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Signs that You May Have a Cold or Flu


It can be tricky to tell whether you have a cold, flu, or allergies. Since adults can develop allergies at any time during their lives, they could easily mistake their symptoms for a cold or flu. Allergies are not contagious, but the cold and flu are, so it is important to learn how to tell if you have a cold or flu and should stay away from others or go to the doctor. Here are some of the most common signs to look for if you suspect that you may be developing a cold or flu.


If you develop a fever, you may have the flu and you should stay away from others in order to prevent the spreading of your germs. A fever is also possible with the common cold but less likely. In adults, a fever is any temperature over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and in children a fever is any temperature over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit. It is important to call your doctor if your temperature reaches 103 degrees, or if it lasts longer than 7 days. It is also important to seek medical attention immediately if any of the following symptoms accompany your fever:

Chest pain
Severe headache
Blood in stool
Stiff neck
Excessive sleepiness or confusion
Chest pain
Severe abdominal pain
Trouble breathing
Excessive vomiting

If your fever goes away and then returns again a few days later, you may have pneumonia and should be checked by a doctor.

Runny or Stuffy Nose

One of the most noticeable and common signs of a cold or flu is the development of a runny or stuffy nose. In most colds, this symptom lasts for a few days to a week and is typically not serious. With the flu, congestion can last for more than a week. Saline rinses, decongestants, and nasal sprays can help to alleviate symptoms.

Body Aches

The common flu often causes body aches that can be quite uncomfortable. If you experience body aches in conjunction with congestion or fever, then you likely have the flu. Some over-the-counter medicines such as ibuprofen and Tylenol can help to alleviate muscle aches and soreness due to the cold and flu.

Sore Throat

A sore throat is often one of the first signs of a developing cold or flu, and can be either scratchy or raw. If you have a cold, your sore throat will likely fade away within a day or two. If you have a flu, your sore throat may last longer and may cause more severe pain.

Diarrhea and Vomiting

In some cases, the flu can cause diarrhea and vomiting in addition to the more typical symptoms such as sore throat and congestion. Swine flu is known for causing diarrhea and vomiting. If symptoms are severe they can lead to dehydration and could be dangerous. It is important to try to keep hydrated and to seek medical treatment if dehydration occurs.

According to the article “Important Information for Cold and Flu Season”, individuals who want to avoid developing the cold or flu should try to keep hydrated by drinking 8 glasses of water per day, use a humidifier at night, avoid drinking alcohol, and keep their mouth moist in order to fight off germs.

5 Benefits to the Veggie Burger

There’s nothing like the taste of a hot veggie burger fresh off the grill anytime of the year. Once you take that first bite and feel the flavor explosion hit your taste buds, it can almost feel like a food coma. In addition to great taste, there are many additional benefits to choosing vegan burgers over regular beef burgers. Here is a list of five of the great benefits you receive by choosing to sink your teeth into a veggie patty over a meat one.

Lower in Fat and Calories

Incorporating veggie burgers into your diet is a healthy and nutritious way to cut extra calories and fat. When you want to lose a few pounds or inches you don’t have to drastically change your eating habits, just incorporate smarter and healthier options into your everyday eating plan, such as veggie burgers. A lean beef hamburger patty has about 10 grams of fat in it, while the average veggie patty carries only about 3 grams of fat.

In addition to saving on fat, you can also save a bunch of calories by switching to the veggie burger. While an average beef burger can easily exceed 200 calories in one serving, a veggie patty may have as low as 70 calories per serving. It’s definitely a great start to a lower calorie and lower fat diet plan.

High in Fiber

Many people don’t get enough heart-healthy fiber in their diets, but by choosing to eat veggie burgers, you’re on the right track. Veggie burgers are loaded with fiber that is not only good for your heart, but is also beneficial to your colon. In fact, red meat may be linked to colon cancer so by choosing to eat veggie burgers you are preventing serious disease from entering your body.

Helps to Prevent Disease

Not only do veggie burgers help prevent colon cancer, but they can also prevent other serious heart diseases as well. Most veggie burgers and vegan burgers contain soy as an ingredient, which carries phytochemicals that can help lower your LDL, or bad, cholesterol. The LDL cholesterol has been shown to clog arteries and block blood flow to the heart, which can cause major heart diseases or even a heart attack. By choosing to ingest a veggie patty you are aiding your body in fighting serious disease.

When you eat a veggie burger with soy in it, you are also helping your body by allowing your bones to retain additional calcium. This calcium allows your body to fight against diseases like osteoporosis and other bone debilitating diseases.

