Flu

Why You Need To Rest When You’re Sick

Flu season is upon us and you may already be feeling under the weather. With germs being spread around you at work, on public transport and even at the gym, it’s often easy to pick up the flu bug and find yourself surrounded by tissues and lozenges.

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When you’re sick, your immune system is fighting off the germs that are affecting your body and you need to allow it to do so. Engaging in your usual activities when your sick will make your body weaker and make you even more susceptible to the germs that you have caught.

Exercising when you’re sick is generally a no-no because you are working your body too hard and as a result making yourself sicker. Letting yourself recover from the illness and then easing yourself back into exercise is the best way to listen to your body and know your limits.

If you’re a member of the gym, it’s your duty of care to the people around you to not attend when you are sick. Spreading germs at the gym is very easy to do as you are in close vicinity with others and touching many of the same things they are. You’re also in a closed environment, so if you’re coughing and sneezing everywhere your germs have many things to cling to.

Public transport should also be out – you’ll just be making other people around you sick and you’re also in an environment where you yourself can catch more germs. Have you ever been on the train or bus and someone is sneezing or coughing behind you or next to you and not covering their mouth? I can feel you shuddering at the grossness right now.

Don’t be afraid to take some time off when you’re sick, either, because work and work stresses have the ability to make that flu worse by wearing down your immune system even more. Your productivity levels are generally going to be lower when you’re sick and you’re more likely to spread the sickness around your workplace, as a result lowering the productivity and morale of your whole team. It’s also harder to get better if you’re in a workplace where others are sick as well.

So, during a sick period it is okay to take time off from your usual commitments and allow yourself to rest. Resting and taking care of yourself should be number one on your priority list so you can get better quickly and get back to enjoying life.

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May 19, 2015

Shoo The Flu In 5 Simple Ways

So it all begins with those mild tingly sensations in the throat. By the time you realise something is probably wrong in there, you have already been attacked by cold and flu.

You are already sneezing or coughing, have teary eyes and you are probably [helplessly] trying to gulp without any discomfort. No, please don’t look at those antibiotics in the kitchen cupboard. They shouldn’t have been there in the very first place.

Antibiotics come with their side-affects that can include diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting, thrush and allergic reactions. The loss to the person’s immune system is irreparable. Cold and flus are viral and we know that antibiotics have no effect on a virus (those who didn’t know this, do now).

So what’s the way out? Natural remedies, for sure.

People have been using natural medicine over thousands of years. Having first emerged in India as Ayurveda (ayur meaning life and veda meaning knowledge) around, as some believe 3,000 years ago, it was translated into Chinese by 400 AD. The best way to go is the natural way, and the best part about it is that it is harmless and has no recorded side-affects.

Here’s my grandma’s five [miraculous] ways to beat the cold and shoo the flu.

  1. The vitamin dose. Contrary to what most people think about lemon and other citric fruit being bad for cough and flu, it turns out that vitamin-C actually helps in soothing sore throat. Combine a few drops of lemon juice and a tablespoon of honey and mix it in a glass of warm water. If you don’t like warm, mix the honey and lemon while the water is warm and drink it when it’s at room temperature.
  2. The ginger affect.  Ginger is known for its decongestant qualities. It helps stimulate slow digestion and improves the taste buds too, that are worst affected in cold and flu. Boil a few slices of fresh ginger in water. You can add a cardamom seed and a few mint leaves for aroma and taste. Pour the ginger tea over a slice of lemon, already resting in the cup. Don’t like lemon, skip this part.
  3. When we say ginger, how can we forget its friend garlic? Garlic contains antiseptic properties. Use as much garlic in your food during cold and flu.
  4. This one’s my personal favourite. Chew five whole black peppercorns. Don’t swallow, I said chew. Wait for around 10 seconds before you lick a generously scooped one tablespoon of honey. Wait for another 10 seconds and drink a cup of warm water. Try to take it sip by sip for the dripping-effect. This works like magic. My grandma has cured blocked, painful throats with this in five minutes. Repeat once or twice a day depending on how bad your sore throat is.
  5. Mix half a tablespoon each of ginger with black pepper, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and turmeric (all spices ground). Add three teaspoons of raw sugar into it to form the base mixture. Now take half teaspoon of this mixture and mix with either honey or warm water. Take this twice a day for relief within two days.

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By Ayesha Hasan

August 14, 2014

Nurofen Cold And Flu Excuse Generator

You’ve got cold and flu, there’s no way you can go to work today…unless you take Nurofen Cold & Flu, specially developed for targeted relief of major cold and flu symptoms.

Now you’re feeling better it would be a shame not to make the most of the day. That’s where the Excuse Generator comes in. Use pre-recorded excuses or generate your own to let everyone hear just how ill you are. They’ll receive an email from you and can listen to your excuse.

In the meantime you can go and enjoy a day doing whatever you’d rather do, if you like you can have a go at creating an excuse of your own.

Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist see your doctor.

July 16, 2002