To prevent or shorten the duration of that winter bug, the key is keeping the immune system intact. I have found that if certain factors are not in place, even the flu shot does me no good.
Life happens and we cannot always be 100% on any schedule, but adhering to these suggestions as much as possible will keep you healthy, or decrease the amount of time you are ill. Most of these you will recognize or are already implementing. I share them because they work for me and my family.
I have often been able to calculate a few days in advance when I will succumb to that seasonal irritant that affects so many. The reason being that I have fallen short in one or more area. I have noticed it is when everything lines up as much a possible that I see the best result. And I end up being the care giver instead of the patient.
It is important to drink plenty of water, in addition to fruits or juices. Once when I worked night shift, I had a fever of 101 at 11:30 p.m. My throat was sore and I felt weak. I drank a 24 oz. cup of water every hour on the hour. And when I was headed home at 7:00 a.m. the fever and sore throat were gone. The water had flushed the nasties away.
Eating a balanced diet, of more fruits, veggies and whole grains than dairy or meat keeps the immune system intact. Studies show that an overload of sugar and red meat slows down the immune system. And dairy can actually cause nasal and chest congestion in some people.
Everyone can’t get away for a vacation or cruise, but your body still needs rest. When you can’t take a day off from life, find small ways to get the job done. Soak in a warm bath with Epsom salts. The minerals in the salt will restore those you depleted because of stress.
I love everything retro. I find immense pleasure in reading decades old books, watching black and white movie classics and old cartoon. Find something you love and try to give at least 30 minutes of uninterrupted time to it as often as possible.
If I go 2 days without getting proper sleep, my body begins to show symptoms of fatigue. We need sleep, at least 6 hours a night. Our systems get recharged by natural healing while we snooze. lack of sleep will really affect t the immune systems ability to fight virus germs and bacteria.
Make the following a regular part of your diet. And should you feel the sniffles coming on double up. They have been my saving grace many times over. Others swear by them as well.
Drink hot tea with honey and lemon hot apple cider, and non pasteurized Apple Juice. Eat hot tomato and or chicken noodle soup. Gargle with warm salt water or a little hydrogen peroxide.
I have also found that EmergenC vitamin packs give me a lift, especially the blueberry/acai flavor.