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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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Simple Hacks on How to Relieve Neck Pain Fast (and Naturally)

Simple Hacks on How to Relieve Neck Pain Fast (and Naturally)

There is very little in life as annoying or distracting as neck pain. Most people find that neck pain is temporary. What can you do if your neck pain seems chronic or if it comes and goes with no obvious source?

Whether you have simply slept on your neck wrong or you are working late, hunched over a keyboard half the night, neck pain is, well, a pain in the neck!

What most people are unaware of is that there are little known hacks that can help you find relief from neck pain fast and naturally. This means no pills or expensive exercise equipment to buy.

How can you get relief from neck pain?

There are several easy steps to follow to find the perfect hack for solving your neck pain fast and easy.

How Did I End Up With This Pain in the Neck?

Neck pain often has an I-was-looking-right-at-it source that we don’t recognize at first glance. Once you identify the source of the pain, you can take the best corrective measure, or several measures if need be!

Ask yourself these questions to find a possible source:

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  • Do you spend much of the day sitting (desk job, typing, etc.)?
  • How old are your mattress and pillow?
  • How much exercise do you work into an average day?
  • How do you manage stress?
  • Have you been injured or in an accident (no matter how small) lately?

Perhaps one last question to ask yourself might be, “Is my pain a regular occurrence, or is my neck pain something that has just cropped up?

Once you know the answers to these questions, you can start searching for answers.

Remedies for Neck Pain

Once you know the source, try tapping into one (or several) of these solutions to start healing your neck pain now.

1. Everyday Activities

One of the important factors with neck pain will be your everyday activities. Other than an injury or accident, one of the largest factors for neck pain includes working overtime in an office and the stress that work entails[1].

Due to the coronavirus, many people find themselves working from home, in kitchens, basements, using a barstool, and/or other equipment that was not designed for humans to spend hours on end, typing and looking at a computer screen.

If you find that your neck pain has occurred during the past few months due to a job change, or if you suddenly began working from home, your issue may be due to ergonomics. Invest in an adjustable office chair to help make your workspace more neck-friendly.

2. Age of Mattress and Pillow

The age of your mattress and pillow should also be considered. Pillows, on average, should be changed every 3 years, and a mattress every 7-10 years. No matter how good or comfortable you think these items are, the truth is that they are hurting your neck and back with a lack of support.

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A good mattress is well worth the investment, and pillows are always on sale, as well as wallet-friendly. If you haven’t tried them, a water-filled pillow can be comfortable for many people.

3. Exercise/Movement/Stretching

It’s that old exercise question that no one wants to hear. This time around, it has been difficult for many people to get in good exercise since they have been housebound due to the quarantine. There are plenty of ways to get in some good, old-fashioned exercise.

Stretching exercises are even more important than before since many people do not get enough movement while sitting at home. There are hundreds of at-home exercise, dance, and yoga videos that require little to no equipment, so even if you’re a beginner, give it a go.

4. Stress and Stress Management

Stress is a hidden danger that robs more people of health than even most doctors realize. While everyone has stress, not everyone recognizes it, nor do they have a means of managing it. Exercise is one of the best ways to release stress, with meditation and yoga being the best ways to manage and relieve stress. All of these will remove tightness in the muscles and relieve neck pain.

5. Accident or Injury

If you have been involved in an accident or injured yourself lately (falling down, or having something fall on you, for example) and your neck pain began after this incident, you should speak with your doctor about this as soon as possible.

6. On-Going Problem or Sudden Occurrence

Finally, if your neck pain is something that has occurred recently, it could simply be that you slept on it wrong or turned your neck too hard. That will make this a very temporary condition. You can try some easy stretches for pain relief .

An on-going problem, however, might respond better to some other alternative methods, including:

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  • Slowly moving and stretching your neck. Do not move too quickly or too far. Roll your head from side to side, shoulder to shoulder, to the front and to the back.
  • Ice packs work well for some people, while heat works best for others.
  • Be aware of how you use your cell phone or tablet. If you keep your neck bent downward for too long to look at it, you can develop an annoying pain called text-neck or tech-neck. Take breaks and look up to stretch those neck muscles.
  • Long hours driving can also be hard on the neck. Look from side to side as far as you can, as well as up and down to prevent a stiff neck.

 

Still Have Tight Neck Muscles? 3 Tips for Finding Relief

When tight neck muscles are not responding to the typical heat, ice, or massage treatments, you might want to give the following a try:

1. Gua Sha

This is an ancient Chinese practice that might seem a bit odd, but it works for many people. In this practice, a trained individual uses a spoon or other object and makes short strokes down the neck. It is believed that poor blood circulation causes it to become stagnant, if you will, and blocks the positive energy needed for life, called qi.

Fresh blood will indeed allow oxygen and nutrients to feed the tissues in a given area, and one study found that gua sha worked where traditional methods, such as heat therapy, did not[2].

2. Swimming

You probably know that swimming is a terrific low-impact exercise that works wonders for those with back and knee pain, but did you know that it also works well for neck pain and tight muscles? It helps if the water is tepid and not cold, but even just floating on your back can offer tremendous relief since most of the body weight is suspended by the buoyancy of water.

3. Chiropractic Massage

Not your typical day spa massage, chiropractic massage is performed under the guidance of a chiropractor. A trained massage therapist will still do the massage, but this time, the chiropractor will have discussed your neck pain and any problems you might be having with them. Many people have found real relief from neck pain through chiropractic massage.

The Best Treatment for Neck Pain

When you need to find relief from neck pain and nothing you have tried previously seems to give you more than a few minutes of relief, spending some time with a chiropractor often times can fix this issue, and it doesn’t often return if you follow a healthy lifestyle.

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I’m certain that many of you are thinking about those awful videos with those loud cracking noises you’ve seen on social media, or you are recalling a news story which might have suggested that allowing a chiropractor anywhere near your neck might be a health hazard[3]. Nothing could be further from the truth.

You should try the other suggestions in this article before you head off to the chiropractor, but when all else fails, don’t let neck pain nag you day in and day out. Take steps to make an appointment, and you will be surprised at the results.

What Can a Chiropractor Do for Neck Pain?

Many people mistakenly believe that the only technique a chiropractor will use is a neck adjustment. Chiropractors are trained in a variety of methods that are designed to help you find the pain relief you are seeking.

A few of the methods a chiropractor might use include:

  • Cervical Manual Traction
  • Flexion-Distraction
  • Cervical Mobilization
  • Ultrasound
  • Cervical Drop Technique
  • Trigger Point Therapy

There are many more options, but your chiropractor should explain to you which techniques s/he intends to use and why[4]

The Bottom Line

If neck pain wreaks havoc in your life regularly, the best way to stop it is to identify the source and attack it from that angle.

Getting plenty of exercises, having a proper posture, and buying an office chair that provides plenty of support, as well as a regular stretching program, will keep your neck strong and flexible for many years to come.

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Featured photo credit: Christopher Campbell via unsplash.com

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