Friday, 11 January 2019

Are you SURE you have the flu? Or is it just a common cold?

The common cold and flu share multiple symptoms that can make it nearly impossible to identify which one you're suffering from until it is too late.

Sneezing, coughing and congestion can be either illness, but having a fever and body aches come on fast and strong are tell-tale signs that you have the flu.

While one can cause a few days of discomfort, the other can lead to potentially fatal complications.


Dengue cases reported in first week of 2019 hit highest in more than two years

The number of dengue cases has increased for three consecutive weeks, with 207 cases reported in the week ending Jan 5.

This is the highest weekly number since September 2016, said the National Environment Agency (NEA) on Wednesday (Jan 9).

It added that one reason is the increase in the number of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes detected.

"NEA’s Gravitrap surveillance system has detected about 40% more Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in December 2018, compared to that in December 2017," said the agency.

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Will chewing your food longer help in digestion?

This is my view and I am doing  this everyday.

The eating of fruits after meal has kept my weight constant and there is no need to keep track of calories and dieting. I have no restriction on any type of food, just eat in moderation.

No, unless you cannot chew properly. The job of our teeth is to make sure the food is reduced to smaller pieces so that we will not choke and at the same time notice for dangerous objects like bones, stones or other hard objects. [This is why babies, toddlers and seniors without teeth must have their food cut into smaller pieces or eat food that is soft so that they do not choke and no need to chew.]

Chewing too long will not help in your digestion as digestion is the job of your stomach. But it is a good habit to chew properly and slowly as saliva is added to your food in your mouth when chewing. This is the start of digestion.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away

To help in digestion, eat fruits after every meal, including tea breaks. The acid (sour taste) in fruits and the bacteria in our gut will break the food into molecules so that their nutrients will be absorbed.

Another function of the fruits is to help in discharging all digested waste to the intestines and out of our body with the help of fibre in fruits and vegetables. To help in easy movement, you must also drink enough water so that the poo will not be hard or you will have constipation.

The reason one has constipation is not having enough fibre but rather not enough water is drunk or one is lazy to pass motion regularly.

You may want to read Forget laxatives - get a toilet footstool: Study shows the best cure for constipation is changing the way you sit