With the kids back to school after a long break, and adults back to work, the not so friendly germs are beginning their busy season. Runny nose, cough, fever, are all symptoms of the common cold. If you are anything like we are you try to talk yourself out of your symptoms and ignore them as long as you can. We have some helpful tips on how to combat the symptoms and get back in business as quickly as possible.
In our family the joke is that we could come in with our arm cut off and Mom would say “drink water, take a bath, and then come back and tell me how you feel”. The belief that water can solve all the problems. This isn’t too far off. Our bodies are at least 60% water. It is used in our cells and organs and helps to regulate our body temperature as well as other things. So being dehydrated when sick slows down the germ fighting ability of our bodies and adds another strain. By drinking water, we help our bodies do the things it needs to do. The bath part is only for comfort, at least we think so.
Get some Rest
By relaxing we give our bodies the chance to get done what it needs to. Our tip is to do nothing. As in put the to-do list aside and let your body recover. Stress is intense and can shut down parts of our body, being sick and dealing with stress is just a recipe for prolonged illness. It can be hard to set the list aside in fear of falling behind. We all know that we are not as productive when we are ill or tired. If we set things aside and give our bodies a chance to do their job, we can get back to work sooner and most likely will not be as far behind as we think. Take a bath, read a book, SLEEP, whatever you do, allow yourself to rest.
Eat Whole Foods
Eating when sick can sometimes be a problem of its own. A lack in appetite and no motivation to eat puts the food thing on the back burner. Unfortunately, this is the opposite of what our bodies need. It is important to eat foods that are jam packed with vitamins and proteins to give our cells the energy they need to fight off the virus. This doesn’t mean going to the local fast food place just to give it food. The body needs more than sugars and carbohydrates to take on the tough job of healing you. Fruits, vegetables, and proteins will do the trick. It doesn’t have to be fancy, it could be as simple as a smoothie or a cup of soup.
Getting sick is not on anybody’s to-do list, but it happens. Our tips will help you get over the sniffles quicker than just ignoring the symptoms. Our tips are also great preventative measures to keep the sick away. The more we can take care of ourselves the better our body can ward off the bad germs. Sickness happens, and we have to deal with it. And don’t forget to go the doctor as recommended. Drinking water, resting, and eating may well be the start to recovery. None of this info is new, just a friendly reminder.