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Best and Worst Exercises for a Cold

Best and Worst Exercises for a Cold
from HealthyWomen.org’s Flu and Cold Health Center

Cold and flu season is almost upon us, and while there are preventive measures we can take to avoid getting sick, sometimes we just get unlucky. If you find yourself sick with a cold, you may wonder how easy you’re supposed to take it. Should you just rest on the couch or is it OK to work out when you’re all stuffy?

Most health care providers agree that if your symptoms are limited to the area above your neck, it’s generally fine to break a sweat, if you feel up to it. But if your body feels achy or you have a fever or are really congested, it might be better to get some rest.

Once you feel good enough to head outside or to the gym, here are the best and worst exercises to do with a cold.

Best: Walking

Worst: Endurance running

Taking a 20- or 30-minute walk several times a week is a great way to stay in shape. It can even ease the symptoms of your cold by allowing you to open up your breathing passages as you inhale. On the other hand, avoid long-distance endurance running when you have a cold, because studies have shown that your immune system function can be compromised for up to a day afterward.

Best: Yoga

Worst: Weight lifting

Yoga can help you reduce your stress levels, which are usually elevated when you’re fighting a cold. The gentle stretching involved in the poses can also help relieve aches and pains. Weight lifting, however, isn’t the best idea, because your strength and focus will likely be diminished, increasing your risk of injury. Lifting weights can also put extra strain on your muscles, which can make sinus pressure and headaches worse.

Best: Dancing

Worst: Team sports

Whether you take a dance class like Zumba or just jam to your favorite playlist at home, dancing is a good way to get your heart pumping and reduce stress without putting much strain on your body. And while you may feel obligated to participate in team sports like soccer or softball, you’re better off sitting on the bench while you’re sick. Having physical contact with others can increase the risk of spreading the cold. Your teammates might miss you out there, but they’ll be glad you’re not passing your illness on to them!

As long as you feel comfortable working out and you’re not exposing others to your cold, you should be fine doing moderate exercise. If you have questions about a specific routine or think something may be out of the ordinary with your symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact your health care provider.

For more information on the health topics mentioned in this article visit

the HealthyWomen.org areas below.


Flu and Cold Health Center: www.healthywomen.org/healthcenter/flu-and-cold


Fitness: www.healthywomen.org/ages-and-stages/healthy-living/fitness


Flu and Colds Guide: www.healthywomen.org/condition/flucolds


Yoga: www.healthywomen.org/condition/yoga



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What makes Coffee healthy?

The Caffeine in Coffee is known as a stimulator that  increases alertness and improves your ability to concentrate. Hence the reason most of us drink it. Coffee drinkers must have their coffee every day! There are claims that caffeine has additional health benefits, such as the ability to decrease risk of disease, improve athletic performance and boost memory.

An analysis which was completed by scientists at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology and revealed that people who drank two cups of coffee a day were 14 percent less likely to suffer from a stroke.  The analysis was  combined statistics from eight studies conducted between 1960 and 2011 that had researched the correlation between coffee consumption and human health. The analysis included the results of  surveys from some 500,000 individuals.

There are a lot of varying views and of course scientific opinion  is sometimes strongly divided on the accreditation of coffee as having potential health benefits.  Whether it is clear or not  there are strong indications from the experiences of individuals and some nutritionists  that  consuming coffee  may help in lowering the incidence of type 2 diabetes and heart disease and may provide other health benefits.

Let’s take a look at some research so far that indicate there may be some truth in the health potential of coffee:

Help in reducing the risk of stroke

The Karolinska Institute researchers  found that individuals who drank two and three cups of coffee a day appeared to be less likely to suffer from a blood clot in the brain by 14 and 17 percent, respectively. According to the published findings  the antioxidants found in coffee may help shield the brain’s blood vessels from so-called “bad” cholesterol.

