It’s that time of year again! There are so many different strains of cold and flu making their rounds and so many of my patients (maybe including you!) have been sick lately!
I was counting my lucky stars that I hadn’t been sick yet this season, but last week I was EXHAUSTED and not sure why…then my throat started to hurt. UGH. Then yesterday the sneezing began and my sinuses started to ache.
I honestly haven’t been this sick in quite some time, but luckily (of course!) I have some great tips and tricks to help you cope once you’re already sick.
If you’re like me and you’re sneezing once every 3.2 seconds, you’re probably losing a lot of fluid! My absolute favourites during this awful cold of mine have been my favourite electrolyte (Ultima-grape flavour) and organic Throat Coat Tea. Bouncing between warm drinks to soothe your throat and electrolytes to make sure you don’t get dehydrated is a great way to get those liquids in and ensure you aren’t feeling even more awful from a lack of water. Any herbal tea will do the trick though and another favourite liquid option is bone broth, just make sure it’s organic!
Epsom Salt Baths
Run a bath (with filtered water!) and while it’s filling up, hang out in the bathroom with the doors closed and fan off to enjoy all of that warm mucous-dissolving steam! I had two baths yesterday just to help with the awful congestion. Then, you get to have a relaxing, warm bath! I always add at least 2 cups of Epsom salts to bath water and any favourite bubble bath or essential oils (eucalyptus is a great one to decrease congestion). The Epsom salts are great for any associated muscle or joint pain that may be a part of your illness.
Vitamin C and Other Supplements
In a previous blog post I’ve talked about some supplements that can be helpful, but my favourite one for colds and the flu is vitamin C. Your body is probably going through a TON of it and using it up really quickly, so it can use all the extra it can get. Dose carefully though, as too much will cause loose stools and diarrhea. Often I recommend that patients take it “to bowel tolerance,” which means you take as much as you can without having stomach upset. For a normally healthy adult I generally suggest starting with 2g, 2x/day and see how that goes and slowly increase as needed.
Stay Home and REST
The big problem with people trying to power through bad colds and the flu is when they show up to work or school and get the rest of us sick! If you’re showing obvious symptoms, cuddle up in bed with some electrolytes and vitamin C and get extra rest so your body can recover faster. Enjoy the down time and understand that your body is fighting hard to get over the bug. If you MUST go out, consider wearing a medical mask so you aren’t sneezing all over everyone and don’t touch anything after blowing your nose or coughing without washing your hands first.
Vitamin and Mineral IV Therapy
IV therapy is also one of my favourite ways to get people’s immune system’s boosted, get their vitamin and mineral levels QUICKLY increased without having to take a ton of supplements by mouth. If you’ve never had an IV there’s nothing to be nervous about! We do them with so many patients at our clinic and see great results—everything from decreased frequency and severity of colds and the flu to boosted energy levels and more restful sleep. Send me a message if you’re got more questions about it or are curious to learn more.