One of the worst parts of this season is getting sick. Runny noses, aches, chills - colds and flus are an all-around bummer! If you want to avoid catching a bug, check out some of our favorite blog posts from this past week that offer tips on staying healthy.
A cold can really knock you off your game, but if you don’t want to overmedicate on cough syrup, Bargain Babe provides some great suggestions for home remedies that actually work. Try drinking a honey and lemon tea, gargling with salt water to soothe a sore throat, or use a neti pot or saline spray to relieve cold symptoms. Think Vitamin C or zinc supplements are the answer? There’s actually no proof either of these work to prevent or shorten the duration of a cold!
If you have a Sam’s Club membership, Enemy of Debt recommends hitting up the store to help you save on the supplies you need to fight an illness. You can find significant savings on over-the-counter medications at club warehouse stores versus traditional grocery stores. Plus, you can prevent illness by getting a flu vaccine at their pharmacies! Sam’s Club even offers health tips and advice through their free magazine, “Healthy Living Made Simple,” or through their app.
Dollar Stretcher put together a super helpful post about things you can do to prevent catching a cold. If someone else in your household gets sick, make sure to sanitize common items that you all touch (like remote controls, light switches, and door knobs). You should also wash your hands as often as possible and stock up on hand sanitizer!
An easy way to prevent getting sick is by ensuring you’re getting the necessary amount of fruits and veggies in your diet. Need ideas for ways to increase your intake? Prairie Eco-Thrifter suggests drinking juice at breakfast, eating dried fruit as a snack, and hiding more veggies in your dinner by adding them to soups or casseroles. The healthier you eat, the less likely you are to get sick!
One Good Thing by Jillee posted ways to make sure your kids recover faster from a flu or cold - but these tips will work for adults too! To feel better faster, get plenty of rest, drink lots of fluids, and use eucalyptus oil to help relieve congestion. Other natural remedies include peppermint oil for upset stomachs and lavender oil to relieve headaches.
Try out these tips to prevent getting a cold or flu and to help fight off symptoms if you’re already sick!