When cough or cold strikes, strike back

The Southern Berks News - - SENIOR LIFE -

If you’re hear­ing the peo­ple around you start to snif­fle and hack, you may feel a sense of im­pend­ing doom about your chances of avoid­ing a cough or cold.

Un­for­tu­nately, since the av­er­age Amer­i­can con­tracts two to three colds ev­ery year, ac­cord­ing to the CDC, you may be right. But if you do come un­der the weather, there’s no rea­son to suf­fer need­lessly. That’s es­pe­cially true if you pre­pare now by stor­ing away the es­sen­tials you’ll need when sick­ness strikes.

When it comes to an­tic­i­pat­ing cough and cold sea­son, con­sider the fol­low­ing care tips from au­thor and health and well­ness ex­pert Cassie So­bel­ton.

* Stock up. When you’re sick, the last thing you want to do is shop for sup­plies you need for re­lief, so pre­pare now by stock­ing up on your sick day es­sen­tials. From tea and honey for sooth­ing com­fort to tis­sues and san­i­tiz­ers for clear­ing away germs, hav­ing it on-hand now will give you the first sense of re­lief when sick­ness strikes.

* Clean out the cab­i­net. Al­ways check your medicine cab­i­net for ex­pired prod­ucts and pur­chase new prod­ucts at the be­gin­ning of the sea­son. Hav­ing both day­time and night­time for­mu­las of cough and cold medicines will en­sure you can find re­lief at all hours of the day.

* Fight germs. Make a habit of car­ry­ing dis­in­fec­tant wipes or sprays so you can clean up any ar­eas that may have been ex­posed to germs, like com­mon ar­eas in the work­place. Be sure to also wash your hands sev­eral times a day and avoid touch­ing your eyes, nose or mouth with your fingers.

* Fuel your body. This will boost the im­mune sys­tem’s abil­ity to fight off germs. Eat­ing qual­ity foods helps the body thrive and as­sists in re­mov­ing tox­ins and chem­i­cals that can be harm­ful to the body, so a healthy diet will help your body feel its best.

* Re­lax and recharge. One of the best things you can do to help your body get back to health is to re­lax. Stay­ing home to rest will not only give your body the care it needs, but will help you avoid spread­ing germs to friends and co-work­ers. Take a steamy shower, turn on a hu­mid­i­fier filled with water and a lit­tle eu­ca­lyp­tus oil, drink herbal tea with honey and lay low un­til you’re feel­ing your best.

En­tirely avoid­ing colds or coughs dur­ing the cold months of win­ter may be nearly im­pos­si­ble, but such ill­nesses can be eas­ier to tol­er­ate if you take steps to re­duce their sever­ity and stock up on com­fort­ing sup­plies.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF BRANDPOINT

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