Gundalow’s Guide to Surviving Flu Season: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
To say flu season is upon us is an understatement. If you’ve been lucky enough to avoid the wrath of the flu, consider yourself lucky!
Hopefully, as we approach spring, we will hear the sniffles subside and begin shaking hands and giving high-fives without fear. In the meantime, there are lots of natural remedies and preventive steps you can take to beat the flu statistics – cue G.U.N.D.A.L.O.W.’s Guide to Surviving Flu Season:
Get plenty of rest
While you really do have as many hours in the day as Beyoncé, it doesn’t mean they all need to be filled with running around. Take time to de-compress, work on going to bed earlier, and falling asleep with a book or magazine instead of a screen.
Understand the symptoms.
Common flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue. At the first sign of these symptoms, call your doctor and start taking precautions to prevent the spread to others.
Nutrition, nutrition, nutrition.
This is where Gundalow Juice really is your friend! The fruits and vegetables found in our juice not only taste good, but they can help your body fight against flu season. We recommend our Hangover Helper Cleanse – ingredients like ginger provide your body with a natural remedy against flu symptoms. Pineapple juice is also a cough suppressant – grab a Dockside Sunrise to experience the pineapple and ginger dream team.
Drink plenty of fluids.
Staying hydrated is key during recovery. Give your H2O an upgrade by making some Gundalow Juice ice cubes – pour your favorite juice into an ice tray, freeze for a few hours, and enjoy your new and improved water. Hydration never looked (or tasted!) so good.
Ask for help.
This is something I personally struggle with, so I know it is easier said than done – but trying to do everything all the time really can wear you (and your immune system) down, which can increase your chances of getting sick. Delegate when you can and remember it’s okay to say no sometimes.
Listen to your body.
Really. Listen to it. Our bodies can tell us when we need to rest or when we can go a little further. But it’s easy to miss the signs if we are operating on autopilot. Use moments throughout your day as cues to check in with yourself (e.g., brushing your teeth, taking a shower, during your morning commute, drinking a sip of water). In each moment, take a deep breath and bring your focus back to the present moment.
Offer to help.
Just like it’s important to ask for help, it’ also important to help others, especially those who are feeling under the weather. Offer to take on a few tasks for a co-worker who is out sick or bring a loved one some warm soup and a get well soon card. Small acts of kindness can go a long way.
Wash your hands.
It may sound like a simple concept, but we all need a friendly reminder. Always use soap and water and make your hand washing experience more effective (and fun) by singing the “happy birthday” song to yourself twice – this will ensure your hands are getting a good scrub!
What natural remedies do you recommend this flu season? We’d love to hear your flu season survival tips to help everyone get back to fueling their ambitions!