We all know how miserable it feels to have a cold, or the flu. The flu shot is supposed to be the answer, but I have talked to a lot of people who had the shot and still got sick. Over time I have come up with a few things that help me to keep from getting the flu.
1. Maintain a healthy diet that includes leafy green vegetables, daily if possible. Cut back on sweets and empty carbs and drink water regularly throughout the day to stay hydrated.
2. When you feel your feet getting cold, warm them. It’s true. Clammy feet seem to be an indicator of the start of a cold. I find the same is true if the roof of my mouth is cold. If wearing layers or wrapping yourself in a blanket isn’t enough, a hot drink and a heated bean bag or a heating pad should do the trick.
3. You’ve been told it a million times, but here it is again. Get enough rest. Take a nap if you feel tired. Go to bed earlier than usual if you are fatigued.
4. One of the most important things I am very diligent about is hand washing. I think we have been missing an important piece of information when it comes to hand washing. Germs on our hands don’t really seem to be a problem unless the germs somehow get into our system. For years I would get sick after going shopping. While I was out I would have a muffin or a cinnamon roll. When I stopped picking up my food with unwashed hands, I stopped getting sick. If you think about it, touching clothing items, or door handles or even shaking hands can communicate a lot of germs. Try it and see if it makes a difference.
5. Slow down. Don’t push yourself to do everything that normally needs doing if you are feeling drained. It could be that your body is telling you it is needing some of your energy to fight off sickness.
6. Pop a 500mg or even a 1000mg Vitamin C tablet as soon as you get that scratchy feeling at the back of your throat. Take it with water, every four hours, until the feeling starts to go away. I often find I need to take one at bedtime and by morning I feel fine. If you chew the tablet you should probably brush your teeth later because the acid can be hard on your enamel.
I’d love to hear from you if you find that any of these tricks I have picked up make a difference for you. Stay healthy!