Monthly Archives: July 2016

Get Rid of a Cold Overnight

We know that moment all too well: Our throat starts to get scratchy, our nasal cavities tingle, a throbbing pain takes up residence in between our temples—it’s official: A cold is brewing.

Now that we’re in the deep throes of fall, we’re constantly reminded of the impending doom of a cold with each sneeze, sniffle, and dreaded nose-blow that happens around us. And while we do our best to keep our immune systems strong and on the defense, sometimes a cold wiggles its way in and is too big for our britches (er, body) to stave off.

Taryn Forrelli, ND, Olly’s head of innovation and certified naturopath, says to go heavy on the garlic when you feel a cold coming on. “Garlic is a powerful antioxidant with antimicrobial, antiviral, and antibiotic properties. It also helps with decongestion associated with colds and flus. Aim for eating one small clove every three to four hours. Smear it on toast with a bit of olive oil or honey if you can’t stomach it straight.” Our tip: Just be sure to have breath mints at the ready.

Forrelli also says to aim for 500 to 1000 mg of vitamin C per day while fighting off sniffles. “An easy and tasty way to make sure you’re getting enough of this juicy antioxidant is taking a vitamin C–rich supplement like Olly‘s Ultimate Immunity gummy, which is a blend of 700 mg of vitamin C, zinc, and beta glucans for immune system support.” While you may be familiar with vitamin C and zinc as cold-fighting powerhouses, get to know beta-glucan. In a 2008 study, one group that took a supplement with beta-glucan had 23% fewer upper respiratory infections than the other group that took a placebo.

Effective Exercises

What are the most important things you need in a workout? The two that will give you the most bang for your buck are time-efficient, effective exercises. We’re busier than ever and most of us don’t have an hour or more to work each muscle group 2 to 3 times a week, as well as fit in another hour of cardio, as the guidelines suggest.

The good news is, you don’t need hours to get in a quality, total body workout that includes cardio, strength, balance, core, and stability training.

These exercises are exactly what you need to work your entire body in a short, intense workout. These moves:

  • Target multiple muscle groups – The more muscles you work, the higher the intensity and the more calories you burn both during and after your workouts.
  • Functional – Your muscles don’t work in isolation in the real world, so why should you work them that way in your workouts? These moves mimic the real-life activities we do on a regular basis, from picking up groceries to pushing open doors while our hands are full.
  • Efficient – Any time you can work more than one muscle at a time, you shave off precious time from your workout, making a busy schedule one more obstacle you can cross off your list.
  • Intense – If you’re short on time, the one thing you want to focus on is intensity. The harder you work, the greater the afterburn.

 

Suggested Workout

You can take these exercises and add them to your usual workouts or, if you really want a challenge, put them all together in a killer circuit workout.

 

Precautions

These are advanced moves, so watch yourself and be sure to see your doctor if you have any conditions, injuries, etc.

 

Equipment

Dumbbells, a kettlebell (use a dumbbell if you don’t have one), and a resistance band.

 

How To

  • Start with at least 5 minutes of cardio to warm up.
  • Do each exercise for 30-60 seconds, one after the other, and try not to rest between exercises.
  • Repeat the entire circuit once for a shorter workout, or up to 3 or more times for a longer, more intense workout.
  • End your workout with a cool down and a stretch.

Signs That You are Dehydrated

guru Richard Simmons was hospitalized over the weekend after someone at his home reportedly noticed he was exhibiting “bizarre” behavior. Simmons was later released and was simply suffering from a case of dehydration, he told TMZ. Now, he says, he’s feeling better after receiving fluids.

We’re all aware of the obvious signs of dehydration—yellow pee, feeling thirsty, and dry mouth—but what about the less obvious ones, like acting strange? Experts say they’re equally important, if not more so because they can be a sign that your dehydration has progressed beyond normal levels like when you exercise vigorously without drinking enough water.

“Our bodies need water and other fluids to function properly, and if you become dehydrated, some of these processes may not function normally,” women’s health expert Jennifer Wider, M.D., tells SELF. “Severe dehydration can have dire consequences.” Those consequences can include heat stroke or exhaustion, seizures, and even death in the most extreme cases, according to Mayo Clinic.

But drinking enough water is harder than it sounds, especially during the summer. “It’s challenging to stay hydrated, even when you’re healthy,” Sanford Vieder, D.O., medical director of Lakes Urgent Care in West Bloomfield and Livonia, Michigan, tells SELF. “The vast majority of us don’t drink as much water as we should.” For women, that means drinking around 9 cups of fluids every day, according to Mayo Clinic (mostly water is best, but that recommendation includes all fluids). And, if you’re sweating a lot, you’ll probably need more.

So, what are those less obvious signs of dehydration? Experts break them down:

1. You have bad breath.

This seems weird, but bear with us here. Saliva has bacteria-fighting properties, Wider explains. If you’re dehydrated, your saliva levels go down and so does your mouth’s ability to fight odor-causing germs. If you notice that you suddenly have bad breath for no reason, try drinking more water regularly. That alone may clear it up.

2. You feel confused.

Feeling confused or out of it can be a sign of a few things. But if you haven’t had a lot to drink recently, it can definitely be a tip-off that you’re dehydrated, Vieder says. It’s usually not something that comes on suddenly, unless you’re working up a sweat on a hot day, he adds.

3. You suddenly have food cravings.

Your liver needs water to function properly. When it doesn’t get it, it signals to your brain that you need fuel, Wider says. Instead of craving water, though, it tends to make you think you’re hungry, causing food cravings.

4. Your skin doesn’t bounce back.

If you grab the skin on the back of your hand, pull it up, and let it go, it should quickly snap back into place. But this doesn’t usually happen with people who are dehydrated. “If it stays tented [or resumes its shape more slowly than usual], that’s a really good sign of being dehydrated,” Vieder says. Without enough moisture, your skin loses some of the elasticity it needs to snap back.

5. You stop sweating.

It seems like this would be a sign that you’re not dehydrated, but Anthony J. Brutico, D.O., medical director of the Emergency Department at New Jersey’s Newton Medical Center, tells SELF it can be a marker that you have heat exhaustion or heat stroke. This typically happens because your “volumes of fluid are so low that the body is trying to hold on to what you have,” he explains. If this happens to you, you need to get help immediately and see a doctor or other medical professional.