Cold and Flu season upon us, which for mothers, is like going to war with germs.

cold and flu season

Cold and flu season is no picnic for anyone, especially those of us who were blessed with multiple children. Every one of those kids goes out into the world every day with excellent chances of bringing home something super contagious. When you have a large household, germs can spread like wildfire, and before you know it your entire family is out of commission, and you have to take care of them all, as well as yourself. So hopefully these tips and tricks will help you stay healthy through the tiresome winter months.

Eat yogurt for breakfast. A study done in 2011 found that people who consume probiotics have 12 percent less upper respiratory infections, so stock up on the yogurt immediately!

Eat Mushrooms often. According to the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, mushrooms have immune-boosting powers, especially shiitake mushrooms, which can lead to higher number of T cells and less inflammation.

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Do not touch your lips. Encourage your kids, not to touch their lips. The average person touches their mouth or nose more than three times every hour, so teach your kids this lesson early on.

Use a Neti Pot at night. Rinsing your nose with boiled and then cooled salt water helps clear out any viral particles you may have breathed in during the day, before they can affect your system.

Drink more liquids. I know this seems like an old wives tail, but fluids help thin out the mucus your body creates when sick.

Use Zicam nose swabs. Even though it’s a homeopathic remedy, I have found that swabbing with Zicam at the first sign of sickness helps lessen the duration of a cold, or stop it from coming on at all.

Skip the gym. When you’re sick, your body should use all available resources to make you healthy again, so its probably the only time (barring injury) that I will tell you its okay to skip your workout.

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