Tips For Combatting Cold & Flu
Sunday, March 2, 2014
March is a
transitional month in the Midwest, which means we get the best and worst of
both winter and spring. On the one hand, the snow is beginning to thaw and we
will start to have occasional nice days. But on the other hand, we still have
the cold and flu season to contend with in addition to the beginning of the
allergy season, with the first peak of pollen production hitting sometime
around the middle of this month.
tips for battling cold and flu and warding off allergies so you won’t be down
for the count on those rare, precious early spring days.
Combating Cold & Flu
- Viruses are
to blame for making us feel so awful, so make sure to wash your hands often,
avoid touching your mouth, eyes or nose, don’t share drinks, and carry hand
sanitizer for when you’re not near a sink.
- Keep your
immune system strong with plenty of rest, drinking lots of fluids, and eating
fresh fruits and vegetables with high levels of antioxidants.
- Clean and
disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.
- Take plenty
of Zinc, which is a better supplement for warding off colds than Vitamin C.
- If you’ve
managed to get sick, you can gargle with salt water or a mixture of honey and
apple cider vinegar, to reduce sore throat.
- Start early.
Allergies have an inflammatory effect that tends to snowball. It’s best to keep
that fire burning low.
- Know you
have allergies, but want to be outside? Consider wearing a respiratory mask
when you have to work outside, like mowing the lawn, gardening or raking the
- Seek out
local honey for building immunity to native pollens. There’s some debate as to
whether or not honey is an effective solution to allergies, but many swear by
- Know your
over-the-counter and prescription options, which include antihistamines,
decongestants, bronchodilators, MAST cell stabilizers and immunotherapy. Some
popular choices are Bendaryl, Zyrtec, Allegra and Claritin, although many
professionals advise against taking OTC drugs.
seeing an allergist. Have you struggled with allergies your whole life? An
allergist may be able to help alleviate your suffering, and find a more
permanent solution to allergies, hay fever or asthma.
This is just a quick list, to help you get
started. There are hundreds of ways to weather the changing of the seasons and
help you get out and enjoy the spring. As always, general good health is the
most effective way to avoid sickness, so get out and go for a walk, drink
plenty of water, and eat a good meal!