14 Dec Tips to Beat the Cold and Flu Season
It’s that time of the year again folks, when we all start feeling under the weather! When you have kids getting sick is unavoidable sometimes, so I want to share my sniffle season strategies on how to avoid getting sick. And I shared a few way to speed up your recovery and boost your immune system if your unlucky and get sick.
WASH YOUR HANDS: As a nurse I can tell you that washing your hands is the KEY to avoiding a cold and the flu. I can’t say it enough you must wash with soap, it doesn’t have to be fancy soap you just need soap! Wash your hands after meeting new people, or after running errands. If you can’t get to a sink to wash just whip out your hand sanitizer and use it when you’re around potentially germy surfaces or people!!!
LOAD UP ON VITAMIN C AND ZINC ( when appropriate): The 411 on Vitamin C and Zinc may surprise you. Mayo Clinc recently shared that Vitamin C doesn’t prevent colds, it will only shorten the duration of symptoms. It MAY benefit people who are at risk of colds due to frequent exposure like your kid being in daycare. When it comes to zinc again it helps treat- not prevent a cold. The studies say that popping zinc within 24 hours of the start of symptoms helps shorten your sniffle.
CHANGE YOUR EATING AND DRINKING PATTERNS: An overlooked but great way to fight a cold or flu is to eat foods that will help you build healthy cells you need to feel better. Increase your intake of protein like eggs, cashews, chicken or fish which lend a hand in helping to protect your body from billions of bacteria & viruses. Also put down the wine (say it isn’t so) and jump on the bandwagon of juicing, taking in immunity-enhancing nutrients daily will help to fight off the cold and flu.
EMBRACE THE OIL: We were all taught to cover our mouths when we cough or sneeze to prevent germs from becoming airborne. Research from Massachusetts Institute of Technology has found that droplets from a cough or sneeze can travel up to 200 times farther than previously thought. There are a variety of essential oils that have antibacterial and antiviral properties, fight those airborne germs and diffuse oils daily!
- Thieves Essential Oil.
- Peppermint Essential Oil
- Lemon Essential Oi
Always remember if you’re really sick GO see a doctor! But the nice thing about these tips, they are super easy to implement throughout the year not just during cold and flu season!
Do you have any other tips for feeling better fast?
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