Wednesday, November 25, 2015

5 Tips To Boost Your Immunity During The Holidays

Christmas is just around the corner and before you know it you'll be attending several gatherings, eating lots of food and going on vacations. But is your health ready for the holiday season?

The holidays can take a toll on your health for a variety of reasons. One is the change in temperature. The weather tends to be cooler during Christmas season which may make you and your family prone to catching cough, colds and fever.

Another is being exposed to large crowds whether in the malls or during Christmas parties. You will never know if the person you come in contact with has good health status or not.

There are more reasons why you may not feel so wonderful during the most wonderful time of the year. It is therefore important to take steps to keep you and your loved ones healthy this holiday season.

Give the gift of health to yourself and others this Christmas by following these five tips to pump up your immune system.

1. Observe proper hand hygiene and do it often

Health experts say the single most effective way to prevent the transmission of disease is through regular hand washing. They recommend that you adhere to the proper hand washing technique which is as follows:

Wet your hands with clean running water, apply soap and rub hands together briskly to make a lather for 15 to 20 seconds. Afterward, rinse your hands well under running water and then, dry hands using a paper towel. Finally, use your paper towel to turn off the faucet.

If you don't have immediate access to soap and water, you can use alcohol-based handrub instead.

2. Get enough sleep

Studies have shown that adequate sleep helps our immune system's response against illnesses and lack of sleep impairs it. Ongoing sleep deficiency is also linked to diseases of the heart and kidneys, among others. Hence, it is necessary that you give yourself enough sleep. The recommended sleep duration for adults is 7-8 hours and longer in younger age groups.

3. Plan your activities

Avoid holiday stress by planning your activities. Make sure that you don't over schedule your time and take on more than you can manage.

4. Eat nutritious food

While it is inevitable to over-indulge on food during the holidays, don't forget to take in foods that are packed with the necessary nutrients to give you energy, reduce your stress levels and help you fight against diseases. These include fresh fruits and green leafy vegetables which are rich in fiber and antioxidants. Also remember to eat in moderation.

5. Take Vitamin C supplements

Vitamin C or Ascorbic Acid is an antioxidant that fights disease-causing free radicals. It is a huge immune system booster and an all-around power-packed vitamin. It is also required for tissue growth and repair, adrenal gland functions, and healthy gums.

You can get Vitamin C from your regular diet but it is often not enough so you need to take supplements for some added immunity.

One of the most popular and trusted Vitamin C supplement brands available in the market right now is Fern-C, which is Vitamin C in Sodium Ascorbate form. Unlike the traditional Ascorbic Acid preparations, Sodium Ascorbate is non-acidic and will give you all the benefits of Vitamin C without the stomach discomforts usually associated with Ascorbic Acid. You can even take Fern-C on empty stomach.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Miss Pancontinental 2015 Contestant Leaves Pageant Due To Safety Concerns

Some news outlets in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom, among others, are running a story about a Miss Pancontinental 2015 contestant who left the beauty pageant because of safety and security concerns.

Photo courtesy of Nicole Harding
Nicole Harding of Christchurch, New Zealand said she and a few other candidates of the inaugural beauty contest were forced to spend a night at a hotel, which she likened to a prison jail and guarded by armed gunmen and dogs, after a mix-up in booking at their original accommodation.

"They took us to this hotel, which, in New Zealand, I would liken to a prison cell. There were guys out the front with machine guns and dogs," she said.

The 22-year-old nursing student added that the room was "crawling with bugs" and only had one double-sized bed with a thin mattress on a concrete floor which was to be shared by three people.

The incident took place in Cagayan de Oro, where most of the pageant's heats are being held. The contestants had spent a couple of days at a 5-star hotel in Manila prior to flying to CdeO. They are scheduled to go back to the capital city for the coronation night.

Harding only got more afraid about her safety when a government official told her that the area was not safe.

"We met with the Cagayan governor and he said it was not safe to be here, this place is more unsafe than Afghanistan," she was quoted as saying. "He told us, where we were, they kidnap people and use them as sex slaves, it's the number one place for human trafficking and we needed to get these girls out of here."

Together with Miss USA, Ashely Clark, Harding decided to leave the competition and traveled back to Manila where they arranged their flights back to their home countries.

According to them, at least three other contestants also pulled out from the beauty contest because of security concerns and poor organization.

"Unfortunately I am having to leave the Miss Pancontinental pageant early," Harding wrote in a Facebook post. "Due to my safety and security the New Zealand Embassy has decided that it is best if I fly back to New Zealand. I'm saddened that this has to come to an end as I have worked so hard to get here but with the lack of organization, climate and security it is unsafe for me to be here any longer. Thank you to everyone that has been there to support me through this experience and I am looking forward to touching down in New Zealand and seeing all of my friends and family!" FULL STORY...

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