Why Cutting Calories Could Be Sabotaging Your Health Goals?

One of the many reasons why most of the diets fail is because they ask you to count your calories, weigh your food or remove certain food groups from your diet.

However, even though various diets just don’t mention anything about watching, tracking and counting calories, most people would still believe that they need to reduce their calorie intake if they want to lose weight.

This whole concept of tracking and restricting our calorie intake is so deep-rooted within us that even if we allow ourselves to eat breakfast, we will limit ourselves to consuming a protein bar, a hard-boiled egg or a green juice.

But, here is the truth – calorie restriction would not help you in losing weight, but it backfires. Keeping a rigid check over calorie intake ignores your biological needs, hormonal reactions and blood sugar responses.

Let’s have a quick look at few more such truths related to calorie counting, and what should be done instead.

  • It makes it difficult for you to meet your nutrient needs

We often tend to underestimate the importance of vitamins, fiber, minerals and other nutrients to our well-being.

But, anything that is not visible, doesn’t necessarily mean, that it won’t impact your quality of life in long-term. Let’s understand this with the help of a simple example. Dietary calcium is important for our body functions like blood circulation and muscle control.

For the first 30 years of our life, our body stores excess calcium in bones. After 30, your body stops gaining muscle mass and starts relying on existing calcium storage. Thus, if you don’t consume the right food, your body won’t be able to meet the calcium needs after a certain age, and you will become prone to the risk of hip fractures and osteoporosis.

  • It slows down your metabolism

When you start eating less just to limit your calorie intake, your body switches itself to survival mode and would start breaking down the muscles to release the stored glucose.

Losing muscle mass can have an adverse effect on your body. Further, it can even impact your weight loss goals, as our muscles burn calories 24 x 7, and when you have fewer muscles, they will burn fewer calories.

  • It compromises your brain’s performance

This might not be expected, but once you start cutting your diet, you also start losing your mental edge. This is because our brain runs on glucose, and it needs enough of it to keep working. If you keep yourself hungry, it is only obvious that you won’t be able to work at the top of your capacities.

  • It might give you gallstones

Low-calorie diets of around 800 calories per day can help you in losing the weight, but would also make you prone to the risk of gallstones. In the worst scenario, it might cause abdominal pain and would need surgery.

The bottom line here is to eat right and intake all daily nutrients, after all, at the end, it is your health that matters.

How You Look Can Cost You Your Career!

Have you ever wonder why some people are successful in their career while others aren’t?

Various studies have conclude that people who look more attractive or taller are far likely to advance in their career than their less attractive counterparts.

Research done by Journal of Labor Economics show that attractive people (regardless of gender) earn 5% more than those who are average looking, who in turn earn 9% more than the plainest looking colleagues.

To put that into context, imagine an average-looking worker makes $50,000 a month. Their most attractive colleagues will make $52,500 a month while their least attractive colleagues will bring home just $45,500.

Youthfulness is another significant factor in career advancement.

A study done by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons found that up to 73% of women felt that youthful appearance played a significant role in getting a job, promotions or a raise.

Are We That Shallow?

Isn’t our career advancement dependent on the inner qualities such as competencies, intelligence and attitude?

Unfortunately, looking good is still plays a huge role in our society because humans are hard wired to perceive attractiveness to productivity since ancient times.

If you look good, you are sending non verbal messages that indicate that you are productive, healthy and intelligent.

What Can You Do?

Now, we all want to get ahead in our career. So here are some tips for you to look good and get ahead.

  1. Walking upright – People who walk upright are perceived to be more confident and physically attractive that those who slouch or with their head bow.
  2. Remove your wrinkles – Like I said, youthfulness plays a big part in getting that promotion or raise. Therefore, you should try to remove as much wrinkles as possible.
  3. Get the right size – Make sure your clothes fit. If it’s too big or too small, you are not going to look good in it. That is why, it’s necessary to have some of your office wear tailored.
  4. Pay attention to colors – You should also pay attention to the color of your clothes. Dark colored clothing sends the message of authority. While bright colored clothes are distracting and visual equivalent of shouting.

Don’t lose hope if you don’t find yourself”attractive” because even though attractiveness can open doors, it requires competencies and intelligence to remain open.

Oatmeal – The Powerhouse of Goodness

Oatmeal, as the name suggests, is made from hulled oat grains which have been grounded or milled.

How often have we come to enjoy a bowl of hot oats and milk in the morning? This is because they are healthy and nutritious.

