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Sniffle Season

As we forge ahead towards the official commencement of winter, many of you bitches are sniff, sniff, sniffling around, calling in sick, and bringing your coughing children to Target.  A bout with the cold or a tango with the flu is not a wintertime inevitability. 

Humidify

We’ve chatted about the importance of sleeping in humid air for beautiful skin, but did you know that low absolute humidity prolongs influenza survival, thereby increasing transmission rates?  A well-maintained humidifier is a must.

Neti

A neti virgin’s first experience may require some self-coaxing and good old fashioned nutting up, but once you do it, you really will feel so much better.  A natural alternative to cold medicine, the neti pot cleanses the sinuses and relieves congestion.

Gloves

The cheap magic stretch gloves work fine.  Create a barrier between you and the world during sick season.  Glove wearing ladies of yesteryear were on to something.  Keep your hands off your face, regardless.

Veggies

Yeah, yeah, you are sick of hearing the virtues of vegetarianism.  Well, then go read Ted Nugent’s site.  Cranberries, collard greens, sweet potatoes — pretend veggies are Skittles and taste the rainbow everyday.  The benefits for you, the planet, and the animals are immeasurable.  Veggies offer a combination of nutrients like magnesium, potassium, folate, vitamin B6, and antioxidant-rich flavonoids in a nutritional package superior to supplements.

Sunlight/Vitamin D

The Sun can be a rare treat in many parts of the country this time of year.  If it peeks out, make a point to take advantage of it.  The Sun is healing in a variety of ways.  Take time to bask in it.  Supplement the sunshine with vitamin D if you are deficient.  In the past, the spotlight focused on vitamin C for its immune-boosting properties, but recent studies have linked low vitamin D with respiratory infections.

Probiotics

Advocacy for probiotics has been gathering momentum for the last few years.  It may seem somewhat counter-intuitive, but recent studies demonstrate a favorable relationship between a balanced gut and resistance to catching colds and flu.

Sleep

How much do you love to sleep?  I love, love, love to sleep.  If I could fuck sleep, I would, totally, with abandon.  To truly assess whether you are sleeping enough, go to bed (dark, cool, room, no distractions) at the same time every night for a week and sleep until you naturally wake up.  By the fifth, six, and seventh days your body’s sleep schedule will begin to regulate, giving an accurate gauge of how much glorious unconsciousness you require to awake your most well-rested, gorgeous, not-grumpy self.  Besides, people who sleep less than seven hours per night have three times the risk of catching a cold than those who slumber for eight hours or more according to researchers at Carnegie Mellon.