Sniffle Season

UGH! It seems no matter how hard you try to avoid it, it finds you. The inevitable cold. Unless you’re a hermit and never come in contact with the germy people of the world, you are bound to succumb to this snotty mess of a condition at least once during the winter.

I am a whiner when I’m sick. It just feels highly inconvenient to be knocked on my butt when I work so hard all year to stay healthy. Luckily, I have some tricks that work in my favor to nip it in the bud at the first sign of symptoms.

Antioxidant rich fruits and veggies are your best friends. I like to sneak handfuls of spinach into berry smoothies for a mega dose. You can’t even tell it’s in there, promise! Tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, carrots, etc, etc, etc. Basically, the more colorful your diet is, the better off you will be.

Aside from yogurt and its highly beneficial live bacteria (it stimulates the production of white blood cells), I tend to avoid dairy while I’m sick. It coats the throat and creates mucous which is the last thing anyone wants.

Chicken Soup is good for the soul and for a cold! Homemade versions are said to have immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory compounds that are perfect for helping your respiratory system get back on track.

Garlic reduces bacteria growth and production. It’s not like you’ll want to kiss anyone when you are sick anyway.

Echinacea can be helpful when fighting symptoms of a cold. It helps activate chemicals in the body that decrease inflammation and is thought to stimulate the immune system. It is important to get a quality product as there are many out there that are labeled Echinacea abut don’t actually contain it. Be sure to read the label!

Vitamin C is perhaps the most important way to boost your immune system. There are endless varieties available and choosing one can be a chore. A high vitamin C dosage is your best bet for knocking out your sickness.

And of course, STAY HYDRATED. I am a bit of a fanatic when it comes to water intake but with good reason!

So while I try to prevent my developing cold from manifesting fully, I hope you are able to use these tips to prevent one from attacking you. Stay healthy!

 

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