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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A Love Letter To The Girl Who Cares Too Much About Everyone But Herself

You, the girl with a heart full of love and no place big enough to store it all.

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Our generation is so caught up in this notion that it's "cool" not to care about anything or anyone. I know you've tried to do just that.

I'm sure there was a brief moment where you genuinely believed you were capable of not caring, especially since you convinced everyone around you that you didn't. But that just isn't true, is it? Don't be ashamed of this, don't let anyone ridicule you for having emotions.

After everything life has put you through, you have still remained soft.

This is what makes you, you. This is what makes you beautiful. You care so deeply and love so boldly and it is incredible, never let the world take this from you.

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You are the girl who will give and give and give until you have absolutely nothing left. Some may see this as a weakness, an inconvenience, the perfect excuse to walk all over you. I know you try to make sense of it all, why someone you cared so much about would treat you the way they did.

You'll make excuses for them, rationalize it and turn it all around on yourself.

You'll tell yourself that maybe just maybe they will change even though you know deep down they won't. You gave them everything you had and it still feels as if they took it all and ran. When this happens, remind yourself that you are not a reflection of those who cannot love you. The way that people treat you does not define who you are. Tell yourself this every day, over and over until it sticks. Remind yourself that you are gold, darling, and sometimes they will prefer silver and that is OK.

I know you feel guilty when you have to say no to something, I know you feel like you are letting everyone you love down when you do. Listen to me, it is not your responsibility to tend to everyone else's feelings all the time. By all means, treat their feelings with care, but remember it is not the end of the world when you cannot help them right away.

Remember that it is OK to say no.

You don't have to take care of everyone else all the time. Sometimes it's OK to say no to lunch with your friends and just stay home in bed to watch Netflix when you need a minute for yourself. I know sometimes this is much easier said than done because you are worried about letting other people down, but please give it a try.

With all of this, please remember that you matter. Do not be afraid to take a step back and focus on yourself. You owe yourself the same kind of love and patience and kindness and everything that you have given everyone else. It is OK to think about and put yourself first. Do not feel guilty for taking care of yourself. You are so incredibly loved even when it doesn't feel like it, please always remember that. You cannot fill others up when your own cup is empty. Take care of yourself.

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Smiling Is The Greatest Medicine

And it's free.

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Have you ever had a bad day where everything just seems like it's going wrong? Then one of your friends texts you a picture of a dog covered in spaghetti and even though you're on the bus, you smile and chuckle. That is the best feeling to get from another person. I love when someone does something or says something funny and it just makes you smile and realize that today really isn't that bad. If you smiled or laughed after reading "a dog covered in spaghetti," then I gave you a dose of the best medicine you can receive besides love, smiling and laughter.

I want you to think about today or yesterday or the past couple days, has anyone gone out of their way to make you laugh or smile? If they have, you should definitely keep them around, unless they were creepy then maybe don't keep them around. Have you ever just randomly smiled at someone and it made you feel better and knew it made them feel better? That's you sharing the wonderful thing called happiness. Happiness can be shared between anyone you know and anyone you meet.

Sharing a smile with someone can actually do more than you think. It can remind someone that they are important and needed. It can make someone who is having a terrible day realizes that it gets better. You might be helping more people than you know. Just by talking to someone can make someone smile because it makes them realize that they matter to you regardless you know them or not. You can make someone smile by telling a joke or a story or just waving hello to them.

I think that it can be difficult for us sometimes to share our emotions because we usually think that if we smile at someone that it means we like them. You are very capable of smiling at someone without having a crush on them. If you see someone you might know, you are allowed to smile at them without it being weird. If you were to smile at someone that you barely know, it is perfectly fine is they are holding the door for you or let you cross, but don't be weird. If you were to smile at someone and didn't know them and you didn't have a reason to, that might be kind of creepy.

I think that smiling is the best thing you can do for someone because it can mean so much even though it's so small. It can change a life and save a life. It can make someone feel like they are important and needed in this world. Smiling is one of the greatest things you can do for a person and it is also one of the easiest thing you can do. By smiling, you can make yourself feel better and others feel better too. Smile is wonderful and you should try and smile every day.

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