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How to Avoid Sickness When Traveling


Article Source: Health And Fitness Journal

Have you ever experienced a cold or the flu shortly after returning from a vacation or business trip? If so, you’re not alone; it’s a very common occurrence. Why do you get sick after traveling? It could be that you picked up a “bug” from those you visited, or (if you flew) perhaps you got sick from the poor quality of the air circulating in the plane. Furthermore, a change in your eating, exercise, and sleep routine may have lowered your resistance to illness.

You greatly increase your exposure to germs when you go on a trip. Consider the air that you breathe when you are confined with other sneezing and coughing travelers. Also, you’re more likely to visit public restrooms when traveling which can expose you to a host of bacteria and viruses. Think of all those people with whom you shake hands or hug.

It’s important to keep healthy habits intact, and to exercise added precautions when going on vacation or a business trip.

How to protect yourself from “bugs” when traveling.

Be sure to wash your hands frequently, and to avoid putting them in or near your mouth, nose, and eyes.

Bring your vitamins with you on your trip and take them daily. You may wish to consider taking Cat’s Claw, to boost your immune system, a couple of weeks before you leave and up to a couple of weeks after you’ve returned. Increasing your normal intake of Vitamin C may also be a good idea.

Maintain your diet and exercise routine. Don’t eat too much fast food. Consider what you will eat and how you will exercise, before leaving.

Air travelers may be especially vulnerable to germs, due to the close quarters and recycled air. Wearing a mask may make you feel somewhat uncomfortable; however, it’s a good idea if your immune system has been recently weakened by an illness. Drink plenty of water before and during your flight. The air in the plane can be very dry, and it’s easy to become dehydrated. If you must consume alcohol, be sure to drink extra water. The side-effects from alcohol are intensified at 30,000 feet, so headaches, bloating, and other maladies are not uncommon.

If you’re traveling outside of the country, drink bottled water only – avoid ice. Don’t forget to have extra bottled water on hand to use when brushing your teeth. Eat foods that have been well-cooked, and avoid street vendors if possible. Though the food may look good, the sanitary conditions may be less than desirable.

The next time you take a trip, take along this healthy advice so that all you bring back are happy memories.

Have a healthy trip!

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Colostrum and Autoimmune Disease


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Colostrum is the fluid secreted by the mammary glands of all mammals at the time of birth. It promotes growth and jump-starts the immune system.

Supplementing with Colostrum has many health benefits ranging from anti-aging to fat burning, but for those suffering from an autoimmune disease it is its ability to regulate the immune system that may be of greatest importance. Colostrum contains a Proline-rich Polypeptide (PRP), a hormone that regulates the thymus gland. PRP can help stimulate an under active immune system or calm an overactive system. An overactive immune system attacks healthy tissue and can cause serious and debilitating damage as seen in autoimmune diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), Lupus, Scleroderma, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).

Colostrum is not a drug, rather a food designed by nature. It’s a safe and natural substance with no known side effects. Research has shown that most of the important immune and growth factors for humans can be provided by bovine (cow) Colostrum. It is the only Colostrum that is not species specific. Bovine Colostrum provides health benefits for adults, children, and other mammals such as dogs, cats and horses.

Colostrum is best when it comes from certified dairies in the northern United States of America (USA). Inferior forms of Colostrum come from pasture fed cows in warmer climates such as New Zealand. Cows from the northern USA are fed vitamin, mineral, and other nutritional supplements, and they develop robust immune systems due to the extremely cold winters. Cows from New Zealand are left to graze on vegetation from nutrient depleted soils, and are more likely to have weak immune systems.

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Smoking Moms & Vitamin C


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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – If an expectant mother can’t quit cigarettes, she might counter some of the bad effects by taking extra vitamin C if an animal experiment is anything to go by.

The findings from a monkey study suggest that vitamin C supplementation may help limit the damaging effects that exposing pregnant animals to nicotine has on the lung development of their fetuses.

Previously, Dr. Eliot R. Spindel, from the Oregon Health & Science University in Beaverton, and colleagues had shown that nicotine can cause fetal lung damage.

To see if vitamin C might be protective, the researchers evaluated the lung function of newborn monkeys born to nicotine-exposed mothers that were give vitamin C during pregnancy and those that were not.

Vitamin C did indeed prevent the significant decrease in lung function seen with nicotine exposure, the investigators report in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

“These findings suggest that vitamin C supplementation may potentially be clinically useful to limit the deleterious effects of maternal smoking during pregnancy on offspring’s lung function,” Spindel’s team concludes.

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