Chest Rub or VicksOk so as a Fiji Indian, I literally can’t live without chest rub or Vicks. It is a combination of “camphor (a cough suppressant and topical analgesic), eucalyptus oil (a cough suppressant) and menthol (a cough suppressant and topical analgesic).” It is the best thing ever. I rub this on my back, chest, neck and feet (then I wear socks so I don’t slip on the tile and so on). It kind of burns but damn it definitely does the job.
Keep WarmAfter applying chest rubs or Vicks, I wear my winter clothes. Even if I have a fever or if it is summer. No matter what the condition is, I wear a jumper with a hoodie, track pants and socks; that is the absolute bare minimum. Some people believe that you can fight fevers or sicknesses with heat and I am a firm believer in that until I am proved otherwise.
DrinksDON’T. STOP. DRINKING. FLUIDS. From sneezing to blowing your nose to doing literally nothing, your fluid levels will change. Staying hydrated helped me so much. I was constantly drinking water and tea. Drink water that is room temperature or boiling water (slowly, like you would with any hot drink). If you drink cold water you either make your sore throat and cough worse or get a sore throat and cough. You may also sneeze even more often. Now tea. DON’T. HAVE. ANY. FORM. OF. DAIRY. This is because of the fact that dairy makes the mucus in your lungs thicker. In turn, making it harder for you to expel them and give you a clear route for breathing. So if you are going to be drinking tea make sure to have a black tea or any other tea that doesn’t have any form of dairy. You could also add some lemon, ginger or masala if you like to spice things up. I sometimes have all 3 and I feel amazing for at least half a day.
Vitamin CI heard somewhere that Vitamin C helps the immune system to fight invaders. So I always just have that lemon in my water or tea or even just indulge in a plate of oranges. This also requires you to breathe through your nose. I don’t about you but when I am sick, I start to breathe through my mouth. And obviously, you can’t breathe through your mouth when you are eating. I don’t know how to explain it but it just makes it easier for me to use my nose.
Panadol or ParacetamolI have 2 tablets every 4-6hours and I cannot live without it. Now I am not into drugs but having those 2 tablets will really help speed up the process. No more than 8 tablets per day, otherwise, you will overdose and being sick will be the last of your worries. If you a firm believer of home remedies and/or naturally recovery then, by all means, don’t take tablets.
Sweat it OutIt just so happens that the weekend that I got sick, I had a major cardio workout planned. This cardio workout forced me to actually breathe, it cleared up my nose, I was drinking heaps of water. I was constantly huffing and puffing and I was constantly drenched in sweat. The cardiovascular system and respiratory system work very closely together so I think that because I was doing a cardio workout I was able to breathe better. On the Sunday of the weekend, and the 3rd day of the sickness, I felt so much better and I had a very clear nose and throat. My sickness was just lingering. I hope these 6 tips and tricks help you the way they help me. Everyone is different so what works for one may not work for you. Before trying anything new, please consult your health professional for the go-ahead.
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