Guide to staying healthy this semester

Natalia Barone, The Carroll News

Autumn marks the beginning of cold/flu season, which is predicted to be exacerbated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; minimal natural immunity was built up last year as a result of isolation. Most everyone knows about the importance of getting enough rest, washing your hands, and covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Here are some additional ways you can prevent illness & treat yourself if you do become sick, according to suggestions from Healthline Media and the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.


Gargling with salt water can act as both a preventative and remedial measure. It may help prevent upper respiratory infections by decreasing mucus, which consists of bacteria and allergens, and can ease sore throat as well as nasal congestion. 


Adding a humidifier to your environment or taking a long bath or a steamy shower can help reduce inflammation. Adding salts or essential oils to your bath can soothe body aches.

Vitamin C:

Vitamin C is an immune system booster. You can consume it in many fruits and vegetables, namely citrus fruits and drinks, including juices, lemonade, and tea. Adding lemon to hot tea can reduce phlegm. Popular teas include green, black, white, and oolong. Taking echinacea root or herb as tea can reduce the length of a cold.


Try incorporating probiotics into your diet. They are good for your gut and immune system and can be found in certain foods such as yogurt as well as supplements. 


Look for more soups to try. Most everyone has heard about chicken noodle soup, but there are many other soups with numerous health benefits as well: lentil soup, carrot ginger soup, turmeric miso soup, tomato basil soup and butternut squash soup are several options.