How to beat the bugs this winter

I like to think I have a relatively strong immune system.

I don’t get sick often, and I haven’t been sick for a couple of years, actually.

That is, until last week.

Although I don’t get sick often, I will say that when I do, it hits me like a brick wall, and I tend to let it go too long before succumbing to my pride and seeing a doctor.

I’m just getting over bronchitis and walking pneumonia, and while I do feel significantly better than I did (thanks to some antibiotics and a puffer), I try my hardest to avoid taking antibiotics unless absolutely necessary.

Based on my track record, whenever I begin to feel something creeping into my chest, I know I should head to the clinic, as I’ve had walking pneumonia before, as well as bronchitis numerous times in the past.

I thought I would offer some tips to not only ward off nasty bugs and viruses this winter, but also to abide by if you do fall sick to help speed up the recovery process. These tips work for me, but they may not work for everyone, so always consult a doctor before you take matters into your own hands.

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Get a good amount of sleep each night, and even more when you’re sick
  • Eat a healthy diet; a mix of proteins, carbs, dairy, fats, fruits and veggies, to balance things out
  • Take vitamins (but not in excess, and consult your doctor first)
  • Take a long, steamy shower/bath to break up mucus in your chest/sinuses
  • Use a diffuser overnight
  • Stay warm (I recommend a fuzzy bathrobe)
  • Don’t overdo it
  • Try to de-stress when you start to feel overwhelmed
  • Exercise a few times a week
  • Get outside

Again, these are my own tips. What are some of yours?

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