How to Fight Fall Illnesses and Stay Healthy Through the Season
Fall is the time when kids go back to school, the weather becomes more pleasant, and we get those warm and fuzzy holiday feelings. It’s also the time when we’re most likely to catch a cold. As the weather turns, you can do a few things to help yourself stay well even when others around you at the office are coughing and sneezing nonstop.
– Stay hydrated
Getting plenty of fluids is a surefire way to keep your body in top health. Drink water or tea and sip bone broth to keep hydration levels up so you body stays strong to fight off any intruding germs it encounters.
– Get steamy
If you have access to a steam room, use it. If not, make sure you steam up your bathroom when you shower. Turn the water on hot and let it run to get that effect in your bathroom. Be sure to turn the temperature down though before you get under the water to keep from drying out your skin.
– Use an extra pillow
When you do feel stuffed up from a cold or allergies, prop yourself up with an additional pillow at night. This helps your sinuses drain and opens up your nasal passages making it easier to breathe.
– Soothe chapped noses
The biting cold outside can make for uncomfortable skin, especially around the nose. If your nose starts running, your nostrils can feel chapped and sore, plus they’ll look red from constantly wiping it with tissues. To soothe it and help skin repair, put a dab of petroleum jelly to bring yourself relief.
– Stop overexerting yourself
When you start feeling worn down, listen to your body. Instead of trying to do more, take the time to get the rest you need. We’re not suggesting skipping a workout (unless you are too ill to do so) but rather getting to bed earlier each night. When you get enough sleep, the cells in your body have time to do their thing to help repair and heal, and fight off any illness-causing germs.
– Watch out for hidden germs
You probably know to wash your hands after you use the bathroom and before you eat, but be aware when you grab for doorknobs or touch things in a public setting. You can’t be sure who touched them before you. Your sick coworker could have coughed all over her hands and then opened up the door to your office. Don’t touch your hands to your face without washing them either. It’s very likely if you’ve got germs on your hand from touching a common surface that they can infect you from there.
– Get acupuncture
Fall is a great time for acupuncture because it can help you manage your wellness and boost immunity. If you want to stay well, let one of our acupuncturists come to your home to help you stay at the top of your game all season!