Do you feel tired? Is there a tickle in your throat? Last year's deadly flu season has health officials preparing for this year. Here's what you can do to try and avoid it all. 

I've camped out next to the toilet and promised everything in life just to not feel sick any more. For some reason, when you have the flu, sleeping on the cold tile floor is the best idea you've ever had. It becomes comfortable and extremely close to the things you need - toilet, cold wash cloth and water. All the water.

There are four different flu viruses that could make their way through the Treasure Valley as they did last year. This, according to Idaho News and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

We all have busy schedules and we don't have time for sickness to take over our body. I've been loading up on Emergen-C but here are more things I (you, we) can do before bed in order to care for our bodies and keep the flu at bay.

  • 1

    Take a Hot Shower

    Clear those nasal passages. If you can add in some sort of spearmint eucalyptus oils to your body wash (or have that kind of body wash), you can double the clearing. It's heaven.

  • 2

    Gargle With Salt Water

    That salty warm-water drink can help prevent infection and fight off a nasty illness trying to sneak up on you. Even the school nurses have kids do this when they come to the office feeling sick.

    Put about 1/2 tsp of salt in a full glass of warm water. Gargle for a few seconds and then spit out in the sink. This works especially well for a sore throat.

  • 3

    Go to Bed Early

    Need I explain more? Mom was right every single time she told us to get some rest after she noticed we had "sick eyes".

  • 4

    Stay Hydrated

    Flushing out whatever ails you is the name of the game - or at least I'm told that. Water is always good for you so make sure you're giving your body more than enough. Add in some tea and even soup to continue to hydrate yourself. Plus, you feel all snuggly.

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