How to Recover From Colds and Flu Faster

When you've got a bad cold or flu, taking time off to rest helps your body to recover faster. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

When you’ve got a bad cold or flu, taking time off to rest helps your body to recover faster. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Colds and flu don’t have a cure, but there are things you can do to get over them more quickly. Here are 10 of them (via Prevention.com):

  1. Determine which virus you have. While cold symptoms are mostly respiratory, flu can be accompanied by fever, aches, chills and fatigue. If you think you have the flu, your doctor can write a prescription for an antiviral medication like Tamiflu, which can shave days off of your illness if you take it within the first 48 hours of symptoms.
  2. Rest and hydrate. Drinking water will thin the mucus secretions in your lungs, and rest helps your body fight off illness more effectively.
  3. Drink hot tea. All kinds of tea contain¬†theophylline, which dilates the bronchi and bronchioles, reducing resistance in your airways. For an extra boost, add a teaspoon of honey. Honey soothes scratchy throats, and its antioxidants help fight off infections.Continue Reading …
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6 Ways to Avoid the Flu

Tip #2: Wash your hands as often as you can stand, and then some. Scrub for 20 seconds or more to remove viruses from your skin. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Tip #2: Wash your hands as often as you can stand, and then some. Scrub for 20 seconds or more to remove viruses from your skin. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

2013 is becoming a big year for the flu, in Minnesota and around the country. Fortunately, there are several ways you can decrease your chances of getting sick (via WebMD):

  1. Get a flu shot. It’s the most effective thing you can do to prevent the flu. Not a fan of needles? There are flu-mist vaccines available, too.
  2. Wash your hands like it’s your job. Run your hands under hot water and wash with soap as often as you can stand. Remember, it takes 20 seconds to completely rid your skin of viruses, so each hand washing should be at least that long. Don’t forget to scrub everywhere, including in between your fingers, the baks of your hands, and your wrists.Continue Reading …
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How to Treat Flu Symptoms with Food

There is now scientific evidence that chicken soup can reduce inflammation and improve the ability of cilia, the tiny hair-like parts of the nasal passages, to protect the body from bacteria and viruses. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

There is now scientific evidence that chicken soup can reduce inflammation and improve the ability of cilia, the tiny hair-like parts of the nasal passages, to protect the body from bacteria and viruses. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Home sick with the flu? You’re not alone. Here are 10 foods that can help your body to recover and feel better faster (via WebMD):

  1. Popsicles. These icy treats can soothe a sore and swollen throat, and also work to keep you hydrated. Opt for 100 percent fruit juice versions to make sure you’re getting vital nutrients, too.
  2. Turkey sandwich. If you can stomach it, getting some lean protein into your system powers it up to fight your illness and make a faster recovery.
  3. Vegetable juice. Low-sodium vegetable juice offers many of the same immune-boosting antioxidants of a salad in an easier-to-digest liquid. Craving a sweeter taste? Try 100 percent fruit juice.Continue Reading …
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How to Survive Cold and Flu Season

When you have a cold or the flu, drink extra fluids. This will thin your mucus, allowing your sinuses to drain more easily. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Cold and flu season is upon us. Here are 11 things you can do to stay healthier and feel better faster (via WebMD):

  1. Wash your hands. Many viruses are spread through germs that congregate on your hands, then get into your nose, mouth or eyes. Use real soap and warm water, and wash as often as you can, especially before eating.
  2. Get your flu shot. It’s a myth that the flu shot can give you the flu. Getting it each year can prevent you and your family from getting sick.
  3. Stock up. Make sure you are prepared in the event that you do get sick, so you don’t have to run to the store when you’re not feeling well. Keep any medications you use, like decongestants and pain relievers, on hand, make sure your thermometer’s battery still works, and stock up on tissues and soap.Continue Reading …
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