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Top 10 Tips for Staying Healthy While on Vacation

You’re finally going on that dream vacation. You packed your bags, booked your room, and bought your tickets. Don’t let illness keep you from having the time of your life. Whether you’re staying in a tropical Waikiki hotel or hiking the temple ruins in Mexico, make sure you plan ahead to stay healthy on your vacation.

Take Vitamins

Before you embark on your quest, start supplementing your diet with immune-boosting vitamins. Health gurus suggest taking B12, iron, and Vitamin C before you go on a vacation. Be sure to start early since these supplements take a few weeks to begin protecting your body from illness. Always check with your doctor before beginning any new vitamin regimen.

Don’t Drink the Water

You’ve heard it before—don’t drink the water! It’s true no matter where you go. Stick to bottled water and say no to ice while traveling. Some water systems are contaminated, and some can be hard on your stomach and intestines.

Get Outdoors

Always try to plan some outdoor activities during your vacation. (Read More)....

Ways to Keep Yourself From Getting Sick

No one likes to be lying in bed unable to move while being sick with the flu or cold. Being sick can ruin a weekend of activities, reduce a paycheck, and be a cause for one of the most miserable moments in your life. Although many people fear sickness of any kind, there is little that some of them do to prevent it. There are many things you can do in order to keep yourself from getting sick regardless of seasonal circumstances.

1. Hand Washing - Washing your hands on a regular basis can help reduce the chances of catching a variety of sicknesses. As we handle many items throughout the day, you never know what ailments are being carried by those who are seemingly well. You don't have to show signs of being sick if you are a carrier of a virus.

2. Antibacterial Lotions - If you are unable to wash your hands, having a small bottle of antibacterial lotion within reach can help you from getting sick. The small-sized bottles you can get can put one in your purse, coat pocket, car door, or anywhere else that you frequent that doesn't have access to a sink.

3. Eating Healthy - By subjected yourself with a healthy diet of foods, you can stave off sickness. Although you may eat throughout the day, are you sure that you are getting the (Read More)....

Could We Succumb to a Plague in Modern Times?

Guest Post - Chris Martin

Readers of the Bible are quite familiar with the concept of plagues. After all, the Ten Plagues in the book of Exodus details calamities ranging from hail, water, and darkness to lice, frogs, and locusts being unleashed upon Egypt. History buffs know about the plagues in Europe, from The Pestilence in the 14th century to the Black Death in the 1600s.

But could such a wide outbreak of disease occur in modern times?

The answer is yes - and it could potentially occur on a truly global scale.

A "Perfect Storm" of Conditions

That's because the circumstances that exist today are more conducive to spreading plagues than they were hundreds of years ago. To begin with, there are plenty of areas in the world where squalor and disease are rampant, and these "plague incubators" contain numerous fleas, rodents, and other infection-transmitting creatures.

Because of the frequency of air travel, these plagues can easily be spread thousands of miles away to different parts of the globe. And since diseases like pneumonic (Read More)....

10 Ways to Improve Your Overall Health

Most people want to enjoy themselves as they go about their daily activities. A good way to make sure that happens is to get healthy, and stay that way. Without your health, it really doesn’t matter how much money you have. The only thing money will do is assure you receive good care, but it’s infinitely better to get healthy and stave off the necessity for medical treatment. Following are a few tips on ways to improve your overall health.

Eat Fruit and Vegetables

It has been proven over and over again that eating right is a good way to get healthy, and fruits and vegetables are an important part of a balanced diet. Getting the right amount of fruits and vegetables every day will help you lose weight if you need to, and keep your body trim if you don’t. The natural vitamins and minerals contained in fresh fruits and vegetables will provide a necessary energy boost.

Exercise

A standard line issued by doctors and health experts worldwide is that in order get healthy and stay that way, you need to eat right and get plenty of exercise. While only eating the right kinds of food will help you tremendously, you still need to get out and move around for awhile every day. Exercise can be as strenuous as you want it (Read More)....

Things to Know About Common Superbugs

Students are sent home from class with red, runny noses and even after a week's worth of prescription medicine they still aren't better. You go to the doctor for what you suspect is just a stomach bug, yet after a long period of antibiotics, you're still showing symptoms. It doesn’t take a scientist—or doctor for that matter—to see that something is array here. Our bodies are falling victim to what seems to be common, familiar ailments, but our traditional means of attack aren't working!

These stories are unfortunately becoming all too regular in occurrence. But why, what's changed? One hypothesis that is gaining lots of ground is the theory of the superbug" outbreak. Defined as a strain of bacteria that is resistant to traditional antibiotics, superbugs are becoming more and more common as people continually overmedicate and over vaccinate until the bugs have no choice but to evolve to survive.

So what are some of these "superbugs" and what do they mean for our medical future? Read on to find out….

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus

Also known as MRSA, this superbug attacks wounds and leads to painful, potentially deadly, infections. Around since the mid-1900s, MRSA has shown resi (Read More)....

How Does Your Immune System Protect You From the Flu?

Everyone is concerned about keeping a strong immune system, especially during times like the flu season. Paying attention to an immune system-supporting diet and healthful lifestyle can make a huge difference in a person’s ability to stay healthy and avoid the aggravation of being at the mercy of the latest bug. But what, exactly is the immune system and how does it protect someone against toxic invaders like the flu virus?

Knowing a bit about how the immune system does its job can make it a little easier to know how to keep it strong and working efficiently.

How The Immune System Works

The immune system consists of three main parts that work together in a complex biological and chemical dance to defend the body from harmful invaders like bacteria and viruses. Part one of the immune system includes the immune cells, like T-cells, and lymphocytes that are the body’s front-line defense which fight invaders directly. There are also the B-cells which produce antibodies to fight microbes and toxic substances, and neutrophils that comprise the clean-up team, removing the debris left behind when invading cells are destroyed and an infection is conquered. These cells are always circulating throughout the body like a tiny swat team, prepared to attack when called into action.

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7 Facts about Influenza

Although influenza, or the flu, is a common illness, the facts surrounding it are sometimes not completely known. The best thing to do is educate yourself with information that allows you to better understand the illness, its causes, and how to protect yourself from it. Take some time to look over the following, which are 7 facts about influenza.

1. What exactly is influenza?

Although influenza is often confused with the common cold, the flu is usually much more serious. It is a highly-contagious illness that infects the upper and/or lower respiratory tracts of millions of people each year. The flu is a viral illness, which means antibiotics cannot cure it. In certain cases and individuals, the flu can lead to serious complications. The highest number of flu cases are reported in the winter and early spring months.

2. What are the symptoms of influenza?

People infected with influenza often suffer from a fever and chills. Some other common symptoms of the flu include sore throat, nasal congestion, runny nose, cough, body aches and pains, fatigue, and headaches. Depending on the severity of the case, the flu can make it difficult and sometimes impossible to go on with daily life.

3. How can influenza be spread?

Influenza can easily be spread from an infected individual to others. It is spread through respiratory secretions, such as sneezes an (Read More)....