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October - December 2013     VOLUME 17 ISSUE 4
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It's that time of year again!

Colds going around
Crystal Osborne

It’s that time of year again. When the weather finally starts to cool off and everything pumpkin spice makes an appearance. It’s also cold and flu time. It’s going around now, and I am just now getting over a pretty rough cold. Hopefully, the only one I will get this year. I did some research and found some tips to prevent a cold/flu and tips for if you already have one.

To help prevent a cold: Wash, Wash and Wash your hands. Carry some alcohol based sanitizing wipes for when you are not near a sink. The faster you kill those germs the less chance they have of infecting you. Get plenty of shut-eye. A CDC study showed that more than a third of American adults are not getting enough sleep. When you don’t get enough sleep it suppresses your immune system function, making you much more likely to get sick. Incorporate immune system boosting foods, like yogurt, mushrooms, and garlic into your diet.

If you have a cold some things to try: Drink plenty of fluids. It will keep you hydrated and help to thin out mucus. Warm tea with honey and lemon will help soothe a sore throat. They honey is just about as good as a throat drop. Gargle with warm salt water. Dissolve a quarter to half teaspoon in an 8oz glass of water. It has antibacterial properties and will help soothe a scratchy throat. If you have to sneeze do so in the crook of you elbow, not your hands. It’ll help stop the spread of germs. Take a long hot shower. The warm moist air will help loosen congestion and thin mucus. It’ll keep the sinuses from drying out. Cold viruses thrive in dry climates. Apply hot packs around congested sinuses. Make your own hot pack buy wetting a wash cloth and heat in the microwave for 20 -30 seconds. When blowing your nose, do so gently one nostril at a time. Blowing hard can push mucus from the nose up into the sinuses. If you’re having a hard time sleeping because of coughing, try sleeping in a reclining or upright position.

I did many of the things on this list during my cold. I slept upright for many days and drank a lot of warm tea with honey and lemon now I am very much looking forward to being out in the cooler weather drinking a pumpkin spice latte. I hope your autumn is cold/flu free!