I hate being sick, I recently had a cold and I’m still recovering. Between the Sneezing, runny nose and blocked sinuses I have been super tired from not being able to get any sleep. Colds and flu are so common you can find most of the meds you need at the chemist but the hot flu/cold meds are usually packed with sugar and not banting friendly. These meds only helps you cope with the symptoms of your cold or flu and they don’t really affect the virus, that’s all up to your body. Catching the symptoms early can help you get better sooner instead of being stuck in bed for a week! Here’s a few tips to get you through cold and flu season. Remember to get plenty of rest vitamin c and stay hydrated.
How to prevent a Cold or flu:
Here’s a few precautions you can take to try to steer clear of getting sick
- Get a flu Shot.
- Wash your hands regularly or use a hand sanitizer. People touch EVERYTHING and bacteria can stay alive for a long time while they are being picked up and spread around by physical hand to object contact.
- Don’t touch your face.
- Get a good night’s sleep. Being tired and not getting enough rest affects your immune system and can cause you to get sick easily.
- Drink lots of water – drink water instead of soda or juice.
- Eat your Vegetables your body needs natural vitamins and veggies are packed with them.
What the symptoms:
I’ve got a Flu / Cold what now?
- Take time off work to rest up:
Resting is very important. If you don’t get in bed and rest you can get very ill and feel 10 times worse. Your body needs time to fight the virus and if will need all your energy to do that. Stay out of the sun and out of the cold, stay in bed.
Gargling with some lukewarm salt water helps sooth your throat.
- Stay hydrated
Drinking liquids and staying hydrated is important. It will help your body get rid of mucus and relieving your sinuses. Drinking warm liquids like tea will help open your sinuses so you can breathe better.
- Camomile Tea with Honey, Lemon and Ginger
- Chicken soup / Broth or Stock
- Red and sore nose
Your nose gets sore from all the blowing and wiping so keep a moisturizer handy to apply after every blow or you will get a reindeer nose!
- Eat Infection fighting foods!
With a sore throat and usually minimal taste, you don’t really feel hungry. Soups are great in these situations. Ask a Friend or family member to cook you up some soup.
Infection fighting foods
- Banana: nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
- Ginger: inflammation, nausea
- Lemon: vitamin C
- Yogurt and Kefir: Good bacteria
- Rep peppers: vitamin C
- Leafy greens: Vitamins and minerals
- Blueberries: antioxidants
- Carrots: Vitamin A
- Sweet potatoes: Vitamin A
- Coconut Oil : Anti-bacterial
Sources : WebMD