How to Prevent + Care For a Cold

How to Prevent + Care For a Cold

You don't need to pop pills to get over a measly cold
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It’s cold season, people. People left and right are getting sick. Everyone is exposed. As the holidays are here, someone at home will probably be sick. If you don’t catch a cold or feel a cold creeping up on you, you have one mighty immune system. Sadly, not all of us are like you. Here is how to prevent yourself from getting sick and what to do after your immune system lets you down.

Let’s talk about orange juice: It’s a common myth that orange juice helps you when you are sick. Orange juice, which has vitamin c, is great for PREVENTING colds, but once you catch the bug, chugging OJ (or any high-in-vitamin c drink) won’t help you. In fact, it might make you feel worse.

The ultimate weapon (for prevention and curing): Garlic. Garlic is antimicrobial and is fantastic for getting rid of bad bacteria. Feel a cold creeping up? Increase the level of garlic intake by a lot. My favorite nutrition professor gave me her secret: chop up 6-10 cloves really really fine, toast them up a little bit in some butter in a frying pan, and then spread that over toast. Eat the toast. As a garlic lover, I can get down with this. But if you’re not as enthusiastic about garlic as I am, then add a ton of garlic to some premade or homemade marinara sauce and serve that with some pasta for your next meal.

Now once you become sick, here is what you should do to take care of yourself:

- Drink lots of water.

- Drink tea; Chamomile, lemongrass, lemon balm, elderberry and “sick tea” (hot water, honey, lemon and ginger) are all perfect teas for those who are combating a cold (and a sore throat!).

- If you don’t have any tea, warm milk with honey is fantastic for sore throats and can help induce sleep for some.

- Take a hot bath and sweat it out; run a bath as hot as you can take it, and sit in the bath for at least 15-20 minutes in attempt to sweat out the cold. Drink some water afterwards to rehydrate and then off to bed with you.

- Get lots of sleep; it’s your body’s time to recharge.

- Don’t forget to eat; sometimes when we get sick we lose our appetite. You need to put something in your stomach, so try dry toast (no toppings, period.) or saltines. Eventually make your way up to so good old soup (chicken noodle is the best!)

- Lastly, please stay home if you can. You will recover better and faster if you properly take care of yourself. If you are sick enough and can afford to take time off of work or school, please do so.

Sometimes a little holistic healing is better for you than popping pills to get over a cold. And trust me, garlic truly is your best weapon. Get well soon!

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21 Things I Would Tell My Anxiety If It Were A Real Person

You are more dependent on me than I am on you.
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Anxiety has been a ruling force in my life for as long as I can remember— but it's definitely become more difficult to manage over the past few years. Despite taking steps to learn how to cope, I still have more off-days than I'd like.

Sometimes, it helps me to let my anxiety manifest itself as a person— lots of poetry I've written in the past does this. It feels good to let it become something real, something I can interact with, as opposed to this looming force putting more pressure on my chest. If my anxiety was a real person, there are a few things I'd like to tell him...

1. People don't care about things as much as we do.

2. People like me a lot more than you make me think.

3. I am not a failure.

4. I am allowed to make mistakes.

5. I deserve all the good things that come to me.

6. I do not deserve to be miserable.

7. I do not deserve to hate myself because of you.

8. Puking is not a helpful reaction to anything—stop making it happen.

9. I *can* function without color-coordinating my life.

10. Nobody is going to crucify me if I'm a few minutes late every once in a while.

11. I am smart enough to follow my dreams.

12. I am capable of accomplishing anything I want.

13. A B+ will not destroy my life.

14. I am not my past mistakes.

15. There's no need to dwell on awkward encounters for weeks on end.

16. Seriously, nobody cares about it as much as we do.

17. I don't need to take things so seriously.

18. I don't need to take myself so seriously.

19. I don't need to take YOU so seriously.

20. You do not own me.

21. You are more dependent on me than I am on you.

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If College Majors Were Different Things You Do At The Gym

You know you think about this sometimes...
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Going to the gym is just one of those things equivalent to going to classes. You dread it, but you have to do it. So recently, on a walk from class to the Archbold gym, having a full-on inner debate as to which piece of cardio equipment I was in the mood to do, I thought about just how similar those two activities are. And poof – I realized how gym classes and fitness machines secretly connect and align to many different college majors.


