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5 Natural Ways to Stay Healthy

Is the Sewanee plague getting you down? Have you run out of cold and flu meds? Or maybe you don’t like to take meds but you really, really want to feel better.  Well here are some tips to help you feel better soon!

1. SLEEP

There are few things that are as good for your body as rest.  As hard as it can be at college, getting sleep is vital for your health.  It is especially necessary when you’re sick because your body is doing double time trying to fight the sickness and also keep going at the rate you need it to.  Be kind to your body: Sleep.

2. Salt Water

Gargling salt water can be really good for a sore throat. It’s a little unpleasant to do but it will help if you tough it out. Plus, there are few things easier to get ahold of than salt and water, so this is a great one for the busy, underfunded college student.

3. Drink Tea!

Tea, especially ones that promise cold prevention or relief of symptoms are really great.  There’s an age old trick out there of adding a very small (like one shot or less) amount of whiskey or bourbon to tea with honey, to help you go to sleep when you have a cold or the flu. 

4. Warmth and Steam

This is another easy one. Taking a shower can easily relieve a stuffy nose or clogged sinuses. If you don’t want to be standing up that long, use a washcloth with warm water and rest it over you sinuses. Not only does it help congestion, but it’s also a great way to relax and decrease stress at the end of the day.

5. Eat Well!

Not to encroach too much on Chef Rick’s territory, but there are a lot of foods out there that can help fight infection or decrease your risk of getting sick in the fist place.  Spicy foods like chili peppers can help ease congestion, blueberries contain natural aspirin, oranges and other fruits and veggies with vitamin C help your immune system fight disease and infection.  In the words of a wise man: “Eat Well Be Well!”

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Carley Roe

Sewanee '18

Carley is currently a senior.  She is a psych major with an education minor, because she really likes kids and talking about her feelings.  Carley is from Columbus, Ohio and relocated to the south for the "better weather".  She loves dogs, horses, nail polish, dresses, and bows. In her free time she enjoys texting her mom, horseback riding, reading, and netflix.  Her dislikes include jogging, being cold, and eels.  Learn more about her here!
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