Posted by on 09/24/2014

x_1826_669853_0_14107535_500You can use natural prevention to fight of cold and flu symptoms. As a mom, you’re often the primary caretaker in the family, and it’s your job to make sure that the kids have what they need every day. But when you get sick, this can be a difficult if not impossible task. It seems that when you’re busy taking care of everyone else, you can sometimes forget to take care of yourself, leaving you susceptible to getting sick.

Natural remedies for preventing sickness

You can use items in your medicine cabinet and pantry to create a concoction that will build up your immune system as well as resistance to developing these illnesses that can leave you out of commission for a few days.

Wash your hands
If you want to stop cold and flu germs before they can attack your immune system, be sure you’re washing your hands as much as possible. Shaking hands is the easiest way to transmit germs, and with little ones running around the house you know that their hands are full of those nasty little germs that are out to get you sick. Be sure that you and the kids are applying soap to wet hands and rubbing vigorously for 15 seconds anytime you use the restroom, touch a doorknob or interact with someone who may be ill.

Researchers found that individuals who are sleep-deprived are more likely to get sick. That’s because their bodies aren’t able to produce the cells you need to stay healthy when cold and flu viruses enter your body. It’s important to get a little extra sleep during the winter, when these bugs are more prominent, so your body can do what it needs to do to stay strong. Of course, it’s easier said than done when you have a baby in the house, but that means you may want to consider napping when baby naps during the day so you can ensure that you’re getting some shut eye.

Take contrast showers
It’s more common for your home and office to be overheated during the winter. However, despite our body’s ability to regulate temperature, this built-in thermostat can get a little lazy when you’re in a room that’s always warm and the body doesn’t have to heat itself. You can keep your body’s thermostat in check by taking contrast showers. This means you should run hot water in the shower but blast yourself with cold water. Whole Living magazine suggests starting with five second of cold water and working your way up to 30 seconds at a time.

When you’re stressed out it’s easier to get sick. However, you can avoid catching a cold or the flu by getting regular exercise. But be careful not to exercise too much because it can lower your immunity. It’s best to get 30 minutes of physical activity each day. You can try activities like biking or walking, or if you don’t have time to get out of the house, cleaning is a good way to squeeze in a little exercise. You should also be sure to get a nourishing diet that’s full of slow-burning carbs, fruits, vegetables and protein.

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