Do you ever feel like your body WANTS to be sick? Over the last week or so, I’ve been feeling the first hints that there may be a cold on the horizon: a scratchy throat, a drippy nose, and a general feeling of fatigue.
Here are some tips to help you beat colds and flu faster this winter!
- Work on your resistance. When I start to feel crummy, I reach for my Echinacea and goldenseal supplements — but there are lots of different options out there! Check your local health food store or the vitamin section of your favorite pharmacy for all your choices.
- Keep things clean. You can’t catch germs if they aren’t there! Wash your hands frequently if you can; use a hand sanitizer if you can’t. Pick a sanitizer with at least sixty percent alcohol for the best germ-killing power.
- Keep your nasal passages clear. Congestion can trap bacteria in your sinuses and encourage the development of infections. Use an over-the-counter decongestant or a saline sinus rinse to keep things clear. A recent study confirms the success of my own sinus experiments: a simple salt water rinse can cut down on a person’s need for medication.
- Get your rest. Pushing yourself when you aren’t feeling well just leaves you weaker and more susceptible to sickness. Relaxation releases endorphins in the brain that can relieve pain. Try a hot bath with eucalyptus to relax muscles, clear nasal passages, and help you sleep.
- Don’t stop eating. It can be hard to want to chow down when you aren’t feeling well, but your body needs the fuel. Snack on dried fruits and vegetables — one ounce of the dried stuff can have as many nutrients as a half pound of the fresh stuff!
- Stay warm. You may not get sick just from going outside without a coat on, but you’ll feel better if you’re protected against the wind and the cold. Wear a scarf to keep your throat insulated. Wear a hat. The chill will only make you feel worse.