How to Sick-Proof Your Winter
A hot cold cure
Not a tea drinker? Any warm liquidincluding chicken soup and fruit drinkscan help relieve cold and flu symptoms. Heated drinks help loosen congestion and stimulate the flow of mucus, as well as keep you hydrated.
C colds run
Order fresh oranges and grapefruit by the crate! (Prices start at $19; thefruitcompany.com).
Private juice bar
Sip antioxidant-rich juice with the help of the Bodum Bistro citrus juicer ($48; amazon.com). Pop the fruit on top, and it extracts the juice in seconds.
Next time you're feeling under the weather, put on this cheery Copco Camden kettle ($19; kmart.com) and curl up with a cup of tea. (Snuggly blanket and trashy TV optional).
Lather, rinse, repeat
It may seem old-school, but washing hands with soap and water is your first line of defense against bugs. No need for harsh antibacterial sudsa luxe version like L'Occitane Almond Delicious Soap ($5; loccitane.com) is just as effective.
After you're done om-ing, de-grime your mat with Herban Essentials Yoga Towelettes ($16 for pack of 20; herbanessentials.com). They're infused with lavender essential oil, believed to have antibacterial properties.
Sharing isn't caring!
Avoid drink mix-ups (and sickness-spreading) by using Dapper Drink Markers ($5; kikkerland.com), chic silicone stickers for marking glasses or bottles. Cheers to not taking a swig from someone else's wine glass!
Brush off germs
Keep your toothbrush clean with the Zapi Toothbrush Sanitizer ($30; violight.com), which uses ultraviolet-light technology to eliminate up to 99% of bugs (such as E. coli, H1N1, and salmonella).
You can never have enough
Change pillowcases often, especially when you or anyone who shares your bed feels ill. Stock up on fun linens like these Liamaria pillowcases ($6.99 for two; ikea.com), and wash 'em at least once a week.