Furthermore, oats are even useful for the skin.
This makes them a perfect ingredient of face scrubs and the likes.  In general, oatmeal is also known to lower the chances of heart attacks and keeps your blood cholesterol in control.

Ways Oatmeal Benefits You

Oatmeal presents a number of different health benefits when either consumed directly or applied as a skin product. Here are some ways in which oatmeal can be advantageous for you.

  • Oatmeal can hugely reduce the cholesterol level in the body. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, one should consume 3 grams of oatmeal on a regular basis. For better results, you should combine it with fruits containing vitamin C.
  • Oatmeal also works well against skin acne. When it is used as a facial mask, the oatmeal works treats and cleanses your skin well.
  • According to studies, oatmeal also helps you in losing. Since it is high in protein content, consuming a bowl of oatmeal in the morning keeps you satiated for a long time. This, in turn, reduces the fat intake of the body and keeps the metabolism rate high.
  • It has also been found that oatmeal can actually decrease the chances of childhood asthma. According to researchers from across the globe, when a child consumes oats on a regular basis, he or she has lower chances of suffering from asthma or any allergic diseases.
  • Oatmeal can also act as a great moisturizer for the skin. This can be attributed to the high protein and lipid content in these grains. In effect, it helps soften the skin and keeps it hydrated. Add to that, the soothing properties of oatmeal can actually help the skin recover from sunburn.
  • When you are out in those bright sunny days, an oatmeal sunscreen can help you protect the skin from the harmful UV rays and prospective sunburn. 
  • Oatmeal is also known to benefit your hair greatly. It can be used to treat dandruff and prevent hair loss. When mixed with fresh milk and almond milk, and applied on to the hair as a mask, oatmeal can help strengthen the hair roots.

Home Recipes for Oatmeal

Oatmeal can be used to prepare a lot of recipes at home. Read on.

  1. Exfoliating skin mask

Oatmeal can clean your skin and treat your acne. All you need to do is mix some rose water, honey, applesauce and oatmeal. Use this mask on your face for 10-15 minutes before washing it off with lukewarm water.

  1. Oatmeal mask for oily skin

If you are one of those suffering from an extremely oily skin, an oatmeal mask can help you in the process. Add some cooked oatmeal, honey, and plain yogurt and mix it well. Apply the mixture thoroughly on your face. After 10-15 minutes, wash it off with cold water.

  1. Oatmeal scrub

Oatmeal can also work well as a face scrub. Add one tablespoon of oatmeal, some warm water, and wait till it gets soft. In a circular motion, apply it on your skin in circular motion for best results.

  1. Oatmeal breakfast

If you want to consume oatmeal for breakfast, all you have to do is add it to a bowl of milk, and top it with fruits like apples, almonds, and the likes. This will give you a healthy and filling breakfast option.

Does Cutting Carbs Really Help with Weight Loss?

Carbs рrоvidе your brаin with gluсоѕе, whiсh your brain uѕеѕ fоr its fuеl supply.
Eat tоо much аnd your bоdу stores it аѕ fat.
It аll bоilѕ down tо whiсh саrbѕ (саrbоhуdrаtеѕ) уоu аrе еаting nоw аnd whiсh оnеѕ уоu wаnt to сut bасk оn.

Let’s brеаk it dоwn, there аrе 2 tуреѕ оf carbs: Cоmрlеx саrbѕ аnd Simple саrbѕ.

Cоmрlеx саrbѕ consist of fооdѕ thаt are highеr in ѕtаrсh such аѕ potatoes, brеаdѕ, pastas аnd cereals. The соmрlеx раrt comes in because thеѕе fооdѕ are made uр оf lоng, соmрlеx сhаinѕ of ѕimрlе sugars.
Thе best раrt аbоut соmрlеx саrbѕ is that they lаѕt longer in уоur ѕуѕtеm, аlоng with providing уоu with energy tо kеер gоing throughout thе dау.

This iѕ imроrtаnt bесаuѕе the lоngеr a food tаkеѕ tо break dоwn and mоvе thrоugh уоur ѕуѕtеm, the lоngеr it’ll take your bоdу to feel hungry again.

Simрlе саrbѕ hаvе gаinеd a reputation for bеing “bаd” оnlу because thеу are often аѕѕосiаtеd with sweet products such аѕ chocolates, ѕnасkѕ аnd саndiеѕ.
Thеѕе саrbѕ brеаk down quickly in your system and givе you q
uiсk bursts оf еnеrgу, knоwn as thе “sugar high.”
Yоu fееl great and likе уоu саn dо anything.
The trouble is, it lаѕtѕ fоr a short time аnd you uѕuаllу feel thе “сrаѕh” soon аftеrwаrdѕ.

