Staying healthy doesn’t have to cost very much at all. You probably already own everything you need to stay well! It’s easy to run out to the drug store and grab a few boxes of medication when you feel the sniffles set in because it feels like the drugs are a magical cure. You’re better in minutes! Don’t spend a bunch of time trying to make heads or tails of the pharmacy aisle of your grocery store; take a few minutes to find the right natural remedy that is already in your home!
Water is the best. You already know that you need to drink six to eight glasses of water a day to stay healthy but water can be used for more than simple refreshment. Drinking water is one of the best remedies for a headache-certainly better than an over the counter pain reliever. Many headaches start because of dehydration. Drinking water can help your headache dissipate in just a few minutes. In addition to keeping you hydrated you can use water for other things. Hot baths, for example, are great for helping people break fevers (just remember to keep a cold compress on your head so you don’t get dangerously overheated). The heat will relax your muscles and help you to start sweating. Sweating is good because it is how your body will get rid of the toxins causing the fever and bring your temperature down.
There are lots of ways that you can increase your vitamin C intake! Vitamin C is found in leafy greens as well! This is good news because it means you have a variety of options available to help you combat an impending flu! Other citrus fruits contain vitamin C as well, so change out your orange juice for some lemonade or limeade.
Another great source of vitamin C is the bell pepper, so why not chop or slice some up and add them to your meals? The addition of the peppers won’t just make your food tastier it will help boost your immune system as well.
Steam is good. Why spend a bunch of money on decongestants when long showers and baths are just as effective? The steam will help clear up your sinuses which will help you breathe. The water’s heat will relax your muscles and allow you to rest easier. You can also get the helpful steam from large containers of steaming water-just lean over the opening of the container with a towel over your head. The towel helps contain the steam and move it toward your face as well as helping the water stay warm for longer periods of time. Steam aids in the productivity of blowing your nose because it relaxes the sinuses’ hold on the discharge they contain.
In order to avoid illness altogether, use natural health methods to make your immune system as strong as possible. More importantly, knowing how to correctly treat the symptoms you do have can go a long way to helping you combat illness and to keep yourself from accidentally making yourself sicker. Be practical and use the natural cold remedies you have on hand instead of spending money on chemicals that don’t really cure what ails you.