As part of Wellness Wednesday Cold and Flu Tips I wanted to remind you of a few things we all know, and share with you a few things that you might not know. Hoping to help with avoiding and treating yourself and family in the midst of cold and flu season.
We are smack dab in the midst of cold and flu season and it seems like it’s everywhere. I don’t know if it’s just me, but this year seems even worse than other years. Every time I turn around there seems like someone is sick with one thing or another. Right now in my immediate circle of the people that surround me on a daily basis, there is a bad cold going around half of them, and then there is a bad stomach flu bug that seems to be hitting the other half. I had the bad cold and am just hoping the stomach bug doesn’t get me too. So with all this in mind I just wanted to share a few wellness tips with you. I know most of you might know some or all of these tips, but I think it never hurts to be reminded.
1. Wash, wash, wash your hands, did I say wash your hands, and wash them often. I’m not a germaphobe, or have OCD, but this is common sense.
2. It’s always a good idea to limit your sugar, carb and processed food intake, but even more so when you are under the weather. You need nutrient dense calories not empty ones.
3. Sleep when you can, don’t burn the midnight oil, don’t give your body that chance to get run down. If you do get sick, rest even more. I know easier said than done, but this time of year who can afford to be sick, so go to bed an hour early.
4. Invest in some organic essential oils, like Eucalyptus. If you do come down with a cold, a few drops can be used in boiling water for some steam inhalations, or mixed with a little coconut oil to be used as a chest rub. Dab a drop on you pillow to help with nasal stuffiness.
5. I know this time of year we are dealing with colder weather, but if there is even the remote chance to open a window and air out the house, then do it.
6. Drink, Drink, Drink, and I’m not talking soda, or coffee, or sugary drinks, I’m talking water, herbal tea, and broth. Keep hydrated and keep your system flushed of the toxins.
7. Exercise, even a short walk a day, helps keep the doctor’s and bugs away.
8. Stress, limit it. Again, easier said than done, but if at all possible try to limit it, take some me time for yourself and consider it some self-preservation, and preventing getting sick.
9. Make sure you are getting enough vitamin D, whether from the sun or a supplement, it helps prevent colds and rid yourself of them faster.
10. Oregano Oil, the wild mediterranean variety. Natural News-Oil of Oregano: A Powerhouse for the Alternative Medicine Cabinet.
Take time to take care of yourself this season, apply these ten tips and eat nutrient dense meals. Our diets affect our bodies abilities to fight off those colds and flu’s. No one wants to be sick during the holiday’s. Be Well!