Taking a Sick Day

Seems like this has been a doozy of a year for sickness. Schools are closing for deep cleanings, Influenza is taking a toll and there’s a cough going around that last for weeks. What’s your Game Plan when you start feeling low energy, congested, sore throat, stomach bugs etc.?

First off, try to rest as much as possible. You want your body to be able to use all of its resources on fighting off the foreign invaders.

Second, fluids are important to replace those you may have lost due to vomiting or diarrhea and to help loosen mucus if you are congested.

There are some foods which can have anti-inflammatory and immune boosting properties.  These include foods such as avocado, salmon, ginger, and blue, red and purple produce like berries and pomegranates. You could mix up a fruit smoothie (fresh or frozen) or make ginger tea to get in some fluids at the same time.

Oatmeal, bananas, and crackers are bland foods which are easy to eat when you’re not feeling well. Basic broths and chicken soup also taste good and can provide fluids, electrolytes and protein.

The steam from hot tea, as well as soups and broths, acts as a natural decongestant and help you stay hydrated.

Spicy food can help to clear up your sinuses due to the capsaicin found in foods like chili peppers which stimulate mucus secretion. Beware though as they are not so easy on the stomach.

Finally, please wash your hands with soap often. This will help keep the germs from spreading. Germs can get in your body through your eyes, nose and mouth.

The best advice is to take it easy and REST. Focus on fluids and eat as best you can. Soon enough you’ll be back to your regular routine and felling 100%.

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