Sunday, May 9, 2010

Feeling green?

Ive been sick for the past few days and since the seasons are changing, I suspect I am not the only one.

This time around I happen to have learned a few things along the way (thanks to mom and a few pals) that I think would be helpful had I known from the beginning, and so I thought appropriate to share... so when the bug creeps up on you, you can squash it in no time.

Warning: These are homeopathic remedies, I am not a case anyone was fooled into thinking I was. Also, the word 'mucous' is used often, so if you're not sick, you may not be ready to read this kind of info.

1.Cut the Dairy and Sugar Immediately:

These are the two ingredients that are imparitive in creating mucous. I'm always shocked at how many people don't know this, but dairy especially, is the main participant. Mucous in turn is what causes congestion of the sinuses, soar throat, and eventually wiggles its way down into the rest of your body to cause that all-over ick feeling. So if you're sick, yogurt, milk and any other dairy products will only help to prolong your illness if not make it worse.

2. Spit don't swallow:

I know its kind of gross but please, when you start to feel the mucous in the back of your throat, the last thing you want to do is swallow it. That's the stuff that is making your throat hurt, head hurt, and nose stuffy, and eventually, once it creeps down into the rest of your body will keep you in bed with aches and shivers.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar can save your life:

If you have throat pain, like most people do with any kind of cold or flu, know that the throat is the gateway to the rest of your body. Gargling with applecider vinegar can help with this, it doesn't tast great but it will kill that god forsaken mucous, and relieve some of the soarness in your throat. If you swallow a little of it, it'll get to the parts of the throat gargling doesn't reach.

4. All hail the Netty Pot:

A Netty pot can be your best friend. It will help drain the mucous in record time before it takes over the rest of you and leaves you out of comission for days at a time. You can get one at CVS or Duan Reade or your local drug store.

5. Your body Heals while its resting:

So sleep as much as possible. Anything you can do to help yourself relax and rest is for the best. Sleep inducing medicines like nyquil can help with this.

6. Take it Easy with Epsom:

A bath with Epsom salt can be really soothing when you've got the ache's all over or if youre just feeling cold and having a hard time relaxing. The epsom salt helps relax the mussels.

7. Air it out:

Take a short walk or atleast get out for a few breaths, it will rejuvenate you, sometimes laying in the same place for too long just keeps you feeling ill.

Hope this helps!

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