Wednesday, 6 February 2008

TIPS - Fighting colds and Feeling Better

beating a coldPhoto Credit: sparktography on Flickr

Anyone who works with alot of other people knows how easy it can sometimes be to pick up colds, coughs and other nasties. Obviously keeping fit and healthy is the best way to fight any bugs that come your way, but sometimes we all need some extra help...

  • Try not to stop eating when you feel unwell, its even more important to keep giving your body the nutrients it needs to fight the problem.
  • Water, water and more water is really important. Avoid alcohol as this is likely to dehydrate you and is of course a toxin, the last thing your body will want.
  • Colds are not spread by saliva but by nasal mucus, so there is no need to avoid kissing. Stop the spread of germs by always sneezing into a tissue, or if none is handy then your arm rather than hands. Sounds odd, but we touch millions of other things with our hands and fewer germs will get spread from your arm.
  • Eat some spicy food. Chillis in particular are great, they will clear a bunged nose and you will also be more likely to taste them than other blander flavours. Chillis also pretty good for the immune system and metabolism generally.
  • Use painkillers if you need to. Paracetamol or Ibuprofen will help to relieve the aches and pains associated with colds. Also consider a decongestent nasal spray. Vicks First defence is a range of products designed to reduce the symptoms of the cold before it fully takes hold.
  • Tissues can make noses really sore. Try ones with moisturiser or balm as they will be less likely to give you dry skin. Vaseline helps sore noses too, just save it for inside the house, or you may get some strange looks.
  • Steam your head over a bowl of hot water with lemon slices or a Karvol capsule in. It will clear the pressure in your nose, and is nice for your skin too.

Photo Credit: greekchickie on Flickr

If all else fails, make sure you have someone around to wait on you and put your feet up. If you feel that unwell, admit defeat and get some rest and relaxation. Your body will thank you for it.

Quick Tip

Several studies have proven that having fresh flowers around you has a positive effect on your mood. So hint to that boyfriend or husband of yours or go and get a plant for your desk. You could even treat that friend of yours to some flowers and make her day.

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