Feeling more tired than usual? Got a scratchy throat, runny nose and achy muscles? Looks like you’ve caught the flu.
Between work, school, and all around busy schedules, who can afford to be sick for very long? (Answer: No one!) Here are a few easy self-care steps that will help you and your family get on the fast track to recovery.
Be conscientious about hygiene.
This is one of the most important and simplest ways to get better. Make sure you wash your hands regularly and frequently, especially after touching objects like doorknobs, keyboards or shaking hands. Try Dial® Antibacterial Liquid Hand Soap with Moisturizer—it kills germs plus it prevents your hands from drying out after all that washing. Or let your little ones use Dial Complete® Hand Wash to make hand washing fun and foamy.
If your cold or flu has brought on the sniffles, it’s important to blow your nose to help relieve congestion. Use soft, high quality tissues like Scotties® Tissues. Plant them around your house and carry them in your purse or pocket at all times—there’s nothing worse than having to scramble for something to wipe noses with when caught off guard by sneezes.
Focus on healthy lifestyle habits.
Eat simple foods that are nutrient dense and easy for your body to digest like soups, fruits and vegetables. To give your immune system that extra edge, avoid caffeine, alcohol, refined sugars and processed foods. Also make sure to stay hydrated with plenty of fluids—this decreases inflammation and reduces congestion. The best options are filtered water, herbal teas and coconut water. And definitely make sure to get extra sleep since your body needs all its resources to fight off that virus. This is when the body recharges and refuels.
There are also several natural and over the counter medicines to consider as well. One of the top reasons for people having to take sick days at work is due to their kids being sick. If you find yourself with a little one who is feeling under the weather, consider one of many Triaminic® products to help alleviate symptoms like coughing, congestion and sore throat so they can feel better while they heal. Kids need rest in order to recover, and it’s tough getting enough sleep if they are constantly coughing or have a stuffy nose. Choose from a variety of Triaminic® products, depending on individual symptoms, so kids can find some quick relief.
Herbs like elderberry or goldenseal are also great immune system boosters. These herbs help the body’s natural ability to fight off that virus. If a sore throat is an issue, make some soothing herbal tea with hot water, lemon, raw honey and some ginger and sip slowly. And lastly, a super simple thing you can do is to just add a little extra garlic to your meals. This will instantly transform your lunch or dinner into a mega immune booster.
Here’s to good health for you and your family!