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July 28, 2009

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How to cure a sore throat

July 4, 2009

Sore throats are one of the first signs of a cold. Let’s fight it straight away so you don’t get stuck with a bad cold!

What I recommend:

  • A throat gargle (e.g. Betadine or Difflam): these contain antibacterial agents to kill off those germs and limit their spread. It doesn’t taste too great, but it’s worth it if you don’t want it to get worse. Remember not to swallow, but to spit out!
  • Throat lozenges – if your throat’s still sore this is something extra you can try. There are many different throat lozenges out there. They can contain antibacterials, anti-inflammatories and anaesthetics. Use your anti-inflammatory and anaesthetic containing ones for the more painful sore throats. Be careful with hot drinks though as they may burn the throat if that anaesthetic is working.

Lollies – butter menthols, etc. They’re yummy…but they don’t contain much to battle your sore throat.

Keep rested and well hydrated and this sore throat will be gone before you know it.

Good luck!

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Pick a chair

July 2, 2009

My boy has back pains, and the physio has recommended that a desk chair is a high priority. It helps with posture. It’s important to choose the best chair you can possibly find (of what you can afford of course), because you are going to be using this chair for a very long time (unless some of us are serial chair buyers).

After shopping around at many different outlets, we came to the conclusion that there a 4 major points for choosing the best office chair.

1. It has to look good – there’s no point in getting the fluoro green pattern that fits in so well with your decor.

2. Price – it is true that the more you pay the more you get. We found there were 3 different types of chairs

  • The ultra-cheap chair with only a gas-lift device to change height (that was fun to play around with!)
  • The mid-range chair allowing both height change and lumbar support change
  • The ultra-expensive chair – complete with extra padding as well as all the features mentioned above

3. Comfortable butt cushioning – if you are on your bottom end all day this is something you’ll need to consider

4. Lumbar support – excellent lumbar support helps to better your posture

We settled for a plain black chair. Boring yes, but you can do many other things to your room to spice it up. We decided to try the mid-range chair. Let’s see how that one goes. It has good cushioning and adjustable lumbar support – just what were looking for!

$150 spent later and we are still a happy couple 🙂

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Need help with hangovers?

June 29, 2009

Yeah, those hangovers are bad. So bad you don’t think you’ll ever drink again right?

Ooo, bad reflux – quick! Get some liquid antacids! (e.g. Mylanta or Gaviscon). Tablets take longer to work because they have to dissolve first. That liquid stuff will work fast and the yucky heartburny feeling will reside soon.

Dehydration – your throat and mouth feels dry. It’s because alcohol is a diuretic – in other words it makes the body lose water (do you remember how many times you went to the toilet that night?). Rehydration salts are a great fix here – they have the right combination of electrolytes, and together with water, will help to get your body rehydrated again.

Pounding headache? – some painkillers may help here.

I guess the best tip is not to have a big night out and drink too much. But for people who do have one, hope this helps! Keep healthy and happy everyone!

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Preventing cancer

June 27, 2009

Our TOP FOUR cancers killers are lung, bowel, prostate cancer and breast cancer for males and females respectively

The top two tips for reducing your chances of getting cancer

  1. Stop smoking
  2. Drink alcohol at safe levels (or none at all is even better)

ALL these cancers have screening procedures for prevention.

Do yourself a favour and don’t leave it to chance. Get a check-up. Re-style your life.

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Helping with whiplash

June 26, 2009

After your little car prangs, you feel fine. Besides feeling shocked, you don’t feel any pain. Wake up the next day, and man your neck is sore (I definitely know this from experience). Whiplash has set in.

See your doctor to make sure everything is A-OK first.

  • Take an anti-inflammatory – A great piece of advice I got from the doctor was to take an anti-inflammatory medication (e.g. ibuprofen) soon after the accident. It works to reduce inflammation and reduce muscle spasms caused from the stress on the body due to the force of the car accident.
  • Cold packs – You can apply to the area for 10 minutes and off for another 10 to help decrease pain and swelling.

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Tips for driving a car with good posture

June 25, 2009

Get rid of your back and shoulder aches! Bad posture whilst driving can lead to back and shoulder aches, which can be quite problematic for those of us who travel long distances and those of us who already suffer from pains.

Some Tips:

Rearview mirror

  • Adjust your rearview mirror a bit higher than you have it now. This makes you sit up straighter because you often need to look at that mirror. Sitting up straighter = better posture = less pain!

Lumbar support

  • Adjust your lumbar support all the way up. If this doesn’t suffice, you don’t need to spend big money for a commercialised lumbar support. A rolled up towel will do. Place this against the chair behind your lower back. Both this and the chair’s own lumbar support (if your car is fancy enough to have one) helps alleviate the pressure put on your back.

Get closer to the steering wheel

  • Move your chair in a bit closer to the steering wheel. Now you don’t have to slouch to reach the pedals. Ta da!


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How to cure dry, chapped lips

June 24, 2009

With a whole range of lip products out there which ones are you meant to choose?

Most moisturising Lucas Papaw Ointment. It is thicker than the average lipbalm and lasts the longest. The smallest tube it comes in isn’t pocket-sized so that’s one for the handbag.

Best tasting Blistex Intensive Repair. It’s almost like a fruit tingles flavour – quite yummy and is very hydrating. My boyfriend likes this one the most because it moisturises well, protects the lips from the sun and can fit in his pocket.

Cheapest Vaseline Petroleum Jelly. This is the one I save for before bed to keep my lips hydrated through the night. I have to wear plates for my teeth, which can make my lips dry but the vaseline definitely does the job.

Stay away from

  • Nivea lip balms. The lips dried out very easily, leaving a dry residue which made your lips feel even more dry than before.
  • Blistex Ultra Lip Balm. Although the lip balm worked, it left the most foul taste in your mouth. I made my boyfriend throw this away because it was so hard kissing him!
  • Weaning yourself off lip balms. I heard of this method and being curious I tried it, but it just left my lips all chapped and dry.

How do you treat your dry lips?

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How to maintain a healthy weight

June 18, 2009

Eat only when you’re hungry – it stops you from overeating. It is a simple tip in how to lose and maintain a healthy weight.

I grew up like this. We didn’t snack at home. When I was in high school, one girl was saying she was so bored during the holidays, so she kept eating. I thought people only ate when they were hungry. Obviously not. Gradually, as I had more control over my life I realised how easy it was to eat what I want, whenever I want to.

Sounds pretty easy to eat only when you’re hungry right?

  • How many of you eat morning tea at work because it’s there and everyone else is?
  • Who eats ice cream at the restaurant after the biggest dinner ever?
  • Who eats chocolate because there’s some in the house?

You can still eat what you want. Just space it out. And those of us who like to eat more (e.g. me and my addiction to chocolate), we just have to find ways to exercise more. That ain’t too hard is it?

Remember – make sure your ouptut (exercise) is greater than your input (food).

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How to cure a blocked nose

June 17, 2009

I did it! I cured that annoying blocked nose. Story is: the long drive back from my boy’s house and it was driving me nuts.

What usually works for me is a shower. The steam does a great job to clear the blocked nose (easy for picking…). Salespeople who are trying to sell you eucalyptus oil to use with the steam inhalations are just after your money – it smells good but does nothing else! (It really is a good cleaning agent though.)

Well, the steam didn’t work, so I decided to try a nasal spray (first guinea pig was my boy a month ago). It feels funny in the nose to use those nasal sprays (not going by brand here but anything containing oxymetazoline). Plus going to the beach on a cold winter’s night ain’t gonna help but taking photos sure is fun.

Oh, and the spray did work so give it a go. Remember to read the instructions!

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