It’s that time of year again, and we all know that when living on/around a college campus, it's super easy to catch a virus. To help you take action early we’ve put together a few ways you can beat the cold and flu before it beats you!
Get juicing and add ginger!
Ginger is an AMAZING immune boost. It’s anti-viral, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, great for digestion… need I say more? Stop by any juice bar in New Orleans and get your ginger fix! D’juice is walking distance from Tulane’s campus, and offers a variety of juice shots. The Ginger Shot is straight ginger root, while the Flu Shot is a mixed combo of juiced ginger, lemon, apple cider vinegar, and cayenne pepper. Not a fan of the shots? Just ask for extra ginger and lemon in your juice, or even add some to a green smoothie–you’ll be surprised at how great your drinks taste with a little extra umph!
Take your vitamins!
Sure, taking a multi-vitamin every day can’t hurt, but when cold and flu season rolls around, some extra vitamins can make all the difference. Vitamin C is crucial for your immune system. While getting it naturally through oranges or fresh squeezed OJ is ideal, Emergen-C packets and vitamin C pills are a good alternative!
Work out, get enough sleep, and manage your stress.
Being stressed out and not getting enough sleep are two sure-fire ways to get sick, if you're not already. Stress puts strain on your immune system that can ultimately compromise your health when you’re surrounded by viruses. Sleep, in the same way, can make you sick. We recommend doing something to stay active every day, which reduces stress levels and helps you sleep at night–a win-win!
Take a night off!
It's Friday night and you’re only a little sniffly, but you’ve got a whole semester of Fridays ahead. Missing one happy hour isn’t the end of the world. Not only are you ditching the extra calories from your triple-shot vodka cran, but you’re also saving your immune system by resting and getting a good night’s sleep. You’ll thank yourself on Saturday morning.