7 Signs That What You Have Might be More Than the Common Cold

When you get sick, it is important to evaluate your symptoms to determine if you are suffering from the common cold or a more serious illness requiring medical treatment. If you are concerned, it is best to err on the side of caution and make an appointment to see your doctor. The following symptoms are red flags that you should look for when trying to determine if you are suffering from an illness other than a cold.

Sniffles that persist more than four days: If your congestion and runny nose last beyond four days, you may have a sinus or respiratory tract infection. The cause may be bacterial or viral. Your doctor may prescribe medications depending upon the exact diagnosis.

High Fever: As an adult, it is very likely that your body is fighting an illness other than the common cold if you are experiencing a fever higher than 102. A high fever may indicate strep throat or another infection. Contact your doctor if your fever lasts for more than 48 hours or rises above 103 degrees.

Severe Headache: This can be an indication of meningitis, especially if a fever and neck pain accompanies the symptom. A pressure headache that is worse near the nose and eyes or gets worse when you bend forward could be a sign of a sinus infection.

Stomach Problems: A cold rarely causes digestive tract problems. Diarrhea and vomiting are usually signs of the flu, food poisoning or another medical condition. You should seek medical advice if you have been experiencing problems for more than a few days.

Acute Localized Pain: This sign can be caused by other conditions. While a cold can produce a stuffy nose, congestion and a sore throat, acute pain when swallowing is a symptom of strep throat. A cold usually does not isolate intense pain in one area.

Muscle Aches and Fatigue: A cold usually does not cause widespread body aches and pains. Along with muscle and joint pain, fatigue and chills may accompany the flu.

Chest Pains or Trouble Breathing: Even though a cough and congestion is a sign of a cold, they should not be severe enough to cause wheezing, shortness of breath or chest pain. Breathing problems can be a sign of bronchitis or pneumonia.

It can be difficult to distinguish between some illnesses because they share similar symptoms. If you notice symptoms getting worse or lingering, it may be a sign of a more serious illness. In these instances, you should seek medical advice as soon as possible.

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Chickpeas Can Be Made Into Delicious Desserts: Yes You Read That Right

Decadent tasting desserts that feature canned chickpeas are super delicious yet nutritious. These legume-based sweets are packed with protein and fiber; therefore, they are less likely to result in drastic sugar spikes that ultimately cause you to have even more unhealthy cravings. Still don’t believe that there is a such thing as healthy and scrumptious desserts? Read the recipes below to discover more.

Vegan Hazelnut Coffee Fudge

This healthy vegan fudge is free of gluten, refined sugar, and dairy.

Ingredients

1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 cups cooked chickpeas
About 1/4 cup pure maple syrup agave
2 teaspoon instant coffee
Roughly 1 handful hazelnuts

Instructions

Cover a standard loaf pan with a strip of parchment paper.

Use a food processor or blender to purée the chick peas thoroughly until smooth. Slowly stir in the vanilla, coconut oil, maple syrup, instant coffee, and salt. Blend all of the ingredients together. Add in the hazelnuts and purée until they are chopped nicely.

Empty the mixture into the loaf pan and smooth out the top. Sprinkle hazelnuts on the mixture. Place the loaf pan in the freezer for three hours.

Slice the fudge into brownie-sized squares and store promptly in the refrigerator.

Notes

This healthy recipe can be enhanced with festive ingredients like cocoa powder, chocolate chips, mint, dried cranberries, and lemon zest.

The instant coffee can be replaced with coffee beans or Teecino depending on your preference.

For a nut-free recipe, you can replace the hazelnuts with allergy-free chocolate chips.

Vegan Almond Cake

This vegan and gluten-free recipe is super quick and easy to make.

Ingredients

Almond Crust

3/4 cup almonds
Dash sea salt
1 tablespoon coconut oil
6 medjool dates

Chickpea Layer

Dash of sea salt
2 tablespoons almond milk
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 can chickpeas
1/2 lemon juice and zest
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 tablespoons tahini

Instructions

In order to make the crust, blend the almonds in a blender or food processor. Gradually add the medjool dates, sea salt and coconut oil mix until the ingredients are blended well together.

Spoon the mixture into a 6-inch round cake tin. Place the tin in the fridge.

Place the chick peas, sea salt, coconut oil, maple syrup, almond milk, cinnamon, vanilla, and lemon juice/zest into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

Distribute the mixture over the cake in the fridge. Place the tin in the freezer for about three hours and then remove from the cake from the tin.

Despite various opinions, delicious yet nutritious desserts do indeed exists. Once you make the above desserts, you will discover that these two recipes are pure vegan perfection.

Even If You Can’t Do It In Bali: Open-air Yoga Is Fantastic For You

You might think that an exotic island is the only place where you can perform open-air yoga, but this isn’t true. Enjoy these six fantastic benefits from open-air yoga.

Benefit 1: Exposure to Nature

If you are cooped up inside a building all day, then you are not exposed to nature. Some experts believe that spending too much time inside a building leads to nature deficit disorder. This condition occurs when you don’t spend enough time in natural sunlight near plants and wildlife. One of the best places to enjoy open-air yoga is at a local park or beach where you can see birds, flowers or natural rock formations.

Benefit 2: Increasing Your Vitamin D Levels

When you don’t go outside enough, your body does not manufacture enough vitamin D to remain healthy. If you don’t have enough of this nutrient in your body, then you will have several symptoms, including:

• Low bone density
• Poor natural immunity
• Physical lethargy
• Muscle weakness and cramps
• Low calcium levels in your blood
• Changes in your blood sugar levels

You only need 10 to 20 minutes of exposure to sunlight each day while performing open-air yoga to manufacture enough vitamin D to feel better.

Benefit 3: Meeting New People

An important aspect of exercising in new environments is meeting different people. If you have been going to the same indoor yoga studio for several years, then it is time to meet someone new. Alternatively, maybe you only have yoga workouts at home during the winter, but spring is the perfect time to get outside where there is an open-air yoga class. Socializing is an important way to improve your mental and physical well-being.

Benefit 4: Making You More Aware of Your Surroundings

If you exercise in the same room each day, then you might tune out your surroundings. The habit of ignoring what goes on around you can become a bad habit because you are lost in your thoughts. However, when you go outside in a beautiful natural environment where there are tall trees or huge mountains, you will become more aware of your surroundings.

Benefit 5: Breathing Fresher Air

Rather than continuing to breathe stuffy and stale climate-controlled air inside your home or in a yoga studio, travel to a gorgeous outdoor location to enjoy the fresh air. Controlling your breath or using deep breathing techniques are important when you perform yoga, and when you are outside, the clean air is easier to breathe.

Benefit 6: Improving Your Meditation Skills

At the end of a yoga routine, you will typically recline or sit in a meditative pose. If you have struggled with meditation inside your home or at an exercise studio, then you might have better luck in an open-air yoga class.