Did you know that the common cold is actually known as the ‘rhinovirus?’ Does that mean that this tiny microscopic scoundrel, thousands of which can fit into one single cell of your body, resembles a rhino in its appearance? Probably not! Still, it can almost feel like a rhino has run over you. Fever, headache, sneezing, aches and pains, coughing, chest congestion…how do you stop it in its tracks when it starts charging towards you?
Avoid sick people. This appears to be the number one preventive measure. If you are sick with a cold, don’t go to work. Telecommute until you are well instead of spreading your germs to your colleagues in the office. If you suspect that someone might be catching a cold, don’t shake their hand or go near them. If sick people won’t quarantine themselves from you, it is time to summon your inner introvert and become a hermit. Sit near a well-ventilated area like a window. If they come towards you for a greeting, smile, wave and disappear!
Wash your hands. This sounds basic but it astronomically reduces the probability of you catching a cold. Remember, these viruses last for up to 8 hours on doorknobs, toilet handles, supermarket trolleys, light switches, coffee pot handles, microwaves, elevator buttons, television remote controls, keyboards…the list goes on. So you can get infected by someone who left the building hours ago, or even the previous day! Wash your hands repeatedly in the course of the day. By all means, wash your hands before eating and avoid touching your nose and mouth. Touching them will introduce these invisible critters right into your upper respiratory tract – the dance hall where they start to party before taking over your entire body.
Air your home and office. According to American naturopath Dr Richard Schulze, even in colder weather it is important to let fresh air in and the stale air out. This is because indoor heat dries out airborne bacteria and viruses, preserving them for much longer. Since there is no cross ventilation or proper circulation, confined spaces in cold weather contain a much higher concentration of these germs. So, protect yourselves from infections by airing your rooms daily for a few minutes.
Strengthen your gut. Fortify your gut, the cradle of your immune system. Do this by drinking lots of organic broth, good fats and fermented foods. Grass fed bone broth and vegan potassium broth contains vital amino acids that seal and repair the walls of your intestine. Fermented foods like traditional porridge, Sauerkraut, Pickles, Kefir, Kombucha, Beet kvass, and fermented Cod liver oil contain trillions of good bacteria. When these friendly bacteria populate your gut, your immunity goes up. Other cold-fighting remedies include Echinacea, Elderberry syrup, Garlic, Neem (muarubaini) Vitamin C and vitamin D. Vitamin D is of paramount importance. Get out in the sun, even in cooler weather, as often as you can.
Keep warm. Mum was right – bundle up! If you catch a chill, your immune system can be negatively affected. Prolonged exposure to cold and wetness are frowned upon in Traditional Chinese Medicine. TCM is big on heat therapy, making use of heated lamps during many of their therapeutic procedures. They also caution against taking cold drinks. When you drink something cold, your body has to expend precious energy to raise your temperature to homeostasis, which weakens you. They recommend hydrating with healthy hot beverages throughout the day.
Avoid negativity. Recent findings have shown compelling evidence that a vital component of the immune system is our brain. Patients who practise positive thinking experience increased well being and pain relief, as compared to those who don’t. Stay away from toxic people, chronic complainers and unnecessary bad news. Steer your thought patterns to gratitude and positivity. When down with the sniffles, take the opportunity to focus on wellness and self-care. Defer your pending work until you are healed. Avoid mindless television, especially news reports. Listen to peaceful, calming music and positive podcasts.
Move your body! Yes, the cold makes us instinctively favour hibernation. Yet we must resist the inclination to become sedentary couch potatoes. Unlike your heart, the lymphatic system does not have its own automatic circulation. This transportation system is powered by one thing – you. If you don’t move your body, the lymphatic fluid slows down and stagnates. Cesspools of old waste harden and calcify, leading to fewer defences, more infections and chronic inflammation. So my friend, even if you are sick – move! Dance, jog, skip, trampoline, lift, hop onto YouTube and do some random exercise routine. Stretch; run up and down the stairs, hoola-hoop, juggle or go for a walk. No matter how old you are or how busy, boost your immunity by practising daily movement.
These are just a few tips to help you beat a cold before it gets you down. What are some of your favourite flu-busters? Join the conversation on our Instagram and Facebook communities.
