Tips to Avoid Getting a Cold

 

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It is that time of year again! Many individuals are coming down with a cold or the flu. Now is the time to make sure you are doing everything you can to fight off the germs. No one likes getting sick, so it is important to take steps in preventing us from catching a bug. Here are three tips to help you stay healthy this cold and flu season.

  1. Wash Your Hands

During cold and flu season it is extremely important to wash your hands as much as possible. If you are in contact with people, then you are also in contact with germs. Soap and water can remove germs, which can help you not get sick from later touching your eyes or mouth. Washing your hands can also prevent you from spreading germs on to others. It is recommended to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. The scrubbing and rubbing of your hands together also helps in removing the germs. If you do not have soap and water, then alcohol-base hand sanitizer is your next best option. Hand sanitizer is great to use on the go. Hand sanitizer can also kill cold and flu germs and help prevent you from getting sick.  Stop those germs from getting to you by washing and sanitizing your hands frequently.

  1. Have a Healthy Lifestyle

Making healthy choices can really improve your immune system. With a strong immune system, you are better able to fight off germs and illnesses. A healthy lifestyle can include working out and eating foods that are good for you. Try to hit the gym to kick your immune system into gear. Another way to escape the germs around you is by getting some fresh air. Take your workout outside or go for a nice walk to breath in some nice clean air. It is also important to eat more fruits and vegetables that have natural vitamins and benefits for your body. Diets with a higher amount of protein can be effective in strengthening your immune system as well. You can also try taking vitamins to help replace the nutrients that your body is not getting from your diet. With a healthy lifestyle in place, your body is stronger to fight off the cold or flu this season.

  1. Get Plenty of Sleep

It is important to consistently get a good night’s sleep. This mean that you are getting enough uninterrupted sleep to feel well rested the next day. Your body needs to recover from the long day it has endured and be ready for the next day to come. It is important to not oversleep, because that can have other negative impacts. Your goal should be to get an appropriate amount of sleep. Sleeping and relaxation also reduce stress, which has been shown to also help keep your body functioning at its best. Getting enough sleep helps you to make healthier and more active decisions throughout the day.

 

I hope with these tips you will be able to stay healthy this cold and flu season!

 

~All you can do is work to become a better you~

~Sadie Wrobel

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Staying Cool Outta School

Staying Cool Outta School
Hello Warhawks! I hope all your summers are going exactly how you planned and you are truly “living the dream”. For many of you, there is a magical, almost mythical object that creates cold air, also known as Air Conditioning. For many students, when they return home for the summer, the A/C is on and life is great. But for some people at home, and most students that stayed here in Whitewater, A/C is simply a luxury that hasn’t felt the desperate need to be used yet. If you live in a house like mine which means your walls are basically porous and electric bills are in the hundreds, A/C isn’t a very smart financial decision. But staying cool isn’t just about how comfortable you are while you’re at home, staying cool is a crucial bodily function and while you don’t have A/C on, your body can go into overdrive to stay cool. Some of the most common and threatening heat related problems are as follow:

 

  1. Heat Rash: Heat rash is a skin irritation caused by excessive sweating during hot, humid weather. Heat rash looks like a red cluster of pimples or small blisters.

 

  1. Heat cramps: A person who has been exercising or participating in other types of strenuous activity in the heat may develop painful muscle spasms in the arms, legs, or abdomen referred to as heat cramps.

 

  1. Heat exhaustion: Heat exhaustion is a warning that the body is getting too hot. A person with heat exhaustion may be thirsty, giddy, weak, uncoordinated, nauseous, and sweating profusely. As with heat syncope and heat cramps, the body temperature is usually normal in heat exhaustion. The heart rate (pulse rate) is normal or elevated. The skin is usually cold and clammy.

