And, apparently, even if you got the flu shot, it hasn't been completely effective on the strain going around this year. I also heard that strep has presented itself abnormally, like ear aches and congestion instead of just a sore throat. Needless to say, we all need to take that extra step when it comes to our health this cold & flu season.
ONE: Vitamin C
Grab some Emergen-C or orange juice and chug it. All day, err day.
Drink the recommended 8 glasses a day or more. Not only will it help flush the toxins, your skin will thank you as well. If you don't regularly drink a ton of water, it may take a couple days or a week to get used to it. But, once you get into the habit, then don't drink enough water, you'll definitely be able to tell and crave water.
Like Nike said, "Just do it."
In the cold winter months, the air gets SO dry. One of my biggest complaints has been a really dry nose. As in so dry that my nose literally aches. I got a humidifier, and it has made a world of difference. It has also really helped loosen up the congestion in my sinuses. Vicks makes a vaporizer (similar to a humidifier) that you can put menthol tabs in, and it's totally #AwesomeSauce.
And then moisturize s'more! I highly suggest you invest in some Burt's Bees chapstick and some thick lotion. It's the worst when you have chapped lips and cracked skin on your hands! It also may be a good idea to get a paraffin dip to help with faster healing for the skin on your hands.
FIVE: Sweat Session
I know you probably don't feel like it, especially if you're under the weather, but exercising is such a helpful antidote during cold & flu season. Exercise is obviously important all year long, but it can really go a long way in terms of positive mental and physical health during the cold and kinda dark winter months.
What are your go-to tips for battling cold & flu season? Please share!
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