Cold and flu season is upon us. You don’t have to let getting sick get in the way of your financial goals. Here’s a list of 13 things you can do to save money this cold season,
The best way to prevent spending money on treating a cold is to avoid getting sick in the first place.
Wash your hands. Most germs, viruses, and bacteria are spread through our hands. Sick people wipe their runny nose with their hand and go on to touch their infected hands with other hands or places where other hands will touch. Wash those germs away by washing your hands frequently.
Get enough sleep. When you’re not well rested, your immunity system wears down and makes you more susceptible to sickness. Make sure to get your 8 hours each night.
Exercise. Studies have shown that exercise can build up your immunity system. But don’t over do it. Too much exercise can wear you out and consequently your immune system. All you need is 2o minutes a day to get the health benefits of exercise.
Eat Right. If you eat crap, you’ll feel like crap. Stop eating junk food and start bulking up on whole grains and fresh produce. Produce is full of immunity strengthening vitamins.
Stack up on vitamin C. If you don’t think you’re getting enough vitamins from your diet, try taking a supplement. My favorite is Vibrant C. Just add to water and drink!
Fluidize. Most people are walking around dehydrated. Proper hydration will make you feel better. Get your recommended 8-9 glasses of water a day.
Sometimes no matter what you do, you still get pegged with a cold. Here’s how you can treat it without spending a fortune.
Spice it up. If you’re congested, spicy foods are great way to unclog your nose. Rummage around your spice rack and bust out the curry and cayenne pepper on your food. Add some jalepenos to your potato or eggs. You’ll be breathing easier in no time.
Linger in the shower. When you’re feeling under the weather, jump in a hot shower. The moisture from the steam will help reduce throat inflammation. It also helps break up mucus in your sinuses and lungs which helps ease congestion.
Tea time. If you’re coughing up a lung, try sipping on some tea. The hot water will help reduce mucus in your throat making you less likely to cough. Bump up tea’s cough suppressing ability by adding lemon and honey. The honey will help soothe sore throats and the lemon has vitamin C and antioxidants to help fight a cold.
Savor some soup. Your mom was right. Chicken soup is good for you when you’re sick. Like tea, soup can help reduce mucus and help suppress coughs. Additionally, a study from the University of Nebraska Medical Centers found that chicken vegetable soup reduces the activity of inflammatory white blood cells, called neutrophils, that can cause cold symptoms.
Gargle Salt. Is your throat feeling tender? Put a 1/2 teaspoon of salt into some water and gargle it. It will help reduce inflammation in your throat.
Fluidize. When your body is sick, it needs more fluids to get nutrients to cells faster. Increased water can also help reduce the thickness of mucus, which can help ease up congestion.
Suck a mint. If you don’t have a cough drop on hand, substitute it with a mint. Sucking on the mint will help reduce the coughing reflex when you’re having a coughing fit.
The best way to beat a Cold is not to get it, because despite advancements in Modernized Medicine a there is still no cure for a cold. The best things you can do it take proper preventive Health care. If you catch a cold, visit Medical Sites for tips on getting better faster.