Feel Better

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From homemade chicken soup to a hot shower—everyone has their own remedy for a cold or flu. If you get sick this winter, health management nurse Tracy Mullen has seven tried-and-true suggestions to help you feel better.

  1. Get lots of sleep. “It’s your body’s way of healing itself,” Mullen says. Shoot for at least six to eight hours a night, and nap if you can.
  2. Drink lots of water to prevent dehydration and loosen mucous.
  3. Gargle with salt and warm water to relieve pain, Mullen says.
  4. When you have a stuffy nose, try a humidifier. “It hydrates and loosens the secretions in your sinus,” Mullen says. Visit Facebook.com.applemag.ca for tips on cleaning your humidifier. You can also use a saline nose mist.
  5. Talk to your pharmacist about safe over-the-counter medications for you.
  6. Give your body time to heal.
  7. Get the free flu shot to prevent future colds and flus.