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Winter Sickness: Quick Remedies for Common Ailments

By Genevieve Cunningham

Winter is upon us in full force. In Texas, this means wearing shorts one day and playing in snow the next. And while a good Texas winter is a lot of fun and definitely unpredictable, the drastic changes in weather have a tendency to keep us down. To keep us sick and exhausted. Besides flying farther south for the duration of the cold months, what can we really do to stay well? If you're anxious to beat illness and feel your best all winter long, take a look at these quick remedies to add to your routine today. 

For a Sore Throat

A lot of things can cause a sore throat. Nasal drip, strep throat, a cough. And when a sore throat pops up, it can really make you feel bad. To help soothe a sore throat, try drinking an apple cider vinegar-water-honey mixture. The first sip might sting, but soon your throat will find relief. If you want something a little more gentle, you can try sucking on a peppermint, drinking peppermint tea, or enjoying an herbal tea of your choice.

For a Stuffy Nose

If you're feeling a little too stuffy, you have a few options for clearing out the nasal passages. You can try steaming up the bathroom with a hot shower and then sitting in the steam for a while. The steam loosens the mucus, and then it's able to drain. Some people instead use a neti pot, which also works with steam to more forcefully clear the sinuses. Sinus pressure can be incredibly frustrating, but these natural remedies can provide just a little relief.

For Winter Blues

In the thick of winter, it's hard to beat the blues. The constant gray skies and cold air really do a number on us. But luckily, there are ways to beat the blues until the weather warms up. Start by getting sunshine -- even if it's cold outside, get outdoors and feel the sun on your skin. You should also stay involved with the community, friends, and even personal hobbies. It can also help to get plenty of movement and exercise and to fill your diet with fresh fruits and vegetables.

Illness happens. We can't avoid it all. But it's possible to fight off illness and keep yourself a little healthier with natural remedies. Use these tips for these common ailments, and feel better all year long.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Carrollton, Tex.

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