4 ways to fight off colds and catch the feel better bug!

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It’s the season of get-togethers complete with kisses, hugs, and handshakes…and the sharing of colds and viruses!
I noticed today that there was a huge percentage of my Facebook friends updating their status with “I’m so sick” and “I feel miserable with this cold”. So, I thought I’d put together some resources to help those not feeling well, feel better.
1. Eat (lots of nutrient rich foods and beverages)
It’s a proven fact that following a nutrient rich diet with foods high in vitamins A, B, C, and E, potassium, zinc, and magnesium, folate, and active cultures (like yogurt) help keep the cold and flu viruses at bay. Steering clear of foods and drinks high in sugar will help increase your immunity. Think water, not soda. And, don’t forget the Chicken Noodle Soup! This old time favorite has anti-inflammatory benefits, reduces mucus, and will soothe your throat. This crock pot version from Six Sister’s Stuff sounds amazing!
Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup
 
100% Orange Juice
Avocados
Spinach
Tomatoes
Bell Peppers
Broccoli
Garlic
Grapefruit
Lean Meat
Yogurt
2. Catch some Zzzz’s
Sleeping when you have a cold can be incredibly difficult, but one of the best ways to fight an illness is to get lots of rest! There are a few ways you can try to sleep better;
prop up your head or upper body with pillows to help keep your sinuses open and make it easier to clear your cough
use a humidifier to increase the moisture in the room and help keep your mucus membranes moist and help alleviate coughing
drink a hot cup of tea before bed…honey and lemon are great for soothing sore throats and opening up sinuses
3. Stay Hydrated
Be sure to drink lots of water! Dehydration can make cold symptoms feel much worse.
4. Over-the-counter medications
While I tend to be more of a naturopath, there are times I look to over-the-counter medicines to alleviate congestion, sinus pressure, and other cold symptoms. So peek in your medicine cabinet and see if there are some trusted options to help heal your specific symptoms. Remember, anti-biotics are used to kill bacteria, not viruses.
Here’s to staying happy and healthy!
 

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