Whenever I feel a sore throat coming along, I like to nip it in the butt right away so it doesn’t progress into something worse. I can say that ever since I’ve been doing these tips below, about 95% of my sore throats or “soon to be sore throats” have gone away.
Coming from someone (ME) that had such a weak and horrible immune system, I would consider myself quite the expert now as to what I have to do to prevent getting a sore throat and further more getting full blown sick, and I have to say I’ve done a pretty good job at it.
Before, I would have such a weak immune system, that being around someone that didn’t even know they were sick yet, I would end up catching it. No bullshit, that was my life back then. It wasn’t until I seen my doctor who told me to start sleeping elevated whenever you know you’re about to get sick, and especially when YOU ARE SICK. I now sleep elevated every night, which I believe has been a big reason as to why I rarely get sick.
I couldn’t tell you enough how doing this was the biggest and most helpful tip I ever received. I know some of you don’t like sleeping elevated and it may be uncomfortable, but it you can do this even just for a few days to help your drainage system out, I think it’s totally worth it, rather than getting sick! I was told that when you are getting sick or sick and you sleep laying flat, that all your sinuses get filled with fluid, which then can cause a sore throat and fever and then lead to a bacterial or viral infection.
So, if you ever feel like you are getting sick or have a sore throat that is coming along, try and do these following steps and see if it helps! These steps are what I do EVERY TIME I feel like i’m getting sick. I also have my husband and the girls do the same thing, and I’m proud to say that we all have very strong immune systems now!
*Be sure to consult with your doctor before taking or trying any of these recommendations below, especially if you have a medical condition.
- Sleep elevated
Just as I mentioned above, sleeping elevated has been the biggest relief when it comes to getting sick, and in all honestly, it’s a big reason why I rarely get sick anymore. Coming from someone that would be sick several times a year to only getting sick 1x a year now, if that, is such a HUGE difference!
2. Take RAW zinc
Something that I’ve been doing for the last year has been taking this RAW zinc. Ever since I heard many doctors recommend taking zinc during the Covid-19 breakout, it’s something that I made sure we take. Now, it’s not something you want to take everyday, but it is something that I take often. Whenever I feel like I have a scratchy throat or feel like BLAHH… I take raw zinc for a few days and feel so much better. I honestly think that when my husband got positive for covid, his symptoms were super mild (only loss of smell/taste) and I believe that all thanks to him taking raw zinc. If you want to read more about it you can read it here. Also, I would recommond to take raw zinc instead of regular zinc. Regular zinc is filled with additives and fillers. You wont fully get the full benefit of Zinc unless it’s raw.
3. Drink lots of water
Water is SUPER important when you feel like you are catching something. Try and drink as much water as you can… preferably 1 gallon a day. I know it may sound like a lot, but trust me your body will need it and will thank you for it. Keeping your body fully hydrated will help fight the virus or infection.
4. Take nasal spray
Whenever I start to feel a sore throat coming, in addition to the 3 steps above, I take this severe nasal spray which helps drain and clear out my nasal passage. It’s seriously the best and I make sure to always have this stocked in my home. I even use this on my girls whenever they are catching a cold. I have however, tried other brands and have also tried the ‘original’ one rather than severe, and I feel that it doesn’t work. The only one that I swear by is the Afrin Severe Congestion.
5. Take Mucinex
If worse comes to worse, keep doing everything above, especially drinking your water, and take Mucinex Fast-Max Maximum Strength Cold & Flu medicine. Mucinex helps remove all the mucus build up that is stuck in your chest, and also helps clear your drainage system. I honestly, will even take a shot of this whenever I start to feel symptoms of being sick… just to make sure I nip it in the butt right away. I also use the children’s version for Melia and Avery, and see that this is the most effective when it comes to a cold/cough.
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