Cold and Flu Season Tips for Couples

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We’re deep into winter, and sickness can creep into a home at any moment. Be aware! You can prevent your home becoming a Germ Fest by following these simple cold and flu season tips for couples. Plus read on for some recipes to help feel better when you or your S.O. is feeling down. 

In Sickness & In Health

Sure, you may have made this promise on your wedding day, but how many people aren’t tempted to make hotel reservations when their Significant Other comes home with a fever and blowing their nose constantly??? With a little preventive measures and some tried and true methods, you can bust those colds before they take down the whole house.

Cold and Flu Season Tips for Couples

Fighting off those bad bugs at home can be a limited yearly activity by following the following tips:

  • Preventive Measures at Home
  • Foods to Help Prevent and Cure Sickness + RECIPES
  • What To Do When You (or Your S.O.) is down for the Count

LISTEN TO EPISODE 14 OF THE NUTRITION NUPTIALS PODCAST TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CARING FOR YOUR S.O. WHEN THEY’RE SICK

Preventing Getting Each Other Sick

  • Wash those hands! The #1 way to avoid spreading germs is to wash those hands in hot, soapy water (think singing “Happy Birthday” while you scrub those hands, fingers, wrists, and forearms)
  • Wear latex gloves is if you’re not feeling 100% but still preparing food for the house and will be touching lots of things around the kitchen
  • Clean areas around the house that you’ve touched – a good wipe-down with Lysol wipes is a great start
  • Wash sheets, blankets, PJs, and anything else your skin has come into contact with while sick
  • Keep toothbrushes away from each other and open a new one as soon as you feel better
  • Sleep in a separate room if you or the other person isn’t feeling well
  • Keep Kisses to a minimum, or hold off until you get the all-clear

RELATED: FLU SEASON & ESSENTIAL OILS

Foods to Prevent Illness

By eating the following foods year-round, you can help build up immunity again flu and other illness

  • Mushrooms – high in zinc & vitamin D to boost immunity
  • Garlic & Onions – increases activity of natural killer cells and boosts white blood cell count
  • Kiwi – high in vitamin C and anti-oxidants (enjoy other citrus foods as well for anti-oxidants)
  • Greens – high in vitamins A, C, E for antioxidants to prevent & fight illness
  • Pumpkin Seeds – high in zinc (also true for sunflower seeds & sun butter)
  • Plain Yogurt – probiotics help increase killer cells while keeping the gut healthy (same holds true for kombucha, sauerkraut, and miso)
  • Honey – great for antibacterial properties
  • Ginger – anti-oxidant anti-inflammatory with properties similar to NSAIDs

Cold and Flu Season Tips for Couples | Nutrition Nuptials | Mandy Enright MS RDN RYT

Foods to Fight Illness

If you got sick, make sure you’re getting plenty of these foods (along with the above discussed)

  • Water – need to be hydrated to fight illness, so drink up!
  • Protein – we use protein from foods to help make antibodies to fight off illness, so don’t skip the protein when you’re feeling down
  • Hot Beverages & Broth – can help to clear stuffy sinuses and noses (plus green tea has those good anti-oxidants!)
  • Spicy Foods – capsaicin found in spicy foods can help clear mucus – but can also cause it, so use with caution
  • Salty Foods – make you thirsty so you drink more and help break up mucus
  • Chicken Soup

IS MAN FLU REAL? LISTEN TO EPISODE 14 OF THE NUTRITION NUPTIALS PODCAST TO FIND OUT! 

Why is Chicken Soup a Good “Sick Food”?

Chicken Soup has all the elements that make up the perfect sick food:

  • Protein from the chicken to build antibodies
  • Veggies (including onions, carrots, celery) for anti-oxidants and vitamins
  • Broth for hydration and saltiness
  • Hotness for decongestant

Cold and Flu Season Tips for Couples | Nutrition Nuptials | Mandy Enright MS RDN RYT

Homemade Sick Remedies

Remedies to Fight a Cold from Dietitian Jess

Blueberry Drinking Vinegar from Dietitian Jess

Shrimp & Bok Choy Noodle Soup from The Nutrition Adventure

Influenza RX Sorbet from Kumquat Blog

Cauliflower Matzo Ball Soup

Revitalizing Super Energy Drink from Beautiful Eats and Things

My Top 3 Cold Busting Remedies from The Domestic Dietitian

How To Stay Hydrated During The Flu, Naturally from Goodness Gracious Living

Caring for Your Sick S.O. 

When your S.O. is down for the count, it’s time to step up! That may mean:

  • Making meals
  • Running to the store for sick supplies, meds, and feel better foods
  • Cleaning & disinfecting the house
  • Braving a quarantined room to bring them foods and beverages
  • Caring for pets and kids full

Knowing the foods that make you or your S.O. feel better is a special conversation you and your S.O. should have. The second a sore throat comes my way, Taco is handing me a Gatorade, Ginger Ale, or bullion cube in hot water to help keep things at bay. I also know Taco likes to be left alone so he can sleep when he’s not feeling down, so I give him that space. The little things you and your S.O. do for each other when you’re sick can make a big different when you’re feeling like poo.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR GO-TO SICK FOODS?

HOW DO YOU CARE FOR YOUR S.O. WHEN THEY’RE SICK (OR HOW DO THEY CARE FOR YOU)?

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Cold and Flu Season Tips for Couples | Nutrition Nuptials | Mandy Enright MS RDN RYT

 

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