Fevers are part of being sick. Most people have a normal body temperature of 98.6 F (37 C), Except for very young children, you are not medically considered to have a temperature until it reaches 100.4 F (38.0 C). When you get a viral or bacterial infection, your body fights it by raising your body temperature. Your immune system works more efficiently at higher temperatures, and viruses and bacteria are sensitive to temperature. Let your immune system work. If your fever reaches 104F (40C) or a child under three months has a temperature of 100.4, you should seen by a doctor.
Treating A Fever
Doctors recommend fluids when you have a fever. Starving a fever (or is it a cold?) is not proper protocol. Focus on drinking good quality liquids that provide nutrition and eat watery fruits and soups. Avoid sugary foods and drinks as sugar is very hard on your body and may prevent the immune system from working properly. You’ll find some great suggestions on what to eat to ease a fever, plus the number one cure for colds and fevers!
Hot tea has many healthy properties. Since it is hot, the steam acts as a decongestant. Tea is rich in polyphenols, a substance that acts as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. One polyphenol, tannin has antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Tea also helps keep you hydrated. Try adding a bit of honey (as long as the drinker is over 1 year old) because honey has potent antibacterial effects and can soothe a sore throat.
Antioxidants are important to keep you healthy. Focus on eating foods rich in antioxidants to help fight off a fever and help you heal. Fruits and vegetables are typically high in antioxidants. Plus, the watery content helps keep you hydrated. Antioxidant rich fruits include grapes, blueberries, raspberries, cantaloupes, and sweet potatoes. These are easy to chew and won’t scratch a sore throat. Eating fresh fruit is always better than drinking fruit juice that is high in sugar and low in nutrients.
Ingest Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a traditional infection fighter. Humans are the only mammals that can’t synthesize vitamin C so we need to eat vitamin C rich foods. These include oranges, watermelon, strawberries, pineapple, kiwi and cantaloupe. Pineapples are good cough suppressants, so you can help two symptoms! citrus fruits contain flavonoid compounds that decrease inflammation and boost immune cell functions. Again, eat the fresh variety over canned or juices. You’ll get less harmful sugars and more healthy nutrients in the real thing.
Eat Healthy Veggies
Veggies contain important nutrients that will enhance your immune system while providing you with needed liquid. For watery veggies, try cucumbers, carrots, corn, pumpkin and squash, tomatoes, spinach and bell peppers. Eating a rainbow of veggies will give you the widest range of nutrients important to fighting off a fever. Eat them raw or steamed for best nutrition. Boiled potatoes, the one exception to the raw/steamed rule, are an excellent source of calories and sit easy on your stomach. Your body needs good quality calories to fight off an infection.
Fight bad bacteria with good bacteria. Your gut contains millions of bacteria that help keep you healthy. Taking antibiotics kills off all bacteria, not just the bad bacteria. Studies find that eating probiotic rich food lowers fevers in children. Eat probiotics with a fever or when taking antibiotics. Yogurt is a very easy way to get probiotics. Look for the “Live & Active Culture” seal of approval. Try Greek yogurt. It’s lower in calories and sugars but higher in protein.
When you are sick, your body needs protein to support your immune system. Choose good quality protein like scrambled eggs, chicken, and quinoa. Plant protein is every bit as healthy as meat protein, so eat what sounds good. If eating is too much, try getting your protein in smoothies. Add fruit for extra antioxidants and nutrition. We still haven’t gotten to the single best fever fighting food! It includes everything you need to support your body’s immune system.
Try Coconut Water
Coconut water is not just for post-workouts! Coconut water can help you stay hydrated while feverish and may be more palatable than water on an upset stomach. Coconut water contains glucose and electrolytes needed for re-hydration and can replace lost nutrients. Like tea, coconut water contains the polyphenol tannin. Tannins calm inflamed stomach lining and have antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Coconut water also contains anti-oxidants and minerals to help you feel better.
A broth is a thin, savory soup that may contain chunks of veggies or meat. Broths are very good for rehydrating you. They are an excellent source of calories, vitamins and minerals necessary to support your immune system. Add garlic for extra germ fighting potency. Garlic has antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal effects. If you can stand spicy food while under the weather, add some capsaicin, the active ingredient in chili peppers.
The single best fever fighting, immune system supporting, feel good food you can eat is chicken soup. Yup. Mom was right. Chicken soup made from broth contains almost everything you need — vitamins, minerals, calories and protein. If you are vomiting or have diarrhea, replace needed electrolytes with chicken soup. Chicken soup contains the amino acid cysteine that breaks apart mucus. It inhibits neutrophils that may cause coughing or stuffy noses. And chicken soup is an anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.
Fevers are not bad, despite how you may feel. Allow your body to fight off infection using the time-honored technique of raising your body temperature. Make sure you support your body by drinking healthy fluids like chicken soup and tea. Eat antioxidant rich foods like fruits. Take in protein to support your immune system. If your fever exceeds 104F, contact your doctor. Your immune system needs more support from medicine when that happens. If your infant’s temperature exceeds 100.4, contact your doctor. Other than that, let your body do its job.
