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The sound of sneezing, coughing and runny noses means it’s officially flu season. The flu (influenza) is a contagious respiratory illness affecting your nose, throat and lungs. It’s caused by a different virus than the common cold, and while they share similar symptoms, the flu often lasts longer, can worsen chronic conditions, and can even cause death. The best way to prevent the flu is through vaccination, which is available as an injection or nasal spray.
When should you get the flu shot?
Exercising you core is much more than trying to do a bunch of sit-ups. In fact, when you think of your core, include not only your abdominal muscles, but also your pelvis, low and mid back, hips and neck. These muscles work together like a big girdle, to support and protect your spine. When strengthened, they help to improve your overall balance, posture, stability and coordination. Here are 5 great exercises designed to target your core. Aim to do these exercises fifteen times each, three times a week.
Summer is a great time to eat foods that are at the peak of flavor and nutritional content. They not only taste great, but can help your skin, nails and more. Here are five foods that are not only good for you, but are have other surprising benefits or uses that you might not know about.