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The cold and flu season is in full swing.  Here are some tips to avoid getting sick and to get some relief if you do catch a nasty bug.

Tips to avoid the cold and flu:

  • Eat yogurt.  The live cultures help prevent colds.
  • Grab some fresh air.  Circulate some fresh air into the room.  This creates a more difficult environment for viruses.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Eat mushrooms. Cooked shiitake mushrooms boost the immune system.
  • Tap your chest. There is an acupressure point in the middle of your breastbone at the level of the third rib. Tapping gently for a minute, every couple of hours, boosts the body’s immune system.
  • Get a flu shot.  Flu shots do not cause the flu.  They may give you some flu like symptoms for a couple of days, but it is a small price to pay for a full onslaught of the flu and its complications.
  • Keep stress to a minimum.  Social activities, exercise, prayer, and meditation can keep your immune system strong.

Cold and flu relief tips:

  • Get a prescription for Tamiflu as soon as possible.
  • Zinc lozenges can reduce the time period you have the flu.  Take as soon as you feel the virus coming on.
  • Use a humidifier.  Moist air helps soothe sore throats and hacking coughs.
  • Drink chicken soup.  Yes, Mom knew what she was talking about.
  • Drink extra liquids.  Water helps thinning mucous and flushes the system.
  • Rest or sleep at a 45 degree angle.  This will help keep mucous from your sinuses and reduces inflammation.
  • Avoid dairy products. They tend to thicken and increase mucous.
  • Avoid sugary products which weaken the immune system.
  • Eucalyptus aromatherapy can clear breathing and ease a fever

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