Thiѕ is ѕignifiсаnt bесаuѕе thе quiсkеr these саrbѕ move through your ѕуѕtеm, thе fаѕtеr уоur bоdу will wаnt аnd nееd mоrе fооd оr sustenance.

Thiѕ саuѕеѕ уоu tо overeat, whiсh leads tо taking in mоrе саlоriеѕ that you nееd and can ultimately lеаd tо wеight gain.

 

Cutting Cаrbѕ Equals Wеight Loss…Right?

Cаrbѕ аrе nееdеd fоr еnеrgу, if уоu еаt too muсh of either type, mеаning more than уоur body nееdѕ, thеу ultimаtеlу gеt ѕtоrеd аѕ fаt.
Thiѕ iѕ why реорlе miѕtаkеnlу feel that cutting саrbѕ will lеаd tо wеight lоѕѕ.

Hоwеvеr, whаt уоu fаil tо undеrѕtаnd iѕ that cutting саrbѕ mеаnѕ сutting еnеrgу. Just think оf all thе low саrb diеtѕ thаt are out thеrе nоw and thе milliоnѕ of people who hаvе triеd thеm, lоѕt weight аnd аrе nоw overweight аgаin.
Thеу аrе NOT ѕuѕtаinаblе. Your body nееdѕ саrbѕ to ѕuррlу energy оr fuel tо run it’ѕ ѕуѕtеmѕ.

 

Cutting Cаrbѕ iѕ NOT thе Anѕwеr

Instead оf thinking about hоw muсh саrbѕ уоu саn cut frоm уоur diеt, think about hоw уоu can lеаrn tо eat the proper саrbѕ, in thе соrrесt аmоuntѕ, fоr уоur bоdу аnd ѕtор thе wеight loss/weight gain сусlе, оthеrwiѕе known as YO-YO diеting.

Bу learning a fеw ѕimрlе rulеѕ аbоut carbs аnd how thеу work in уоur bоdу, you can conquer this dilemma оf wеight lоѕѕ/wеight gain аnd lеаrn to manage уоur weight for good.

 

What Does Fat Do?

What’s fat good for?
How do we get it to go where we want it to?
Where does it wander when it’s lost?

This, is Fat Month.

If cells were personified, each fat cell would be an overbearing grandparent who hoards. They’re constantly trying to make you eat another serving of potatoes, and have cabinets stacked with vitamins they never take.

Like that grandparent, your fat cells are always trying to store stuff.
Fats? Of course.
Vitamins? Heck yeah.
Hormones? You bet.
Random pollutants and toxins? Sure.
Adipose tissue will soak all that up like an oily little sponge and keep it safe until you need it again.

That’s the whole point of body fat—to store energy for you.
When you lose weight, your fat cells start shrinking, releasing lipids and other fats into your bloodstream. These get broken down, and eventually the smaller molecules exit via your urine or breath.

But adipose cells release all the other molecules they’ve hoarded, too.
That includes key hormones like estrogen, along with fat-soluble vitamins and any organic pollutants that found their way into your bloodstream as you gained weight.

Adipose tissue’s tendency to store things is an unfortunate side-effect, because often we need those things to be circulating, not sitting around.

Take hormones, for instance.
Female body fat actually produces some of its own estrogen in addition to storing it, and the more adipose tissue a person has, the more estrogen they’re exposed to.
This is why being overweight puts you at an increased risk of getting breast cancer. Many types of breast cancer are caused by malfunctions in estrogen receptors, which are more likely to go haywire when more estrogen is around to stimulate them.

Vitamins pose the opposite problem.
Adipose sucks up available fat-soluble vitamins (those stashed in adipose tissue instead of being excreted in your outgoing urine)—A, D, E, and K—and often doesn’t leave enough for the rest of your body.
Studies suggest that obese people tend to suffer from vitamin D deficiencies because it’s all lurking in their adipose tissue.
These vitamins can come back out as you lose weight, and as you decrease your body fat, you also allow more of your new vitamin D to stay in your bloodstream.
Water-soluble compounds can just be peed out if you take too much of them, but because the vitamins stored in your adipose tissue can continue to build up, you can eventually overdose on them.

It’s rare, but it does happen.

