Winter: the season of cozy, and the season of the common cold. Though usually harmless, the congestion, scratchy throat, sinus drainage, headaches, and lethargy are a winning combo when it comes to feeling crummy as all get out.
When you’re fighting a cold, it’s important to keep these things in mind...
You hear this so often that it’s almost easy to brush past it: but seriously, you need to stay hydrated, especially when your bod is in overdrive fighting off a virus. Eight glasses a day is the rule of thumb, so in addition to your tissues, keep that glass of water next to you as you spend your sick day watching Netflix.
Warm tea or soup will help keep you hydrated while also soothing any itchy or sore throat. Stay away from caffeinated teas, as caffeine dehydrates, and that’s the opposite of what we’re after here. (So, yes, that means saying no to your morning cup of coffee. We’re grieving that lack of latte, too.)
If your cold has brought along a low-grade fever (ugh), it’s important to replenish your electrolytes. Our rec: Advocare’s Rehydrate.
Sleep is one of the body’s most important methods of staying healthy, but it’s often the one we skimp on. When you sleep, your body is busy making more white blood cells; these cells help you fight off viruses, like the cold.
We know that when you’re sick, sleep can feel impossible, especially when you can’t breathe with all that congestion hanging out in your sinuses; a humidifier can help you loosen this congestion. Other things you can do to make the ZZZs come faster that aren’t counting sheep and cursing your cold: turning off screens an hour before bedtime, taking a warm bath (bubbles, candle, and a favorite book... yes, please), and drinking something warm, like chamomile tea. We also love Advocare’s Sleepworks Lavender and Chamomile.
We live in a world that rarely slows down, and when you’re sick, your body is saying, “Yo, let’s hit the brakes and rest.” So even if you can’t sleep, fear not, rest still has its health benefits.
GO EASY ON THE EXERCISE.
If it’s just a head cold that hasn’t moved into your chest, you can practice some gentle (keyword: GENTLE) exercises, like a walk or yoga. Anything more (especially if you have a fever)? The gym can wait; your body needs some R&R (plus, real talk: no one wants to share your germs).
Don’t beat yourself up for missing your bi-weekly Pilates class—physically overextending yourself while you’re sick can worsen your symptoms. The quicker you get better, the quicker you can get back into your fitness routine, but you have to take care of yourself first!
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