The new year is often filled with resolutions of improving habits. From working out to eating to being more organized, the focus often seems to be anything to make yourself feel better and more accomplished. I am the same. Although I like to include one thing that is an easy win. 🙂 That will be – start my day with hot tea not coffee. Win.
A tickle in your throat. Achy body. Yep, you are coming down with something. Adults have an average of 2-3 colds per year, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With those holiday parties around the corner, you don’t have to surrender to your cold. These simple steps will have you feeling better as early as tomorrow.
- As you start to feel sick, start drinking water or juice. Staying hydrated cuts down on symptoms like a sore throat and stuffy nose.
- Gain some quality sleep. Inadequate sleep takes a toll on your immune system making you more susceptible to pick up what’s going around the workplace. If you are already feeling sick, stay home and rest. The first few days is when you are most contagious. Your coworkers will thank you later.
- Take a hot shower. Whether you’re coughing or sneezing, the steam from a hot shower will help loosen up the congestion in your head and chest.
- Gargle with salt water. Add half a teaspoon of salt to a 8-ounce glass of warm water and gargle. This will help combat a scratchy throat, and flush out bacteria and viruses.
- Vitamin C. Vitamin C is proven to help shorten the duration of a cold or flu once it’s started. So if you feel a sickness coming on take a dose of Vitamin C daily for three to five days or longer.
Do you have any other tips for feeling better fast?
This morning, I listened to a podcast that talked about the most common holiday weight gain rumor, which is that during the holiday season people gain an average of 8-12 pounds from the span of Thanksgiving to New Years. 8-12 pounds! Think about that in bags of potatoes for a second…not good and hard to lose come January 1. Even if this is in fact a rumor and not based in truth – there is no question that many people struggle with unwanted weight gain around this merry season. Here are 3 simple ways to make sure you don’t pack on the pounds as you enjoy the holidays this year. (more…)
There are so many wonderful things about the fall…cooler air, crisp apples, pumpkin patches, cute kids in Halloween costumes, football and the list goes on. Fall is also the prelude, if you will, to the holidays and even colder weather. All things that make me want to grab a hot toddy, warm blanket and sit in front of a fire place. However, there is one thing that can ruin all of those fun things. What could be scarier than Halloween haunted houses, you ask. It’s a little something called the flu.
Healthy eating can be very daunting for many people who didn’t grow up learning those habits. Nowadays, there is so much information on food, exercise and how those things impact your health and the science around it that hopefully healthy habits will start to be easier for next generations. But for those of us who did not have these ingrained in us from the start I’m going to give you the one secret to making it manageable and a few tips on how to execute it!