The last 10 days for me have been HORRID! Not only was my state of South Carolina under a State of Emergency; I also had the Flu, or what at least felt like the Flu before and throughout the terrible flooding we were under. My body literally felt as if it was trying to take me out with the illness; sore throat, neck and shoulder aches, headaches, fever, upset stomach, and cold sweats, I was miserable. I won’t mention the threat of water rising to my front door steps.
While, we may not always be able to prevent flooding, I do have some helpful tips to help prevent the Flu and Cold viruses.
Case in point, you have to act fast to combat these types of viruses. Scientist from the University of Arizona have found that when someone is sick in an office, school, or home it takes only four hours for surfaces like coffeepot handles, copy-machine buttons and the fridge door to show traces of infectious virus. Considering that the 2014-2015 flu season was one of the worst on record—it even reached epidemic status—it’s well worth arming yourself against aches, cough, fever and general misery.
So here are some Sniffling Season Strategies:
- Drink Hot Black or Green tea with lemon and honey regularly. Drinking the tea and breathing in steam stimulates the cilia—the hair follicles in the nose—to move out germs more efficiently. Lemon thins mucus, and honey is antibacterial. My favorite is a Green Mint tea with honey and lemon. I love the mint factor as an extra stimulant to start my day; my current favorite is Bigelow Mint Green Melody
- Protein Protein Protein! Who knew, right? Studies shows that a diet that is too low in protein can deplete the immune system. Adding eggs, yogurt, nuts, and fish to your routine diet can help boost the immune system.
- Sanitize Everything!
- During the day while my daughter is at school, I work as a Day Counselor for a near by elementary school; my target age group, Kindergarten. So we can take a guess on how I may have gotten sick. It is important to wash hands and wipe down handle doors or any thing that is in high contact. The rule in our home is to always wash your hands when coming in the house from outside, especially before you going into the refrigerator.
- In addition to adding Protein, eating healthy balance meals can strengthen the immune system. Pro-biotic foods, fruit, veggies, and complex carbs such as whole wheat, sweet potatoes.
- Water Water Water! We all know this, yet so many of us do not do it. I won’t get into why we need it because we all know; what I will say, if you are not a water drinker, try a few tricks to get yourself into the habit of drinking it more frequently. What I have started to do about a few weeks ago is to start my day with a tall glass of room temperature lemon water and end my day with a tall glass of water. Throughout my day, I carry a water jug with times of the day marked so I know how much I should have drunk by 11am, 2pm. etc…
- Get Moving! Exercise not only makes you feel great but it is a great way to build up your immune system. Whether you start out with stretching to a full blown hour of cardio’it is vital to your overall health. Each morning after I drink my lemon water I do at least 30 minutes of low impact cardio. I am not necessarily a morning person, but that workout does make me feel more energized and ready for my day.
- Lastly, we can not forget sleep. As an adult, I am starting appreciate sleep a lot more. So much so, that I have set myself a set bedtime to be unwound with the TV off and just me and silence I’m still working on my husband to get rid of the TV in our bedroom.
I hope these few tips help you and your families be equipped this Fall and Winter Season! Until next time