Think you need to take an antibiotic? Read this first.




Have the sniffles and feel a sore throat coming on? Wondering if you need to take antibiotics?! Before heading to the nearest urgent care, read below and ask yourself the following questions first.



How long have I had symptoms for?

It’s been just a few hours but feeling worse? Don’t jump to conclusions yet. At the beginning of an acute illness, symptoms tend to get worse before they get better, and it is very hard to tell if you have a viral or bacterial infection (or allergies!) at this point.

If your symptoms have lasted for a week or longer, this is a sign that you may benefit from taking antibiotics.

Are my symptoms improving or getting worse?

This goes along with the above question. If after a few days your symptoms seem to be getting worse and not better, this may be a sign that your infection is bacterial or your immune system has weakened and now you are infected with a bacterial infection. Just keep in mind that it is very hard to tell between a bacterial or a viral infection when it has been under a week.



My throat is sore and I have a cough – do I have Strep throat?

If you have a cough, that is actually an indicator that you likely DO NOT have Strep throat. Symptoms of Strep throat include swollen and tender lymph nodes in the neck, swollen tonsils with white streaks, fever, no cough, and sudden onset throat pain.

Main takeaways…

Keep in mind that the majority of colds are viral in origin, which means antibiotics will not help you. Some of the best things you can do to feel better and get better include drinking lots of fluids, rest, and hand washing.



About the author: Sarah-Kate Rems is an Ivy League trained Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with an expertise in preventative healthcare. She considers nutrition and exercise to be the basis of well-being and is a strong advocate for daily physical activity and maintaining a healthy diet. Sarah-Kate is also a co-founder of The Mindful Tech Lab.





Ask SK: “Which is better, peanut butter or almond butter?”




We frequently post recipes on Instagram using almond butter, and this question came from a comment left on one of our Instagram posts @themindfultechlab asking whether it was better to eat peanut butter or almond butter – great question!

First of all, both peanut butter and almond butter are great high fat foods that are great to eat alone or add to snacks and meals. That being said, there are subtle differences between the two that ultimately make almond butter the better choice.

Peanuts may be inflammatory

Many individuals are allergic to peanuts and peanuts may also be inflammatory compared to other nuts. Inflammation can result in bloating, fluid retention, nausea, weight gain, and flushing.

See how you feel eating peanut butter, if this doesn’t apply to you then certainly continue eating!



Peanuts are at greater risk of mold exposure

There are studies and reports that have found that peanuts and peanut butters are at higher risk for mold exposure, meaning they can make you sick if you consume them. Read more about one of the studies here.



Peanuts may promote gas and bloating

Peanuts are technically legumes, not nuts, and legumes contain certain fibers that can cause your gut bacteria to release more carbon dioxide into your gut – meaning more gas and bloating.

Almonds are higher in vitamin E

Almonds are much higher in vitamin E, possibly as much as 3x as more potent in this vitamin compared to peanuts. Vitamin E is a vital nutrient and is needed for keeping skin and hair vibrant and smooth. 



Almonds are higher in magnesium

Magnesium is one of the most important minerals, and helps with everything from constipation to muscle cramps. Almonds tend to have almost twice as much magnesium compared to peanuts.

Main takeaways…

If you have to choose between almond butter and peanut butter, almond butter is the better choice. But again, both are great sources of fat and can add great flavor to your meals and snacks. Everyone is different, there is no reason to cut either out from your diet if you have no problems consuming them.



About the author: Sarah-Kate Rems is an Ivy-league trained Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner licensed in California with an expertise in preventative healthcare. She considers nutrition and exercise to be the basis of well-being and is a strong advocate for daily physical activity and maintaining a healthy diet. Sarah-Kate is also a co-founder of The Mindful Tech Lab

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