Health & Wellness

The Zika Virus

The Zika Virus

ZIKA is a virus transmitted by the AEDES AEGYPTI, the same mosquito that transmits dengue and Chikungunya.

SYMPTOMS

  • Mild fever
  • Skin rashes
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Headache & Joint pain

What To Do If Symptoms Appear

  • Treatment consists of relieving pain and fever and any other symptoms that bother the patients.
  • Take plenty of fluids.
  • Do not self-medicate
  • Have plenty of rest and sleep under a mosquito net.
  • Wear cloth that cover your arms and legs.
  • If the symptoms worsen or other complications develop, seek medical attention immediately.
  • If you are pregnant and have symptoms, seek medical attention immediately, as your pregnancy could be at risk.

How To Prevent It?

  • Eliminate breeding sites, eg: Flower pot, old tires and bottles.
  • Cover all household water tanks and containers.
  • Prevent accumulation of rubbish, dispose it in a sealed plastic.
  • Keep drains clean to prevent stagnant water from accumulating.
  • Sleep in a place that protected by mosquito net.
  • Wear long-sleeves and long trousers.
  • Use insect repellents recommended by the health authorities.
  • Share this information.
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Surviving Hot Weather

Surviving Hot Weather

Malaysia has a classic equatorial climate with high temperatures and wet months throughout the year. Temperatures at sea level range from 21ºC to 32ºC, whilst at higher elevations it is much cooler with temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C. However, the recent temperature of the country is so high and it had been achieved 35ºC. Therefore, some preventive measures to avoid illnesses must be taken.

PREVENT HEAT-RELATED ILLNESSES

Warm weather means activities and fun under the sun! Whether you love warm outdoors, or find it hot and sticky, everyone must be careful not to let a heat-related illness spoil the day. Below are some tips to prevent a heat-related illness:

  1. NEVER leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles. A closed vehicle can reach over 60 ºC within minutes.
  2. Dress for the heat. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect away some of the sun’s energy.
  3. Drink water. Carry water or juice with you and drink continuously even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which dehydrate the body.
  4. Eat small meals and eat more often. Avoid large portion of foods atone point of time to avoid increase metabolic heat. Avoid salty foods.
  5. Slow down. Avoid strenuous activity. If you must do strenuous activity, do it during the coolest part of the day, which is usually in the morning.
  6. Stay indoors when possible. Air conditioning provides the safest escape from extreme Check air-conditioning ducts for proper insulation. Vacuum filters weekly during periods of high use to provide more cool air.
  7. Take regular breaks when engaged in physical activity on warm days. Take time out to find a cool place. If you recognize that you, or someone else, is showing the signals of a heat-related illness, stop activity and find a cool place. Remember, have fun, but stay cool!

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Get Up And Stretch!

Get Up And Stretch!

Many people might think that stretching is just something to be done if you have a few extra minutes before or after pounding out some miles on the treadmill. The main concern is exercising, not stretching, right?

Not really! Although studies about the benefits of stretching are mixed, stretching may help you improve your joint range of motion, which in turn may help improve your flexibility and decrease your risk of injury.

Stretching has so many benefits. Just start a program of stretching, and you will soon notice many of them. Some of the benefits of stretching are:

Increased flexibility and range of motion

As we age, our muscles tighten and we have less range of motion in our joints. Simple activities that we once took for granted, like cutting our toenails, picking things up from the floor or zipping a dress, can all become difficult. A regular stretching program can help lengthen your muscles and make these daily activities easier and more enjoyable.

Improved circulation

Stretching improves circulation of blood to the muscles and joints. Increased blood circulation, of course, brings nutrients to our cells and removes waste byproducts.

Better posture

Chronically tense and tight muscles contribute to poor posture, which in turn can affect the functioning of our internal organs, not to mention our appearance. Stretching the muscles of the lower back, shoulders and chest can help keep the back in better alignment and improve posture.

Relaxation and stress relief

Stretching, done properly, helps to relax tense muscles which result from stress. The feeling of relaxation brings a sense of well-being and relief from tension.

Reduce or prevent lower back pain

Greater flexibility and range of motion in the hamstrings and muscles of the hips and pelvis help to reduce the stress on your spine that causes lower back pain.

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7 Reasons Why You Should Juice

7 Reasons Why You Should Juice

  1. A good way to get your daily serving of fruits and veggies
  2. You’ll absorb nutrient better with less digestion
  3. It strengthens your immune system
  4. Improves body energy level
  5. Eases food eating habits
  6. Reduces body inflammation
  7. Re-hydrates your body
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