Abbey Mae

My Tips For Cold and Flu Season

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Gals, I’m two days into a cold. I realized about a week ago that my immune system was starting to get under the weather. I kept getting a runny nose multiple times a day, and I knew it was just about time until I got sick.

Then, it happened. It hit me, and I know that I probably have a few more days of this, so I thought it would be fitting to write about it.

Here are a few things I’m doing so that I can stop this cold in its tracks, or at least shorten it by a few days:

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Load Up on Hot Beverages

Hot beverages support your immune system and help your body recover faster. As you know, I’m a big advocate of tea. One of my favorite companies is Traditional Medicinals, since they have all natural ingredients and have a wide variety of teas for every ailment. 

Some of my favorite teas are Throat Coat, Gypsy Cold Care (not as weird as it sounds and significantly helps with congestion), and this tea based on Traditional Chinese Medicine for herbal support. I particularly love the last one because of the mild taste as well as the all-natural herbs to support the immune system.

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Hydrate

I know, I know. Everyone always says this. You’ve heard it from your mother various times. But I will say from personal experience that I have been able to fully prevent the onset of a cold just by drinking a few extra glasses of water. 

Hydration helps the body release toxins, which is especially beneficial during a cold. Aside from drinking regular old H2O, you could also try:

  • Infused Water-Add fruits like orange and lemons slices to your water to boost vitamin c, great for the immune system. Another option is to add ginger slices to your water, as it can aid digestion and opens up inflamed airways.
  • Chlorophyll-Can I just take a minute to say how much I love Chlorophyll? It has a wide variety of uses and benefits. Boosting the immune system happens to be one of them, and Chlorophyll is easily dissolved in water. Get it here
  • Electrolyte Water-We all know you lose electrolytes when you sweat, but you can also lose them when you’re sick, especially if you have a fever. Electrolytes aid in regulating body temperature and can be helpful in trying to break a fever.
  • Coconut Water-There is so much to be said about this beverage, it is a miracle of nature in itself. Aside from having natural electrolytes, coconut water is anti-bacterial, a natural source of vitamin c, and boosts your metabolism. These benefits and more will aid your body in recovering, and help heal your cold faster.
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Avoid Sugar and Dairy

While you aren’t likely to get sugar cravings during a cold, you may want some comfort foods. But stay away from the sweets as they don’t provide nutrients, cause inflammation and weaken the immune system.

As for dairy, you won’t want to get three feet near it with congestion. You know how you hate blowing your nose? Well, dairy actually contributes to the creation of mucus. So unless you want to blow your nose forever, you may want to stay away from it. If you can’t already tell, this wisdom came to me from personal experience.

So what comfort foods can you eat? Think warm, light, nutrient-dense meals. The go to chicken soup is one of the best to have on hand. Stews, hot totties and the like are also great options.

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Those are a few things that I’m doing to help my cold. If you’re going through cold and flu season, I wish you well and I’m sending good vibes your way.  

Have a great Tuesday and be sure to take care of yourself if you’re under the weather! 

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