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7 Best Foods to Heal and Soothe Sore Throat

Sore throats can be the worst. It starts with that scratchy irritation, and before you know it you’re cringing with every painful swallow.  They can come from viral infections, bacterial infections, allergies, and even muscle strains. So unless you’re a superhero, there’s a good chance you’ve had one before. There are lot of medications in the market that can help to cure it, but eating the right foods can help the healing process faster. Here are some foods that can benefit your sore throat.

1. Honey

This sore throat remedy has been in rotation since ancient times and with good reason. Adding bee’s honey to warm water or tea is considered a steadfast treatment for a sore throat. Even better, you probably already have a jar kicking around in your kitchen. So add a dollop of honey to your mug with ginger and hot water and make your sore throat feel much better .

2. Chicken Soup

Chicken soup will always be on the list of foods that can cure sore throat, because of its antibiotic properties. It can relieve congestion, remove inflammation and protect you from further viruses. Adding other healthy ingredients in chicken soup like, ginger, turnips and carrots can give it a lot more health benefits.

3. Gargling with Salt Water

According to the American Cancer Society, rinsing your mouth on the regular with a salt and baking soda mixture (1 teaspoon baking soda and 1 teaspoon salt mixed in 1 quart water) will help prevent infections and help your throat feel better. Or you can gargle with salt water multiple times a day—try a mixture of 1/2 teaspoon and 1 cup warm water.

4. Banana

It’s important not to eat or drink acidic fruit when facing sore throats. It can cause more irritation and pain. Bananas are a perfect fruit for this. It is high in potassium, vitamin C, vitamin B6 and more. It is easy to swallow and digest.

5. Oatmeal

Making a hot bowl of oatmeal for sore throat can soothe the pain. Adding some honey and bananas can help in removing some of the irritation from sore throat. Oatmeal lowers bad cholesterol and is low in glucose. Making it a perfect pre workout meal.

6. Boiled Carrots

Carrots contain a lot of antibacterial properties that makes is a great food remedy. Carrots should be steamed or boiled before consumption for sore throat. Eating it raw can irritate and make your sore throat worse.

7. Whole Wheat Pasta

This contains vitamins B1, B2, B3, E, iron, zinc and fiber. This pasta is great for sore throat when served soft and hot. Accompanied by some low fat sauce, perfect.

Source:

http://www.healthdigezt.com/

http://greatist.com/grow/sore-throat-remedies

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Body Pains You Shouldn’t Ignore

Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something isn’t quite right. More often than not, you have some idea of what’s behind it. But when it comes on suddenly, lingers longer than usual, or just seems different, it calls for medical attention—and the sooner, the better. According to experts, all of the following pain conditions should be considered red flags.

1. Pain or discomfort in the Chest
Chest pain could be pneumonia or a heart attack. But be aware that heart conditions typically appear as discomfort, not pain. Symptoms like sharp aches between your shoulder blades, chest pain that doesn’t go away, varied shortness of breath, and any upper body pain that hasn’t occurred before can be dangerous. If you experience any of these symptoms,  you should call your doctor or emergency services immediately.

2. Severe head pain
Chances are, it’s a migraine. But if it isn’t accompanied by other migraine symptoms (such as a visual aura), sudden, severe head pain can signal a brain aneurysm. “A burst aneurysm can cause brain damage within minutes, so you need to get medical attention immediately,”

3. A throbbing tooth
It’s likely that the tooth’s nerve has become damaged, probably because the surrounding pearly white enamel is cracked or rotting away. Unless you get it patched up quickly, bacteria in your mouth can invade the nerve. And you definitely don’t want that breeding colony to spread throughout your body. If your tooth is already infected, you’ll require a root canal, in which the tooth’s bacteria-laden pulp is removed and replaced with plastic caulking material.

4. Sharp pain in your side
If you feel as if you’re being skewered in your right side, and you’re also nauseated and running a fever, you could have appendicitis. For women, another possibility is an ovarian cyst. Typically these fluid-filled sacs are harmless and disappear on their own. But if one twists or ruptures, it can cause terrible pain. In both cases, you’re looking at emergency surgery. If you don’t remove an inflamed appendix, it can burst. A twisted cyst also needs to be removed right away, as it can block blood flow to the ovary within hours.

5. Abdominal discomfort with gas or bloating
For the past month, you’ve felt gassy and bloated more days than not, and it takes fewer slices of pizza to fill you up than it once did. If the symptoms are new, the worst-case scenario is ovarian cancer. In 2007, the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation released the first national consensus on early symptoms of this form of cancer: bloating, pelvic or abdominalpain, and difficulty eating. If you start experiencing them almost daily for more than two or three weeks, consider it a red flag. Schedule an appointment with your ob-gyn to discuss your symptoms.

6. Burning feet or legs
In some people who don’t know they have diabetes, peripheral neuropathy could be one of the first signs. It’s a burning or pins-and-needles sensation in the feet or legs that can indicate nerve damage and is an indication that you may be diabetic.

