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Treat Your Cold or Flu at Home!

It's cold and flu season again, but that doesn't mean you have to walk around with a seriously stuffy head, a throat that's on fire or a temperature that's through the roof. You can treat your cold or flu with things you can find around your house and you'll be feeling 100% faster than you can blow that runny nose of yours!

Cold and Flu Prevention

While getting a cold or the flu each year seems inevitable, there are some things you can do to help prevent yourself from getting sick. Whether it's eating those green vegetables your mom is always nagging you about or drinking a little more orange juice, the biggest key to keeping away the flu bug is keeping up your vitamin and nutrient intake. Now, if you're in that very beginning stage where you feel a cold coming on but it hasn't fully hit you yet, take some Echinacea. You can find it in pill or liquid form and it's supposed to ward off that pesky cold before it has a chance to take hold of your immune system. Zinc is also something that you should take when feeling the sniffles. It plays an important role in building a healthy immune system, so if you're feeling ill, grab a zinc lozenge or even a cup of green tea (it has zinc in it)! Oh, and don't forget to wash your hands all the time! Those nasty germs won't be able to find their way into your bod if you keep washing them away.

Green tea is full of antioxidantsGreen tea is full of antioxidants

Who Should Get the Flu Shot?

The flu shot is usually recommended for the elderly and the really young, because they are the most at risk of getting hit hard by the flu. But that doesn't mean they're the only ones who should consider getting one. Anyone who has chronic heart or lung problems (like asthma), a metabolic disease (like diabetes), or a weakened immune system should get a flu shot each year. If you think you should get a flu shot, just check with your doctor first to make sure it's okay. Some peeps can have a severe allergic reaction to the shot and that's not something you want to happen!

A flu shot could help prevent you from getting the fluA flu shot could help prevent you from getting the flu

Treating Your Cold or Flu

Once your cold or flu is full blown, there's no turning back. You just have to hunker down and make the best of a bad situation. Despite how horrible you are probably going to feel, there are things that will make you feel a little more human, like these home cold and flu remedies.

  • Get lots of rest. The more sleep you get, the faster your body will be able to fight the cold.
  • Drink lots of fluids. Whether it's water, orange juice or some honey-lemon tea, your body needs all the nourishment it can get while you're sick.
  • Take a hot bath or shower - steam acts as a great decongestant if you're feeling really stuffy. For your bath, toss in some peppermint tea bags for an extra soothing experience.
  • Things like garlic, ginger, clear soups (chicken noodle, miso, etc.) and spicy foods can help you on your road to recovery.
  • Rub a little Vic's Vaporub on your back before heading to bed and you should breathe a little easier.

Honey-lemon tea with help soothe your bodyHoney-lemon tea with help soothe your body
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Abbergrl
Haha, thank you. I don't want to date, it's just that these stupid crushes :/
reply about 4 hours
SimplyAda
I can relate very much.  :e  It happens a lot. But here's one thing, try not to date. At my middle school, everyone literally dates everybody and relationships never last. Part of the reason is that most of us aren't in that mature phase yet (mostly boys). As the days go by, we're growing. But, it's completely normal to have a crush on a boy. :) :thumbsup
reply about 4 hours
SmartSunnyShadow
Sorry for the late reply, but I'd love to help. If they don't want to talk to you, or don't like your jokes, don't talk to them. They probably don't like you, so you shouldn't try to make it better. You should hang out with your other friends. They'll make you feel better about yourself. If you don't have any friends in your class...that's the problem.  That's exactly what happened to me last year. But I started hanging out with the guys more, and they were really nice and had a lot in common with me. Maybe the guys will be nice to you and accept you. I hope I helped you. :)   
reply about 11 hours
SmartSunnyShadow
Aw, that's sad. I know this is a late review, but I would love to help you make new friends. There are kids that do nasty things at every single school, trust me, you'll never find a perfect school, and if people are reporting this form of bullying, teachers are probably supervising children more, so don't worry about that. :) Now making new friends, ahh, that's very difficult. I can be shy myself, but it honestly depends. What I usually do is observe different groups of people, and see how they interact with each other. If the person seems nice, wait until the time is appropriate and greet them. A friendly "Hi, I'm new, could you maybe show me around, or help me with this, or tell me about this school?" That will start off a conversation. :)  As well, I tend to make jokes, or go to my funny side. I usually make way more friends that way. You could try to make slight jokes, and gradually make them less implied and more clear as you joke around.  If there are any other new kids, or shy kids, definitely talk to them. If there are any kids that look lonely, or sad, maybe take some time to approach them. If they look like the want to be left alone, leave them alone. If you're not sure, it's best if you see someone else interact with them first.  If you're bisexual, that doesn't really matter, and don't bring that fact up in a conversation. That's kind of personal, and when you get a little closer, you can say that. It's not really important, and necessary for people to know that. And it's personal too. So don't bring that up unless you really want to.  I hope i helped you! Sorry for the late advice. >_< 
reply about 11 hours
SmartSunnyShadow
Several people are having the same problem as you. Whether they're the same gender or not, many people crush on some of their closest friends. So don't feel alone, remember that. I know this is some late advice, but I hope so far things are going good. Many people are feeling the urge of confessing like you. Yes, I think you should confess to her clearly, but when the time is right. She may not like you, but if you really really like her, you should absolutely confess to her. But be aware that confessing to one of your friends can ruin your friendship. You have to be cautious, confess when the time is right. 5 months may be long for you, but honestly, that's a short-term crush. Don't rush your confession, and don't give up unless you think you should. Getting over someone can be incredibly hard too, but you're either going to get over her, or confess to her. When the time is right, confess. When the time never seems to come, I'm sorry, but unfortunately, I think it's best if you get over her, because you have to be 100% sure before you confess to someone. You're risking your friendship to, so think if it's really worth it.  I hope I helped you. :) 
reply about 11 hours