 

  1. Heat stroke: Heat stroke is a serious, life-threatening condition that occurs when the body loses its ability to control its temperature. Victims of heat stroke almost ALWAYS die, so immediate medical attention is essential when problems first begin. In heat stroke, a person develops a fever that rapidly rises to dangerous levels within minutes. Symptoms and signs of heat stroke may include confusion, combativeness, bizarre behavior, feeling faint, staggering, strong rapid pulse, dry flushed skin, and lack of sweating. Delirium or coma can also result from heat stroke.

 

So for everyone who may not be so lucky to enjoy air conditioning OR maybe you work outside all day, here is a few tips and tricks to help you stay cool! I selected the ones that require the least amount of items and would be easiest to accomplish.

 

Pamper your pulses. Need to cool down, stat? To chill out super-fast, apply ice packs or cold compresses to pulse points at the wrists, neck, elbows, groin, ankles, and behind the knees.

 

 

Fill up the tank

Get a leg up on hydration by drinking a glass of water before bed. Tossing and turning and sweating at night can result in dehydration, so get some H20 in the tank beforehand. (Pro tip: Just eight ounces will do the trick, unless you’re really into those 3 a.m. bathroom runs.)

 

Go old-school

Remember when refrigerators were iceboxes that contained actual blocks of ice? Us neither. This stay-cool trick is straight out of the icebox era, though. Make a DIY air conditioner by positioning a shallow pan or bowl (a roasting pan works nicely) full of ice in front of a fan. The breeze will pick up cold water from the ice’s surface as it melts, creating a cooling mist.

 

While I like to bash summer on how hot it is, I can’t help but to think about the negative temperatures in winter… It truly is a double sided sword…

 

Stay Cool Warhawks!

 

“Success is a journey but we treat it like a place and it doesn’t make sense if you don’t you enjoy the ride.”

 

 

-Riley Pink

Fighting the Winter Blues

Flu PhotoBy: Mary Marren

Getting into a regular fitness routine can take a lot of work. You put your dedication and time into making yourself healthy and happy and there is nothing worse than something stopping you on your journey. Now that winter is here, I like most people, try hard to take every measure not to get sick. It seems like every other week someone you work with, a close friend, or even just the lady standing in front of you in line at the grocery store is sick. No matter how hard you try, beating flu season may just not be in the cards for you this year. So, if you are like many people that are looking for a quick turnaround to get healthy and back into your workout routine, here are some tips you may find helpful.

First and foremost, something you should know about working out when sick is that it can actually lead you to feeling worse. According to Lewis G. Maharam, MD, a New York City-based sports medicine expert, “The danger is exercising and raising your body temperature internally if you already have a fever, because that can make you even sicker.” So if you have a cold, feel free to continue on with your workout while being careful not to overdo it, but if you have a fever stay home and rest.

Vitamin C is one way to help ease your cold and help you get better quicker. Health.howstuffworks.com says, “The vitamin may be useful for allergy control by reducing histamine levels. By giving the immune system one of the important nutrients it needs, extra vitamin C can often shorten the duration of the cold as well.” So although it may not prevent you from getting sick, it could help you get better faster.

Along with vitamins, drinking plenty of liquids will also help your body recover faster. The water can push toxins along through your body as well as keeping you hydrated. Someone once told me to imagine my organs as a sponge. When your organs don’t get enough water they shrivel up and don’t work properly, but when they do your organs stay hydrated and healthy.

Believe it or not, chicken noodle soup may also be a fighting factor against a cold or the flu. The mayo clinic says, “…it acts as an anti-inflammatory by inhibiting the movement of neutrophils — immune system cells that participate in the body’s inflammatory response. Second, it temporarily speeds up the movement of mucus, possibly helping relieve congestion and limiting the amount of time viruses are in contact with the nose lining.”

So along with rest, here are some ways to make a quick recovery and get back into your workout routine! Remember to wash your hands frequently and also maybe consider taking vitamins on a regular basis as well.

Stay Healthy, Stray Strong.
-Mary Marren