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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.

Use these 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.

Tips For 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.

Tips For Fighting Allergies

  • 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 leaves.
  • 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 it.
  • 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.
  • Consider 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!





 

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