7. Calf Pain

One of the lesser known dangers is deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a blood clot that can occur in the leg’s deep veins. It affects 2 million Americans a year, and it can be life-threatening. The danger is that a piece of the clot could break loose and cause pulmonary embolism [a clot in the lungs], which could be fatal, immobility due to prolonged bed rest or long-distance travel, pregnancy, and advanced age are among the risk factors. Sometimes there’s just swelling without pain. If you have swelling and pain in your calf muscles, see a doctor immediately.

Sources

http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/features/

http://www.prevention.com/health/health-concerns/pains-and-symptoms-can-indicate-serious-health-problems

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Tips to Stay Healthy This Winter

While many people will be happily saying good-bye to a long, hot summer and welcoming the new season, just as many of us will be dreading the cooler weather arriving. Winter is often given a bad rap as it brings with it the cold & flu season and those cold, dark mornings. However, with a little effort there is no reason for our health to suffer during the colder months! There are a number of things we can do to help keep ourselves and our family just as healthy, happy and active during winter as we are during summer.

1. Boost your diet

Eating foods that are high in vitamin C will help keep your immune system strong, so include fruit and vegies such as lemons, kiwifruit, capsicum and broccoli in your weekly shop. If you’re struggling to get the recommended two serves of fruit and five serves of vegies each day, try juicing them. Nutritionists recommends making juices that consist of two-thirds vegetables and one-third fruit. A blend of carrot, beetroot, spinach and lemon is a stress-busting combination that will boost your immune system. Ensure your diet also includes plenty of lean meats, fish, poultry, low-fat dairy, legumes, wholegrains, nuts and seeds, and use lots of herbs and spices.

2. Keep moving:

While it’s a little harder to find the motivation to exercise when it is cold outside, remember that keeping active during winter is essential to support our health and wellbeing. Moving your exercise indoors during winter will help to keep you warm as well as fit and healthy. Be sure to spend time warming up before you start your exercise as it can take a little longer for your joints to loosen up in the cold weather.

3. Eating well

As winter sets in it can be tempting to start eating more of those warm comfort foods that are often high in fat, salt and sugar. Instead, find comfort in foods such as warming and nourishing soups and stews full of flavour and healthy vegetables. Be sure your diet includes winter fruit and vegetables packed with vitamins and minerals such as sweet potato, green leafy vegetables, beetroot, kiwi fruit, bananas, garlic and ginger. Ditching the exercise as well as the salads during winter can often lead to weight gain. While it may only be a small weight gain, it begins to add up as you get more and more winters under your belt! Although it’s tempting to hide behind those bulky winter clothes, by sticking to your healthy diet and exercise routine all year round, you’ll be much healthier in the long run.

4. Proper Sleep

Lack of sleep can have a serious effect on your immune system, making you more vulnerable to catching colds. Create a relaxing bedtime routine, such as listening to soft music or soaking in a warm bath. Avoid watching TV or using your computer just before bedtime and turn the lights down low an hour before you turn in for the night, as it will boost the release of melatonin in the brain. Also try to go to bed and get up at the same time every day, even on weekends.

5. Skin health

The cold weather can affect our skin and contribute to conditions such as dry, itchy skin, chill blains and eczema. This may be due to the reduced humidity, drinking less water than you would during summer or possibly due to reduced circulation which may decrease the flow of blood and nutrients to the skin. Using moisturisers daily may help to keep the skin moist and supple whilst supplements containing vitamin E or garlic help assist blood circulation. If any of your family suffers psoriasis or eczema, try taking fish oils. These provide omega-3 which can help manage these itchy skin conditions. And don’t forget the sunscreen, it is important to remember we can still get sunburn when the weather is cold!

6. Keep cold virus away

Although we can do a lot to support our health and immunity during winter it is not always possible to avoid catching a cold or flu. The viruses that cause colds are spread by sneezing, coughing and hand contact. Wash or sanitise your hands regularly and avoid close contact with someone who has a cold. Keep household surfaces clean as well as kids’ toys when someone in the family has a cold. If you are ill, be sure to drink plenty of fluids, including water, hot tea and soup. Avoid alcohol and caffeine and get plenty of sleep. Supplements such as vitamin C, zinc and echinacea may help relieve the symptoms and reduce the duration of a cold.

7. Circulation

During winter our hands and feet can often feel cold. Our hands and feet are at the extremities of our bodies which means they are the furthest from the heart which is pumping blood around our body to help keep us warm.  Keep moving with gentle exercise to help improve circulation to the extremities of the body and don’t forget your socks and gloves! If you can’t seem to keep your hands warm (and it’s not bothering you excessively) take solace in the old saying “Cold hands, warm heart”!

8. Stay hydrated

Don’t forget to keep drinking water! As the weather cools down and our thirst decreases it is easy to forget to drink enough water. You still need to aim for about two litres/day of water during winter as it is essential for our body to function. If you struggle with plain water (like we do sometimes) try herbal tea. There are so many flavours available now that you’re sure to find some you enjoy.

 

Sources:

http://www.bodyandsoul.com.au/health/health+advice/

http://cenovis.com.au/

http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/winterhealth/Pages/Healthywinter.aspx

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