By: Hayley Hasberger
Online Section Writer
It’s that time of year when everyone is getting sick around campus and you’re trying to avoid catching anything yourself. Whether you’re getting over a cold, battling a sinus infection or fighting off germs with hand sanitizer, here are a few helpful tips and tricks according to Healthline that will get you through the flu season.
The most obvious and easiest thing to do is to wash your hands with soap and warm water as frequently as possible. Just think about how many door handles, hand railings, desks and other objects you touch throughout the day. This equates to a variety of germs covering your palms and fingertips that can be spread easily into your body if you touch your face or eat food without washing your hands first.
Your diet is important too. If you have ever wondered the reason behind eating soup when you are feeling sick, here it is: it’s purpose it to help boost your immune system. By eating light foods such as soups, fruits and veggies, your body is able to conserve energy for your immune system instead of using up energy on digesting food. Be wary though when choosing your foods. Avoid sugary foods, especially desserts, pastries, candy and sugar-filled drinks as best you can. Sugar weakens the immune system and will only make you feel more ill.
Warm beverages, such as tea, have multiple benefits for getting you through an illness. Warm beverages help soothe your throat and aid in reducing inflammation. Ginger teas are helpful for bringing down inflammation, clearing congestion and supporting the immune system. Lemon teas are also a good choice to increase your Vitamin C. In your teas, feel free to put a spoonful of honey, local and raw, or just have a spoonful by itself. Honey is full of antioxidants, has antiviral and antibacterial properties and is just another way to boost your immune system, which you cannot get enough of. Make note though that you should only have a heaping spoonful, since honey is so sweet and as expressed above, sugar is not good for your immune system when it’s trying to work hard to make you feel your best.
Another simple thing that can have an immense positive impact on your body is rest. Now you may have tests, club meetings, sport related activities or the thousands of other things that go on in a college student’s life, but it is extremely important to get rest. Rest means not running around all day doing things across campus. Rest means being good to your body, and taking time to sit or lay down. You can drink some tea or take a shower during this relaxation time to help soothe your body, or by all means do some homework, watch a movie or open a book. In addition to rest, you need to get adequate amounts of sleep. Sleep and rest provide your body with the energy to combat germs, which helps in decreasing the amount of time you are sick. If you don’t take time to rest and focus on getting eight hours of sleep, then your illness will only last that much longer.
These are just a few suggestions to help ward off a cold or flu and prevent you from getting sick. You can do it, all you have to do is focus on your health, be kind to your body and set aside time to rest.