‘Tis the Cold and Flu Season

Although many of us are busy celebrating the holidays and getting ready for much-needed time with family and friends, we often forget that another season is upon us: cold and flu season. Sometimes, getting a flu shot and consistently using hand sanitizer is not enough to keep illnesses away. When you’re feeling under the weather, follow these tips to help ensure a full recovery.

Allow yourself to rest: It is not uncommon for us to think we can “push through” a cold and still complete our daily obligations such as going to work or school. However, this can prolong an illness and puts others at risk for becoming infected. By staying home and dedicating time to rest, you are allowing your body to fight off the infection without having to devote energy to other tasks.

Take a hot shower or bath: Congested sinuses and muscle aches are some very common and unpleasant symptoms of winter illnesses. While your doctor may prescribe over-the-counter medications to combat these symptoms, a hot bath or shower can also provide some relief. The steam from the hot water can help relieve pressure in congested sinuses while the hot water can relax tired and sore muscles.

Hydrate: Your doctor has probably told you this before, and we are going to say it again. Drinking fluids such as water, tea and broth are extremely important when you are sick. Some teas have anti-bacterial properties and can help soothe a sore throat, an upset stomach and stuffy sinuses. If you have a fever, drink water to avoid becoming dehydrated from sweating. Vomiting and diarrhea can lead to the loss of electrolytes, which can be replenished with sports drinks. R.W. Knudsen Recharge is an electrolyte beverage with quality ingredients that can also be frozen into pops.

Don’t forget to eat: Food is often the last thing on our minds when we are sick, but it is important to give our bodies energy to fight off infection. For those experiencing nausea or vomiting, the BRAT (bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast) “diet” or ginger tea may help settle your stomach. Citrus foods like oranges and grapefruit are high in vitamin C and can help boost your immune system. Soups can help fight dehydration and soothe sore throats while providing some nutrients and vitamins.

Go to the doctor: Home remedies can only do so much. Making an appointment to see your physician may be crucial to recovering, especially if your symptoms worsen or persist. They can provide you with an accurate diagnosis as well as medications to help you recover.

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