Cold and flu season is in full swing and this winter, the entire country is seeing an increased number of cases. Doctors and healthcare professionals say the flu season can last through April. Though cold winter temperatures create ideal conditions for the flu virus to thrive and replicate more quickly. Symptoms such as body aches, chills, fever, sore throats, and sneezing can last from days to weeks.
These natural remedies will help alleviate and relieve symptoms and have you feeling better sooner. If you are still feeling sick after a few weeks, make an appointment to see your doctor. As always, consult your physicians before starting any new treatments.
- Take a hot shower: Relax achy muscles and breathe in steam to moisten nasal passages and scratchy throats.
- Humidifier: Dry conditions cause the influenza virus to spread faster and more easily. Similar to the benefits you get from steam in a hot shower, using a humidifier can help increase the humidity in your home to help you breathe easier and reduce nasal inflammation.
- Hydrate: Drinking a lot of fluids is more important than ever when you’re feeling under the weather. Dehydration can lead to new or worsening symptoms causing you to feel more even more sick. Staying hydrated helps control or prevent nausea, keep fevers down, and helps clear your head and chest of congestion.
- Get enough sleep: Possibly the most important of all, getting adequate sleep is a vital cold remedy. Sleep deprivation can weaken our immune system’s ability to function at an optimal level.
- Add an extra pillow: In addition to getting enough sleep, using a bed wedge system or an extra pillow to elevate your upper body opens up nasal passages, promoting sinus drainage down the back of your throat. This allows you to rest more comfortably throughout the night and it will help you sleep easier.
- Drink hot beverages: Sooth a sore throat and nasal congestion with hot tea or hot water with lemon and honey. Warm herbal teas can also promote calmness and relaxation before bed to help you fall asleep easier.
- Gargle salt water: While this won’t cure your cold, gargling warm salt water can bring temporary relief to a sore, scratchy throat. Dissolve half a teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of warm water and gargle a few times a day to relieve pain.
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As the temperatures begin to drop, you may notice aches and pains starting to flare up or feel worse than usual. Some studies and polls have shown that pain worsens during cold or damp weather. When it’s cold, your muscles become tense, your nerve endings are more sensitive, and there can be a change in joint fluid thickness. All of these can lead to flare-ups or aggravated pain.
Fortunately, there are a number of different ways to combat the cold. While we cannot control the temperatures from dropping, we can implement a few of the following tips to help keep our body healthy and avoid pain during the colder months of the year.
- Maintain A Workout Routine: Whether at home or in a community gym, staying active will help prevent pain by keep muscles strong and flexible. Core exercises are great as they work the muscles that support your spine and keep back pain at bay.
- Stretch Often: In addition to maintaining a regular workout routine, stretching throughout the day helps you stay limber while avoiding tense muscles. Try simple stretches when you wake up in the morning and right before you go to bed at night. Decompress and stretch with a Lumbar Extender or Core Stretch
- Dress The Part: Wear proper footwear outside when there is water or snow on the ground to avoid falls. Also, be sure to wear layers and dress warm.
- Move Around: From watching TV to staying warm near a fire, we tend to spend more time sitting during the colder months. Move around during commercial breaks or do some stretching after finishing a warm cup of tea. Moving throughout the day, even just around the house, can help you avoid pain.
- Eat Healthy: While easier said than done, eating in moderation will help keep extra holiday weight away. When our bodies gain weight, stress is put on our joints and muscles, which can lead to back and knee pain.
- Stay Hydrated: We don’t often think about water as often when it’s colder out but it is just as important, if not more important, to drink plenty of water during this time of year. Keeping our joints and muscles lubricated is key to avoiding and preventing pain.
- Try Heat Therapy: If you are experiencing pain and discomfort, heat therapy is a great way to relieve aches and tension. Our Far Infrared Deluxe Pad provides long lasting relief from your neck down to your toes.
- Pace Yourself: From racking leaves to shoveling snow, cold weather chores can take a toll on our bodies. Take breaks often and pay attention to form to avoid straining muscles in your back, neck, or knees.
While pain is a common complaint during this time of year, these tips to avoid pain during the fall and winter months. Visit your local Relax The Back location to speak with a trained expert who can help you prepare for these colder months with products that will provide lasting relief. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for more pain relief tips.