Well, it's still hitting 80+ degrees here in the
forever summer early days of fall, but the lows are dropping steadily at night, which makes a wonderful concoction for aiding in the development of the (always dreaded) head cold and other ailments. Thanks weather, you're awesome.
If you are anything like me, you HATE going to the doctor. I mean, the disdain is STRONG. Death or dismemberment are about the only thing to get me to willingly go sit in a petri dish of bacteria for hours (aka the waiting room,) then move to sit in another room that smells like some powerful antiseptic, and THEN get 5 minutes with the doctor who hardly even makes eye contact.
If I've made it to that hot seat, it's because my husband drugged me.
(JK, but that's juuuuuust about how it goes...)
HERE ARE A FEW THINGS YOU CAN DO TO KEEP
THE QUACK THE DOCTOR VISITS TO A MINIMUM:
Drinking lots of water aids in digestion, helps the kidneys filter waste and balance electrolytes in your system, as well as helping get that mucus out of your body if you are getting sickly. Basically, drink all the H-TWO-OH!
Take a Probiotic Regularly
Probiotics are super awesome when it comes to gut health and balancing the good and bad bacteria located in your body. According to the Mayo Clinic, about 80% of your immune system is located in your gut, so taking a probiotic supplement to help it out is a fantastic habit to make. Also, After taking a antibiotic, your body is void of those good bacterias you need, so taking a probiotic helps restore balance (of the force.) #nerdalert
It relieves stress, promotes heart health, helps manage weight, helps you sleep better, improves memory problems, & even delays or completely prevents heart disease, diabetes and other age-associated conditions. Seriously, just go for that walk. By exercising, you are increasing circulation to components of your immune system, therefore aiding in warding off illnesses. #winning
CLEAN YO HOUSE!
Having a clean house lowers your stress levels, manages allergens in your home and lessens the spread of germs. Recent studies show the kitchen is the germiest place in a home, not the bathrooms like I used to believe. But honestly, disinfecting all doorknobs, drawer pulls and handles is one way to keep those harmful microorganisms from spreading like wildfire.
So, what do you do when you feel that first little tickle in your throat?
Freak out. Of course you freak out.
if those sniffles start to come around, here are some simple home remedies that could keep you from calling into work and using those precious P.T.O. days:
Steam it Up!
Use a Humidifier to keep moisture in the dry autumn air. Just make sure you clean it regularly...you don't want to be spewing mold into the air while you're already not feeling well! Also, an essential oil diffuser is one of my go-to's when I'm not feeling well. Bring on the eucalyptus to help clear sinuses and pressure...plus, it smells ah-mazing.
Your body heals and restores when you sleep, so getting lots of sleep when you are feeling under the weather is important. According to Health.com, your body produces more white blood cells when you are asleep to attack those viruses and bad bacteria. Your body can focus on getting you better if you rest and let it do it's thang...so put down the phone, turn off Netflix and go take a freakin' nap.
Drink Clear, Hot Liquids
Teas like Yogi Throat Comfort are amazing for a sore throat and cough. Hot drinks with healing properties, like an immune system support tea, are a great way to help your body get through sickness. Drinking hot, clear liquids loosens secretions in your chest and sinuses, making it easier to get rid of congestion. It also helps keep you hydrated, which is important when you are feeling sickly.
Try The Magical Concoction!
Garlic, Cayenne Powder & Raw Honey - this combination is like the super hero for sore throats and helping ward off illness.
Finely chop one clove of garlic, then mix with a 1-to-2 ratio of cayenne powder and local, raw honey. Swallow the concoction and BAM! Your throat inflammation & irritation decreases.
It's important that the honey is local and raw because it will have pollen and other properties from your area, & that will help your body build up antibodies. Particularly, Buckwheat honey is best for all cold weather medicine cabinets. It is high in antioxidants & has a lot of immune boosting properties. Another good honey for boosting your immune system is Manuka honey.
This past summer, I was about to leave on a MUCH needed vacation, and the day before I was boarding the plane, I started to feel sickly (commence freak out and lots of 'no, no, no, no, no, NO! NO!') A friend of mine told me to mix a clove of raw garlic with a little olive oil and swallow to help me feel better. Say WHAT?! At first, I didn't take her seriously, but desperate times...so I did it, and the next day I felt just fine. THANKS FRIEND! :) I believe raw garlic has some serious healing powers...
I am not a medical professional by any means...just someone who tends to always get the yuck that someone sneezes into my breathing space.
So, if these home remedies only dampen your symptoms, or they worsen, obviously seek medical attention.
Sometimes a shot in the butt is better then feeling like a walker on that really famous show about zombies.