Sickness and cures

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We’re officially in the cold and flu season, and with that, my son got sick for the past few days. This led me to thinking of the methods we might use to tackle symptoms or to prevent getting sick in the first place.

Its important to prevent sickness by the following means;

Wash hands…a lot. It sounds simple but washing hands works better than the Purell lotions, studies show. I will wash hands through the day, but also keep wet wipes and the Purell on hand for when I’m out and about.

Cover your mouth when you sneeze. Do not use your hand to do so. Use the corner of your sleeve, or better yet- use a tissue.

Wipe down services before use.. I’ll do this with shopping carts with either a baby wet wipe or the anti-bacterial wipes the store provides. 

Boost your immune system by exercising, eating right, getting enough sleep, keeping warm, and staying happy. All of these things are known to improve the immune system by increasing Dopamine, Serotonin, and white blood cells.

But what if you get sick anyway? Even with the best preventatives, you still might end up getting sick. So here are a few treatments:

Stay warm. Snuggle under a blanket (I love my electric blanket). By simulating a fever, you’re helping your body fight off the viruses. Hot baths, showers, and even steam rooms can also help.

Try a Neti Pot, or similar device. This item when used with a saline solution, flushes out the sinuses where the cold virus spreads. Its said to clear sinus passages for colds and even helps with allergies.

Blow your nose regularly. This helps clear it of possible cold viruses trying to make a home in your sinuses.

Drinks lots of liquids. This helps keep mucus flowing, keeps the body hydrated, and with hot liquids such as tea, it helps you feel warm. (see the video below for a tea)

Add steam to your house. Use a humifier or boil water in a pot to increase the moisture in your house. This helps mucus to keep moving (out of your body). I will add vanilla, clove, or other scents to water to make the place smell wonderful. (This also cuts down on static electricity).

Take supplements such as Zinc, vitamin C, Echinacea, or a combination of these. I use Zinc tablets because I can’t stand the metallic aftertaste of Cold Eeze tablets, and I drink juice for the vitamin C. Its important to do this at the first sign of getting sick. I’ve done this and the Zinc seems to prevent it from getting bad.

Here is a video of a ‘potion’ for protection and empowering brew, but the Ginger will help with cold symptoms. I would also suggest adding honey. Also take this before a cold but also this can help during a cold. Ginger is also great for nausea.

Other items that can help with symptoms are; honey, cinnamon, garlic, and lemon. By adding to hot tea, you get the double benefit of something warm to help clear nasal passages and staying warm.

What are your tips for when you’re sick?

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