Fat is also a (temporarily) safe space to store pollutants and other organic chemicals that might otherwise pose a threat.
Organochlorine pesticides build up in fat, as do the polychlorinated biphenyls in coolant fluids and other chemicals from the “dirty dozen” of environmental contaminants.
These banned chemicals can get into your food supply in small quantities and are stored in your fat, possibly because your body wants to sequester them away from your organs. Bodies don’t seem to store enough of these to become toxic, but the constant build-up leaves you vulnerable to exposure.
And they do start to re-emerge when you lose weight.

Since you’re not eliminating all of your body fat at once, this doesn’t seem to pose a problem for most people.
You’re dumping toxins into your bloodstream, but you’re also eliminating them through your pee.
There’s some evidence that certain pollutants—so-called “persistent organic pollutants”—can stick around in your body fat for years, but so far it seems that natural toxin-elimination methods (also known as peeing) work well enough to get rid of them.

Safe or not, it’s best not to give your body a spot to stash all the hormones and vitamins it can hoard.
Our bodies aren’t designed to hold onto excess body fat and stay healthy—that’s why obesity is a risk factor for so many diseases.
Getting rid of fat storage is just another reason to try and cut down on your own adiposity this year.

Letting someone shame you into thinking you don’t look the way you should is not a wise reason to lose weight, but doing it to be healthier usually is.

Just think: every time you lose a pound of fat, you’ve also literally detoxed yourself without ever having to do one of those terrible juice cleanses (which, by the way, do not work).

You’ve used the power of your own body’s filtration systems to get rid of them—and it will thank you for it.

Success Is In Your Attitude

Who doesn’t want to be successful? We all do.

But, it seems, that at the end, it is your attitude which determines your success.

A study conducted at Harvard showed that a person’s attitude is often the deciding factor if they will be successful or not. Your attitude contributes to 85% of your success. So, it is quite necessary that you have the right attitude and the correct mindset.

Like many things in life, attitude is temporary.
It is something that you can always change.

You can always judge if your attitude is a boon or a bane.
If you feel that your attitude isn’t helping you move forward in life, then it is the right time to change it.

Importance of Having a Positive Attitude

Having a positive outlook on life is extremely important.

A woman who has a positive outlook on life is generally liked by everyone.
This outlook is usually attainable if the woman has a positive attitude in life. Like having a positive outlook, there are many benefits of having a positive attitude.

  • It helps you reach your milestones.
  • It helps you become a favorite among co-workers and makes you instantly likable.
  • You start seeing the good in everything.

You would agree that a happy attitude is better than a high IQ.
People who are successful do not always have a highly intelligent quotient, but they have a happy attitude.
This allows them to conquer their fears, be more self-dependent and be more confident.

If we’re to talk about a few very successful people, there are many things that are common among them.

  • They all are confident.
  • They never lost hope
  • They are happy

All these things are achievable in life only if the person has the right frame of mind and the right attitude.

Positive Attitude vs Negative Attitude

Having an unfriendly or a dull attitude would never make you a social person.
People with a dull attitude are seldom successful and usually crib about their problems in life.
And no person likes to stick with a person who always complains about their problems.

Everyone faces at least one problem daily, but the people who are happy and have a positive attitude never whine about their problems.
No matter how big the problems are, a person would never crib about it because they know that crying over something won’t solve it.

Success doesn’t mean being utterly rich or being the most famous.
It means that you’re content. You might be working at a day job and you can be successful at it.
Success just requires the right attitude, not money or fame.

Here are some ways by which you can achieve a happy attitude and be successful.

  •  Be happy.
    A happy mind is always fresh and reduces stress.
  • Stay Motivated.
    Many times, life throws hurdles at you.
    It is best that you stay motivated in those hard times and look for a silver lining and hence not lose hope.
  • Mediate.
    Meditation helps reduce stress and keeps the body and mind rejuvenated.
    It helps you boost the morale and helps you in developing a positive attitude towards life.

 

Want to try the Paleo Diet?

The paleo diet has been steadily gaining ground among health conscious individuals, with some believing that it’s one of the best weight loss program around.
Contrary to what people think, this diet plan is actually quite easy to understand.

In the paleo diet, the focus is essentially on eating food that our Paleolithic ancestors did – vegetables, fruits, raw nuts and seeds, meats and animal products like eggs and honey.

Dairy, grains and processed food are eschewed as these are relatively recent inventions. While some might find it hard to imagine what dishes can be made when following the paleo diet, there’s actually a dizzyingly wide array of paleo recipes that you can do.

 

In truth, some might find the idea of following a weight loss program daunting, especially if it involves a total lifestyle change.

You can look for simple and easy ways to incorporate the idea of the paleo diet in your life instead.

