If cold and flu season get you down, here are a few ways to take care of yourself and be on the mend quickly.

  1. Rest. Listen to your body’s need for rest or sleep. Though regular exercise can boost your immune system, durincolds-and-flug 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Positive Attitude. Most colds last three to seven days on average, so allow your body to fix itself and be patient.
  6. Chiropractic Helps. See your chiropractor for frequent chiropractic adjustments, maximizing your nervous system, stimulating immune system response and allowing your body to heal itself.