Help in Lowering the risk of heart disease

Although Caffeine intake may cause an increase in blood pressure a Harvard Nurses’ Health Study  published that they did not find  habitual caffeine intake  as a reason for increases in  the risk of cardiovascular disease.  Further the Journal of Epidemiology and Human Health noted that drinking two cups daily reduced the risk of dying from heart disease by 23 percent. This was  according to a Japanese study of 81,000 men and women .

Lowering the incidence of type 2 diabetes

One 2004 study, where more than 125,000 participants were observed, the researchers theorized that it is the antioxidants in coffee (specifically ones like chlorogenic acid and magnesium) that helped improve insulin sensitivity.


Helping  with memory, alertness, and reasoning

For all the coffee drinkers, we all know what happens when we have that first cup  or two of coffee to wake us up.  Women 65 and older may find it very interesting to know that  a 2007 French study appear to reveal that the caffeine in coffee helped slow “cognitive decline.

About gallstone formation and gallbladder disease

If you are concerned about gallstone a study released in 2009 found that men who drank two to three cups of coffee daily were 40 percent less likely to develop gallstones compared to non-drinkers. According to Authorities moderate consumption of caffeinated coffee helps  with stimulating contractions in the gallbladder and lowering the cholesterol in the bile that can cause the stones to form.

Helping to protect against chronic liver disease

Some research seems to suggest that if you are at risk of developing liver disease because of heavy alcohol consumption you may benefit  from drinking a couple of cups of coffee daily. Indications are that Coffee may lower the risk of the development of elevated liver enzymes, cirrhosis, and liver cancer.

All the above  is based on moderation. We all know that we survive on more than one cup daily.

Organo Gold coffee’s key ingredient is Ganoderma— a form of mushroom that grows on wood that has been used in traditional Asian medicines for over 4000 years.  You can research the benefits of Ganoderma at the US National Library – pubmed.gov. Health News Volume 20 Number 4 also provides you with the personal experiences of people who have used Ganoderma.

Ganoderma is alkaline and when added to the Coffee it  provides the benefits of coffee and Ganoderma without the caffeine effects. See how much caffeine you are taking in with you favourite drink below:

Item Amount Caffeine Content (mg)
Coffee, brewed 8 fl. oz 95-200
Espresso 1 shot (1 fl. oz) 58-75
Starbucks Latte Grande 150
Coca-Cola, regular 12 fl. oz 35
Mountain Dew, regular or diet 12 fl. oz 54
Black Tea 8 fl. oz 40-120
Black Tea, decaffeinated 8 fl. oz 2-10
Lipton Brisk Lemon Iced Tea 12 fl. oz 7
Nestea Iced Tea 12 fl. oz 26
Monster Energy Drink 16 fl. oz 160
Red Bull 8.3 fl. oz 76
Excedrin, Extra Strength 2 tablets 130
NoDoz, Max Strength 1 tablet 200
Hershey’s Milk Choc Bar 1.55 oz 9
Hershey’s Special Dark Choc Bar 1.45 oz 31


How does Ganoderma work with the body?

* Enhances Immunity.
* Supports healthy blood circulation.
* Aids healthy metabolic activity of human cells.
* Supports internal organ functions: heart, liver, and kidney.
* Increases and strengthens vitality and makes the person less prone to illness.
* Promotes Longevity and strengthens overall health
* Restores body energy
* Helps fight diseases, promote healing, and improves allergies by building the immune system.

People I know who have used the coffee have stated that they have experienced benefits such as improvement in balancing blood sugar, blood pressure, migraine headaches etc. I have personally tried all their products. I had stopped drinking coffee because of the side effects – acid reflux, restlessness and insomnia. Now I drink Organo Gold Coffee during the day and I feel great, sleep well and I do not have acid reflux. I have also not gotten the flu. Of course our bodies are all different. I challenge you to try a box and let me know your experiences.

These are my views based on my personal experiences, the experiences of people I know and on  online research. I would love to hear your views.



Josephine Harewood

Website: http://joseylifeline.com

Healthy life style: http://www.justhealthy.organogold.com


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