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How To Not Get a Cold

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I’m not a doctor. And I don’t play one on TV. But I do know a thing or two about keeping crud away.

Remember in that Seinfeld episode when he was so proud of himself for his non vomiting streak? Well, I’m kind of like that with cruds. Okay, last spring’s food poisoning was not the flu! Sometimes you just can’t help it.

But for the most part (knock on wood) I don’t get too ill. A sniffle. Maybe. But my days of bronchitis and sinus infections seem a thing of the past. Why? Because adamantium, that’s why. No. Just kidding. I think it’s because I’m looking after myself.

Here’s how I protect myself and my family from yucky stuff all year long, not just winter. But let’s face it, winter sucks. How many times are kids sick in the winter? All the time.

Tip #1-

WASH YOUR HANDS! This is not optional. This is required. And here’s how you do it. You come in the house, you set down your purse, keys, phone, and YOU WASH YOUR DAMN HANDS! This goes for EVERYONE. If someone isn’t washing their hands, it kind of blows the purpose of keeping germs at the door.

My husband will be all, comes in, gets a glass of water, sits down, pulls out his laptop, and I say, “did you wash your hands?” And he replies, “Oh, yeah, no. I forgot.” And then I flog him for his lack of cleanliness. Just kidding.

But seriously. Wash your hands as you enter the house.

Tip #2-

GET PLENTY OF REST. I know what you’re thinking. “Fudge you Rebecca. If I wanted sleep I wouldn’t have had children.” I know. I know. But seriously. Not resting is what gets you rundown, your immune system compromised and your body out of whack. If you can feel some crud coming on- go to bed. Say no to that PTA meeting. Don’t take your kids to the bounce house. Let them play in the street while you take a nap. Okay! Just kidding. I know. But do what you can to slow down.

Tip #3

INVEST IN A GOOD QUALITY AIR PURIFIER IN YOUR HOME. This would be the Venta Air Purifier in my home. It’s the best German engineering available. It humidifies, purifies and signifies that you’re smart. Smart because you know that dust particles and dry air are a bonanza in your sinuses during the winter, and you are preventing that party from starting. Clean air and moistened nasal passages are helpful in keeping colds at bay.

 

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Tip #4

Acupuncture. Oh for crying out loud! Stop being a baby and telling me you think it’s hokey placebo stuff or scary needles. My kids have done it. It’s not scary. I do maintenance acupuncture once a month that helps keep my chi flowing like a river through Montana. I don’t get migraines anymore, I don’t have sinus headaches or infections anymore and I can see through things. Ha!

Tip #5

DRINKING LOTS OF TEA. I’m a huge tea drinker. I drink coffee too. But I pretty much keep it to one shot of espresso per day. Tea is everything. I’m drinking it constantly. Oh, and I don’t smoke and I eat kale. Sometimes. But I don’t do weird things with coconut oil or have my lady bits steamed. So I draw the line the line somewhere!

Now. If Murphy has its law about me and I drop ill from some Shanghai flu tomorrow, I will burn this post to the ground.

But truthfully, I just wanted to share with you my wisdom so that you can stay healthy and well.

Cheers!

*********************this is not a sponsored post. All words and opinions and mine and I haven’t been paid to write them.****************************