• Tips to Ditching the Flu so You Can Feel Better Sooner Rather Than Later

    For what seemed like the entire fall season I had the misfortune of being plagued with the worst cold that I’ve ever had. Officially ranked worse than the cold that overtook me in the summer of 97 when it was 100+ degrees outside and inside my body. At the time I thought, it’ll be utterly impossible to ever feel this horrible again.

    How wrong I was.

    My initial contact with this monster of a cold happened when my first born started school. Within her first week she was already sick as a dog, and as much as me and my husband tried to keep it from spreading it was no use. It slowly over several weeks took over my son, husband, then me – of course, I got hit the hardest and was sick the longest. Not only was I not expecting it to be so bad, but I was also unprepared for it as well.

    I’m not one to visit the doctor. I’m more of a ‘ride it out’ kind of gal. I figure why get a prescription when there are plenty of things that I can do to help me get better:

    Get as much rest as you can


    I know that its hard to wallow in bed all day when there are tasks to be done, but when you’re sick sometimes you’re left with no options. Your body craves the covers and you must answer. If there is no one whom you could call upon to stay with you, then you should make use of a sitter service and have one come over so that you can give your body the rest it needs to fight off the war going on inside of you.

    Drink lots of hot liquids


    Hot liquids from ranging from herbal teas, hot water with lemon and honey, and broths are your friends. Hot liquids will soothe your throat and body from the soreness.  But if that isn’t enough, and it usually isn’t, try Theraflu. I swear by this stuff. Not only will it soothe your throat and body, but it will also ward off your uncontrollable coughing spells, relieves congested sinuses, headaches and reduces fever.

    Take your meds


    I love Sudafed. It is my go-to when I’m congested or suffer from other head cold issues. It works quick and doesn’t put me down for the count like Benadryl. But whatever medication you choose, make you take it as directed and do not skip a dose because you’re starting to feel a little better. Don’t take the chance that your body is playing tricks on you and you end up relapsing due to a missed dosage.

    Soak in hot water


    If you’re not gonna drink hot liquids(which you totally should be) then you need to submerge your body in it.  The heat from the water will cause steam, and the steam opens your sinuses and ease body aches. Why do you think when you’re in the shower you can breathe and feel great but within an hour of coming out, you feel like crap again? Because we can’t spend the entire day in the bath, although we all wish we could, you can use a humidifier to help you breathe easier.

    Ingest plenty of citrus

    foodiesfeed.com_orangesLemon and oranges are the best things for a cold. I went most of the month without either cause I kept thinking, any day now I’m gonna feel better. When in actuality I was only making myself feel worse. But from the moment I took my first swig of orange juice that I noticed a change in my body and how I felt. I felt my throat start to return to normal, my sinuses eased up some and I gained a burst of much-needed energy.

    Eat plenty of soup


    When you’re sick the last thing you feel like doing is eating. Your throat is raw, your taste buds are shot and your stomach has an out of order sign on it. But just because you feel that way doesn’t mean that its right to go on without eating. Soup, like hot beverages, has many uses, of which provides the nourishment your body needs to fight off the cold.

    What tips and tricks do you have to help get over the common cold or the flu?

    MAVEN Hospitals, doctor’s offices and clinics all have one thing in common, the dreaded waiting room. The bane of every person’s existence. Whether a pre-scheduled appointment or an emergency visit, there’s a chance you’ll be in the waiting room twiddling your thumbs longer than you’ll be in the exam room with the doctor. I used to work for a doctor, so I know first hand. No one likes to wait, especially when they have an appointment. But what if I told you, you don’t have to be subjected to boring waiting rooms sitting in chairs that have seen better days.

    Enter the Maven – the first digital health and wellness clinic designed for women. This medical app that allows you to book appointments and meet with licensed practitioners right from your phone in the privacy of your own home or anywhere.

    I met reps for Maven at The New York Baby Show and knew instantly I needed to share this healthcare system with you. I mentioned them in my ’15 Favorites’ list from the show so it only makes sense that I follow up and explain what it is, how it works and why you need to have this app downloaded on all your devices.

    Maven believes “women shouldn’t have to go to the doctor’s office every time they have a health question.” Their goal is to “provide women the kind of affordable but definitive support we feel is most lacking right now, in fields like fertility, pregnancy, postpartum care, and children’s health.

    So the most important question is, how does it work?

    DOWNLOAD the app from the App Store; coming soon for Droid users.
    CHOOSE a physician from the list of 100+ providers based on their expertise.
    BOOK an appointment and meet the physician via chat on your phone.
    FOLLOW UP any time to make follow up appointments or for post appointment notes.


    With appointments ranging from 10 minutes to an hour you’ll find the starting cost of an appointment is lower than a co-pay. Winning! For me that will be an additional savings up to $25 dollars because when I drive to doctor appointments I pay for parking and NYC garages take no mercy on your wallet. Double winning! And I won’t have to get dressed up, as I can take my appointment in my t-shirt with the pasta sauce stain from lunch with the kids my and yoga pants. TRIPLE WINNING!


    • Breastfeeding support and infant care via lactation consultants
    • Nutrition support and weight loss via nutritionists
    • Private birth education classes and postpartum support via doulas
    • Fertility counseling or general women’s care via OB/GYNs
    • Prenatal support via women’s health nurse practitioners
    • Postpartum support via women’s health physical therapists
    • Postpartum depression support via perinatal mental health providers
    • Children’s health services via family nurse practitioners, pediatric nurse practitioners, and pediatricians
    • Primary care services with Rx capability via nurse practitioners to treat basic issues: UTIs, the common cold, the flu, rashes, heartburn, etc.

    Maven prides themselves on being there when you need them to be, making healthcare about YOU, charging no hidden costs and keeping your records secure. To read more about Maven visit them online and while you’re there make sure you stop by their blog, they offer various health and wellness tips written by the practitioners themselves.

    I am impressed by this company and how they were able to come together to create an app that integrates itself so seamlessly into the lives of women and their families. Its a comfort knowing we have someone just a few quick swipes away who will be there to ease our minds about whatever medical questions or concerns we may be experiencing at that very moment.

    Have you heard of Maven before prior to the NY Baby Show? Do you use it? Share your experiences.

    Photo Credit: Maven Clinic