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Tips For Fighting Off Colds and Flu

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Having three kids of school age means that they spend five days a week in a petri dish of germs. When they were younger they tended to catch more bugs, but it’s gotten better as they’ve grown up. Part of it is due to the fact that they know to wash their hands, and part of it is because they’ve already had a number of the common colds and had built immunity.

I don’t like being sick because I don’t have time to be sick, and I don’t like my husband to get sick because it turns onto the dreaded Man Cold. Here are a few tips to fight off colds and flu that work for us to either stop us from catching anything or to temper the sickness so it’s not as bad as it could be.

1. Wash your hands. Not just when you use the bathroom, but wash them often. There are germs everywhere.

2. Carry antibacterial wipes in your purse. Use them on surfaces such as grocery cart handles to prevent you from coming in contact with the germs. Then wash your hands.

3. Take vitamin D. Vitamin D is an immunity builder. I take it to help fight SAD in the winter as well. It’s a good vitamin to take daily.

4. Cold FX. You can take them daily as a preventative treatment, but that’s a little bit out of my budget. When I feel the first tickle of a cold, I blast myself with them. Either the cold doesn’t materialize, or it is very mild and short-lived.

5. Oil of oregano. I tried this for the first time last week and it worked. It tastes like I just licked an ashtray, but it works. I just had to chase it with some orange juice to ease the taste.

What tips do you have for fighting off colds and flu?

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