Happy Monday, everyone!
Cold and flu season is upon us. And while I am usually the first to reach for the NyQuil when the stuffy-nose strikes, there are also a lot of other (natural) things that I make sure I do in order to help my body recover as quickly as possible. Just a friendly reminder, the things that your mom told you to do when you were sick as a kid still work!
1. SLEEP. Sleep is the first ingredient in maintaining your overall health. Your body repairs itself while you sleep, so even though course loads are tough right now, don’t miss out on the zzz’s your body needs to fight the bug.
2. Eat some chicken noodle soup. The hot soup helps your body stay warm, which conserves energy needed to fight your sickness off. Also the fluids help keep you from drying out more than you already are. And chicken noodle soup is delicious and tastes like home.
3. Sore throat? Gargle with warm salt water. It kills the bacteria in your throat and the warmth of the water is soothing… so long as you don’t accidentally swallow some of it.
4. Steam. Boil water, pour into bowl. Put a towel over your head and the bowl and breathe in the steam. It’s also a great way to get a free steam facial- good for both your skin AND your nasal passages.
5. Make a homemade tea from ginger root and lemon, which both fight inflammation. Ginger can also help sooth nausea!
Hopefully none of you are sick or will become sick for the rest of the semester (fingers crossed!). But if you do catch the cold or flu, try these out and get some much-deserved rest.