Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Cough, Cold and Flu Season

'Tis the season. Right?

Let me be frank. I am going to suggest some pretty obvious stuff in this article and I will be honest in that I did battle with a flu this season. I am feeling a little hypocritical, but you need to trust that what I say works in preventing the common cold.

Before I get started I must disclose that I am not a doctor. Any advice I give you is of my own and not backed in medical research. If you are concerned about your health, you should consult a physician.

Okay, there are four things you need to do to prevent getting a cold or the flu: good personal hygiene, exercise, sleep, and drink lots of water.

Allow me to explain.

1. Personal Hygiene

Wash your hands! Before you eat, after work, after you get home, etc. You really need to wash your hands until they are raw. Along with washing your hands, make sure you take daily hot showers, change your clothes and brush your teeth. Twice a day at least, brush your teeth. You also should be flossing every night as well as using mouthwash.

These tips are to reduce bacteria you may have picked up.

That tip is rooted in fact; these next few are theories I tend to use myself. These tips I believe boost your immune system.

2. Exercise

I don't mean you should be spending hours in the gym pushing yourself to the limits. When I say exercise, I mean go outside and get some fresh air. This is a great time to enjoy some sunshine, moments with friends or family members, or walking your dog. Go for a walk or dust off your bicycle or something! You don't have to go out for long; however, you need to do some light exercise.

3. Sleep

Be kind to your body. Recharge your body. Sleep at least seven hours at a time. Come on, common sense.

4. Drink Lots of Water!

We know that your body needs lots of water anyway, but my theory about drinking water goes like this. If you drink enough water, it starts to flush out your system. Any bacteria or virus in your body might just be washed out of your body before it sets in. 

Full disclosure, these may not work for you but this year was the first time in years that I caught a cold and I was able to shake it after a couple days. 

Now, if you did catch a cold, try finding this tea: It made me feel better while I was drinking it and it kept working for about eight hours. Also, try taking shots of honey - natural liquid honey.

Good luck out there and stay healthy. 

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