Health & Wellbeing


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The cold and flu season is amongst us, and inevitably at some point, you will be requiring tissues at the ready. Most often than not a cold is easily managed and soothed safely at home using effective treatments and remedies, and that’s why we believe you will find our six tried and tested methods as useful as we have. Be prepared to shoo a cold away by finding out how today…….

Lozenges or menthol cough drops can easily be purchased over the counter at your local drug store or grocery store. Lozenges numb the throat to diminish the cough reflex and urge to cough

Steam will do wonders too by loosening up the sinus airways, helping eliminate mucus congestion, easing a stuffy nose. The best way to employ steam is by having a hot shower. You can also pour boiled water into a big bowl, bring your sinuses close (but don’t make contact with the water), cover your head with a towel, and breathe deep. You could also add a few drops of aromatherapy oils such as Eucalyptus, peppermint and pine essential oils which may further help reduce nasal congestion. Two other essential oils that may help to reduce nasal congestion caused by colds are niaouli and rosemary. Not only are these two essential oils thought to be decongestants but they may also have anti-infectious properties too.

A humidifier works similarly to a hot shower by employing wet steam which encourage moist nasal passages that can

dry up and become cracked and painful due to dry throats and sinuses. Replenishing the moisture in your home can help relieve a nasty cough if that cough is caused by a dry environment.

Water and teas are just fabulous for a chronic cough. We’ve all had a particularly nasty respiratory tract infection that causes an itchy, irritating postnasal drip down the back of the throat. But by drink plenty of water and teas to stay hydrated, it will actually dilute the mucus and reduce the postnasal drip.

Nasal decongestants are often used to relieve coughs due to nasal congestion. You can purchase them at your local drug store. They work by shrinking swollen nasal tissue and lessening mucus so the sinus passages open up.  When shopping for a suitable decongestant tablet, cough syrup, or nasal spray, always look for the ingredients phenylephrine or pseudoephedrine. Just don’t use them before bedtimes as they raise the heart rate and blood pressure, making it difficult to sleep.

If you can treat your cough over the counter then that is wonderful. However, if you suffer from a chronic cough (along with a fever) that lasts longer than 2 weeks; make an appointment with your doctor or visit a health clinic to talk about treatment.

Beat those winter blues

As the days get shorter and the nights get colder, even the best of us can get a little down. The “winter blues” are characterized by mild depression, lack of motivation and low energy, but it doesn’t have to be that way. To enable all that positive energy to flow, it’s important that you make time for yourself, to do the things that make you feel good. After all, if you’re happy, others can be too.

Exercise is a great stress reliever as well, it not only keeps you in great shape, but also releases all those “feel good chemicals”. So, get walking and feel the power! Little and often is the way forward. There’s nothing quite like an energy boost in the crisp, chilly air. The best is at the end when you walk in from the cold, it feels so good to sit down and enjoy a nice cuppa tea in the warmth.

As keeping fit and eating well go hand in hand, try and avoid refined and processed foods like (white breads, rice, and sugar) they’ll only zap your energy levels, instead, try to incorporate more complex carbohydrates (whole wheat breads, brown rice, vegetables, and fruit) and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. These healthy foods provide your body and mind with nutrients, stabilize your blood sugar and keep energy levels up.

Another mood booster, Sunlight! Most people know it provides us with Vitamin D. But did you know that it also improves your mood? Winter days are shorter and darker than other months, and because of the cold weather, a lot of people spend less and less time outdoors. Lack of sunlight can cause many people to become depressed. Sunlight exposure releases neurotransmitters in the brain that affect mood. Try to spend a little more time outdoors, keep your shades up during the day to let more light in and sit near windows at any given chance.
Having something to look forward to can keep anyone motivated. Winter seems endless! But if you plan something exciting, your mood improves because you’re looking forward to something. Plan some big things to look forward to, and some smaller treats to aim towards. Think of a weekend break, a day at the spa, a trip to a beauty and hair salon, maybe a special event like a play, girls (or guys) night out, or sporting event.
Also very important, catch some Zzzz’s. People naturally want to sleep a little bit more during the winter. But with all we have going on, sometimes sleep is the first thing to go. With a little time management, and some self-discipline, you can meet your shut-eye needs. Aim for 7-8 hours each night, and try to keep your bedtime and waking time consistent. That way, your sleeping patterns can normalize and you’ll have more energy. Try not to oversleep, those 12-hour snoozes on the weekend can actually make you more tired.

Looking good and more importantly feeling good has never been as easy as it is today. In the 21st century there are literally hundreds of ways for people living in the UK to improve not only their physical appearance but also their fitness and health. In order to really be at your best you need to ensure a combination of internal health (fitness), external health (beauty) and mental health (a positive stress-free mind). In terms of internal health we are talking about keeping yourself fit and therefore keeping your organs such as your lungs and heart healthy. With mental health we are talking methods such as spa sessions to unwind, yoga classes to enhance flexibility, alternative therapies such as hypnotherapy and so on – anything that ensures that you are stress-free and happy. These kind of treatments have a positive effect on not only your happiness but also you relationships, your work and your life in general. Finally, once you have perfected your physical health and freed your mind of stress you might want to look into your cosmetic appearance. Although not everybody needs a cosmetic make-over there are people who would really benefit in terms of self confidence and belief in themselves. Treatments such as dentistry, hair styling, manicures, pedicures and so on are all popular. Readers of the Yorkshire Herald & Advertiser are just like any segment across the UK. They are always looking for ways to look and feel better. From the latest methods to proven techniques, advertisers within the paper vary, but are all noticed. To book your services a place within our extensive features health, fitness and beauty you can call the advertising department on; 01452 311811 or email to request further details to features@colstonmedia.co.uk

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