Thursday, May 30, 2013

Alternatively I can get an upper respiratory infection and be in bed for over 12 days. That works too.

Ok so for reals I can blog now. Lol. Sorry guys got a really bad upper respiratory infection. So this blog will be about how I helped my immune system fight it off and make myself feel better.

So here we go. Home remedies that actually do kinda work and why:

1. Gargling with salt water, especially when slight symptoms first present themselves. Mix about 1 teaspoon - 1 tablespoon of salt into one 8 ounce glass of water than heat it until it's warm/hot but not scalding. Gargle repeatedly with the water and spit it out. Rinse repeat, literally. What does this do and why does it work? You're creating an iodine solution, and by heating it it helps remove the virus containing mucus in your throat. Additionally, the salt water is antiviral/antibacterial. So you kill all of the virus in your throat, removing some of your symptoms and helping your immune system fight it off. I've actually prevented colds by gargling with salt water the instant i had a semi scratchy throat. Gargle with salt water 2-3 times daily until symptoms disappear.

2. Nyquil, sudafed, advil, tylenol etc. Getting a minimum 8 hours of sleep keeps your immune system functioning optimally. The more sleep the better.

3. Tea with honey. The tea soothes the throat and breaks up mucus, the honey boosts your immune system.

4. Go outside. Sunlight boosts your immune system. Some houses also have too much carbon dioxide built up within them, which weakens your immune system and cognitive processes. Getting fresh air helps with this. I don't have any science to back me up, but I wonder if going into a heavily wooded area helps even more air-wise. Because you're surrounded by trees that 'exhale' oxygen rather than cars etc.

5. 5-10 minutes of exercise per day. If you do no more than 10 minutes of light exercise like walking every day, it boosts your immune system. Don't do more than that as it will weaken you instead!

So there ya go. All of these apply to pretty much any illness. Enjoy! :)

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Hey look! I have free time! This will actually be a blog again!

That's right. I'm really going to start writing on this thing again. As my first blog post in a while, I've decided this should have some interesting stuff in it too. Ok interesting stuff:

A. If you're looking for new TV shows to try, I highly recommend the following. I'll also explain why:

1. Person of Interest. It has the best combat sequences I've seen in a modern setting. Really crazy shit happens, all the time, and it's wildly entertaining. (Mild spoiler warning) For example, in one scene, the protagonist (named John) is arrested and put into a police car with a corrupt cop. The cop drives John out into the desert to execute him. John calmly pulls a flashbang out of his jacket pocket, pulls the pin and tosses it under the seat driver's seat of the car. Good stuff.

2. Game of Thrones. It's epic LotR style fantasy in a realistic setting featuring breathtaking scenery and acting. Need I say more?

3. Orphan Black. I won't spoil anything about this one. The main character is absolutely beautiful, it's a really well written sci fi story and it's by the BBC. I highly recommend it. The mystery is kind of the point of the show so if I said more it'd ruin it.

B. Random cool sciencey information:

1. The average human brain can contain over 2.5 petabytes of information. Each petabyte is something like 1,000 terabytes.

2. One night soon, we're going to have a 'super moon' - the moon will be at the closest point in relation to earth that it's been at in years. Big moon incoming!

3. China has started large scale efforts to steal technological secrets from the US using cyber warfare. Regrettably they're succeeding. But what should we do about it?

Ok, this is long enough for now. I'll write another one of these soon(TM). Night folks.