5 ways to get a Clean Face That Will Be the Envy of All within 7 Days
5 ways to get a Clean Face That Will Be the Envy of All within 7 Days
Everyone can relate to that time their complexion starts to clear and another wrinkle or pimple takes residence, and revives the anguish. Surely, you can expect to get a few wrinkles, but why does acne seem to persist into adulthood?
The good thing is you can take control of your complexion and significantly minimize breakouts and aging alike. All you need do is follow a daily routine to help neutralize and prevent them altogether. Here are five ways to get a clean face that will be the envy of all.
1-Follow Basic Skincare Regimen
Clear skin starts with the products you apply to the skin. You don’t have to follow any kind of complicated routine except for three basic products, namely; cleanser, exfoliant, and moisturizer.
Using a gentle cleanser, morning and night—will help remove the excess sebum in your skin. Sebum is the oil that hydrates the skin, but it can also be overproduced and, in turn, block pores. The cleanser will also wash away dirt, grime, sweat, and toxins that have accumulated on the skin, minimizing the threat of clogged pores and breakouts.
You should use a gentle exfoliant twice a week. It will lift dead surface cells away from the skin. The dead cells more than often block pores and prevent healthier, lively skin cells from showcasing themselves.
The third basic product to use is a moisturizer. It helps to soothe and rehydrate your skin. Use one that comes with a sunscreen to protect against dark spots and prevent signs of aging while nourishing the skin.
2-Cut Down On Stress
Changes in your testosterone levels will most times increase sebum production in the skin, which increases the odds of clogged pores. You may also notice that you are more acne-prone when you’ve experienced significant levels of stress. Try to reduce stress and pay closer attention to your cleansing regimen during these periods.
3-Eat And Drink Right
If your skin routinely breaks out after eating certain kinds of food such as milk products or sweets, then you may want to eliminate such foods systematically from your diet to see if your face becomes clearer.
Caffeine and alcohol can both dry out the skin (and dehydrate the whole body). If you drink a lot of coffee or alcohol, you increase your chance of breakouts. Hydrating your entire body however remains the best way to maintain hydrated, clear skin and this will help keep your complexion.
Sugary foods are the biggest offenders because sugar spikes the hormones that produce sebum in the skin, which increases the odds of blocked pores. Try not to eat anything packed densely with sugar, such as cereals, candies, fruit juices, and processed foods.
4-Hygiene Should Be Your Best Friend
Ensure that you wash your skin and rehydrate it whenever you get too sweaty or oily. This is because the dried sweat can clog pores and prevent sebum from being excreted. It’s not bad to cleanse and moisturize more than twice a day, but it’s really only essential when the skin is too oily and requires cleaning.
You should also consider keeping a skin toner on hand to help regulate the oil production in the skin; this may prevent you from getting too oily in the first place. Use it after cleansing, but before moisturizing.
Remember to wash your pillowcases often too given the amount of time your face stays pressed on them. Wash them once weekly, at least, and cleanse your face first thing in the morning to flush away any grime that may have accumulated overnight.
5-See A Dermatologist
If you judiciously follow a skincare regimen and and you still have trouble with pimples and acne, you may want to see a dermatologist to help pinpoint some topical or oral prescriptions that might help clear up your skin—and keep it clear.
10 Rules of Life
10 Rules of Life
Years ago, in the early days of the internet, there was a great site called Global Ideas Bank that was a clearing house for creative ideas to improve society. I can’t find it anymore (though a blog has picked up the idea), but one of the ideas cataloged there was a collection of rules about life. I’d like to pass those rules on with a few of my own.
These rules are rather contrarian. Instead of wise bits of encouragement or a pat on the head, this is tough-love advice that assumes that dealing squarely with reality is the best approach. Each ends with an implied “that’s life—deal with it.”
I’ve added a few comments and quotes.
1. You can’t make people like you. “I can’t give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time” (Herbert Bayard Swope).
2. There is no way of getting all you want.Admire without desiring. “My riches consist not in the extent of my possessions but in the fewness of my wants” (J. Brotherton).
3. The world is not fair. “Expecting life to treat you well because you are a good person is like expecting an angry bull not to charge because you are a vegetarian” (Shari Barr).
4. Being good often doesn’t pay off. Make good its own reward. “The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it” (General Norman Schwarzkopf).
5. There is no compensation for misfortune. Life isn’t fair, and it doesn’t owe you anything.
6. We don’t control most things. “Risk taking is inherently failure-prone. Otherwise, it would be called sure-thing-taking” (Tim McMahon).
7. All important decisions are made on the basis of insufficient data. “He who postpones the hour of living is like the rustic who waits for the river to run out before he crosses” (Horace).
8. Each of us is ultimately alone. There is no supernatural friend who is looking out for you, smoothing the way. This can terrify you, or it can empower you. “The most important things, each man must do for himself” (Sheldon Kopp).
10. Most of us in the West are greatly privileged compared to people living in the rest of the world. It’s human nature to complain and look for more, but it is helpful to look up occasionally to appreciate how you fit into the big picture.
A Christian list would typically be more optimistic, and coming from that worldview, I can see how these rules might seem discouraging. To me, however, they simply seem to be a straightforward distillation of reality. It’s better to see life accurately, warts and all, than to live in a delusion.
I like optimistic advice, but I like realistic advice, too. What similar advice would you give as a bracing dose of reality?
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