Fewer Preservatives
Preservatives are common additives in processed food that extend their shelf life. Food manufacturers frequently use additives in their products to ensure they stay fresh until you eat it. While this is very common in our culture, it isn’t the best option for your health. In fact it may have some serious drawbacks related to it. The preservatives that are commonly found in meat patties can contain sodium nitrites, which have been linked to some serious diseases that are life-threatening, such as leukemia and brain cancer. Veggie burgers often contain fewer to no preservatives in their ingredients and can be the healthier option.

The Taste

If you have never tried a veggie patty before, then now is the time! Veggie burgers have drastically improved in texture, and more importantly, taste over the past several years. Since there are so many options of veggie burgers available on the market, you are sure to find something you love. For instance, if you choose a veggie patty that has more soy and less oil, it will produce a burger that has the texture of a hamburger. If your veggie patty has more grains and vegetables in it, then the taste and texture will be less like meat. Try a variety of options to determine which one you prefer.

In addition to all of the above named benefits of veggie burgers, they are also super convenient. You can cook one from completely frozen to steaming hot in just a minute or two, and you won’t have to worry about the risk of E.coli or other bacteria that can show up on undercooked meats. Whatever the reason is that you decide to savor a flavorful and satisfying veggie burger; eat up because your body is enjoying the health benefits as much as you are the taste.


3 Ways to Eat More Plain Yogurt

While plain yogurt may not scream flavor, it is an extremely versatile ingredient that can be used in many dishes to cut fat, cholesterol, and sugar in half. Plain yogurt can be incorporated into just about any concoction that normally calls butter, mayonnaise, or sour cream. It can also serve as the base of a healthy breakfast or dessert, and then dressed up with different toppings. Whether you’re looking to create healthier dishes or simply want some inspiration, here are three ways to incorporate plain yogurt into your daily diet.

Healthy Substitute

Almost any recipe that usually calls for sour cream, heavy cream, mayonnaise, butter, olive oil, or buttermilk can be replaced with plain yogurt. Switching to plain yogurt is a great way to reduce calories, fat, cholesterol, and a host of other harmful ingredients. You can use it as a topping for tacos, nachos, and other dishes that typically use sour cream. You can also incorporate it into cooked or baked goods using the following general guidelines:

1 c. butter = 1/2 c. plain yogurt + 1/2 c. butter
1 c. sour cream = 1 c. plain yogurt
1 c. heavy cream = 1 c. plain yogurt
1 c. mayonnaise = 1 c. plain yogurt
1 c. olive oil = 1/3 c. plain yogurt
1 c. buttermilk = 2/3 c. plain yogurt + 1/3 c. milk

To give you an idea of how much healthier plain yogurt is, one cup of butter has around 1600 calories and close to 200 grams of fat. One cup of nonfat plain yogurt has 110 calories and zero grams of fat. By replacing butter with yogurt, you eat less than one tenth of the calories and none of the fat.

Breakfast Boost

Plain yogurt makes a great base for a tasty, healthy breakfast. While it can be tempting to reach for a prepackaged carton of flavored or fruit-filled yogurt, you may want to think twice. A small tub of the flavored stuff contains around 170 calories and an astonishing 27 grams of sugar. Plain yogurt? It has 60 fewer calories and none of the sugar. If you don’t like the taste of plain yogurt, there is a healthy solution. You can dress it up yourself to get a flavor you like with little to none of the sugar. Try adding fresh berries, nuts or granola, a splash of vanilla extract, and a drizzle of honey for a nutritious, creamy parfait.

Decadent Dessert

Craving something sweet? Try panna cotta made from plain yogurt. It’s a light, Italian classic that tastes like a thick vanilla mousse. The only ingredients you need are plain yogurt, gelatin powder, water, a little cream and sugar and vanilla extract or beans. You can eat it as is after it refrigerates, or top it with some strawberries and lemon zest for a tasty kick. For additional flavor, soak the strawberries in balsamic vinegar and ground pepper for 30 minutes before adding to the top of the finished panna cotta.

These are just some of the delicious ways you can incorporate plain yogurt into your culinary repertoire. Your health and taste buds will thank you.