Here are some paleo food hacks for a healthy diet that you can try:

  • Say sayonara to sugar

Refined sugar is undeniably bad for you, but it doesn’t mean we have to trudge into this life without sweets.

Use raw honey or pure maple syrup instead. These unrefined sugars are a healthier choice and something that would make you question why you ever needed those white, granulated, over-processed ones.

  • Switch flours

You can still have your cake and eat it too with the paleo diet, as long as you switch flours.

Switch your all-purpose flour with nut flour and start baking. There’s really no need to worry about not having your favourite pancake for breakfast with this diet.

  • Take advantage of the seasons

With the paleo diet’s focus on earth-based products, it’s safe to assume that anything you find in the produce section of your supermarket is OK.

While that’s essentially true, the nearest farmer’s market might provide a lot more options.
After all, the produce there are not only fresh and in season, it’s also more affordable.

You can even buy in bulk and freeze it for later. This is especially true for berries as you can simply wash them, pat dry, place on a cookie sheet and freeze. Transfer the berries into a freezer bag and it will keep for several days to weeks.

  • Keep healthy snacks on hand

Most of the time, our unhealthy food choices stem from the lack of time and limited options. If your pantry is full of processed food and salty chips, odds are that’s what you would be picking for a snack.

So keep several paleo-friendly snacks in your pantry and fridge instead. The aforementioned frozen berries are a good option.

You can also make several paleo burritos and freeze them for such moments. There are also some good, easy to make, low-carb roll-up recipes out there.
Or simply have some fresh fruits and easy to snack on veggies like carrots on hand.

  • Make your own chips

It’s easy to see why people love their potato chips. Its’ salty, delicious crunch is undeniably addicting.
But it also gives you zero nutrients.

So instead of constantly resisting the lure of the potato chip, why not make your own kale chip? Like the beloved potato chip, kale chips can also be little pieces of salty, crunchy heaven. Plus it’s nutritious.
Making your own kale chips is also easy to do.

  • Switch up your salads

Salads don’t have to be the same boring romaine, tomatoes and olive oil vinaigrette combination.

Think out of the box and make salads more interesting and fun to eat again by subbing the usual ingredients with something new.
For instance, go beyond lettuce and try a combination of baby kale, arugula and spinach leaves. Basil, endive and radicchio are also interesting options.

Give the tomatoes a rest and use avocados, roasted peppers, grated carrots, citrus fruits or artichoke hearts for garnish instead. Amp up the flavour of your salads by using a fresh lemon dressing or a tahini dressing.

Make it even healthier by opting for avocado or walnut oil.

Have fun trying!

 

5 Healthy Living Tips for People Who Have Diabetes

Your diabetes diet is simply a healthy-eating plan that will help you control your blood sugar.

It is eating the healthiest foods in moderate amounts and sticking to regular mealtimes.

  • Know Your Levels

We know it sounds basic, but when it comes to living well with diabetes, knowing and controlling your blood glucose levels is vital. It is recommended to use your home glucose monitor frequently or wearing devices that your track your glucose and guarantee that the correct amount of insulin is released at the right time.

It is really important to know where you’re at and where you’re headed, and if your levels are not where they should be, take corrective action to bring your glucose back to where it needs to be.

  • Prepare Your Own Meals

Avoid the added fat and sugars that come with eating out by cooking at home instead. Actually, scratch that: You can cook pretty much anywhere!

And home cooking definitely doesn’t mean you have to settle for bland, unexciting dishes. Get creative and replace conventional vegetable and canola oils with choices like grapeseed oil instead, make colourful salads and try boiling or sautéing your chicken/beef instead of frying it!

  •  Practice Moderation, Not Deprivation

Portion control and eating reasonably is the key to any diabetes maintenance program. Eat what you want, but eat it sensibly.

Allow yourself the indulgence but think and control your portions.

 

  • Move Your Body

Exercise is an essential part of keeping your diabetes in check.

Try combining aerobic exercises that raise your heart rate with resistance training, which not only builds strength but also has the added benefit of helping metabolise glucose in the muscle tissue.

  • Talk About It

Remember that you don’t have to go this alone.

Get support from your family, friends, physician, or online groups to stay focused and healthy.

Take advantage of all the information that is out there. Talk to those who can educate you and help you improve your lifestyle.

Everyone Is Obsessed With Drinking Lemon Water—But Is It Really Beneficial To Your Health?

Can such a cheap, simple, make-at-home drink live up to the hype? We looked in to break down the real benefits of lemon water.

