Although getting cold doesn't actually cause a cold or flu (the viruses do), being cold can reduce your stamina and make you feel miserable and fatigued. If your body feels cold and you have already been exposed to the flu or cold virus, your personal reaction to the cold may be enough to allow the flu or cold to take hold.
- You will still get colds and the flu; however, your main aim is to minimize their impact, severity, and duration by being fit, having a boosted immune system and by keeping active.
- Fill your mouth with water while taking a bath. Spit the water out after you have finished. Make it a daily habit.It will protect you from frequent recurrence of cold.
- Drinking unsafe water and eating unsafe produce that might contain dangerous amounts of E. coli may lead to symptoms such as stomachaches, vomiting, and nausea.
- The best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated. During the entrance of flu season, nurses and volunteers give flu immunizations in random places. Look for it in your grocery store, airport, even as random as local fairs and markets. The best places are pharmacies, hospitals, doctor's offices, and MinuteClinic's. (In the USA, MinuteClinic is recommended because they give out flu immunizations every day of the vaccination season, not one specific day like others.)
- It sounds hokey, but the time it takes to sing the following song twice is the time it takes to kill germs while washing. Sing the following twice while washing your hands (to the tune of "Row, Row, Row Your Boat"):
Wash, wash, wash your hands.
Wash them nice and clean!
See the germs to down the drain,
Get them nice and clean! Another song to sing when washing hands is Happy Birthday, sung twice.
- Avoid cortisone. It depresses the immune system.
- Nasal irrigation with warm salt water can help clear your sinuses of mucus which is carrying the cold or flu virus. Most respiratory viruses are heat sensitive and water that is just two or three degrees above body temperature can be effective at immobilizing these viruses.
- Ginger contains phenolic compounds which are responsible for relaxing the muscles of the stomach, and explains ginger’s effect in easing motion sickness. Gingerols found in ginger, have been discovered by Japanese researchers to block the bodies reflex to vomit. Ginger has also been shown to have anti-inflammatory and anti-pyretic properties and so can be used for some of the symptoms associated with cold and flu.
- Honey contains vitamins and minerals which enhance the immune system.Raw honey is the best.
- Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory and immune stimulant. When taken internally, it may tend to thin blood.
- See your doctor if a high fever persists for more than 24 hours; less time for kids and take any baby or infant with a high fever to the doctor straight away.
- Don't put all your eggs into one basket - don't rely on one vitamin supplement or just exercise to keep you in shape. Keeping fit and healthy is a combination of nutrition, exercise, positive thinking and careful hygiene.
- Don't take your cold or flu to work. It is unfair to other workers and you will recover more quickly if you rest for the first day or two of a cold or flu. Lingering colds and flu make you appear ghoulish and martyr-ish at work - use sick leave to improve quickly. Even if you have to go without pay for a day, this is likely to be a better return than carrying an illness that affects your performance for months to come.
- Always know the possible side effects of supplements before using them and speak with your doctor first to see if the medicine is right for you.
- Check with your doctor before using licorice if you have high blood pressure.
- AND DON'T FORGET YOUR EVERYDAY THROAT SPRAY TO KEEP THE GERMS AWAY! USE IT EVERYDAY! www.everydaythroatspray.com Pick up a bottle or two during this cold and flu season!