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Try These Types of Meditation to Feel Better When You’re Sick
No one enjoys the sneezing, fever, and aches that come with colds and flu, but unfortunately, once you’re sick all you can do is wait it out. Between getting tons of fluids and even more rest, you might try some mindfulness meditation to help you find some mental and emotional relief.
#FastFactFriday: During the 2015-16 flu season, about 45 percent of Americans over the age of six months got vaccinated, a slight decrease from the year before. This year, there are two basic types of flu vaccines: one that protects against three strains of flu, and one that protects against four. While it seems logical that more coverage is better, the CDC doesn’t have a recommendation for which one to get ― just that you scoop up whichever shot is available.
Piranha flu is nasty! That's the downside of working in a cube farm: everyone wants to share their germs with you.
Feeling a cold coming on? Try gargling with plain water. A study of close to 400 healthy volunteers found that those who gargled with plain water were significantly less likely to come down with upper-respiratory-tract infections (URTIs) — a type of infection often linked with colds and the flu — during the study period than those who didn’t gargle. The researchers concluded that, “Simple water gargling was effective to prevent URTIs among healthy people.”