It’s winter and that means there are lot of illnesses and flu’s going around. Of course, there’s also the Corona virus pandemic that’s going on. Two weeks ago I came down with a nasty little bug. I had a horrible cough and chest congestion, fever, body aches (Literally my ribs and back were so tender to pressure that even laying down was uncomfortable), a nonstop runny nose, and just felt icky all the way around. I knew that I had a very busy week at work and needed to get better quickly. Here are some of my top tips. (Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. This is not medical advice. Theses are simply things that have worked for me. Please seek medical advice for any illness.)
- Increase fluids and electrolytes. You lose a lot of water and electrolytes when you’re sick through sweating, from mucus loosening, vomiting, diarrhea, ect. Increasing fluids and electrolytes will help you replace those lost and help keep you hydrated.
- I like to drink water, coconut water and hydrate which is a healthy version of Gatorade to help replenish fluids and electrolytes.
2. Increase Vitamin C Vitamin C is an antioxidant and is necessary to produce collagen which helps strengthen cells. A deficiency in vitamin C can weaken the immune system and increase risk of infection. Taking vitamin C as soon as you feel like you’re getting sick can help decrease the length and severity of a cold.
- I like to drink hot lemon water with apple cider vinegar. (Lemons have more vitamin C than an orange.
- Eat 1 orange a day
- Take vitamin C daily. (Make sure you take it at a different time than vitamin B because they prohibit each other from being absorbed efficiently.)
3. Drink Bone Broth Bone broth is super good for you, especially when you’re sick. It provides immune boosting minerals while being easy on the digestive system. Bone broth also includes amino acid cysteine which helps to break down mucus.
- I like to drink at least one glass a day.
- You can also include it in soups and other cooking
4. Drink Kombucha I love kombucha all the time. It is full of probiotics and antioxidants. Kombucha helps you absorb nutrients and boosts your immune system helping to fight off illness.
- I try to drink 1 serving of kombucha a day. Don’t drink too much or you will end up with an upset stomach.
5. Rest I know this is obvious, but if you’re like me then you find resting difficult. I want to push through and got to work figuring if I stay home I’ll just be laying in bed all day and if I go to work I’ll just be sitting all day. Might as well go to work and get things done. I also like to keep my momentum going in the gym, but ultimately our body is telling us we need to slow down and relax.
- Allow yourself to lay in bed and binge watch a new show.
- Take those afternoon naps you avoid and let your body heal.
6. Use a Diffuser Diffusers are good for a lot of things. I like to use mine to aid in sleeping most days, but I also use it when I’m sick. Different oils have different properties and different brands have different qualities and effectiveness.
- I like to use Doterra’s breath. This helps maintain the feeling of clear airways and easy breathing. It’s great when you have a lot of congestion.
- I also like to use peppermint and eucalyptus.
7. Tylenol and Ibuprofen I really don’t like to take Tylenol and Ibuprofen, but sometimes the situation calls for it. When you are really feeling sick, super sore, have a headache, and/or a fever it can be super helpful.
- I like to take Tylenol and ibuprofen together every 6 to 8 hours. (Please follow appropriate dosing and consult with a medical professional)
- Sanitize desk and home daily especially handles, bathrooms, and kitchens.
- Wash hands regularly using soap for at least 30 seconds.
- Use hand sanitizer. It does not kill all germs but is still another line of protection.
- Wash bedding.