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« on: December 12, 2005 04:15:36 PM »

Of course you wash your hands constantly. Antibacterial liquid soap works best. I've heard that spraying saline solution up your nose and allowing your nose to drain is supposed to help. What are your other ways of warding off germs?
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« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2005 04:17:25 PM »

Tag! I've got no help, but I've been sick for two months straight, I need some tips!
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« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2005 04:18:30 PM »

those "cold-ease" cough-like drops work wonders.....they really do help get rid of or ward off a cold
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« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2005 04:32:17 PM »

I'm addicted to Airbourne. It works like a charm. I take it before I leave the house everyday. I'm a greeter at church, so I'm around a lot of people (4,500 + church members). But I've managed to stay well all of this year.
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« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2005 04:40:17 PM »

Green tea, vitamins, exercise and lots of sleep Tongue
Also LOTS of water, especially if you feel a little off, it can sometimes 'flush out' an oncoming cold.
If I have a cold and my bf is doing something important and can't get sick he sucks a cough lollie when he's seeing me LOL Grin I don't think that will do a thing but he thinks it does, and I think I should feel insulted... Tongue
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« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2005 05:25:00 AM »


big 2nd here on plenty of rest, lots of water-drinking, & lots of green tea.  Or white tea.  Or African redbush tea, also called "rooibus" or "rooibos" -- which isn't Camellia sinensis, thus no caffeine, but it also has good antioxidant bennies

In addition, I really increase my consumption of vitamin C-rich fruits. I'm not a huge fan of high-dose pill-type supplements myself, but of course there are plenty of C ones out there too.

Big amen to continual, thorough handwashing too ... lol, every spring I have to give my hands a makeover, I wash them so frequently in cold-flu season.
Btw, I *don't* use anything antibacterial or germicidal or whatever, just soap or liquid -- & for me, unfragranced.

I also think it's important to *dry hands very thoroughly afterward, every time you wash* --- because of course all sorts of lil germie-kins adore damp surfaces, including skin.


I also often do that saline "nasal gargle" someone mentioned -- for me it helps all year round with sinus, postnasal drip, etc.  Just a regular throat gargle a few times a day is also said to help avoid colds/flus, even if you only use tapwater.


If at all humanly possible, I also try to avoid crowds.  Not that easy sometimes, I know...
but even just trying to shop at less-crowded times or on less-crowded days whenever possible helps lower the chance of catching a bug.
And most especially I do NOT get on a plane in cold/flu season unless it's absolutely totally 100% unavoidable.
[in retirement, at least, hub & I have found it's definitely not that hard to avoid... what's much harder is managng to avoidi folks who have just gotten off a plane -- for example, your own or someone else's visiting friends or relatives... ! ]


Also... no one mentioned flu shots...  ??
Somehow they seem to 'boost' my immune system in general. Not sure what's acually happening -- whether it's all in my head, just a placebo effect, or what, lol -- but this has been happening for a lonnnng time now ::
seems I'll always come down with 'some' sort of illness or other if I don't take it, but I never get sick if I do take it.
Regardless of the how's/why's/ wherefore's, though ... I do like my lil annual flu shot.
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« Reply #6 on: December 13, 2005 11:53:04 AM »

I too swear by Airborne! I take it all the time. I actually took it all last winter when I was in a play, I did not get sick once! Do not buy the generic "house" brands get the real deal. I personally thing the orange flavor is better that the lemon lime.
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« Reply #7 on: December 13, 2005 12:09:48 PM »

Random Rant:  I never have (or will) understand antibacterial soap.  It's SOAP.  That's what it supposed to do.  Use hot water and wash your hand thourougly, and as far as I'm concerned, you don't need that antibacterial crap that they charge you extra for.  The AB properties only work briefly (less than a minute) and you're paying a ton extra for it. 

And don't get me started on AB kleenex!

In general, though, AMEN to washing hands!  (On the Today Show, they said you should sing "Happy BDay" twice thru to make sure you're washing them long enough.  Try it--it's a  LONG time!)
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« Reply #8 on: December 13, 2005 12:12:51 PM »

I gave up all dairy products 4 years ago, and haven't been sick one day since...no colds or anything. It's awesome.

So that's my flu preventitive. Works great!
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« Reply #9 on: December 13, 2005 12:32:16 PM »

oil of oregano- the stuff works like nothing else. it's not a substitute for eating well and getting enough sleep, but i took it all last winter and i'm pretty sure it's what helped me avoid all the colds and flus going around (especially if i wasn't eating well or getting enough sleep  Smiley  ).

it's distilled essential oil of oregano, usually diluted in an olive or hemp oil base. it's tastes terrible, but really works. it's available at health food stores.
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« Reply #10 on: December 13, 2005 12:42:33 PM »

I take zinc lozenges periodically throughout the day if anyone around me is coughing or sneezing.  A zinc rich environment is toxic to viruses -  cold and flu is viral caused and the infection method is through the respiratory system so it makes sense to keep the mouth and throat awash in zinc (not too much tho, follow pkg directions.
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« Reply #11 on: December 13, 2005 01:09:12 PM »

We started using Cold FX, which is produced by CV Technolgies Inc. Some people take it daily - apparently NHL teams use it regularly - and some people just take it when they get sick. If you take it when you first start feeling sick, it reduces the severity of your cold.

In the last month oldest kid get sick, really sick. She took OTC cold tablets. Second kid got sick the same time I did. He sort of took Cold FX, meaning he did not follow the regime. He got sick, but missed no school. I just feel as if I have a mild cold. If I miss a dose, I start getting worse.

Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands.

And get a flu shot.
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« Reply #12 on: December 13, 2005 01:12:31 PM »

"Emer'gen-C" by Alacer Corp-- available at most food co-ops, Trader Joe's, Vitamin Stores etc.

It is  a FIZZY DRINK Mix, just add to 8 oz of water,  comes in flavors like "Lemon-Lime" "Orange" Tropical", etc.

the label says it has 1000mg of Vitamin C and 32 mineral complexes and B vitamins.

plus it's fizzy and tangy.  I like it-- drink one glass every morning.
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« Reply #13 on: December 13, 2005 02:47:47 PM »

Hells yeah, oil of oregano kicks A$$. I use it for lots of stuff.
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« Reply #14 on: December 13, 2005 08:54:39 PM »

"Emer'gen-C" by Alacer Corp-- available at most food co-ops, Trader Joe's, Vitamin Stores etc.

It is  a FIZZY DRINK Mix, just add to 8 oz of water,  comes in flavors like "Lemon-Lime" "Orange" Tropical", etc.

the label says it has 1000mg of Vitamin C and 32 mineral complexes and B vitamins.

plus it's fizzy and tangy.  I like it-- drink one glass every morning.

You can actually take up to 1000mg of vitamin C every hour on the hour.
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« Reply #15 on: December 14, 2005 04:45:26 AM »

Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, especially citrus (for vitamin c) and leafy greens (brocolli has a lot of vit c, too), have lots of water, exercise, and basically keep healthy.

I also get clementines by the crate and have a few every day. I love clementines.

I don't consume dairy either, and I also get sick less. I recommend cutting down on dairy, or cutting it out.
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