2014-02-07 / Sports

Jen’s Fitness Forum

By Jen Font de Bon

‘Tis the season…flu season. If you’re like me, or most other people in Rockaway, you either have it or know someone who does.

Below are some of the things you can do to speed up recovery and get back to enjoying the wonderful pleasures of winter! REST UP. Relaxing the body is necessary for fighting the flu.

Instead of pushing yourself to go to work or school, take some time to get back on track. Staying in bed for a couple of days will give you a full recovery in less time. IMMEDIATELY INCREASE LIQUID INTAKE. A sick body has to work extra hard to fight off infections. Since we are made up predominantly of water, it is extremely important to replenish what’s being used right from the start.

Drink plenty of clear liquids, including water, broth, and decaffeinated hot tea. Make sure to always keep a filled glass at arm’s reach and sip throughout the day. Try to stay away from anything too sugary, as sugar can interfere with the body’s ability to fight off virus and bacteria. PAY ATTENTION TO DIET.

Incorporating a variety of vitamin-rich foods in your diet when fighting off sickness will help give your body the strength it needs to get you healthy again.

Some powerful flu-fighting foods are garlic, lemon, raw honey, mushrooms, red peppers, leafy greens, almonds, dark chocolate, yogurt (with live and active cultures), eggs, salmon, berries, bananas, and citrus fruits. Most importantly, listen to your body and introduce foods slowly. Also, keep it simple and stay away from anything processed. HOT TEA AND SOUP. These natural remedies help reduce congestion and encourage recovery. Make sure soup broth is water-based, and add extra vegetables to provide your body with the nutrients it needs to strengthen the immune system.

For a tea that will soothe your chest and throat, steep freshly chopped ginger in boiling water, add raw honey and enjoy! While ginger decongests, relaxes the stomach, eases joint pain, amps up the immune system, and improves the body’s ability to absorb certain necessary nutrients, honey has powerful anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties and naturally suppresses coughs. STAY CLEAN AND STEAM. Thoroughly wash your hands throughout the day to avoid germs from spreading. Also, take a steamy shower to clear out mucus and relax the body. You can steam out of the shower too. Boil a pot of water, put a towel over your head, and hover over the pot, inhaling steam. If you want, add aroma. Fresh, chopped up ginger, oil of eucalyptus, and oil of oregano are all good options. FOR A SORE THROAT…Mix 1/2 teaspoon of salt to one cup of warm water, gargle, and spit. Do this as often as you feel necessary throughout the day to reduce pain and ease swallowing. HERBS AND SPICES. Ginger, thyme, oregano, sage, cinnamon, pepper, cayenne pepper, clove, turmeric, cardamom, rosemary, mint, and chamomile are a few of the herbs and spices worth keeping on the rack this winter.

Use them in soups, teas, and juices to add flavor and more importantly, incredible health benefits that will pump up your immune system and get you feeling better quicker!

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