Author : Tricia Wanjala is a writer, a mother, a wife and a health-nut. She runs Africa’s largest natural hair, wellness, and beauty community over @triciasnaturals.
After declaring that long distance relationships aren’t for her, Sherlyne Anyango might have bagged herself a new mzungu boyfriend. It’s barely days since she left the country to go to the States to ‘hustle’. According to her, it’s easier to hustle in the States with her twerking talent.
Love At First Sight?
Well, she moved on quickly! This was the reaction of most of her fans after Sherlyne went live with her new catch. Most people were surprised by how fast she possibly got a boyfriend. But she hasn’t made it clear.
While this might seem unfair to her Kenyan bae, Oga Obinna, it was a mutual agreement between them to dissolve their relationship due to the distance between them.
”I’m a single boy again now😪😱!! Now with the standards you set who will fit in🤷🏿 who will fill your shoes??But Si Ni Life… But for now Kill Them with your AWESOMENESS and SECURE THE BAG!!! Don’t let nobody tell you otherwise. Plus there will always be space for you in my Heart and Kidney🙊🙈🙏🏿.”
In line to this, Sherlyne had also declared how much she misses Obinna and wrote back to him;
”Don’t make me cry. That’s life 😞😞. I feel bad. I miss you badly.”
Well, turns out she won’t be missing him any more after getting a new catch. Obinna has not yet responded to Sherlyne’s video posted on her Insta stories. I bet he’s not happy seeing her with another man.
When it comes to buying or tailoring a new blazer, most people think it’s all about getting what fits. Even though that is one of the most vital things to focus on when selecting blazers, there are other things you need to look out for in order to have a perfect and versatile blazer.
Versatile is not just about being able to match most pieces in your closet, but something that will enhance your outfits and define your best features while at it. In case you are wondering on where to start with buying a blazer, start here:
Yes, this is the first thing you should consider before making or buying yourself a blazer. You need to check your closet and consider the most dominant colour and pieces, can they be layered with a blazer or paired together?
Once that is set, you are good to go, though the more colourful a blazer is the more fun you will have pairing it with other pieces.
When selecting the perfect blazer always be very careful not to choose a small blazer. You might confuse a small blazer for a fitting one.
It should not be too tight that your shoulders cannot move in it or you can barely button it.
Although ladies are lucky they can go with any arm length, because it can be considered fashionable, ensure that it is your size. Also, avoid going for extra-large coats that will drown you and hide your best features.
A blazer is in between a suit jacket and a hoodie. Meaning, it should be able to pass for official and casual events. Let your guide be what you are buying it for.
There are different kinds of blazers ranging from open front blazers, single breasted blazers, belted ones, the list is endless.
Always go for a blazer that resonates with your style and closet items. Also, long blazers are classier and versatile than the shorter boyfriend ones. This is in terms of versatility.
Are you looking for a linen blazer, cotton or the suit material fabric? Do you want it shiny or matte? Do you need one with metal studded elements or with embellished buttons like the army? The kind of texture you go for will determine the way you dress your blazer.
Although blazers are meant to match with all outfits, the kind of design you go for can either limit your outfit choices or broaden your matching game.
They say the longer the blazer, the double the respect. You already know what I mean by this. Longer blazers are more eye catching, trendy and versatile. It will be easier for you to pair them to a tiny skirt, pencil trouser or palazzos.
Also did I mention how well they pair with crop tops? Yes, when buying a blazer, the length is very important.
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By Milo George
Residents of Pipeline Transami area are decrying poor drainage system that has caused sewage water to overflow in their area of residence.
The residents claim that the overflowing sewage is not only putting their lives at risk but also causing air pollution.
They have called on Nairobi Metropolitan Services and Nairobi City Water and Sewage Company to come on board and expand the sewer lines before more areas are flooded with raw human wastes coming from the blocked pipes. “We want Major Badi and our leaders to resolve this menace immediately. It’s terrible many have been forced to shift their businesses because of the foul smell,” they said. Pastor Joe Ndivoh of Word Evangelistic Explosion Ministries says that they have been forced to call off the Sunday School Service to protect the children from the smelly sewage. ‘‘We now fear that if prompt action is not taken then we will have a bigger health problem than this because we fear there could be an outbreak of water-borne disease anytime,’’ Pastor Ndivoh added.
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