Hey, you sure can’t feel pretty when you’re sick with a cold or the flu. So, the question one may ask is what does one do about it? Recently, I caught the flu, and for starters, I eliminated my need for sugar. I loaded up on Elderberry and began drinking more water.
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Now, of course, that’s not the only remedy. There are many lifestyle approaches, such as good hygiene, balanced nutrition, and lifestyle considerations that can make a huge difference in one’s overall winter wellness.
When it comes to good hygiene, one should wash their hands regularly with soap, avoid crowds, avoid using pens and pencils in public places, and shopping carts. So, when it comes to the cold and flu season, it’s a good time to start carrying your own pen. Don’t touch your face. Viruses enter the body through mucous membranes, so keep your hands away from your mouth, nose, and eyes.

Another lifestyle approach is to eliminate sugar. Sugar can suppress your immune system for hours after ingestion. It is recommended to eat fermented foods or take probiotic supplements to support a healthy immune system. One should eat nutritious, unprocessed foods. If one is on a Keto diet, then it becomes rather easy to maintain balanced nutrition.

It’s not too difficult to make changes in one’s lifestyle when it comes to surviving flu and cold season. One should exercise regularly, spend time in the sun or invest in a full spectrum light bulb and place it where you usually sit in the house. One should also get some fresh air, stay warm (75-85 degrees F.) It’s important to stay in a good mood and laugh often. It is generally believed that hobbies help reduce stress and thereby help maintain health. It has been suggested that people with strong support systems, hobbies, and things to look forward to don’t get sick as often as those who are depressed and stay indoors. It’s important to work on reducing one’s stress, so one doesn’t compromise one’s immune system. So, if one finds themselves in a stressful situation, breathing exercises and meditation can be helpful tools. If you have trouble with meditation, try a guided meditation (many are available online).

Of course, be sure to get plenty of rest. For me, personally, there are nights when I have trouble getting to sleep. So, I take a sleep aid.
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Another tidbit of information to survive the cold and flu season is an antiviral folk remedy. One gargles with 1 teaspoon of salt in some warm water.

More about the natural health remedies using salt…coming in the next article.

Author's Bio: 

Kelley is the author of the book, "My Curly Hair: Living with a Visual Processing Disorder." She shares her experience in dealing with photophobia, a visually handicapped condition and how she persevered to graduate from a university, when everyone thought she was dumb.