At the start of the year, we here in Washington state experienced a serious flu outbreak. Remember January when it seemed as if *everyone* had a cold? It wasn’t a cold, it was the real deal: flu. Now that temperatures are dropping, the first signs are appearing to indicate it’s happening again — we’re at the start of the flu season! Don’t wait until you’re already sick to take action. Here are some tips on avoiding colds and the flu.
- Do not drink anything cold. While you might feel like a cold drink will lower your temperature and make you feel good, this will definitely precipitate a viral attack. Warm or hot drinks are the drinks of choice during the winter. Anything that really cools you off will make you much more susceptible to catching a cold.
- Do not let any cold air blow on your neck. This will definitely bring on a viral attack. If your immune system is weak, which it tends to be in the winter, then here comes the winter cold!
- Add a little fresh or cooked ginger to your food. This helps strengthen the immune system against viral attacks.
- If you feel like you are going to catch a cold then the best thing you can do is to drink some ginger tea, and then make yourself a nice hot bath. After the bath dress in your warmest pajamas and get into bed and sweat. Do not get out until morning. This works great if you are trying to avoid a cold which is already attacking you.
- Eat warm cooked food and avoid cold raw food.
- If you already have a cold and you can see it is going to be a bad one, then call your local Chinese Herbalist and have them prescribe a Chinese herbal formula custom-made for your particular type of cold.