6 essential and all-natural ways to beat a cold

Are you all out of your Thanksgiving-induced food comas yet? I swear I can still feel the weight of the mashed potatoes. (Subtle promotion: check out our Facebook page for a link to a handy Post-Thanksgiving workout schedule!)

But on another note,

It’s December!

It’s everyone’s favorite time of the year!

It’s almost Christmas!

And it’s freezing!

Yes, it’s glorious, just glorious. But the cold weather also implies something not as glorious: flu and cold season is in full swing.

Baby, it’s cold outside… so don’t forget to bundle up and take care of your health! We have some tips up our sleeves just in case you do come down with something. First, just listen to these mini versions of Michael Buble and Idina Menzel.

That was adorable. And a little bit odd. But still adorable.

While you’re sneezing and sniffling and pretty miserable because of who-knows-what, here are our favorite tips courtesy of WebMD to help you bounce back in no time.

 

  • Blow your nose (effectively). It’s so much easier to just sniffle it all back in, but you have to resist that temptation. Blow that stuff out! But not too hard, otherwise you’ll get an earache. Instead, press on one nostril with one hand and blow gently out through the other (and vice-versa).
  • Get some rest. Forget about all your obligations and errands for a bit and let your body recover. You need all the energy you can get so your immune system can battle this sickness.
  • Gargle some salt water. It’ll help with your sore throat and alleviate some of the pain, albeit temporarily. Mix some salt in some warm water and voila.
  • Drink warm liquids. This has two huge benefits: you’ll relieve some nasal congestion and you’ll stay hydrated.
  • Take a hot shower. This is only if you have the energy. The steam will also help with your congestion and make your nose less dry from the cold weather and all the sniffling.
  • Sleep with more pillows under your head. Your nasal passages will be a lot clearer with your head upright! This way, the mucus can drain downwards and you’ll have a much better time trying to fall asleep.

Do you have any tried-and-true tips for beating the cold or flu? We’d love to hear them and let everyone else know about them too. Just share them in the comments below!

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