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Ways To Get Over Sickness Quicker
Being sick is something that we all hate and dread, but is sometimes inevitable - even if you live a healthy lifestyle. In addition to hating the feeling of being sick - between work, family life and social life - it can really throw a wrench in things. Ain't nobody got time for that - so let's talk about some things you can do to aid in quicker recovery.
- First and foremost - Get sleep and rest so that your immune system can fight off the illness. For those of you who are used to being very active I know this is a hard one - I know it is for me. If you are getting sufficient rest and have the energy, studies actually show that very light to moderate exercise like walking can aide in quicker recovery if you have common cold like symptoms. If you have a fever or flu, however - exercise is not a good idea. Remember, feeling sick might be a sign that you need to slow down a little bit.
- Hydrate - Drink a lot of fluids. Herbal hot teas, drinks with electrolytes and of course lots of water are your best bet.
- Consume nutrient rich foods to boost your immune system, even if you don't have an appetite. Eat foods that are packed with vitamins a, b, c, e, and iron that are founds in lean meats, whole grains, fruit and vegetables. Probiotics are also great for fighting infection. I know that we usually crave those comfort carbs when we're sick but if you want to get better quicker, stay away from the junk.
- Last, you can always take over the counter medications to ease the symptoms. I know there are varying perspectives on taking medication, which I respect on both sides of the spectrum. I personally like to reserve medication as a last resort.
Make sure to seek a health professional immediately if your symptoms are severe. These tips apply across the spectrum for the majority of illnesses and are by no means a replacement for seeking professional medical advice if necessary.
I hope these tips were helpful - have a great and healthy week!