#LifeHack: 🍏🍏🍏🍏🍏🍏🍏🍏🍏 9/10
This piece was originally posted on 25th November 2016.
Thanksgiving has come and gone and Christmas is fast approaching, and whilst all that is well and good, it also means something else is lurking around the congested corner: it’s flu season, people.
To help you prevent the nasty bugger (ew, quite literally), we gathered some all-natural ways to karate chop the flu in the butt this season – with the help of Ryan Gosling memes.
From sipping hot tea to washing your hands, take a scroll through these natural health hacks below. And maybe stick them up in your room and smile at them whenever you need a Ryan-reminder for some self care. <3
You 👏🏼 are 👏🏼 welcome 👏🏼.
Wash those pretty hands
This is a pretty obvious one. The cold and flu viruses spread through germs that you touch, and so it is important to wash your hands often. Do it in the sink or on the go with some hand sanitizer with alcohol. Heck, maybe even get a hand sanitizer that smells like cinnamon, to make it Christmassy AND cold-preventative. #Winning.
Don’t touch that face
You’ll know this if you want that contour to stay on point, but be aware that cold and flu viruses enter the body through your eyes, nose, and mouth, so stay clear.
Go to that zumba class
Aerobics or any exercise that gets your heart pumping is great for building up your body’s natural virus-killing cells so they can Muay Thai that cold back to where it came from.
Make ginger your best friend
This knobby Harry-Potter-looking rhizome specifically fights some of the leading causes of the common cold. Pour boiling water over two tablespoons of fresh shredded ginger root and feel the health seep through you. Make it extra sweet and delicious by adding lemon and honey to your liking.
Sneeze or cough into the crook of your elbow
That’s right, protect the hands. It’s less likely your elbow is going to get all up in your nose, eye and mouth area, so try coughing or sneezing into your elbow crook if possible. Consider it an anti-flu dab, if you wanna.
Increase your fat intake (yay)
But not just any fat. Consume a high quality source of animal-based omega-3 fats, and essential fats found in substances such as krill oil. Also, avoid omega-6 oils such as vegetable oils as they could damage your immune response. (We kinda really need immune response right now.)
Load up on those Vitamins
Vitamins C and A need to be your homies this season. Vitamin C has been proven to be very helpful in preventing influenza and enhancing the immune system’s ability to fight it off. It could even shorten the duration of your cold if you do get it. Vitamin A stands at the front line of defence against viruses, bacteria, and parasitic infections. It’s a little like a bodyguard in that way. Vitamin A-List.
And onion-y. The anti-microbial aspects of these two can fight off bacteria and viruses, and they also happen to make for a great addition to many dishes this season. Go the full yard and make yourself the old fashioned cold remedy of chicken soup (for the soul and your cold) and add some garlic and onions. Sluuuuuurp.
Don’t overthink too much before sleeping, and get a good night’s rest.
I know, I know. It’s easier said than done. But it can do miles for your well-being. When you’re stressed or tired, it’s harder for your body to fight off viruses like the cold or flu, and you’re more likely to feel even worse. Put away the pointless social media browsing pre-sleeping, drink some warm milk, count sheep backwards or try meditating and praying. Whatever works, works. And your body will be all like, ‘Thank you. And Zzzzz…’
Stay safe this flu season! Let Ryan be your reminder!
Please consult a doctor if you have serious or long-term symptoms. The above is general advice and may not work for everybody.