Beat Colds and Flu Faster

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.