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Help stop the spread of infections this winter

28 Jun

 I don’t know how many of you out there just cannot seem to shake the lingering cough, cold or snot! Just this morning, I had to take my Sunny Bunny to the doctor for the fourth time in three months for another set of antibiotics to add to this ongoing saga. He’s not sick! He just won’t stop snotting and coughing, simple. And yes he’s on Creche Guard and the works. On my kitchen counter is about six boxes of meds and we’re not counting the ones cooling in the fridge. It’s just plain ridiculous! In my upset, I ranted a little on Twitter and thankfully two moms responded so that I didn’t look or feel like a complete twat. My friend Rene said she uses Echinacea and then she said something I knew but never quite considered, she said that in her home, she makes a big deal about washing hands! Simple enough right?!

Well here are some handy information from the people over at Lifebouy:

Are you and your family ready for the winter season? Everyone has a part to play in helping to prevent the spread of common winter respiratory infections including flu, sore throat and cough viruses. According to health soap brand Lifebuoy, hand washing with soap and warm water is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of infections and germs in your home.

 Most of the common winter viruses are carried in the air and transmitted when someone sneezes. However respiratory infections leave the body feeling stressed and decrease immunity opening up the possibility of additional common viruses.  These include gastroenterological illness, which cause diarrhea and vomiting.  Certain germs can also be transmitted by physical contact and enter the body when infected hands touch vulnerable parts of your body like our eyes, mouths and noses.

 Lifebuoy is highlighting the fact that frequent hand washing, with warm soapy water for 30 seconds at a time can significantly reduce the spread of these common illnesses. The best times to remember to wash hands is before handling food, after using the bathroom and when in the shower/ bath.

 We can’t avoid winter, but we can prevent the spread of germs that are the real cause of infections. Here, we look at some ways you can minimise your risk of catching infections during this cold season.

 1.       Keep warm throughout

Although getting cold doesn’t actually cause a cold or flu (the viruses do), being cold can reduce your stamina and make you feel miserable and fatigued. You might think that big winter jumpers are the way to go but wearing layers of thin clothes may keep you warmer as this traps body heat. Also, keep in mind that we lose up to 30% of our body heat through our heads, so remember to wear a hat.

 2.       Watch the weather

Cloudy and cold conditions tend to bring an increase in germs, and viruses survive longer when the weather is moist. When it’s cloudy and dull there are fewer breezes to blow the germs away.

 3.       Avoid close contact

People often huddle together physically during winter, this makes it easier for infections to pass between them. Crowded trains and taxis with little ventilation, department stores bustling with shoppers, and people gathering for parties all make catching a cold more likely.  Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

4.       H2O is the way to go

Doctors recommend drinking between five-eight glasses of water a day to stay healthy.  Water helps the kidneys function properly and flushes out the toxins that accumulate in our bodies. If you have a cold, you may become dehydrated, which makes your mucus drier and thicker and less able to cope against invading bacteria and viruses.

 5.       Practice other good health habits

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Dispose of used tissues. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

 These simple measures can make a big difference and will help protect you, your family and those around you throughout the season. Remember to also be smart about washing hands in public places. Viruses can live on surfaces like tables and keyboards for two to eight hours. Between grimy countertops, doorknobs and sweaty machines at the gym, there is really no better defense against germs than washing your hands with soap.

With a product range to match your family’s needs, the Lifebuoy Hand Wash is available in 4 Variants (Total, Deofresh, Herbal and Care) and in two pack sizes (200ml Primary Pack & 180ml Refill Pack): Lifebuoy Total: For mothers with active kids who need all day protection.

  • ·         Lifebuoy Deofresh: For young adults with an active lifestyle who value the benefits of hygiene.
  • ·         Lifebuoy Herbal: For traditional mothers who enjoy herbal fragrance.
  • ·         Lifebuoy Care: For people with sensitive skin, who need extra care.

 For more information on how you can protect your family this winter visit www.lifebuoy.com.

I hate cockroaches!!!!!!!

13 Jan

Just thinking about them is starting to make me itch, eek. I realize that communal living only makes it worse but it was so bad over Christmas that when we left for Durban, we dropped off THREE passengers at our half way stop. They make my skin crawl and why is it that with all the modern technology we have at our disposal, these blighter’s still manage to remain immortal? I am so creeped out and even more than that, highly embarrassed when they come out to greet my guests. Seeing them just makes me want to spit demons!

I’ve had a run in with a bat years ago, while in my parents house. I had left my bedroom window open one starry summer evening and the damn thing flew into my room. Side note: being as paranoid as I am, I never sleep with my room door open so that if there was an intruder, naturally I would hear them but I wasn’t sure how things would proceed from then because it wasn’t like I had a knife or something under my pillow to defend myself. Oh, and the cupboard doors stay shut AND locked (even up to today) if someone was hiding in there and wanted to kill me, at least I would get a good night’s rest while awaiting my death until I decided to get dressed in the morning, weird I know! Back to the bat. Anyway, so here this creature was flying around in my room and when I finally pluck up the courage to call my dad to turn the light on, lo and behold, there was not a single bat in sight, it was like it had disappeared into thin air! The following evening, as I was drawing my curtains, right in front of me falls the rascal – I could have jumped out of my skin there and then!

But back to the horrors, here are some “so-called” interesting facts about these critters:

  • Cockroaches have been around since the time of dinosaurs! (That’s our problem right there!)
  • A cockroach can live almost a month without food and for about two weeks without water. (So there’s no way to starve them to death)
  • Some female cockroaches only mate once and stay pregnant for life! (That explains why they will never be on the endangered species list, EVER)
  • A cockroach can live for up to one week without its head! (That’s why you need to stand on them until their guts pop out)
  • Cockroaches can hold their breath for up to 40 minutes

Cockroaches crawl through dirty areas and then walk around our homes tracking in lots of bacteria and germs. They can contaminate food by shedding their skins. Their cast off skin and waste byproducts are allergens that can trigger allergic reactionsasthma and other illnesses, especially in children.

I don’t have much of a problem with insects in general except for my fear of moths, you know those big giant ones that don’t seem to know where they’re flying and sense your fear so they fly towards you in a zig-zag sort of way. Geckos and beatles don’t bother me in the least. Frogs, I steer clear of but nothing gives me the creeps more than these wretched cooties! Leave me with a bat again but don’t let me be alone with those nasties! After checking out the facts on the net, the only real purpose for roaches is that they are prey for other insects, what a waste! And in fact, one of the many questions that I’m going to ask God when I see him is: “What the hell dude? Were they really necessary??????”

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