Be Good to Yourself..
In order for us to stay healthy and limit the times that we may have to resign ourselves to our bed it is vital that we follow a regular routine that will benefit our general health. Working these foods and supplements into your diet along with regular exercise will help keep you healthy:
- Echinacea is an herbal remedy that may help the body defend itself from the viruses that cause colds, sore throats and the flu. Research has shown that taking Echinacea may reduce the chance of getting a cold by up to 58%. Some people choose to only take Echinacea when they are ill and other choose to make it a part of their everyday routine. Everyone is different so look in to it before deciding what you should do.
- Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, meaning that it is not readily stored in your body, so you must continuously obtain this vitamin from supplements or foods. Commonly known foods that are rich in Vitamin C are citrus fruits such as lemons, limes and oranges. These fruits are also very high in citric acid and are therefore not the best for your throat. Great sources of vitamin C from foods that are low in citric acid are strawberries and other types of berries, tomatoes, red and green peppers, cantaloupes, mangoes, potatoes, kiwis and leafy greens. Bon appetite!
- Spring Water or Mineral water the choice is yours. Some people prefer the taste of spring water that is bottled at the water source and prefer it to mineral water that tends to have a slightly longer journey before it is bottled. Whatever your preference, get into the habit of always having a glass of water to hand. It is important to drink water steadily throughout the day so don’t attempt to down as much as possible in one go. Food contains some of the water we need so if you can aim to drink about 1.5 litres or 8 glasses of fresh water on top of that you should be well hydrated. You can increase your intake depending on extra exertion or warm weather.
Experiment to find out what works best for you and always try to stay health conscious. However if you are ill, be good to yourself. Sometimes it is ok to have a little comfort.
Keep your mouth and throat clean with regular salt water rinses.
Some people recommend gargling with mouthwash or aspirin to clear up throat infections however I would like to urge you to avoid these methods. Aspirin thins the blood and can prevent complete healing of any inflammations or tiny cuts in the throat area. Mouthwash is too abrasive and should only be used as part of your oral hygiene routine.
Boil water in the kettle and pour it into a cup with ordinary table salt. Allow to cool and then gargle for as long as you can without swallowing, 1 minute should do. Repeat this and you are done. The salt acts as a very mild anaesthetic to sooth your throat as well as helping to prevent any further infection. Do this 3 times a day when you are feeling ill but get into the habit of making it part of your routine in order to help keep your mouth and throat free from infection.
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