If cold and flu season get you down, here are a few ways to take care of yourself and be on the mend quickly.
- Rest. Listen to your body’s need for rest or sleep. Though regular exercise can boost your immune system, during a cold or flu it may be wise to lighten up or skip your usual exercise routine depending on the severity of your symptoms and condition.
- Drink Water. Drink one half your body weight in ounces of water every day. For example, a 200 lb man should consume 100 ounces of water daily. When you have a cold or flu, increase that number by 20 percent. Clear soups, broth, and vegetable juice also count toward that intake.
- Minimize Sugar. Sugar can impair immune function, even if it comes from natural sources like fruit juice and honey. Maximum intake should be 50 grams or less.
- Zinc Lozenges. Sucking on zinc lozenges or taking zinc supplements can help immune function. A zinc gluconate lozenge every two waking hours may help eliminate some symptoms and can cut the duration of the cold.
- Positive Attitude. Most colds last three to seven days on average, so allow your body to fix itself and be patient.
- Chiropractic Helps. See your chiropractor for frequent chiropractic adjustments, maximizing your nervous system, stimulating immune system response and allowing your body to heal itself.