Brace yourself for cold and flu season!

It’s coming, whether we like it or not. The drop in temperature outside gives rise to the nasty little bugs that cause colds and flus. So how do you best protect yourself and, if you do catch anything, how do you decrease the chances of spreading your sickness, and recover quickly? We’ve summarized some great tips for you.

Protect yourself against colds and flus

  1. Wash hands- Ottawa massage blogWash your hands often.  Washing hands is always important, but pay special attention this time of year. Washing your hands with soap and water, for at least 15 to 30 seconds, helps kills the virus or bacteria that can make you sick.
  2. Get your daily intake of vitamins. Vitamin E is important to help protect you from the flu. Keep your immune system strong with other vitamins like A, C, B-complex, and antioxidants.
  3. Get a flu shot.  If you believe in vaccinations, the flu shot can be a great preventative measure for the flu season. Flu vaccine clinics began October 26 and run until November 28.
  4. Reduce stress. Less stress improves the immune system. Meditate, take a bath, listen to music or get a massage: which ever way you like to de-stress, do it!
  5. Dry-brush daily. Dry skin brushing is popularly credited with increasing immunity by increasing lymphatic flow and detoxification, and our own in-house experiments are showing good results with it. Read our dry-brushing post at http://ottawamassageblog.com/2013/09/12/a-dry-brush-a-day/

 So you’ve got the flu. What now?

  1. Drink water - Ottawa massage blogDrink up. Drink plenty of fluids to keep yourself hydrated and to get mucous moving. Taking fluids is also a good way to get some nutrients when the flu may have decreased your appetite. Try lemon water, broth, or electrolyte drinks.
  2. Suppress a dry cough. These unproductive coughs can keep you (and others!) up at night, which takes away from much needed recovery sleep. Add honey to warm water for a natural cough suppressant.
  3. Encourage a productive cough. If you’re coughing up mucous, get it out!
  4. Stay home and rest. Not only will you be exhausted when sick, but it is important not to spread your cold or flu with others. Reschedule appointments and call in to work sick. Your focus should be on recovery, and others should understand.

You are most contagious when symptoms are at their worst!  This means roughly 2 to 4 days into a cold, and up to a week into a flu. Children can still be contagious for 2 weeks after the flu, even when symptoms get better.

Resources:

http://health.howstuffworks.com/diseases-conditions/cold-flu/contagious.htm

http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/natural-medicine/home-remedies/home-remedies-for-the-flu.htm

https://www.vaccineclinicsottawa.ca/

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hc-ps/dc-ma/influenza-eng.php

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Three-time nominee and 2016 winner of Top Massage Clinic in Ottawa! At Body Poets Massage Therapy, we are committed to excellence in client care. We provide therapeutic, sports, pre- and post-natal, wellness, cupping, hot stone, ART, Thai massage, and more in a convenient, peaceful, downtown Ottawa location with free client parking. We are FSCO-registered and can bill your auto insurance company directly for treatment after a motor vehicle accident. We also bill directly to Great West Life and Green Shield. Our flagship office at 504 Kent Street in Ottawa is close to the Queensway and easy to reach by car, foot, bike or bus. Our satellite clinic in Almonte, Ontario is cozy and charming. Our online booking system makes it simple for you to reserve your appointment at any time. And our network of like-minded health professionals means we can refer you to practitioners in other fields who meet your needs for quality care. Step into the circle of care, at Body Poets. http://bodypoets.com, http://almontemassage.com, http://ottawamassageblog.com

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