5 Ways To Avoid Getting Sick This Year

5 Ways To Avoid Getting Sick This Year

I've had more cough drops than actual food for the past week

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As I write this article, I am sick for the second time in the past three weeks. I had four blissful days of feeling pretty okay, and then all of a sudden I am once again stuffy, sick to my stomach, and all around miserable. Frankly, I don't have time to be ill. I have a swim meet this upcoming weekend, papers to write, exams to study for, you get the gist of it. So, here are my top five tips of how to avoid being sick like I am.

1. Take some Vitamin C

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I'm not a big fan of pills, but you can get the chewable gummy versions of these and it's basically like getting to eat candy that helps build up your immune system. Looking back on it I should probably have started taking these in September before everyone got sick. When you go to college you're typically in a new environment, with a new living situation, surrounded by potentially thousands of people who you've never been around in your life before. So yeah, take vitamin C before anyone gets sick to try and build up your immune system.

2. Get lots of sleep

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I know, I know, we're college students, sleep is as much of a foreign concept as not having homework to do. But you know what? If you have an hour of free time, treat yo' self and take that power nap. You need all the sleep you can get, especially when we're all cramming for exams and sometimes sleeping just doesn't happen for 36 hours at a time.

3. When you start feeling sick, it's okay to take a break

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Once again, I know it's college, but when you try and push through being sick you're just going to burn yourself out quicker. It's okay to ease off your classes and extracurriculars for a few days to focus on getting better. If your classes don't have attendance grades, email your professor about needing to miss because of illness and ask someone in your class if they would be willing to share their notes with you. If your class does count attendance as a grade and it's a large class, ask someone to do you a solid and write your name down on the attendance paper for you.

4. If you have work you need to do, break it up into small sectionsworking spongebob squarepants GIF

I got sick during fall break, which was both a blessing and a curse. I didn't have any additional work being added on, but I did have a lot of stuff I needed to do and it did suck to spend my last day of break doing nothing but going to the Minute Clinic and sleeping. However, when you're sick it is so important to not overdo it when you're trying to get work done. I know you can't just put off work until you start to feel better, because otherwise, you're definitely going to get behind or at the very least become overwhelmed by the sheer amount of stuff you have to do, so micromanage instead. Give yourself an hour to work on a paper; if you feel up to it then write for an additional half hour. If you really aren't feeling it, then at least you got some of your work done, and you can rest for a little bit or work on something else until you're feeling up to it again.

5. Spend the rest of your life in a bubble

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I mean, you can't get sick if you aren't in contact with any other people, right?

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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

Sorry, not sorry.

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Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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'Taste The Rainbow' But Not Because Skittles Said To

The health benefits of eating a wide range of fruits and vegetables

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Does everyone know that fruits and vegetables are good for you, but do you know why they are considered to be nutritious?

Some may believe the answer is because they have low caloric value, which isn't wrong but they provide so much more. They possess phytochemicals.

Phytochemicals are naturally occurring compounds found in plant foods that provide the fruit and vegetables their color, taste, and odor. More than that, each phytochemical comes with its health benefits.

There are seven mechanisms of action or ways that phytochemicals are beneficial to our health.

They can either act as antioxidants which help to prevent damage to healthy cells, anti-inflammatory, chemo-preventative, support our immune system, trigger apoptosis or programmed cell death, protect our DNA, regulate hormones and finally, some may have the ability for specific actions, such as inhibiting the growth of bad bacteria.

Below is a list of phytochemicals:

1. Carotene 

Alpha and beta carotene give fruits and vegetables an orange or yellow color. Some examples of foods that are high in beta carotene are sweet potatoes, carrots, and bell peppers of those colors.

Carotene, when ingested, is converted into Vitamin A that your body can easily absorb and utilize. Carotene has been scientifically proven to help eye and heart health as well as support our immune system by acting as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and possessing chemo-preventive factors.

2. Lycopene 

Think tomatoes. The phytochemical lycopene is responsible for the red color in whole plant foods. The health effects are acting as antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, chemo-preventative but also good for DNA and urinary tract health. What's cool about lycopene is that no matter how you prepare your food, you don't lose any of the nutrients.

3. Chlorophyll 

Eat your greens. Chlorophyll-rich foods appear green. Some excellent sources include dark leafy greens and broccoli. Chlorophyll, like the other phytochemicals are known to be antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and chemo-preventative. Choosing foods that have a rich and vibrant color indicate that is a good source of that phytochemical.

So, next time you're in the produce aisle, be sure to choose your colors wisely.

4. Anthocyanin

Anthocyanins are those foods that are red, blue and purple. Any type of berry is an excellent source of antioxidants. Antioxidants combat damage to cells by helping balance those that are unstable. Cells become unsteady when they have an uneven pairing of protons and electrons so antioxidants essentially give an electron to the cells that need it.

5. Reservatrol

The color purple. Just as every phytochemical mentioned, resveratrol contains antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and chemo-preventative agents. That's the beauty of phytochemicals. Reservartrol also takes it a step further to help brain and bone health. Studies have proven that eating foods rich in resevatrol also help to protect against age-related diseases.

If you want to learn more about the health benefits of phytochemicals, please check out this wonderful book!

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