How to Recover from a Cold Faster

Coughing, runny and blocked nose and a lack of energy are just some of the symptoms colds bring. Unfortunately getting sick is a part of life. Germs are everywhere and our body can’t always be immune to them, especially during cold and flu season. No one likes getting sick. In this day and age none of us can afford to be sick. The following article lists some great ways to shorten the length of time of your cold. It’s all about being proactive.


It seems so simple but a lot of people don’t slow down when they start to feel sick. If you take the time to give your body rest early on you reduce the time you will be sick and the severity. Stay home from work. Colds can linger for several days. Too much activity can decrease your energy level and prolong your cold.


It can be hard to get up when you are feeling ill but you need to make sure that you are constantly refilling that glass next to your bed with water. Water cleanses your body and makes sure that you stay hydrated. This can help remove bacteria and toxins out of your body.


At the first sign of a cold head straight to your nearest pharmacy and stock up on vitamins. Echinacea tea or tablets are derived from a plant that has been proven to boost the immune system. Sometimes our immune systems need a little help to fight off cold and flus. Take it three times a day or as directed by your healthcare professional. Additionally, zinc tablets, garlic supplements and chamomile tea are effective treatments.


Drink orange juice, eat oranges or take a vitamin C supplement. Vitamin C, just like Echinacea, boosts the immune system. It can also help reduce how long you are sick for. You should try to have it up to three times a day but always double check dosages with your healthcare professional when purchasing supplements.


If you have already started to experience symptoms like runny and blocked nose then it may be time to consider over the counter cold and flu medication and bisolvon cough syrup. Discuss with your pharmacist about what symptoms you are experiencing so an item can be chosen that actually addresses the symptoms you are experiencing. Keep in mind that cold and flu medicines are not a cure they merely mask the symptoms.
There a lot more other things out there to try, olive leaf extract for example. Just remember to give your body time to heal. A couple days of rest can do a world of good.


About the Writer
Mandy is a stay-at-home mum with 2 children in primary school, in her past time she loves to garden, travel, cook and write blogs for other stay at home mums and anyone with similar interests.

Face Tales

What kind of soap or facial wash do you use on your face?

I am sure you have your own preferred brands. As for me, one of the few soaps I love to use on my face is Ivory. It has been one of my favorite soaps since I was a kid. Some might say that they find it drying to their skin but I find it just right for me.

Take note as well that I said that Ivory is one of the few soaps I would use on my face. With the advent of all these facial washes, there are so many to choose from. And I have also a preferred brand or two which I regularly use.

What is important for you and me is to know our skin types and find something that’s good for it 🙂


What Are the Best Hearing Aids to Use?

Hearing aids refer to an electronic device that changes and amplifies sound to improve hearing. This device receives sound via a microphone that converts sound waves to electrical signals. The amplifier installed in this device increases loudness of these signals after which it sends sound to the ear via a speaker. It’s good to note that this device does not restore normal hearing. All it does is boost the hearing ability of people suffering from hearing loss.

Causes of hearing loss:
Hearing impairment has become very common in the current world. This problem affects people of all ages. The common causes are: Old age, hereditary factors, severe illness, trauma and long-term exposure to ear damaging noise

Types of hearing aids:
There are many types of hearing aids. They vary in power, size and circuitry. Below are the most common types:

i. In the ear aids (ITE)
This gadget is fitted in the outer ear bowl.
The device fits in the outer ear bowl (concha). It is applicable in cases of mild and severe hearing impairment. Its circuit has a vent to counter any squealing sound leaking and undergoing amplification. This vent works by equalizing pressure. IET can be connected to FM systems wirelessly. This device is very small and fills only the bottom portion of the external ear. They are invisible unless you look directly into the ear of the one wearing it.

ii. Body worn hearing aids
This aid consists of a case and an ear mold which is attached by a wire. In the case, there is an electronic amplifier, a control and a battery. The ear mold contains a small loudspeaker. The case is small thus can be carried on a belt or put in the pocket.

iii. Behind the ear (BTE) aid
This gadget is made of a case and ear mold. These two are connected. The case has a battery, electronics, controls, loudspeaker and a microphone. The case is usually made to sit behind the pinna. The connection then runs down from the case to the front part of the ear. If sound is routed electrically, the receiver is found in the ear mold. Plastic tubes transmit sound from the loudspeaker when sound is routed acoustically. This gadget can be used in cases of both profound and mild hearing loss. BET can be connected to devices like FM systems.

iv. Receiver in the ear/canal (RIC)
This device has a loudspeaker placed directly in the ear without an ear mold. Very soft ear inserts are used to fix the loudspeaker in the patient’s ear. This design has a more improved sound quality. It also has a small case and fixing it is very easy.

v. Invisible in the canal hearing aids (IIC)
This device fits comfortably inside the ear canal making it invisible. It is custom-made to fit in different canal sizes. Unlike other gadgets only a small portion of the ear is covered by this gadget. This enables natural sound correction depending on the shape of the ear. Some advanced models of ICC allow use of mobile phone to adjust volume settings.

How to adjust to hearing devices:
One takes time to adjust to these gadgets. It is a gradual process. The best way to adjust is trying to listen to different sounds. Learn to listen to people, animals, diverse sounds and gadgets such as radios. Also try listening in different environments both quiet and noisy. With time you will be able to adapt fully to use of these hearing aids.


About the Author
The Hearing Centre is your one-stop centre for complete hearing aids and hearing conservation services. Ernest has been fitting hearing devices since 2004.

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