Health Tips: Cures, Remedies, and Prevention of Common Illnesses

Health Tips: Cures, Remedies, and Prevention of Common Illnesses

source: readersdigest.ca

The fever and the common cold are basic health issues almost everyone can get. Although these issues may seem basic, they are still a serious threat to a person’s health. www.scaryair.org reports that about 150,000 people die of fevers in the southwestern United States each year. Not only that, but according to www.independent.co.uk, 31,000 people died last winter. This was an increase of 29% from the winter before that.

A fever is a body temperature that is above normal. In children, this is considered 100.4 degrees on a thermometer or 100 degrees on an oral thermometer, according to physicians’ resource Up-To-Date.

According to a 2011 AAP study, “Fever… is not the primary illness, but is a physiologic mechanism that has beneficial effects in fighting infection.” Esmeralda Garcia said “There is no evidence that a fever itself worsens the course of an illness from high fevers.”

The common cold is basically what is a “common” illness that is spread throughout a community. Some cases are severe, and sometimes it is a minor threat to health. When someone is congested, nutritious food will fortify their immune system, but if they’re feverish, your metabolism is revved up and you need more energy—not fewer calories—to fight off infection. Eating plenty of food and drinking lots of water is very important.

In a recent experiment to see if dairy causes mucus congestion. Many people, including some pediatricians, believe that dairy products increase mucus production. However, research shows this may be a placebo effect. According towww.prevention.com, people who knew they were drinking cow’s milk reported more nasal symptoms than those who had soy milk—but people who didn’t know which milk they were drinking reported the same (minimal) effects.

There is a forewarning in the human body that warns people to put on something to maintain body heat. It has been said that people feel weird cold sensations in their heads when their sick. This is a sign of a type of winter sickness.

The truth is, people do need to rest, but a little exercise might help you feel better.

In a study from Ball State University, volunteers with severe colds were divided into two groups, one of which exercised for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. The other group simply rested. In both groups, cold symptoms lasted for about 8 1/2 days (8.36 for the exercisers; 8.45 for the people who rested) and peaked during the morning hours.

But as a group, the exercisers felt better during the afternoon and evening than the people who rested did. While some    exercise is good, most people shouldn’t overdo it when they are sick. Intense workouts (lasting more than 90 minutes) can actually weaken immunity.