You already know the basics of fighting an illness: drink plenty of fluids and get plenty of rest. You also want to get a lot of Vitamin C. Even though you might know how to stay healthy, when you get sick your major concern is getting better quickly. This is why so many people spend so much money on over the counter drugs. These drugs are popular because they can act quickly and give you some relief. Taking these medicines seems like a good idea but they do eventually wear off and, often, your cold will last longer because, instead of working through the symptoms, the medication just puts them on hold for a little while. Natural health methods, on the other hand, actually work against your cold so that you get over the cold faster.
For those who would rather not get sick at all, some natural health practices can keep them healthy.
To prevent a cold or flu from setting in, easy things like washing your hands, eating good and healthy food and taking a walk regularly can do quite a bit to keep the colds at bay. These are all things that will keep you and your immune system strong and healthy. “The best offense is a good defense” doesn’t just apply to sports! You want to apply it to your health as well.
Do you know that there is a proper and an improper way to clear your sinuses? It is likely that your cold or flu could hang on for a while or that you could suffer a relapse if you do not blow your nose correctly. To blow your nose correctly blow gently through one nostril while closing the other nostril and then switch. Be careful not to blow your nose to hard! If you don’t blow your nose carefully you could cause yourself further distress. If you blow your nose too hard you could hurt your ear canals. While you might find blowing your nose uncomfortable you will eventually get used to it. Many colds and flues linger on because the sufferer refuses to blow his nose and rid his body of the mucous keeping him sick. Don’t forget about washing your hands to get rid of the germs!
Tea is great when you have a cold! The best teas for people suffering from the cold or a bout of the flu are elder tea, yarrow tea or peppermint tea. You can also make your own tea if that is something that you know how to do. These teas induce sweats which can help your body get rid of the toxins that are making it sick.
There is no law that forces you to choose over the counter medication if you catch the flu. Natural health alternatives are already in your house-why would you spend money on something else that might not work as well? Don’t spend a bunch of money and time on something that does not require it. Choosing natural health cures just makes more sense.