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Beating the Flu – How Not to Get Sick

Beating the Flu – How Not to Get Sick

I haven’t been sick in a few years, which is quite a progress considering that I had such a weak immune system before that and got seriously sick multiple times a year.

That, of course, led to taking antibiotics, which may kill the symptoms but not the illness itself, and harms the body in the long-term.

To fix my situation, I started doing simple things like dressing warmly, shying away from the outdoors if I felt the flu coming on, drinking Propolis Tincture almost every day, and just having in mind that I’m not invincible. That last part really helps.

But every now and then, be it in the winter or early spring, we all feel our throats begin to ache, get either stuffy or runny noses and sometimes both somehow, headaches, chills, exhaustion, or have other early symptoms that mean we’re on the verge of catching a cold.

And instead of panicking, taking medications and considering ourselves seriously sick and committing ourselves to a week of bed rest, we should change our lifestyles a bit for a few days and do something real to fight the flu.

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Naturally, there are several simple hacks everyone should use in the early stages to beat the cold and stay healthy.

1. Increase your vitamin intake

Your immune system needs to be boosted and the first thing you should do is start eating more fruits. You may roll your eyes when you hear an advice like that, but in this situation it helps a lot.

I’ve been eating proteins only for the last few days and of course that is not the best choice of a regimen. But now that I feel I may get sick, I started eating fruits.

I’ll also go out to buy vitamin C now. That’s another key thing. Actually, any other vitamin you start taking now will also improve your condition.

2. Drink your tea

I was having tea first thing in the morning. I put honey into it – an important ingredient, and Propolis Tincture. Seriously, drink that 2-3 times a day and it will help.

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Many people underestimate Propolis or don’t give it a try at all, but you should know that it’s a seemingly magical product. It has vitamins, minerals, proteins and is an antioxidant. It’s a supplement and a completely natural antibiotic. A combination of Propolis extract and food-grade alcohol used medicinally.

If you haven’t tried it yet and tend to get sick often, or just need to improve your health, make it a daily supplement.

3. Spend some time in a sauna

I didn’t expect sweating in a sauna to help when doctors recommended it to me a year ago, but it sure did. The high temperature really helps weaken the virus and bring down the fever, and breathing deeply helped soothe my nose and throat.

That’s why I think I’ll have a sauna session later in the day.

4. Get your fill of Vitamin D

Have you ever wondered why we get sick in the winter and almost never in the summer?

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The reason is vitamin D, and the best way to get it is from sunlight. So if you can find a way to go out for a walk while the sun is still shining, it will be great for your immune system. 15 minutes of sun a day can have a huge impact on our health in general.

But if you can’t do it, as many northern countries don’t have any sun in the winter months, get Vitamin D from other sources. It can be found in fatty fish or tuna, egg yolks, UV light or in the form of supplements.

5. Change your diet

For the next few days try to eat a lot of fruits and veggies. Also add antibacterial foods like garlic, ginger, honey, lemons, carrots and tomatoes. Protein is also a must. Everything else you crave can wait for when you feel better and have fought off the flu.

6. Stay hydrated

Don’t underestimate the amount of liquid your body needs and the power it has. Drink a lot of water, along with the tea, and nothing else.

7. Improve your hygiene

Wash your hands more than you usually do to avoid spreading germs. A hand sanitizer is also a good idea. Another thing I find useful is to change sheets and towels more often when you feel a little sick.

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8. Get some fresh air

Last but not least, airing out all rooms throughout these days of sickness will prevent you from breathing dust. Fresh air is great for the immune system, so expose yourself to it as much as you can.

All of these tips aren’t things you haven’t heard of, but don’t let that make you neglect them. Simple as they may seem, implementing all of them into your lifestyle for a few days and focusing on getting better is the key to holding off the flu and colds.

What other remedies have you tried to get rid of the flu?

Featured photo credit: Healthy Berries are Good Food for Health via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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