With fall in the air and back -to-school season in full swing, it’s almost impossible to keep our immune systems strong during cold & flu season. Some over-the-counter medicines are full of unnatural and harmful ingredients to our bodies. Home remedies can help control and manage symptoms. If any symptoms persist after two weeks or increases, it’s time for you or your loved one to visit Bend Memorial Clinic to see a doc. Check out these tips that will help get you through the season:
- Stay Hydrated: Make sure to consume plenty of water, which will reduce mucus build-up. Liquids such as water, herbal teas and low-sugar fruit juices are ideal. Diluting mucus will make it easier to blow your nose nose and cough to eliminate the infection. Liquids also help to lubricate the throat and ease the sensation of burning or itching.
- Saltwater: One of the least expensive and easiest actions to take for a cold is rinsing with saltwater. This will help break up mucus and promote healing. Mix 1 tsp. of salt to 1 cup of warm water.
- Elevate: Propping your head up with pillows is essential to aid in draining the nasal passage ways and helping to ease congestion. For small children or those of us that tend to shift a lot in the night, try propping up the legs of your bed frame near the headboard with books or wooden blocks.
- Honey: Honey is full of antioxidants and a sweet alternative to cough medicines which can be full of unnatural ingredients. Pairs well with ginger and lemon in teas, warm waters and other liquids. Can be taken alone by consuming one spoonful.
- Increase fruit & vegetable intake: Vitamins, minerals and antioxidants keep our bodies strong. Without them, it is hard to ward off infection. When our immunity is low, our bodies lose stored energy, vitamins and our normal store of nutrition. Help expedite your sickness by fueling your body with nourishing fruits and veggies.
- Moisten the air: Vaporizers and humidifiers can add moisture to your room aiding in the loosening of mucus and easing congestion. Make sure to change the water on a daily basis.