Sunday, July 28, 2013

Try These Home Remedies For Getting Relief From Symptoms Of Viral Infections

Before you want to know the home remedies for curing viral infections, you should know what viral infections are. They are the common infections that affect the ear, throat, nose and the chest of people.

If you have been affected by a viral infection, your body has the natural capability to fight it. So, by home remedies, it is meant that you should get rid of the symptoms of the infection and not the infection itself.

There may be wide variations in the symptoms that accompany viral infections. Some of the common symptoms are fever, fatigue, headache and body pain, chills, etc. In certain types of infections, there may be specific symptoms. To quote an example, in a cold virus, there may be mucus in the throat and nose. Depending upon the virus type and the immune system of the affected person, symptoms may be severe or temporary. For getting relief from the symptoms of virus infections, the following tips are suggested.

Take Sufficient Rest

The foremost point when you have been affected by a viral infection is that you should not strain yourself much. If you rest sufficiently, your body will do its duty of fighting the infection efficiently. If you strain yourself or keep attending to your routine work, there may be a delay in getting relief from the illness. You may continue to feel unwell for a longer duration if you keep doing your work without taking rest.

Keep Your Body Well-Hydrated

You should drink plenty of water and keep your system well-hydrated. If your body is in need of water and if you do not drink sufficient quantities of it, you may experience pains like headache and body pain. You may become more tired. Especially, when the body temperature is high, it is imperative that you should drink more water than usual.

Herbal Remedies May Help

Herbal supplements that contain Zinc, Echinacea and Vitamin C may help you to get over the symptoms of a viral infection. In fact, these supplements may even prevent affliction of some of the common viral infections.

Use Analgesics For Easing Unbearable Pains

If you are not able to bear the headache or the  body pain that accompany your illness, you can take mild and safe analgesics. If you are an adult, you can take one analgesic tablet every six hours.

Eat Nutritious Food

You should eat nutritious foods, preferably organic and wholesome foods, during such illnesses. There are people who may advise you to starve when you are ill. But nowadays, even doctors  suggest that you should not starve even when you are sick. But, you are advised to avoid over-eating or eating belly-full if you are running high temperatures because over-eating may lead to indigestion. You should avoid taking processed or refined foods, unhealthy fats, alcohol, milk and other dairy products, sugar, etc. also. Juices made of carrot, beet, garlic and celery can be good when you are suffering from the symptoms of these infections.

Good Effects of Lemon and Honey

If you are having a sore throat, you can have lemon juice along with honey to get relief from it. Some people have a wrong notion that lemon juice may worsen the problem. But, this contention is absolutely wrong. Lemon juice taken with honey may quicken the relief process.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Solutions may be imminent for Autism and Schizophrenia

Studies have revealed that the genes that may cause Autism as well as Schizophrenia are found to be active only for a brief period of time. These researches were conducted on mice. It appears that the findings may lead to more clues as to how these disorders are caused. Those who conducted these researches focused on Subplate. Subplate is one of the brain's regions where development of the first nerve cells occurs. 
These studies were conducted at the King's College of the University of Oxford and also at the Imperial College of London. Researchers found that the genes that caused autism and schizophrenia were active only for a brief period when the brain development was in the early stages in that particular region called the Subplate region. 
In fact, the brain neurons that are formed in this region are responsible for the number of neural connections that may start crisscrossing the brain. These researchers are of the opinion that if they do further studies and find out how nerves develop and become a part of this network, they can be led to the problems in the growth that may cause afflictions like autism or schizophrenia. They tend to believe that the early disruptions to the foundation of the nerve structure may be the cause that triggers these flaws. According to them, it is the Subplate neurons that help in development of cerebral cortex and extra connectivity and if there are problems with them, it may lead to problems like autism, etc.
They began their study when the embryos of the mice were only 15 days old. They continued the research till the mice grew up. They found that these problems in their brains started very early when the first brain connections were formed. The genes that caused these disorders were active when the Subplate neurons formed and not later. This means that the foundation of these disorders is laid at an early stage when the brain neurons form after which the disease process continues.
Of course, it is too early to say that these findings may help in identifying and modifying the problems when the child is still in the womb of the mother. But, the fact is that this study has provided a new line of thinking that may ultimately provide the right solutions for treating problems like autism and schizophrenia.