Anxiety, stress, and depression make it more difficult for your body to fight off any bacteria that may be in your system.
  • Don’t forget to exercise. During the winter months especially, it’s important to exercise. This keeps your body warm and increases circulation. With your blood flowing, it’s easier to fight off cold and flu symptoms. Plus, exercise is a great way to beat those winter blues.
  • Drink water. Experts recommend drinking at least 8 glasses of water each day. This healthy habit keeps your body hydrated and allows your kidneys to function correctly. Plus, with adequate water, it’s easier to flush out any toxins that are causing you to feel sick.
  • Take your vitamins daily. During the winter season, you are less likely to eat fruits and vegetables. Because of this, you’re at an increased risk of infection. Taking probiotics and a daily multivitamin is a great way to ensure that your body receives the nutrients it needs to stay healthy. Studies have shown that taking a regular probiotic supplement is also a great way to resist bacterial and viral infections that may attack your immune system.

About Sleep Better

Get Active

Exercise is not only linked to good mental, social and physical health, it also promotes better sleep. Getting up, around and active, even in the slightest can see you better off when the sun goes down.

Take the stairs instead of the elevator, park a little further away or get off the bus a stop early – every little helps.

Even breathing can play a big part in a good night’s sleep. Techniques can see blood pressure lower and the nervous system relaxed and see your calmed body has a better chance of sleeping well and waking up rested and ready.

Sleep on the Right Surface

Although it’s pretty common knowledge that the right bed mattress is essential for a nice, long slumber, many will put off replacing a mattress until there is no other choice.

Saggy, sunken beds will only see unproductive sleep and a not too happy camper come sunrise. If you’re struggling to get the best from your sleep, it may be time to consider a new mattress and getting rid of that old uncomfortable one you have now.

Limit Light

It’s pretty difficult to get to sleep when it’s not dark. That’s because light tells our brain that it’s time to be awake and the body tries to fight the symptoms of tiredness.

Limiting light exposure can have a tremendous impact on sleep as melatonin (a chemical that gets us ready for bed) production will not be so disturbed and make it easier to nod off later on.

This goes for lamps, lights and also screens. TVs, laptops, mobile phones and tablets all emit light that can hamper any hopes of easily nodding off.