1. Doing yoga: English

While many might think that yoga is easy and a relaxing gym class; similar to how reading a book or novel can be so chill and thought-provoking, they’re both so deep and intense, people tend to take them for granted. They are like the underdogs.

However, both yoga and English are major disciplines in which you have to force your mind to go elsewhere, deep in analytical thought. As challenging as some Greek and Shakespearian pieces of literature can be, don’t be fooled by a Firefly or King Pigeon Pose. Both will challenge the body and mind.


2. Kickboxing: Pre-Law

Just as intimidating as the study of law may be, nothing better than Kickboxing correlates to this major. Kickboxing is a group fitness class that combines self-defense skills in a high-energy, fast-paced forum. Lawyers are trained to develop tactics to defend their cases and must always be on top of their game mentally.

Wait too long and your opportunity to object or fight back costs you a dear mistake, similar to how not being prepared on the defense may end up costing you a jab or a punch. Kickboxing is a thorough total body workout incorporating every body part from your calves to your shoulders – similar to how a lawyer must know each and every aspect of a story in order to properly prepare and present a case.


3. Stepping on the tread-climber: Surgeon

The tread-climber is a very complex cardio machine that requires a lot of concentration. It combines the benefit of a treadmill, challenged by the movements of an elliptical all while going uphill. Sound confusing? Well, if you saunter on to this machine at the gym you better have all of your senses in-tact.

Concentration and focus are key here in order to take on this machine effectively. Surgeons must enter the operating rooms with the utmost level of sense and concentration because one minuscule mistake could cost them a patient’s life. Surgeons are always on top of their game – just as you must be if you are so brave as to take on the Treadclimber.


4. Going to a total body class: Business

A total body gym class is a high energy and thorough workout that focuses on every muscle group at an intensity that will simultaneously improve your overall cardiovascular strength and endurance. A career in business is more varied than most people realize.

Business degrees provide broad academic exposure to the critical elements that make organizations function efficiently. A total body class is backed up by motivating music and incorporates a variety of exercises and equipment to always keep you on your toes and eager to see what is next.

The backbone of business is made up of various departments who all must function simultaneously for the common goal. Businesses must always be on their toes to stay on top of their game competitively.


5. Going to a Zumba class: Communications

The dance movements in a Zumba class flow from one move to the next creating one big dance routine and overall body massage. Each routine executed in a Zumba class has to tell a story based on the movements and most importantly the music.

The way in which an advertising major presents a product for sale, a sports broadcaster commentates a game to the public and a news broadcaster retells a story, Zumba and Communications majors are all about the story and the way in which it’s presented.


6. Running on the treadmill: Math

There is a constant formula while walking or running on the treadmill—one foot has to go in front of the other for a successful progression. Math is a constant formula that doesn’t deviate much from what is originally given. The deviations on a treadmill, speed and incline, are like the different levels of math. The harder you make the deviations, the harder your workout will be. In math, the basic formulas are the same, it is just the different levels that make it more challenging.


7. Going to a spin class: Foreign Language

It is very easy to get lost in a high-intensity spin or cycle class. The instructor via headset microphone competes with the loud and hi-energy music calling out moves and positions at sometimes irregular beats that completely confuses a class goer.

These instructors are so invested in their workouts and keeping up with the beats and moves, they can hardly realize if the class is actually keeping up. In a foreign language class, the professors are so animated and invested in their own native language tongue they just assume everyone else is on board as well, not realizing many times students are completely confused and lost.

So the next time you’re sitting in a class or forcing yourself to complete a set or workout in the gym, think about what you can compare them to!

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