Cold and flu season is once again knocking on our door. Maybe it has already invaded your house and decimated all your defenses. Preparation is the key!
It is a good idea to have your pantry or medicine cabinet stocked in advance because the last thing you want to do when you are sick is to go out to the store to buy what you need.Some things you may want to keep on hand are:
- cold/flu medicine (Decongestant, cough syrup)
- tea (a throat coating tea such as Throat Coat or Sleepytime Throat Tamer are great products!)
- low sodium soup
- paper towels
- hand soap
- 60% alcohol based hand sanitizer
- heating pad
- saltine crackers (Personally, I prefer Ritz crackers)
- saline nasal spray (My husband would rather use Vicks nasal spray)
- cleaners such as Lysol cleaner and rug spot removers are great!
A lot of people swear by ginger ale. I was never fond of the taste but ginger is supposed to be very good for the stomach. I once had a nurse prepare ginger tea for me in the hospital. It tasted horrible! I gagged it the whole way down….. but it worked. Doctor’s are not always recommending carbonated beverages when one is sick. For one, when you are sick, keeping hydrated is important and soda(pop) does not aid in hydration. Gatorade is more recommended to aid in hydrating the body. For two, carbonated beverages actually contribute to increased gastrointestinal pain and cramping.
Lemonade can also be good for your throat. One year while I was in our church choir and we had a couple of performances. Someone made us warm lemonade to help our voices. It felt soothing on my throat! My father-in-law’s doctor also recently recommended warm lemonade for my father-in-law’s sore throat.
The best weapon against cold and flu germs? Soap and water! Nothing beats hand-washing with soap and warm water. I try to keep liquid soap at both our kitchen and bathroom sinks because I know it will get used quicker by my children. Hand sanitizer is okay, but it does not actually clean your hands. At work we wash our surfaces with soap and water, dry and then use the sanitizer. Another good thing to clean? Your cell phone! Use a cotton ball dampened with rubbing alcohol and lightly rub the phone. Money is also dirty. Wash your hands after using it.
When my older children were young our doctor would recommend the B.R.A.T. diet for upset stomachs. B.R.A.T. is an acronym for Bananas, Rice, Applesauce and Toast. The whole idea behind the diet was to introduce bland foods to a sick tummy. Now they don’t use that acronym as quick but they do still recommend bland diets so toast, crackers, dry cereal and broth are great as well as jello.
As you go through this cold winter season, may life and wellness grow in fullness until it overflows.
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