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What to do at the First Sign of a Cold This Fall

Now that we’re in the heart of cold and flu season, it’s even more important that you pay close attention to your body. More specifically, if you begin to feel poorly, take note of what’s going on so that you act accordingly.

There are several things you should do if you feel a cold coming on:

• Rest: Don’t continue to push yourself to the limit. Do your best to get as much rest as possible, even if that means taking a day off of work or away from other activities.

• Stay hydrated: You’re at increased risk of dehydration when you have a cold. Stay hydrated by drinking water throughout the day. Herbal teas and broths are also good for staying hydrated and helping you feel better.

• Eat a healthy diet: When fighting a cold, add more vegetables, fruits, and protein-rich foods to your diet. Doing so gives your immune system the ammunition it needs to fight back.

While there’s no cure for the common cold, taking these steps can lessen your symptoms and speed up the recovery process. Once you find an approach that works for you, stick with it until you’re back to 100 percent.

Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.

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