In the words of a hip-hop artist and wellness advocate named SupaNova Slom, “Don’t let sickness…and disease THUG YOU OUT.” Some sort of sickness gets to all of us, especially during the cold winter months. But don’t let it get the best of you. This list of tips should help you avoid the worst and help you get better.
Stay hydrated and eat healthy- Most sicknesses often leave you weary and dreary, probably because your body fluids are getting depleted as your body tries to function and heal. So, drink plenty of liquids when you’re sick. Fruit and vegetables are a good source of natural vitamins and minerals from which your body would really benefit as well. And chicken noodle soup is a really good cold remedy!
Do some research- Learn about what is going on with your body and what you can do for it by researching your sicknesses or symptoms. (I recently found a YouTube video debunking myths on the common cold.) Start with Google, webmd.com, or talk to someone in your family or someone you trust. Although I wouldn’t recommend internet searches in place of seeking professional medical care if you are uncertain of things or have a serious problem.
Get vaccinated and take some medicine- Keep up with your medical tests, shots, and immunizations to prevent serious health issues. Most places might offer flu shots free or cheap to college students. Take some medicine or start a remedy treatment when you start to feel sick. Try not to wait till you’re miserable from it.
Practice some healthy habits-Wash your hands after using the bathroom. Wear flip-flops when using public showers. Make sure you eat well-cooked foods. Keep scars and scrapes from getting infected. Practice good hygiene. Maybe things like these are common sense, but even some of the simplest actions can make the difference in getting sick or getting better.
Rest and stay in if necessary-If you feel bad, or if your illness is contagious, stay home and rest. This will give your immune system the opportunity to fight the illness and keep you (and others) from getting exposed to more germs.
“Why Do We Get Sick More in the Wintertime?”– web article
“6 Foods that Prevent Sickness”– web article
MedicineNet.com – information website similar to WebMD
“Stop a Cold in its Tracks”– web article from Health magazine
shalommama.com– Look under the “health” tab for her advice on natural and herbal remedies