Does Lemon Juice Really Deliver?

After eight hours of proper sleep, a glass of H2O with a lemon slice is a great, low-cal (one slice contains two calories) way to start your morning.
But the water part of lemon water is to thank for most of the science-backed benefits of lemon water.

Most people don’t drink enough water, so when they up their H2O intake (with or without the slice of lemon), they’ll usually experience the so-called benefits of lemon water, such as decreased constipation, tighter skin, and weight loss, he explains.

While dehydration can slow metabolic rate, most lemon-water-linked weight loss happens when people use it to replace high-cal beverages like soda or fruit juice. Dehydration can also slow brain function to torpedo your energy levels and allow brain fog to set in, he says.

But sipping any kind of water: hot, cold, flavored, or plain, will do the trick.

No, lemon water isn’t magical, and so far there are no studies that support the claimed benefits of lemon water.
And the lemon itself doesn’t actually provide a ton of nutritional value.

After all, even though lemons do contain vitamin C, and studies link vitamin C deficiency to poor immune function, lemons contain so little of the immunity-boosting nutrient that it likely won’t make any impact on whether or not you catch a cold.
According to the National Institutes of Health, women need about 75 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C per day, but a slice’s-worth of lemon juice only has about one mg.
If you also eat the pulp, you can get up to four mg, or 5 percent of your daily needs.

The same goes for lemon’s flavonoids, antioxidants that research has shown to fight cancer.
He says a glass of lemon water won’t even hit 1 percent of your daily needs.

Meanwhile, the claims that lemon water detoxifies the body and, through its acidity, somehow alters blood pH, are flat-out false.
While the liver and kidneys tightly regulate the removal of toxins from your body, the lungs, kidneys, blood, and bones all work together to maintain your body’s perfect pH. Translation: The foods you eat won’t alter your pH whatsoever.

However, if you have trouble staying hydrated, aren’t a fan of plain ‘ole water, or are trying to cut back on high-calorie drinks, go ahead and try lemon water.

That said, the acidic concoction is not for everyone.
Drinking lemon water, especially in large amounts, can actually cause a burning sensation in your stomach, and can exacerbate the symptoms of acid reflux or heartburn.
Meanwhile, it can also weaken tooth enamel and irritate the gums.
So if you do want to try lemon water, drink it through a straw.

Bottom line:
If you like the taste, go ahead and add some lemon to your morning glass of water. But don’t expect it to yield miracles.

Flu Can Kill!

Most people view influenza as a routine, if unpleasant, possibility each winter.
But the case of a 21-year-old man in Pennsylvania is a poignant reminder that sometimes, the worst-case scenario is more serious than sick days and bed rest.

Kyle Baughman, an aspiring personal trainer living in Latrobe, came home for Christmas not feeling well.
His symptoms persisted when returning to work after the the holidays.

Just a few days later, however, Kyle died at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian hospital from flu-related organ failure, according to his family.

Why does the flu turn deadly?

Influenza can be a very serious illness.
Even though the vast majority of the public that comes down with actual influenza will get through it with Tylenol, fluids, Motrin, whatever, there are people who do get very sick.

Deadly cases are mostly limited to the very young, the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions, such as respiratory illnesses, but a very small percentage of otherwise healthy people do develop serious complications.
For some people with pneumonia, it will spread to their bloodstream and cause an overwhelming, multi-system infection.
While these cases are extremely infrequent, they can sometimes end in death,.

What should you do if you have the flu?

Don’t try to ride it out yourself. Visit your primary care doctor or an urgent care clinic within 48 hours of developing telltale flu symptoms, including cough, fever, runny nose, sore throat and body aches.
A doctor can treat you with Tamiflu, an antiviral medication that can mitigate some symptoms and shorten the duration of the illness.

But if you’re seeking treatment, don’t go to the emergency room, where you’ll run the risk of infecting others and exposing yourself to sicknesses potentially more severe than yours.

How can you tell if the flu is serious?

In most cases, flu symptoms will subside within three to seven days and are mild enough to be treated with over-the-counter painkillers, fluids and rest.
If you experience prolonged symptoms, or shortness of breath on par with what you’d feel during strenuous exercise, you should see your doctor to rule out complications.

Is it too late to get a flu shot?

Not at all. Its better now than never.
If you develop a bit of an immunity now, and you’re exposed to it later on, it will protect you.

And while the flu shot isn’t 100% effective, vaccinated people who still get sick will likely have less severe cases than those who never get vaccinated at all.