It seems like there is quite a bug going around, most people I know are sick or just getting over a cold. People in the streets are coughing and sneezing everywhere. Stock in Kleenex has shot up (just kidding, I don’t know if that’s actually true but it might as well be!)
Guys, I’ve been sick. Like, laying in the bed for the past 5 days sick. Now that I’m feeling better, I thought I’d share how I got over my cold and hopefully help some of you get better too!
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6 WAYS TO GET OVER A COLD
1. NETI POT
Have you guys used this before? It’s weird at first, but if you do it the correct way (read the instructions first!) it’s not painful and really works! This helps get rid of post nasal drip, thins mucus, and helps flush it out of your nose! It makes me feel much better almost immediately!
Check out this link for more information http://www.webmd.com/allergies/video/truth-about-neti-pots
This nasal spray is available over the counter and is super helpful in drying out that nasty post nasal drip. Whenever I get a cold, post nasal drip runs like a faucet that keeps me coughing and miserable. This medicine is a miracle worker for me!
NOTE: The medicine mentioned above is what I do to make myself feel better. As always, consult with your doctor before taking over the counter medications especially if you have a pre-existing medical condition and/or are currently taking other medications
Yeah, I know, they always say “drink plenty of fluids”…but it’s true! You see, there are many reasons why drinking water is crucial to getting better. Imagine you have two petri dishes in front of you. One is full of water, the other one has a couple drops of water. Imagine putting a pill in both of them. In the petri dish with the water, the pill will dissolve and start working right away. In the petri dish with a couple of drops of water it will take much, much longer for it to dissolve and start working. The cells in your body work primarily with water and if you don’t give it plenty of water to work with, you slow down your healing process significantly.
This is an obvious one but I like to keep busy, so sometimes I over do it. This past week, I really allowed myself to rest and sleep…a lot. Your body is weaker when it is sick and any extra energy expended takes away from your body fighting off the illness. So, catch up on some movies or tv shows you’ve been waiting to see…or just catch some extra Zzzzzz’s
I swear by this. Soup really does cleanse the soul. There’s something about a warm, nutritious bowl of soup to get you feeling better quicker. This week, I made chicken noodle soup in the crockpot. It is delicious, nutritious, and I literally feel better almost immediately after eating it. Eating well is crucial in the healing process. Give your body the nutrition it needs to fight off a cold. Check out my yummy, nutritious, super easy recipe for Chicken Zucchini Squash Noodle Soup I made this week CLICK HERE
Never underestimate the power of a shower. Keeping clean daily, especially while sick, can make you feel better almost immediately after taking a shower. In the hospital, after a patient receives a bath they always say how much better they feel! Staying clean makes a person feel more alive and well. Shower daily and get better faster!
There are many more ways to get yourself in feeling better, but these are the top 6 ways I got myself over this nasty cold this week. Take the time to let your body heal, rest, and stay hydrated!
Not sure if you need to visit the doctor for antibiotics? Here’s a helpful chart from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, 2016) on when you need antibiotics and when you don’t
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2016)
For more information on when antibiotics are needed click here http://www.cdc.gov/features/getsmart/
UNTIL NEXT TIME,
STAY HEALTHY MY FREAKS!
YOUR MIND AND BODY
WILL THANK YOU FOR IT.