Winter weather is in full effect now bringing with it all the cold weather sniffles and body aches. Changes in temperature any more than ten degrees can make it hard for the body to keep up its homeostasis which is why people experience cold seasons far more regularly. We are exposed to the same cold and flu viruses all year, but it never really becomes a problem for most people until the wet and cold winter months when our immune systems can no longer keep up with the changing weather and the viruses around us all the time.
Being sick is never fun - especially when productivity around the home or workplace is being reduced. Here are some great tips for kicking those winter those winter colds sooner rather than later.
Hydration, Hydration, Hydration
Did you know that at least 60% of the human body is made of up water? Getting even a little dehydrated is relatively easy, especially when combating a cold or flu. Water is one of the best allies in the battle for health. Increasing your water intake can help improve energy and thin respiratory mucus. If you aren't a big fan of plain water, try adding in some Lemon or Orange slices. Lemon and Orange have their healing benefits too. When it comes down to hydration - drink water until you have had enough and then keep drinking. In addition to water, green tea can be a great way to get soothing lemon and honey with additional benefits for your immune system since green tea can act as an antiviral.
Suffer No Stuffed Up Noses
Hot showers are great when you are feeling under the weather - if you can find enough energy to indulge in one. Not only can the warm water help soothe aching and sore muscles, but it also aids in circulation. If you are suffering from a stuffed nose, spend some time in the shower as the steam will help alleviate sinus pressure. Post-shower if you are still suffering from a blocked up nose, try sleeping on an extra pillow. Being propped up a little higher can promote sinus draining.
Stir Up Some Salt
Salt is not only a great seasoning but has some noticeable cold-fighting properties. Gargling with warm salt water does have preventative properties as well as helping with sore throat relief. Gargling with warm salt water pulls a lot of fluids from the throat helping to combat the virus and providing temporary relief.
Give it Up for Garlic and Onion
European countries have historically relied on commonly used plants and herbs in treated sickness. Garlic and Onion have been used since ancient Egypt due to their medicinal properties. Both Garlic and Onion contain Allicin that contains sulfur which can help fight inflammation and kill bacteria and viruses.[5,6]
Enjoy Essential Oils
Most Essential oils contain antiseptic properties that combat bacterias, viruses, and fungus. Essential Oils can also fight inflammation as well. Eucalyptus Oil, when diffused into the air or applied topically, can act as a decongestant. Oregano Oil is also a sickness sufferers best friend. Oregano Oil inhibits the growth of bacteria that can cause Pneumonia and help ease Bronchitis.
Get more Probiotics and Antioxidants
Many doctors will agree that a good immune system starts with good gut health. Taking regular Probiotics have been shown to shorten the duration of the common cold. Remembering to take Probiotics can be difficult but not when they are in your coffee. Antioxidants can also be used to stave off the common cold, shorten cold duration, and neutralize free radicals. Our Probiotic Blend also contains plenty of Antioxidants so you can do one-stop shopping with your coffee cup.
Beef it up with Bone Broth
Bone Broth is an excellent food when you are feeling under the weather. It is one of the best sources of Calcium, Collagen, and Magnesium. It can also aid in the thinning of the mucus in the chest.
Reign in Some Rays
Vitamin D is essential for a healthy immune system, and most people don't get enough of it in the winter months. Here is a good guideline to go by to check if you are getting all the sun you need:
Light Skinned: 15-20 Minutes
Medium Skinned: 25-30 Minutes
Dark Skinned: 35-40 Minutes
If the winter months don't allow you to soak up the sun, you may need to supplement your Vitamin D intake. Try our Beauty Blend to help get those extra rays - even if they do come expertly infused in a pod of coffee. If coffee isn’t your favorite way to suck up the sun, here are some great ways to get more sunlight on your rainy days.
Being sick is never fun, but these quiet and easy tips can help you suffer less from your sick days. Add in some extra sleep, and you'll be on your way to feeling better.