30 Days of September: Day 11
With the cooler weather, comes the potential for sniffles, colds, and other ailments. Today, I self-diagnosed myself with the beginnings of a sinus infection. As someone who has had their fair-share, I’m familiar with the pressure, headaches, and general lethargic feeling.
Whenever these symptoms show up I have a list of remedies that I find help to 1) lessen the initial discomfort 2) shorten the time I’m feeling bad 3) and create general comfy-ness that I believe is the foundation to healing. This list applies for anytime you are feeling unwell, but especially now that we’re transitioning to fall and winter. Let me know in the comments what you do when you aren’t feeling well.
· Drink lots of water. During colds and similar ailments your body often produces all sorts of additional mucus, phlegm, etc. I know, gross, right? But here’s the thing, it’s a sign of your immune system hard at work. Water is essential to keeping you hydrated during times of sickness. I add fresh pressed juice to my water (lime, lemon, grapefruit, berries) and it helps me drink more throughout the day. Bonus: extra vitamin c and other antioxidants.
· Treat your body well by eating dark leafy greens and other veggies. Greens like kale are great sources of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K and folate. I know it isn’t the first thing you want to grab when you’re sick, but feeding your body good-for-you foods is essential to healing.
· Invest in a neti-pot and humidifier, especially if you are prone to sinus infections or colds. A neti-pot is a small odd-looking bowl with a spout that allows you to run warm saline water through your sinuses. I find it helps to refresh my sinuses and shortens the duration of pain and congestion associated with colds/infections. I recommend watching tutorials on YouTube if you are trying it for the first time. I warm the water, add pure sea salt (specific for use in neti-pot), and add a small drop of Eucalyptus essential oil to the water (you will want to dilute the oil considerably before use). A humidifier will work to add moisture into the air in your home that can provide comfort when breathing.
· Rest. It may seem obvious but individuals often take OTC medicines to relieve symptoms and then keep going about life when they really need a day or two of rest. I know that not everyone has available paid sick leave at work. But if you must go into work, make sure to take time to rest and sleep when at home. Your body will thank you.
· Pour yourself a cup of tea. Not only will it make you feel cozy and warm, teas contain different types of polyphenols that may help boost your immune system.
· Take a bath. I like to run a warm bath and add eucalyptus essential oil to help clear sinuses. I also like to drop-in 2-3 cups of magnesium salt flakes to the water. Most individuals are deficient in magnesium. Your body’s largest organ, your skin, can absorb magnesium. I highly encourage a good soak, sick or not.
Wishing you good health and a happy week ahead.
Note: I am not a medical doctor, these are only recommendations for increasing your comfort and general wellness.