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Flu symptoms: 5 home remedies to unblock nose

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Amid Covid-19 pandemic, the flu season is wreaking more havoc than ever this year.

However, with the availability of the vaccines and the drop in the number of Covid-19 cases, people have become more relaxed and less vigilant in the past, triggering a sudden surge in the number of flu cases.

Some of the common flu symptoms experienced by people are mild fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches and in certain cases stomach issues.

A blocked, stuffy nose is a common indicator of flu, which can take a heavy toll on the body, if left untreated.

That said, here are some effective home remedies to unblock your stuffy nose.

1. Drink warm water or liquids and stay hydrated

Warm water is the best remedy to treat cold, flu symptoms, especially clogged noses. Besides keeping you hydrated, a warm glass of water, hot ginger, and green tea can help relieve nasal congestion. It comforts and soothes the inflamed membranes that outline your nose and throat and also thins out the mucus that could be causing a blocked nose.

2. Steam inhalation can help

A stuffy nose can be a great nuisance. It is caused due to an inflammation in the blood vessels of the sinuses, which is why breathing in warm steam can be extremely soothing and relieving. The warmth and the moisture can thin out the mucus in the nasal passage, making it easier to blow and clear your nose out.

How to do it: For steam inhalation, you need to put hot boiling water in a bowl. Put your face over the bowl, with a towel overhead. Breathe for five to ten minutes. Make sure to maintain distance so as to not burn your face.

3. Nasal saline spray

Saline sprays are a great way to clear out your nasal passage when you have the flu or a cold. You can either buy an over-the-counter saline solution or create one at home. Salt water helps unblock your nose, but only when you do it frequently will it ensure good results.

How to do it: Firstly, you will need to make a saline solution by mixing warm, sterile water with pure salt. This is called an isotonic solution. Although you can make your own solution at home, over-the-counter saline solutions are recommended. Once the solution is ready, put it in a squeeze bottle, bulb syringe, neti pot, and then pour, squeeze in or up your upper nostrils. Make sure to let the solution pour out of the other nostril. Perform mouth breathing and not nasal breathing during this time.

4. Spicy food may open up nasal passage

If you’re looking for natural ways to treat a stuffy nose, eating spicy foods can be an option. Chillies have a component called capsaicin, known for its heat-producing effect. This can open up nasal passage, reduce inflammation and relieve blocked nose.

5. Use a warm compress on your nose

Symptoms of nasal congestion can be relieved and alleviated with the help of a warm compress. Placing it on your nose can open up the nasal passage.

How to do it: To prepare a warm compress, you need to soak a towel in warm water. Squeeze and drain the water and fold it. Then, put it on your nose and forehead. The heat and the warmth will comfort any existing pain, treating stuffy, blocked nose effectively.

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Here’s how triphala can help you lose weight

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Though you may have never heard of Triphala, it has been used as a healing remedy for over 1,000 years.

This herbal concoction consists of three medicinal plants native to India.

Due to its many purported health benefits, Triphala has become increasingly popular around the world

It is a mixture of three dried fruits, namely-Indian gooseberry (Emblica Officinalis), black myrobalan (Terminalia chebula), and Haritaki (Terminalia chebula).

Due to its multiple health benefits, Triphala is considered a polyherbal medicine.

Not just this, Triphala can help you lose unwanted fat from the body. So, if you want to lose weight here is why you should try Triphala.

Triphala and weight loss

Triphala helps to keep the stomach, small intestine and large intestine healthy by flushing out toxins from the body. It acts as a colon toner and helps in strengthening and toning the tissues of the colon. This, in turn, helps to manage the weight of a person. This ayurvedic herb also helps fight contisipation and inflammation of the digestive tract. It also decreases cholesterol level significantly and helps remove water weight by reducing bloating.

The three ingredients found in Triphala offer various health benefits.

Indian Gooseberry:

Rich in antioxidants, Indian gooseberry or amla helps to remove toxins from the body. This fruit regulates the health of the pancreas, manages the cholesterol levels, and keep bones strong.

Black myrobalan:

Also known as bibhitaki, black myrobalan regulates cholesterol levels and keeps muscle and bones healthy and strong.

Haritaki

Haritaki is a nut-shaped fruit and is beneficial to the human body. Packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, haritaki is beneficial in numerous health issues like sore throat, allergies, constipation, and indigestion

Four ways to have Triphala for weight loss:

Triphala powder with cold water

Add two teaspoons of Triphala powder in a glass of water and leave it overnight. Drink the concoction in the morning on an empty stomach.

