Maintain your health during the flu season


When you’re feeling under the weather, every second spent in bed feels like hours, and every day feels like weeks. You can forget having fun with friends or even working out. All plans come to a halt, which I absolutely hate.

Flu season peaks during this time of the year, so now is the time to really focus your energy on staying healthy. Luckily I’ve gathered a few tips for stopping that cold or flu as soon as you feel it coming. Getting sick is impossible sometimes, so here are a few things you can do to speed up your recovery…



1. Prop yourself up with pillows. Keeping your head elevated at night helps your nasal passages stay open. So if you’re feeling a bit congested, grab a couple extra pillows and sleep so that you’re almost sitting up straight. You’ll wake up feeling refreshed and able to breathe better.

2. Take a hot shower. Whether you’re coughing or sneezing, the steam from a hot shower or humidifier will loosen up the congestion in your head and chest. Studies also show that very humid air can be toxic to viruses.

3. Drink up. As you probably know by now, staying hydrated is a key to feeling better. If you’re already feeling sick, drinking lots of liquids will thin congestion and keep your throat moist. If you’re tired of plain old water, try hot tea, clear chicken or vegetable broth, or infused water for some added flavor.

4. Get a good night’s sleep. It might seem obvious that getting enough sleep is important for staying healthy. But just how important is it? Studies show that people who get less than seven hours of sleep on average are three times more likely to get a cold than those who snooze for eight hours or more. (Yep, you read that right.) So if you feel a cold or flu coming on, make sure you’re getting plenty of shut-eye.

5. Take a ‘mega dose’ of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is proven to shorten the duration of a cold or flu once it’s started. So if you feel a sickness coming on, pop an Emergen-C, airborne, or other mega-dose of Vitamin C.

6. Gargle with salt water. If you have a sore throat, salt water will help ease the pain naturally. Not only does the salt help reduce inflammation in your throat, but the rinse also flushes out bacteria and viruses. Try adding a half a tablespoon of salt to 8 ounces of warm water.

7. Eat immunity boosting foods. I truly believe that you are what you eat. If you put good things into your body, you will be rewarded with good things in return.Foods that boost the immune system is something everyone needs right now. Your body’s immune system works hard every day to fight off diseases and maintain a healthy, functioning body. With that said, it’s about time to treat your body like the temple it is by stocking up on the cold fighting eats above…


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