Shop for Progressive Nutritional Supplements by Brand or Need

If you have come to a place in your life where you continually wonder why you don’t feel quite up to your health potential, you might ask yourself a round of questions to get started. Ask yourself if you are sleeping enough, eating a nutritionally sound diet, exercising regularly and if you might suffer from nutritional deficits in some spots. If you are generally an active person who eats a well-balanced diet, drinks plenty of water and makes sure you get your rest, the answer may lie in some type of nutritional issue. Perhaps your body doesn’t absorb iron as it should or if you naturally lack vitamin D or your body uses it at a higher rate than others. With these issues, you can see that you need to help your body. There are many other possible deficits that your body may experience, and there is nothing wrong with offering it a boost with the right supplements.

Explore the vast supplement world to find the right thing for you. With so many brands, such as Integrative Therapeutics supplements and many others, you will find a world of help once you start your exploration of the nutritional supplement world. One example of a company that sells many mainstream and natural brands of supplements is With this type of online supplement seller, you can read up on supplements that you may need from your home or mobile phone, taking the time to learn about each products benefits and potential side effects. You can shop by different brands to find the subtle differences in ingredients from one iron supplement to the next, creating a vitamin shelf all your own, according to your own needs.

The supplement companies that have your best interests in mind offer top-notch customer service to help you make the best possible decision about your supplement needs. By considering the body balance for your unique needs, you will find yourself feeling the positive benefits of these supplements sooner than if you had picked up a few items at your local drugstore.

Additionally, you can become a further educated consumer of supplements simply by reading through the website of your supplement supplier to read up on current industry-related blog posts on subjects such as sleep, cortisol, Omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin D deficiency, fatigue, heart health, gluten sensitivity, blood sugar regulation issues and so much more. Find a healthy community where you can generate your best health.

Perfume for Women, Wallet & 3 More Small Things You Should Carry

Do you remember the times when your boyfriend or your husband took notice of your heavy bag?
Most women carry their bags like they’re going on an overnight trip everyday just so they can be
prepared all the time. But do you realize that you can bring travel size perfume for
instead of your usual big and heavy bottle? This is just one of the everyday “crimes”
women commit, so we’re here to help you lighten up your load with 4 things you should carry in smaller sizes.

1. Women’s Perfume. Bringing perfume everyday to work, school or wherever you go is part
of your daily beauty and hygiene routine. We always want to wear our trademark designer perfume
and that’s OK. What’s not OK though, is when you carry around the big and heavy bottle when you can
always bring its counterpart travel size spray. Shops like even sell small bottles of
designer perfumes like a 0.16oz bottle of Hypnose by Lancome or 0.15 oz of Burberry Body so you’ll
smell great wherever you go.

2. Wallet. Admit it. You’re probably in the big majority of women who carry more than two
credit cards in their wallet. Don’t you realize that aside from coins, these plastic cards contribute to
your heavy wallet? Unless you’re in an emergency, keep your credit cards to at most two. Use a smaller
wallet so you won’t have the urge to fill those card slots. Also, throw unnecessary trash like receipts or
notes you no longer need.

3. Travel Toothbrush & Toothpaste. We all know how a tiny travel toothbrush can be
uncomfortable when you brush your teeth. Not only will you have to clean the head and the brush
itself, but the body or handle as well. However, you’re only vacationing for a few days. It won’t hurt to
use travel toothbrushes and toothpaste for that short period of time.

4. Key Holder. Women just can’t resist the big, jeweled, flimsy, colorful and space consuming
stuff they don’t really need. Take key holders for example. They can be as flat as a card but women will
probably look for a pink or animal-printed design creation the size of a fist. It’s not only huge and
space consuming, but this defeats the purpose of having a useful and economical key holder.

5. Makeup Brushes. We all know MAC makeup brushes
work really well, especially when you’re after a professional makeup finish. You buy your brushes
separately and these regular sized ones can actually add space to your bag, not to mention they add
extra weight and a pouch compartment too. Say you need two types of brushes for your lids, one for your
eyebrow, another one for your foundation and concealer. Then you need a powder brush and then a
bronzing brush. If you really need a standout makeup artistry impact on your everyday look, do your
makeup at home and leave your brushes there. Or leave a set at the office and bring a travel sized kit.
It’s enough for you to carry 5 small brushes. Just make sure they’re lightweight.

WIN Purex Crystals: Scent-sational Spring with Purex!


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Give Your Business Conference a Sweet Twist


Many business conferences are dry and boring due to the nature of the industry. Even if the professionals attending your upcoming conference take their jobs seriously and are actively trying to increase industry knowledge so that they can advance in their careers, you know that what they look forward to the most is the social engagement that comes with a conference. They want to network with other industry professionals and enjoy their time, especially those traveling to attend the event.

