How to Make Flu Season Good for You

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How can flu season possibly be good for you? I think that flu season is the perfect excuse to get some extra sleep, stock up on herbs and cook some yummy dishes. Here are a few ways to prevent getting sick and make flu season (and getting sick if you must) a little better.

1. Asian Food
-Use lots of garlic and ginger when your immune system is down or someone is sick, sauté broccoli and some spinach in a big wok with garlic, ginger and a little red pepper to clear those sinuses.
Hot and Sour Soup– Any really spicy soup is great for clearing your congested nose, and assist with sweating out your toxins. If you can’t order it or make it yourself, just add some Tabasco or Louisiana hot sauce to your homemade chicken soup. This contains Capsaicin, which is known for being antimicrobial, anticoagulant, and having anti-inflammatory.

2. Tea by the Fire
Lemon tea is great at balancing the body’s PH and can help ward off a sore throat.
Honey tea is great with a cinnamon stick thrown in, it always reminds me of Thanksgiving and is great for coating the throat and getting circulation going.

3. Yogurt
-There are so many great antibodies and good bacteria in yogurt, have it for breakfast or as an after-dinner dessert.  They are pro-biotic which also helps regulate your digestive system.
-Remember: Sugar makes your immune system weaker, substitute yogurt for ice cream.
-If you really want to boost your immune system, add 5-15 drops of Grapefruit seed extract to your yogurt with some oranges, this potent natural antibiotic and vitamin C will be great for your immunity.

4. Foot Baths
-Anytime there is a reason to have a nice, long, hot foot bath, I take it.
-Fill your bathtub with hot water and soak your feet, try adding hotter water the longer you are soaking (breathe in the steam too).
-After the soak, dry your feet and rub them with a balm or combination of essential oils (like tea tree, eucalyptus, myrrh) and put them in warm woolly socks.  Certain scents also help you feel better.  Peppermint helps you with your energy.  Eucalyptus, lavender, and chamomile helps you relax and spearmint helps you mentally feel better.  There are many more combinations you can try.  Just look them up.

5. Vodka
-Yup, that’s right, you can use Vodka to help kill a fever.
– Put 2/3rd water and 1/3rd vodka in a bowl.
-Get a pair of thin socks and wet them in vodka-water and wring them out. Put the socks on and cover them with warm thick socks.
-Have a hot cup of lemon or honey tea and get under a blanket and sweat the fever out of your system.

6. Make a Sick Box:
-Ok so this one is courtesy of my mom, whenever I was sick as a kid, she would bring out the ‘sick box’ which was stocked with videos, crossword puzzles, stickers etc so that being sick was not so bad and the activities kept me in bed resting. It kept me in bed, took my mind off of being sick, and gave my mom a break.
-Make it for your kids, or for you! Stock a drawer with some really trashy novel or sport magazine, get a new videogame or Sudoku book so you stay away from work and rest…that’s what you need most during flu season!

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