Keeping the family healthy and cold free is a challenge, and a few times during this cold season the battle is lost to the pesky virus. Prevention is key in fighting off colds and viruses, but in times of defeat treatment is just as important. Although viruses must run their course, there are many ways that can help people get through the waiting period.
First, make sure to wash hands as they touch everything. Wash or sanitize hands after every meal, shaking hands or wiping the little running noses. Basically, if hands touch anything that can carry a germ, wash it and don’t forget to use those built in couch and sneeze pockets! Keep rubbing alcohol around the house in a spray bottle and spray down everything!
Stay hydrated! It is just as important to hydrate the body prior to getting sick. Why? Water is a natural lubricant for the body; it helps all organs and cells flow properly throughout the body so they can perform their functions properly.
What is next? Healthy fuel and top grade fuel is best, so go for foods loaded with vitamins and minerals the body needs and load up with immune boosting foods such as chicken soup! Cook with onions and garlic; go for foods high in antioxidants like citrus, berries, beans, nuts, veggies (spinach, sweet potatoes, and cabbage), herbs (cinnamon, ginger, and turmeric) and dark chocolate! A great way to get all of this yummy goodness is to juice them! The average person can drink plenty more than they can eat so bottoms up!
Exercise is great for fighting off colds, especially when exercising outside. Aerobic exercise helps to increase the body’s natural virus-killing cells by enabling the heart to pump large amounts of blood. The lungs breathe faster, which moves oxygen from them to the blood and creates sweat once the body heats up.
Getting a good night’s rest allows the body to repair and relax; this in turn helps in healthy brain function and strengthens the immune system.
There are a few important things to add such as getting extra rest and even taking a sick day to help with recovery. Exercising is still beneficial in moderation and make sure to listen to the body’s queues. Check with the doctor before resuming any vigorous activities if there is a respiratory infection, asthma or taking medication that can accelerate the heart rate. Eat spicy foods they help with circulation and enhance the body’s immune cell activity. Use regular saline to flush out sinuses; nasal decongestions can trap bacteria. Load up on vitamin C and take hot showers or baths. Cover up and sweat it out! Break out the humidifier or vaporizer, gargle with warm water, salt, and baking soda to clean out the mouth. Opt for a natural honey and lemon tea!
Now, be armed with knowledge and stay well.
Tara Raj, CPC, ACC, CNWC