All Natural Tips for Surviving Cold and Flu Season
Most adults end up battling two or three colds a year, with the vast majority suffering during cold and flu season. You may feel like you’re its mercy, but thoughtful preparation and preventative measures can spare you from the worst the cold and flu season has to offer. Here are a few tips for staying healthy and keeping your sinuses clear this fall.
- Fresh Air for a Flu-Free Fall
Your grandma might have locked the house down when the first brisk breeze blew in autumn, but fresh air can often do more harm than good, especially in today’s hectic, crowded workplaces. Crack your windows, especially if you’re sharing space with other people, as long as the weather permits. Fresh air helps to keep the air around you circulating, which makes it more difficult for viruses to settle on surfaces. Plus, a fresh fall breeze is good for keeping your mind fresh and alert, too!
- Fermented Foods Stave Off Flu Bugs
You probably already know that foods with live cultures, including fermented foods like kefir, yogurt, and even kimchi, offer a plethora of health benefits. They’re well known for helping to sooth and maintain a healthy digestive system. What you may not have known is that they’re also a great way to help cold-and-flu proof your body for fall.
- Be Polite—But Protect Yourself
A sneeze can propel cold-causing particles up to twenty feet, and one of the easiest ways to snag an unwanted bug is by sharing pens, phones, and keyboards. You don’t have to live like you’re in a bubble, but it’s perfectly normal to politely protect yourself during the cold season by switching seats, and carrying your own writing utensils. Ease any discomfort by putting the onus on yourself—“I’m particularly susceptible to colds, so sorry,” is a great phrase to use to smooth any ruffled feathers.
- Mushrooms for a Much Needed Immune System Boost
Yogurt isn’t the only delicious way to help you combat the cold threat. Recent studies indicate that shitake mushrooms can help lower inflammation and boost your T-cell numbers—T-cells are essential for a strong immune system.
- Hands Off Your Face!
We’ve already covered keeping your personal area safe from picking up others’ germs, but what about those you’ve already picked up? No matter how often you wash your hands, they’re still bound to come into contact with more cold-and-flu threatening germs than the rest of you. Try to minimize touching your face, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Sleep Tight
One of the biggest threats to your immune system is not getting enough sleep. Adults who sleep less than seven hours nightly are at a 300% higher risk of developing cold and flu symptoms than those who make the effort to get a good night’s sleep.
Self-care is always important, and the cold and flu season is no different. Being mindful of your body’s needs, your nutrition, and your overall well-being can make this cold and flu season pass by in a blink, no tissues required.