Quick! Share your no-sick tricks!

posted 2 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
191 posts
Blushing bee

I hate to be a downer but if you’ve already been exposed to the flu then it is too late.  You’re either going to get sick too or you aren’t.  Some people think elderberry syrup helps and there are actual studies out there that somewhat support it’s efficacy.  Most places sell it – it’s called Sambucol.  You could try it and hope for the best! 

Post # 3
286 posts
Helper bee

Did you get your flu shot?! I know it’s not as effective this year, but it still helps! If not, it’s obviously too late for that if you’ve been exposed. Fiance swears by Emergency-C and Future Mother-In-Law swears by the Zycam gummies you can get at any drug/grocery store. Other than that, make sure you stay very hydrated!! Drink lots of clear, caffeine free fluids. This always seems to work for me when I’m starting to feel under the weather. Some doctors will prescribe TamiFlu if you’ve been exposed but don’t yet have the flu, but obviously that would be a last resort. 

Post # 4
47197 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

The best way to prevent getting the flu is to get an annual flu shot , keep your hands away from your face, and religiously wash your hands. Influenza spreads easily from person to person through coughing, sneezing, or having face-to-face contact.The virus can also spread when a person touches tiny droplets from a cough or a sneeze on another person or object and then touches their own eyes, mouth or nose before washing their hands.An infected person can spread the influenza virus even before feeling sick. An adult can spread the virus from about 1 day before to 5 days after symptoms start. Young children may be able to spread the virus for a longer period of time.Symptoms can begin about 1 to 4 days, or an average of 2 days, after a person is first exposed to the influenza virus. Fever and other symptoms can usually last up to 7 to 10 days, but the cough and weakness may last 1 to 2 weeks longer.

Post # 5
3065 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

mariana1114 :  I doubt your wedding caused this epidemic for most of your guests!. LIterally everyone I know is getting sick right and left, so don’t feel guilty. This is a very bad flu season!

Otherwise wash your hands a lot, and try not to touch your face/mouth/nose ect!


Post # 6
1713 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Emergen C and lots of water. But if you’re gonna get sick, you’re already exposed. Those will help minimize.  

Post # 7
427 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2019 - City, State

Exercise 6 days a week, cut refined sugar and processed foods, echinacea, astragalus root, colloidal silver. 

Post # 8
920 posts
Busy bee

I second elderberry. That stuff is amazing.

Post # 9
3605 posts
Sugar bee

For colds, take lots of zinc (I use zicam). For the flu, just stick to good hygiene and wash your hands a lot. There isn’t much you can do about the flu if you’ve already been in contact with it a week ago, but I would also bet you would’ve had it by now. The flu shot was fairly useless this year too….I don’t know of many households who escaped this season without a nasty chest infection or flu.

Post # 11
2933 posts
Sugar bee

Have a warm/hot bath – with husband.

We fight off diseases better if our internal body temperature is a little higher than usual.

Stock up on ibuprofen and paracetamol.

Next year get a flu shot.

Post # 12
177 posts
Blushing bee

For prevention, get a flu shot and take Emergen-C or Airborne.  We took Airborne every day beginning a couple days before our honeymoon and didn’t get sick from all the icky plane germs/public places.  Wash your hands before you touch ANYTHING (before eating/drinking/touching your face/eyes/mouth).  Lysol everything in your house if you or your husband gets sick.  Just carry the can around hitting doorknobs/light switches/the entire bathroom/whatever surfaces they touch.  I did this recently and that combined with extremely careful handwashing kept me from catching a nasty virus.  I have also kept up the Airborne since the honeymoon because it makes me feel more energetic and I’m trying to do whatever I can to avoid illness.  I did catch a virus over the holidays but it was the shortest-lived virus ever…6 hours of actual symptoms…and I’m convinced it was because my immune system was really strong.  The other people who caught it were down for 1-2 whole days.  Good luck!!

Post # 13
2826 posts
Sugar bee

this is a really weird one, but my sister went to school for Holistic Nutrition and said that garlic, especially raw garlic has really strong antibacterial properties that are really good for fighting off illness in the beginning stages.

There are a couple of ways to consume it, but I just chop up a couple of cloves of raw garlic and swallow without chewing. Here’s some more info:

Would You or Wouldn’t You: Gnaw on Raw Garlic For Cold & Flu Season

Post # 14
1013 posts
Bumble bee

Tons of ginger tea. Hand sanitizer whereever you go. Go to sleep with propped up pillows. Daily vitamins. 

Post # 15
207 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2017 - Maui, Hawaii

When I feel the first tickle of a cold coming on I drink pomegranate juice and eat blue berries or other foods high in antioxidants to try to nip it in the bud. It has worked for me, but I also second the elderberry tablets, those don’t really prevent the cold or flu but can lessen the symptoms if the antioxidants don’t work to prevent it all together.

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