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If You Do Get Sick

Even despite our best efforts, we sometimes still come down with the cold or the flu. If you do get sick, here are a few tips to help you make it through:

  • Get plenty of rest. Your body does its best healing work when you’re snoozing, so consider sickness your body’s way of telling you to take a break. Watch bad TV, catch up on your reading, and rest, rest, rest.
  • Gargle with salt water. This will help relieve the sore throat from post-nasal drip.
  • Neti pot. At the first sign of congestion, it’s time to whip out that neti pot and start using it twice a day. Once you’re super stuffed up, it’s often too late to use the neti pot.
  • Take zinc. Studies have shown that zinc can help reduce your cold’s severity and duration. Plus, those zinc lozenges are soothing for your poor throat.
  • Drink lots of fluids, including hot tea. Your body runs on water, so stay hydrated if you come down with a cold or flu. Hot tea will help sooth inflammation and the warmth can help clear out those stuffy sinuses, too.

Of course, if you’re down for the count for more than a week, that cold or flu may have turned into something worse, like bronchitis. In that case, it’s doctor time. Listen to your body, and take care of yourself this cold and flu season!

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Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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2:37AM PST on Jan 29, 2014

Thank you :)

1:59PM PST on Jan 15, 2014

Please please places let us have articles on one page only.
How can we concentrate in what we read when we have a few words on each page , it drives me crazy......

5:00PM PST on Dec 5, 2011

sounds about right. But I thought adults were safe with up to no more than 4000 iu of vitamin D before toxicity?

11:33AM PST on Nov 30, 2011

thanks for this information

4:26PM PST on Nov 29, 2011

Thanks for info.

12:43PM PST on Nov 29, 2011


11:50AM PST on Nov 29, 2011

good reminders! thanks

1:54PM PST on Nov 28, 2011


9:48PM PST on Nov 22, 2011

Great advice! Thank you. Good health everyone!

7:34PM PST on Nov 22, 2011

Thanks for the information,

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