Combat This Flu And Cold Season With These Remedies

With the impending flu and cold season sneaking up on us, it continually gets harder for us to keep our health in shape. The flu affects 9.3 to 49 million people each year, so getting sick may be inevitable for many. During the colder months, our immune system is weakened by the slight cooling of our body’s temperature resulting in a delay of our cells in response to invading germs and viruses, according to Carl Zimmer, reporting for the New York Times. While traditional medicine can bring us back to health, there are natural, at-home remedies we can use to lose those tedious cold symptoms. 


Max Gonzalez, a senior at West Leyden, has had to miss school due to catching a cold. “My mom always makes me Chinese tea and keeps it in a thermos cup so it stays warm.” he shares. Staying hydrated helps the kidneys do their job of balancing electrolytes and filtering waste from the body as well as aiding with congestion. A similar remedy to this is found in many Mexican American households- cinnamon tea with honey and lemon. Cinnamon has lots of antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antifungal properties which makes it a great addition to any flu remedies.


“Plenty of bed rest, staying hydrated, and over the counter pain relievers like Tylenol or Ibuprofen can help,” said Alejandra Flores, Nurse at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital. Making changes to little things in our life could impact the strength of our immune system. The daily schedule of a student may make these tasks seem daunting, but certain aspects of our lives such as getting enough sleep and maintaining a balanced diet could have a positive effect on our health. “An important thing to stress is the importance of handwashing, it is the number one way to keep illnesses and many diseases away,” she added.


If you catch yourself with cold, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, practice proper hand sanitation, and use kleenex to make sure the bug doesn’t bite your peers next.