I really like this list from WebMD for Natural Treatment tips for Colds and the Flu and I decided to share some of their suggestions with you today. If you feel like you are coming down with a cold or flu, follow the advice below:
- Sleep with more pillows. (Relieves congestion.)
- Don’t fly in an airplane.
- Eat foods that fight infection. (A short list is below.)
- Don’t overtreat your symptoms. In Europe, if you have a runny nose, the doctor wants it to run! If you don’t need to be in a business meeting, let your body help you heal itself.
- Blow your nose in the right way.
- Use a warm salt water treatment for a stuffy nose.
- Remember to stay warm and rested.
- Gargle. Here is the right way to gargle:
- Drink hot liquids.
- Take a steamy shower.
- Use warm packs on your sinuses.
The article suggests you eat the following foods while fighting a cold or flu:
- Blueberries – has a natural aspirin in it.
- Chili peppers
- Onions – This vegetable contains phytochemicals which may help the body to clear infections so to answer the question in the header, yes, onions may be able to get you back on your feet if you eat them. (Don’t put them in your socks or next to your bed.)
- Black/Green tea – These two types of teas have catechin which may have a natural antibiotic.
No one wants to get sick. Luckily, there are a variety of healthy habits that you can easily add to your daily routine to make sure you reduce your risk of catching a cold or the flu.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you are the one who is sick, stay away from healthy people which means, you should stay home if you are sick. I know this may be difficult if you have a work deadline but your body needs to rest to recover and the public doesn’t need to be exposed to your illness. This means, you should not run errands just because you are not at work. A sick day really means hanging out at home and letting your body recover.
Cover your mouth and nose when you are coughing and sneezing. After you’ve sneezed wash your hands or use an alcohol based hand rub to ensure you are not transferring germs to door handles, telephones, and other areas where many people put their hands.
Don’t touch your face unless you’ve washed your hands. When you touch your environment and then your face, you are transferring germs onto your skin, mouth or eyes. Clean often touched surfaces including doorknobs pens, and keyboards.
Washing your hands frequently. Your hands especially under the fingernails carry an abundant number of germs. Take the time to wash your hands with warm soapy water – sing happy birthday to yourself for 20 seconds and then dry your hands with paper towels using the towel to turn off the water.
Exercise to build up your immunity. Schedule twenty to 30 minutes of cardio everyday. Research has shown that women who workout had one third of the colds of women who did not exercise.
Get enough sleep. Your body needs time to recover. Research has shown that short sleepers are more likely to get sick.
Follow your Metabolic Balance® plan. – Metabolic Balance® has reviewed what your body needs to be balanced so following your plan will help ensure that your body is healthy and able to support your immune system which makes it easier to fight off a cold or the flu.
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