Good for Your Health: Tips for Fighting the Flu
Fever, aches, chills, sore throat. Sound familiar? Yes, friends, we’re talking about the flu. Every year, the virus affects millions of Americans, and this year’s epidemic has been particularly widespread and potent; cases have been recorded in 47 states so far, and hospitals in many areas of the country are overwhelmed with patients beleaguered by symptoms. If you’ve caught the bug, you know just how nasty it can get.
Whether you’re in the office, at home or taking public transportation, germs are everywhere. And although there is no cure for the flu, there are plenty of home remedies and common sense practices that can help keep you and your family healthy. In addition to getting that flu shot, taking vitamin supplements, washing your hands and staying hydrated are just a few of the ways to steer clear of a week in bed. Kick those germs to the curb with these helpful tips.
Take Your Vitamins
Certain vitamins and antioxidants contain immune boosting properties that help ward off infections and colds. Emergen-C supplements, contain 1000 mg/tablet of vitamin C in addition to antioxidants that strengthen the immune system and increase metabolic function. Emergen-C also contains vitamin B, which supplies the body natural energy without the crash associated with caffeine and other stimulants. Echinacea strengthens the immune system and keeps germs from penetrating healthy cells, while Goldenseal contains antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties that are useful for fighting colds and respiratory problems when they first appear.
We all know that good hygiene is essential to staying healthy, especially when germs are at their most active. At Soap.com, you’ll find everything you need to keep your household and work environment germ-free. Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer starts at $2.99 and is perfect for cleanliness on-the-go; Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Liquid Hand Soap starts at $3.99 and comes in a luscious lemon verbena scent, which is just subtle enough for the kitchen sink or the office bathroom; and a 2-pack value set of must-have Clorox Disinfecting Wipes is just $8.75.
Hydrate & Medicate
If you do happen to catch the flu (or even the common cold), make sure to stay hydrated and medicate your symptoms. Herbal tea is a time-tested remedy for ailments of all kinds – from stomach aches to heartaches. The online boutique offers a variety of teas and herbs specifically designed for health and wellness; we love their Post-Tox blend, a caffeine free elixir that contains a combination of botanicals to rejuvenate and cleanse both the body and the mind. And if you don’t feel like leaving the house to get more cough syrup, surf over to Peapod.com. Peapod sells every cough, cold and flu medicine under the sun: Vicks DayQuill Cold & Flu Multi-Symptom Relief LiquiCaps are on sale for $4.99, Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold & Cough Formula LiquiGels are just $5.49 and Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Throat Drops in Honey & Lemon are just $2.39.
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