Three Ways to Deal with the Winter Cold / Flu

Combining people not covering their mouths at work and Denver’s huge temperature swings the last few months, it was only a matter of time beforehand I got sick. As unfortunate as it is to be sick wile pregnant, there’s literally only so much sanitizing one can do.

Although you you can take certain medications while you’re pregnant, the hard hitters like NyQuil and DayQuil are off limits (at least according to my Ob). To be quite honest, I rarely get sick, but this past cold plague has been the hardest thing to get thru for me. After a few days of suffering with nothing but using a humidifier and steam showers, I discovered three anti medication remedies that have helped me kick this cold/ flu in its ass.

1. Dandelion Tea – Before my hubs and I moved into together, I never tried out this tea until I saw him drinking it one day. Yes, this tea isn’t made from those annoying yellow flowers in your grass. However, it has some major benefits : Dandelion tea is a powerful diuretic, which will help the body eliminate toxins more rapidly and improve healthy kidney/ liver function. This tea also increases the concentration of certain detoxifying enzymes in the liver, so it’s perfect if your body is run down, a cup of this a few times a week is exactly what you need.

Not an Ad, but this is the only brand I’ve been using.

2. Breathe Right Strips – Again, something I’ve never used because it wasn’t needed. However, when my nose is clogged and my throat hurts from breathing with my mouth opened, I gave these bad boys a try. The nasal strips are made of flexible, spring-like bands that fit right above the flare of the nostrils. The underside is adhesive so that once positioned on the nose, they stay there. As the bands attempt to straighten back to their original shape, they lift the sides of the nose and open the nasal passages. This lifting action helps open inflamed sinus passages and makes it easier to breath.

3. The Neti Pot – This remedy is the one I have been holding off on using for years. I mean, who the hell wants to shoot water up their nose? I don’t even like the feeling when I’m swimming. But again, desperate times with my stuffed nose called for desperate measures. Long story short, you purchase an expensive looking tea pot, fill it up with filtered water, dump in its salt package, tip your head, and put the spout into one nostril. Within seconds, you’ll feel the water rush up you’re nostril and then quickly drizzle out the second side. Luckily nothing clumpy or colorful comes out, but the salt water helps thin out the mucus and flush out when you blow your nose. After about two nights, my nostrils were magically 95% clearer. Pure magic.

Again, not an Ad, but the exact neti pot I’ve been using.

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