Triphala powder with honey, and cinnamon

Add a teaspoon of Triphala powder and a small stick of cinnamon in a glass of water and leave it overnight. In the morning, add a tablespoon of honey to this mixture and drink it on an empty stomach.

Triphala tablet

Have one tablet with warm water at night before going to sleep.

Triphala tea

You can also make Triphala tea with Triphala powder. To make the tea, add a tablespoon of Triphala powder in a cup of boiling water. Pour the water in a cup and let it cool for a while. Add a tablespoon of lime juice before drinking it.

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4 things you should know about hand hygiene

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How many of us knew sanitisers existed before the pandemic hit the world? Not many, for sure.

And even if we did, we only saw it as a waste of money, and just another product in the market trying to make its way in our lives for no good reason.

And what about hand washes? While they were here for as long as one can remember, they were always taken for granted.

Cut to 2020. A sudden surge in sanitisers and hand wash buyers. So much so, that the duo started running off shelves at lightning’s speed, and as a result, people started hoarding them.

We realised how important hand hygiene is in our lives. And what took for us to get this realisation was the fear of an invisible, tiny virus, which was, and is, severe enough to snatch away lives.

1. Follow the soap and water rule

While we all, by now, know the importance of using soap, there are still many people who think rinsing hands under a tap does the job. Remember hand hygiene is about making your hands clean both from the outer and inner layer. Soap, here, has an important part to play. Because after all, you don’t want your hands to look clean, but to be clean actually. Hence, whenever you make your next trip to the loo, or are about to touch any eatables, remember to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.

2. Hand washing eliminates the risk of several diseases

It is not only COVID-19 that can’t stand soap and water, there are several other disease-causing germs that too can’t. Remember, your health is in your hands. So, if you suffer from diarrhoea, nausea, and vomiting frequently, there’s something extremely wrong with your hand hygiene practices.

3. Do it in the right way

It’s been months since we are seeing those ads teaching us how to wash hands by following the butterfly rule, but still there may be a chunk of people who missed it. Hand washing is not just about rubbing your palms. Make sure to clean the gaps between your fingers, the upper part of your hands, and your nails by rubbing them against your palm. It is important to keep your nails clean too, since they can become a storehouse for bacterias.

4. Overdoing it is not necessary

While maintaining good hand hygiene is the key to maintaining good health, this doesn’t not, at all, means that one has to be in front of the wash basin every now and then. Anything in excess does more harm than good. Do maintain good hand hygiene, but don’t do it too much, especially if you are using hand sanitisers, otherwise you may become a victim of skin diseases.

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7 body language signs men do while flirting

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Every woman is trying to “read” men’s flirting signals. And it’s not so hard as you think.

If you really want to know that he is into you or not and what he may be thinking— then read this!

1. His Eyes

Yes, his eyes can tell you a lot. If it’s your first or second date, he’ll look away when you’ll look at him. It’s a sign that he likes you. If you know each other longer – he’ll look deeply into your eyes during conversation. It means he has fallen for you. Eyes are the doorways to your soul.

2. His Posture

If you want to know whether he likes you or not, you need to pay attention to the details. Be careful, if he puts his hands on his hips, he doesn’t have a strong interest. He’s just showing he’s a macho guy. If a man spreads his legs apart- it’s a good sign. It also shows that he is not tense and uptight but relaxed and receptive to you.

3. His Lips

If a man likes a woman, he becomes nervous. His mouth gets dry and a guy starts to lick his lips. Every time you see this, you’ll know that he likes you. Pay attention to flirty smiles. Guys always smile at a woman they like.

4. His Eyebrows

Of course, if a guy likes you, he can hide his eyes when you’re near. But take a look at his eyebrows – if he’s into you, a man will raise his eyebrows while he’s talking with you. This sign is called the eyebrow flash.

5. His Head

Sounds funny? But it’s true! If a guy tilts his head to the side, he surely likes you. It means that a man gives all his attention to you. He wants to listen to you and it’s a good sign that you are the favorite girl in his life.

6. His Touch

If a guy likes you, he wants to attract your attention using every way he can. One of these signs – a man just touches a woman in a gentle way ‘accidentally’ and it’s a good reason to start a conversation with you. These innocent touches can lead to more serious things if you want them too. Why not touch him back to show him how you feel?

7. His Actions

So, if a guy is truly interested in you, you’ll notice these signs. He can be slightly nervous and a man will frequently touch his face, play with his cell phone or a pen or jingle the change in pocket etc. You’ve seen the signals – now for you to act based on your female instincts. Is this Mr. Right or a pretender? The next move is yours!

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