5 Tips to Avoid Winter Sickness

Winter is fastly approaching and its the time of year where people start to feel under the weather and get sick. During this time period your immune system is more compromised and you are more susceptible to illness. Nothing is more annoying than getting sick or getting other people sick. I’m going to give you a few tips to help you from catching something and so you have a healthy winter.

  1. Get plenty of sleep. One of the most compromising things to your immune system, that is easy to remedy, is lack of sleep. Make sure you get at least eight hours of sleep every night. You should also make sure that you are comfortable when sleeping, eight hours of uncomfortable sleep could be worse than only six hours comfy sleep. 
  2. Eat properly. What you eat affects your body drastically and an awful diet can can cause an increased chance of becoming ill. During the winter months people tend to gravitate towards more hearty and heavier foods, but don’t forget to mix in plenty of fruits and vegetables.
  3. Remember to exercise. The winter months make it harder for you to get out and exercise and many gain weight, but you can’t let it stop you completely. Whether its something you can do in your house, sit ups, pull ups and other body weight exercises, or joining a gym find a way to stay active and in shape. Although it might be cold try short runs on warmer days as well. 
  4. Get a flu shot. This may not be for everyone, but a flu shot is the number one prevention method for getting the flu. The flu is one of the more dangerous illnesses you can have during this time of the year and a shot is a surefire way you won’t get it.
  5. Wash your hands. It sounds cliche but washing your hands and preventing the spread of germs is the best way to prevent getting sick. Soap and warm water will do the  trick and make sure you do this before eating or putting your hands to your mouth for any reason.

Following these tips will help prevent you from being sick this winter. Be safe, and have a healthy hollidays season and winter. 

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5 Things You Can Do to Relieve Back Pain, Without a Doctor’s Visit

As you go through life many people experience back pain and they chalk it up to getting older, or it being the natural way of things. This pain can go from bothersome to overwhelming, but many people do nothing about it, or think there is nothing they can do. We are here to tell you that there are some steps you can take to reduce or eliminate this pain, even without going to a doctor or specialist.

1. Exercise – The last thing many people with back pain want to do is exercise, but with moderation it can be a great remedy.  Exercises, like running and yoga, can help stretch out the problem areas and bring some relief.

2. Change Your Sleeping Habits – Sleeping can be a significant cause of back pain, or can cause it to persist. Try sleeping in a more neutral position, ideally on your back, to relieve the pressure or stress on the back. Avoid sleeping on your stomach, that can contribute to neck and back pain.

3. Change Your Diet – Your diet can be key to correcting you back pain and  there are certain things you can do that will help you alleviate the pain. Try eating lean proteins, such as chicken or turkey, and potassium rich foods , such as avocado, bananas, or leafy green vegetables. Most importantly, stay hydrated.

4. Posture – One thing that contributes to a lot of people’s back pain is their posture, especially at the office where you sit often. Refrain from slouching when sitting, and invest in a chair with lower back support.

5. Ice/Heat the Problem Area – A simple solution can be to ice or heart the area. Most doctors recommend icing the area for the first 48 hours, especially if swelling has occurred. Heat might also be beneficial, depending on the injury, and if the person finds it more effective.

These 5 solutions can help you solve you back pain without the need of seeing your doctor or a specialist. For minor issues any of these solutions can be right for you. For severe, or persistent pain; or if these remedies do not work. we recommend seeing a medical professional.

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5 Simple Solutions to Treat Chronic Back Pain

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After spending 8 plus hours in front of your computer screen, you may feel an aching sensation along your back. Most Americans spend too much time hunched over a keyboard, and that is one of the causes of chronic back pain. Add constant texting to your daily routine and you have another culprit. In fact, a Temple University study discovered that increased texting brings on a painful back, neck and shoulders. Let’s not forget the detriment of sitting all day at work. All in all, typing, texting and sitting for prolonged period of time can really hurt your back.

Thankfully, there is an way to alleviate those aches without surgery. Here are 7 solutions to ease chronic back pain.

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