It’s the cold and flu season and, now that the weather has gotten cold, there’s lots of people sneezing and whuffling and coughing and just plain having the assorted miseries.
Now, I believe in mainstream medicine, whether prescription or over the counter, but I also believe in alternative medical approaches. Mainstream medicine can have side effects, can be expensive, can interact badly with other meds you’re taking and doesn’t work the same for every single person. Many alternative methods are less expensive, more available and can be easier on the body.
My advice is to try different approaches and see what works best for you.
And here’s 6 simple alternative health methods to help you avoid getting colds or the flu.
Vitamin C has been established for years as a great way to cut down on your vulnerability to catching cold. Most people think of pill or of drinking orange juice, but you can as easily drink lemonade, eat grapefruit or tomatoes, or spritz citrus juice on your vegetables (which, by the way, tastes great.)
Garlic doesn’t just keep vampires away. It’s an anti viral and tastes great. Try it in pasta sauce or on pizza, in stir fry, or roast it and spread it on bread.
Echinacea is an antiviral and also boosts your immune system. Try this one in pills.
Moisture The air is very dry at this time of year and that can lead to dried out mucous membranes in your nose and throat and possibly infections and sinus pain. Putting some moisture back into the air can keep your nose and throat comfortable, let mucous flow (so it’s easier to blow out) rather than dry up, and help with nosebleeds, congestion, and infections including sinus. You can use a vaporizer (if so, remember to clean it regularly) or put a fountain in places you want to moisturize (not great feng shui in the bed room, but helps you to sleep better if you’re congested.)
Sleep During the holidays, we tend to run ourselves ragged, which is why a lot of folks come down with a cold at the present time of year. Listen to your body and give it the sleep it needs, regardless of other important things you want to/have to do. When you’re sleep deprived, your immune system gets depressed and you’re more vulnerable to catching things.
Wash Your Hands A lot. At this time of year, a lot of people have colds or the flu and one way that they caught them was because they touched things that other people with colds or flu touched first. Door knobs. Phones. Cups. They touched things that had germs on them and then they touched their face, eyes, nose or mouth and transferred them into their own bodies. Don’t want to make you paranoid, but washing your hands more can cut down on your chances of catching something and also of giving something to someone else.
Alright, that’s six different simple things you can do to decrease your risk of catching something.
But what if you catch something anyway?
Watch for Thursday’s post on things you can do to get better faster…..
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