Some businesses assume that this is the nature of a professional conference, but you can use creativity to make your conference the highlight of every participant’s trip. The easiest way to turn a typically dry subject into something exciting is to assign a conference theme. You can then use fun room table decorations, games and lots of candy to make your conference an event that everyone discusses when they return to their own offices.

There are still times when you will need to get down to business and have serious discussions or training sessions during the conference, but there is no need to make your participants sit in stuffy rooms void of entertainment. With a theme in place, you have the freedom to add some respectful entertainment even to the most serious discussions and classes.

For example, you may assign a baseball theme to your upcoming conference. You may fill the lobby with games related to baseball. You may hand out finger foods shaped like baseballs and helmets and use cups with baseball designs. You will also want to purchase baseball candy in bulk so that you can put it on every table in every conference room. With these theme activities in place, your participants will focus on what is happening at the conference rather than staring at their watches in anticipation of social events happening after the event.

Regardless of your theme or what creative ideas you come up with to make your conference come to life, you should include bulk candy in the budget. Conference participants can enjoy the candy while they listen to presentations and enjoy other activities. Candy is also a great icebreaker if you have strangers sitting at tables trying to get to know one another. This is a sweet reward for your guests, and it is one of the most affordable treats you can offer.

Win a FREE Family Fun Magazine Subscription from Purex!


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5 Wonderful Personalized Gifts for Kids


Between birthdays, holidays, ballet recitals and soccer playoffs, you’re probably already familiar with that feeling of, “Well, what do I buy them now?” The good news is that some presents are flexible enough for any day of the year. Here are five great personalized gifts for kids for any occasion.

1: Storybooks

From missions in the clouds to treasure-filled adventures on the high seas, a customized storybook will put your child right into the action of their new favorite tales. Not only will the books themselves encourage literacy, but reading these special stories at bedtime will create a lasting and memorable ritual for the both of you.

2: Lunchboxes

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that the coolest kid in the lunchroom is the one with the best lunchbox. Give your child the gift of social development by making them the most popular and talked-to member of their third grade class!

3: Stickers

Between notebooks, backpacks and wall art, stickers enjoy a wide variety of uses for the imaginative decorator. Customizing them with names and initials will only increase your child’s excitement and further their desire to stick them on every single one of their possessions.

4: Journals

Journals will help your child organize their thoughts and express themselves in ways they can’t always out loud. They’ll also become great mementos once your little one is ready for college and feeling nostalgic!

5: Place Mats

For younger kids who haven’t quite grown into their places at the dinner table, a personalized place mat will help them claim a proper spot. As a bonus, place mats will also foster neat eating habits and a greater sense of maturity during mealtime.

If you’re looking for great gift ideas that aren’t restricted to any one occasion, these five are a good place to start. Have fun customizing!

Take Your Workout to the Next Level with a Heart Rate Monitor


Anyone that has stuck with a workout routine for more than a couple of days knows that improving athletic performance is about more than just increasing its frequency. In order to get into the best shape possible, you need the right tools for the job. In that respect, a heart rate monitor can give a struggling athletic performance the edge it needs. By keeping proper tabs on your heart rate, you can more accurately understand the areas that are giving your body trouble, as well as give yourself a new motivational tool that will keep you off the couch and back at the gym. 

Part of the value of a heart rate monitor, aside from its intrinsic value of monitoring your heart, is in the way they keep statistics of your accomplishments. A heart rate monitor is about more than keeping tabs of your heart beats per minute, it’s about seeing how far you’ve gone and how many calories you’ve burned in your journey so far. This type of motivational tool is of immense value to anyone familiar with hitting the “wall” while running. Armed with a heart rate monitor, though, the “wall” is far less imposing than it might otherwise be. After all, once you’ve seen how easy it was to get as far as you already have, what’s a few more miles on top of that? In fact, there are heart rate monitor accessories specifically designed for runners to provide even more information, including the speed with which they’ve been running and a finely tuned distance measurement. 

With competitive prices to be found all over the Internet, including those offered by sites like Heart Rate Monitors USA, there has never been a better time to buy a heart rate monitor than today. Taking care of your body is incredibly important, so why not make it a little easier with a heart rate monitor to keep better track of your workout routines? Staying properly informed is absolutely integral to maximizing a workout routine and getting the best results possible, which only serves to highlight the importance of finding the heart rate monitor that is right for you. Coupled with a large array of exciting heart rate monitor accessories, there are plenty of customization options for anyone interested in improving their workouts or getting a fresh start on a new routine.


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