I feel there are a lot of bugs going around at the moment. When those glorious summer days (kind of I am writing this from Scotland) draw to a close and the colder weather starts to emerge, it’s time to dig out your winter wardrobe and wrap up warm to avoid getting a cold. The flu virus really does thrive at this time of year as the lower temperature and humidity levels help spread the contagious germs from person to person. If you’ve suddenly been caught by a nasty winter bug, there are plenty of ways you can help tackle it at home. Keep on top of your symptoms and visit your doctor if things don’t improve, but hopefully, these handy tips will help you beat your illness at home.
Hydration can not only help illness when you’re already feeling sick, but it can also help prevent it altogether. Drinking plenty of water helps optimise your body’s natural operations and strengthens your immune system as well. If you’re already feeling under the weather though, your body will be working hard to repair itself and hydration will help filter any waste from the body. Any congestion created by a cold will be broken down, allowing mucus to be coughed out of the body. Keep on top of the amount you’re drinking each day by purchasing a refillable water bottle with measurements marked on the side to help you keep track. It’s a great way to beat illness at home.
If you’re feeling like you need a more substantial boost, consider booking in a hydrating IV therapy session at home. Resetiv.com can send out a nurse to administer the IV drip and should have you feeling more yourself in no time.
Get Plenty of Sleep
Bed rest is always important when you’re feeling under the weather so don’t underestimate how useful it can be. Staying at home until your symptoms disappear will help contain any contagious elements and hopefully stop it spreading any further. Not only that, your body will thank you for the rest as it will be working hard to try and recover. Make sure your bedroom is cool and quiet to help encourage a good night’s sleep, add a fan and blackout blinds if necessary. If you’re having trouble sleeping, try adding some lavender essential oils to your evening routine, it should help relax you and prepare you for bed.
Have a Healthy Diet
You’ll sometimes find an illness has been contracted because you’re lacking in a certain type of vitamin or nutrients, so it’s important to keep on top of your diet. Yes, you can supplement with multivitamins if you like, but having a varied diet throughout the year should provide you with everything you need. Eating plenty of fruit and vegetables alongside a good source of protein will help keep you healthy long term.
If you’re want to know more about your diet, you could contact a nutritionist for more detailed advice. A blood test will quickly show up any deficiencies and altering your diet accordingly will help resolve any issues.