Ah, Fall! Truly the perfect season for bundling up in sweaters, cozying up by the fireplace as a perfect escape from the cold, picking pumpkins and/or apples at your local farm, and…..achooooo! Unfortunately, with Fall, also comes another season we all dread. You might have guessed it already: yucky cold and flu season! Despite our best efforts to prevent it, catching a nasty case of the sniffles is often beyond our control, and retreating to bed with plenty of water, warm, herbal tea and a seemingly endless supply of tissues always seems to be the perfect home remedy.
While you wait for your immune system to claim victory, there are a few things you can do to help you feel better and get back during the cold and flu season and be on your feet sooner!
Six Tips for Symptom Relief this Cold and Flu Season
1. Clear that stuffy nose!
- Having a blocked nose can definitely be one of the worst parts about being sick! If cold medications still leave you feeling stuffed up, try pairing them with a saline spray like hydraSense®. hydraSense® is 100% naturally-sourced seawater that is clinically proven to reduce and relieve nasal congestion so you can breathe better and concentrate on getting the rest you need.
2. Soothe your throat!
- Sucking on ice chips (or better yet, yummy popsicles!) can temporarily relieve a sore and scratchy throat by calming the inflammation causing you pain and discomfort upon swallowing or coughing. If that isn’t working well enough for you, other methods to consider are gargling salt water and sipping on herbal tea with a dash of honey.
3. Take on some light exercise!
- I know what you’re thinking: who feels like exercising when they’re sick? But did you know that light exercise can actually help clear up your nasal congestion? Unless you happen to be very contagious and/or are experiencing either chills, fever, or fatigue, consider taking a brief walk outside to clear your mind and help you feel restored instead of staying inside all day; however, be sure not to overdo it. Getting the rest your body needs is just as equally important to beat the cold and flu season!
4. Remember to stay hydrated and get some rest!
- Don’t feel guilty about taking the day off to feel better! Stressing while what you may be missing in school or at work during your cold and flu won’t help you feel any better. So relax, take it easy, and remember to drink plenty of fluids! Whether it be tea or water, staying hydrated will prevent dehydration and keep your throat from getting dry! It’s a win-win situation!
5. Clean up those germs!
- Nobody is interested in catching whatever bug you’ve caught, especially close friends and family members! Prevent the spread of bacteria by cleaning surfaces with antibacterial wipes/sprays and by keeping your hands disinfected with hand sanitizer. Keep in mind, however, that the best way to prevent the spread of gems is by washing your hands frequently throughout the day with soap and water!
6. Give your body a (delicious) boost!
When you’re sick during the cold and flu season, making nutritious meals may feel like more of a chore. If your sick-day meals are more microwave friendly than health conscious, it’s also important to make sure you’re getting the nutrients you need with the help of a multivitamin. If you’re not a fan of pills, try One A Day® Gummies. They taste great and help the body to metabolize carbohydrates, fats and proteins. For some added Vitamin C, pop Redoxon® into a ½ glass of cold water. You get 10 oranges worth of vitamin C in one tablet†!
Nobody likes having to go to the store while they’re sick! This cold and flu season, stock up with the help of this handy Cold & Flu Season Checklist! You’ll have the reassurance of knowing you’re ready for the upcoming winter with the added bonus list of which symptoms to look out for!
To download the free printable PDF, click on the picture below!
Which home remedies do you use to help relieve your cold and flu symptoms? Share below!
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†Equivalent to the vitamin C of 10 raw oranges. Data on file. When diet is not enough – Redoxon is not meant to replace food.