Thursday, November 5, 2009

Sick of Being Sick? 13 Suggestions to Get You Better, Quick!

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I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of being sick. Weeks ago I caught a doozy of a cold. I shared it with my family and we passed the virus around until I caught it again. After feeling sorry for myself, I decided to use my computer to find ways I could speed my recovery. I found these suggested remedies and ways to stay healthy.
I figured you’d want to know. …

1. Wash your hands. WebMD states, “Amazingly, about 80% of contagious diseases are transmitted by touch.”
2. If you sneeze, don’t cover your nose or mouth with your hands. You can spread germs that way. Use a tissue instead or the crook of your arm.
3. Get fresh air. Inside air may be re-circulated and may actually expose you to even more viruses.
4. Drink water. It’ll help you flush out the virus and keep you hydrated.
5. Don’t touch your face. You don’t want to spread the germs from your hands.
6. Exercise. Being active bolsters your immune system.
7. Get rest. Getting enough sleep is another way to boost your immune system.
8. Eat vegetables. Especially the dark green leafy ones. They contain phytochemicals which build up your body’s immunity.
9. Don’t smoke. You already know that smoking’s hard on your lungs, but did you know smoking dries out your nasal cavities and prevents those little cleaning hairs in your lungs from filtering out viruses?
10. Drink less alcohol. Alcohol dehydrates, which makes it harder for your body to rid itself of the virus.
11. Take cod-liver-oil tablets. They’re loaded with Vitamins A and D, which help the immune system.
12. Take Vitamin C within the first 24 hours that symptoms appear. Again, the idea is to rev up your immune system.
13. Consider herbal remedies such as garlic, ginger, oregano, lemon or even horseradish. For generations people have applied these home cures and many still claim they work.

I’m determined to get over my cold as fast as possible. Do you have any suggestions? What has worked for you?



  1. Great suggestions, brenda. The only other thing I'd add is: stay away from children!!!

  2. Annie Solomon,
    Yeah, you could be right. :)

  3. Sorry to hear you aren't feeling well. Herbal teas are always on my list when sick. I squeeze lemon in it if I have it too.
    Feel better.
    Happy T13!

  4. I do most of that stuff and I still got sick Whaaaa ;(

    Have a great day!

  5. Adelle Laudan,
    Thanks. I'll try the lemon tea.

  6. I am Harriet,
    Yeah, it's no fun being sick. Take Care.

  7. I have a cold too. This is day four and so far seem a bit better than day three, but its early still. Gonna steal all our your ideas and try them.

  8. Hope you feel better soon. Go outside and sit in the sun. The vitamin D we get from the sun helps with immunity, too. Of course if you live where it's freezing, you will have to just sit in front of an uncurtained, sun filled window.

  9. I don't let colds slow me down (unless they move into my chest, which they all seem to do anymore), so I lack any useful advice, I'm afraid.

    Hang in there and keep those hands clean! Maybe clean your keyboard, too. Can't hurt and it'll look all purty.

  10. I'm just getting over the flu (the regular kind) and I'm determined not to get sick again this winter. Thanks for all the great tips!

  11. Kristen,
    I'll try vitamin D and walks in the sunlight. Thanks.

  12. Susan Helene Gottfried,
    Okay, I'm getting ready to clean the keyboard currently. Thanks for the tip.

  13. Andi,
    I'm with you. Let's both try to stay healthy.

  14. I need to try some of these out. I've had a lingering cold, too. Hope you get better soon.

  15. Yup. I've been sick too and constantly washing my hands. They've been so dry. and coughing into my arm too. ugh...

    I HATE being sick!!!

  16. Being sick is never fun. Hope you're feeling better soon - and don't forget the chicken soup. ;)

  17. Thanks Ella,
    I hope we both feel better soon.

  18. Emily/Randomability,
    Washing hands is important. I'm doing that too and hopefully soon we'll both be fine.

  19. Heather,
    Thanks. You're right. I did forget chicken soup. Grin.

  20. What? Another excuse to eat garlic and horseradish? Sweet!

    I hope that you feel better soon.

  21. I like to get some sun and soak it up. I also like to keep eucalyptus oil on hand ... breath it in deeply on a piece of tissue. It kills germs.

    Chicken soup?

  22. Celticlibrarian,
    Yep, go right ahead. Help yourself to those servings of garlic and horseradish. Grin. Thanks for stopping by.

  23. colleen,
    Eucalyptus oil? Good idea. Thanks for the tip.

  24. Wonderful list of suggestions. Vitamin C, chicken soup, lots of water and rest work best for me these days. Sending you healing thoughts ;-)

    I'm playing belatedly on Friday.
    Hugs and blessings,

  25. Happily Retired Gal,
    You know, I'm happy to hear from you whenever and thanks for your good wishes. I am feeling better.

  26. I think you've got everything covered that I could suggest. Hope you're already on the mend. Remember the sleep part (says the sleepless NaNo-er...)