I work with children. And every fall and winter we have a couple of times where it seems like everyone is getting sick. Well, everyone except me!
People ask me my secret. It’s very simple.
1. Wash my hands.
2. Saline Sinus Rinse.
3. Saline gargle.
4. Vitamin C.
5. Plenty of fluids.
6. Adequate sleep.
8. Hot beverages
That’s pretty much it! I think the most significant steps are #2 and 3. Before I started doing these 2 things I would occasionally get sick. But 4 winters ago I started a regimen of rinse and gargle, and I have avoided illness since then. It also helps tremendously with seasonal allergies and hayfever. I got the idea of sinus rinse from Dr. Vinay Goyal, who gave a lecture on avoiding H1N1 influenza.
Sinus rinsing sounds awful. Trust me, I hate getting water up my nose when swimming. And the first time I did it I was prepared for that same feeling. But, the pH of the solution combined with tepid water temperature makes this exercise quite neutral. Yes, you can feel the water but it’s not unpleasant. The secret is to keep your mouth open and breathe the whole time, while keeping your head inverted enough for the water to stay in your sinuses. Really simple. Very effective. I highly recommend it!