Feel Better Tips
As the seasons change, most of us will experience periods of feeling weak, sweaty and nauseous. Vomiting, nausea, fever and headaches can happen all at once or on their own.
Whether experiencing all symptoms or just one or two – relieve pain naturally by considering useful tips to get back to your best in no time.
Take an Epsom salt bath.
Epsom salt, rich in both magnesium and sulfate, is known to replenish magnesium levels in the body which has many health benefits. Soaking in an Epsom salt bath for at least 12 minutes, 3 times a week can help flush toxins, ease muscle pains and relieve stress, inflammation, pain, muscle cramps as well as ease and prevent migraine headaches.1
Drink clear liquids.
Drinking clear liquids is the first step to reducing vomiting or nausea. Water has many benefits that can help dehydration caused by vomiting. Dehydration can also be the reason for headaches, back aches, cramps and tiredness. Consuming small amounts of clear, sweetened liquids such as sports drinks, non-acidic fruit juices and popsicles can reduce the urge to vomit, as drinks containing sugar calm the stomach better.2
Consider taking natural remedies.
Ginger has been used for over 2000 years in Chinese cultures to prevent the symptoms of nausea and vomiting associated with motion sickness, postoperative nausea and seasickness. Willow bark, also prevalent in Chinese cultures, is used to relieve headache, fever and mild aches and pains. Now, with the increasing demand for natural products, it’s easier to find naturally sourced over-the-counter remedies. Products like Gravol® Multi-Symptom® tablets combine two traditional herbal medicines, ginger and willow bark, into an all-in-one antinauseant, pain reliever and fever reducer.
Rest and Rejuvenate.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends staying home for at least 24 hours after a fever of 100º F is gone. A sufficient amount of sleep is vital since bodies produce extra protein molecules while one is sleeping which helps strengthen one’s ability to fight infection and stay healthy. These molecules help immune systems mend one’s body at a cellular level when stressed or exposed to compromising elements such as pollutants and infections bacteria.3
Eat simple, immunity-boosting foods.
A healthy immune system can help stop or combat infections. While the body is trying to fight off flu symptoms, it is important to consume foods that will help enhance one’s immunity. Eating foods that are high in protein such as bananas are great for strengthening the body. Foods that contain flavonoids such as apples and cranberries will also strengthen the immune system. If the stomach is too uneasy to have these foods however, it is best to start with plain toast or crackers since they are easily digested and won’t cause further stomach upset.4
- 1Health Benefits from Epsom Salt Baths. June 2010.
- 2The Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Diseases and Conditions: Nausea and Vomiting. 2010.
- 3Benefits of Sleep. 2011.
- 4Mental Power and the Mind. Best Foods to Eat When You Have the Flu. May 2011.