As we quickly approach the holidays, unfortunately, we are also running into cold and flu season. From scratchy throats to running noses it is super common for people to come down with something going around this winter. So, with the help of Home Outfitters, I am giving you some ticks and tricks to keep your colds at the curb this year.
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Tips and Tricks for Fighting The Cold & Flu Season
Use a Humidifier
Besides the annoying dry sinuses, bloody noses and cracked lips during the winter — humidifiers can also help ease symptoms of a cold and keep you healthier. Did you know that viruses and bacteria do not travel well in moist air? The Dyson Humidifier I got from Home Outfitters actually kills 99.9% of bacteria for hygienic humidification. Plus, having a humidifier in your home will shorten your suffering if you do come down with something. They keep your nasal passages and throat moist which helps you heal faster and reduce symptoms like coughing and sneezing. An invaluable tool in our household, our Dyson Humidifier really boosts our comfort in our home, help keep colds at bay and will be even more important once the baby comes in March.
Get Your Rest
Quality and quantity both mean a lot when it comes to getting enough rest this season. For the ultimate immune boosting snooze, you should try to get around 7-9 hours a night of sleep and aim for staying asleep for the entire duration. If you’re a light sleeper, try putting some ear plugs in and covering your eyes with a dark eye mask. Partner snores? Try adding a humidifier like my Dyson into your bedroom. We tend to snore more if our sinuses and throats are dry. Can’t get relaxed? Try a hot bath or reading a book before bed and be sure to avoid the bright lights of your cell phones.
Drinking lots of fluids during a cold is said to break up your congestion, keep you hydrated and keep your throat moist.When you are feeling under the weather, a warm beverage can help you both physically and mentally. Depending on whether you are weathering the flu, recovering from a stomach ailment or soothing a head-cold, tea is one of the best things you can sip on to hydrate your body, provide you with nutrients to mitigate your symptoms and aid a speedy recovery. According to Livestrong.com, A cup of warm herbal tea can help relieve the symptoms of many illnesses, from an upset stomach to a nasty cold. When you have a cold, teas made from peppermint or verbena can help you to stay hydrated while freshening a dry mouth. Adding lemon to herbal tea can give you additional vitamin C, which supports immune system functioning. Add a spoonful of honey to your tea for sweet relief for an irritating cough.