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How to Beat the BC Plague

It happens every year. You think you’re safe within the confines of campus. You believe you will finally achieve an entire semester without skipping a class. Then, it hits: you’re sick. You have the BC plague. You are literally dying.

On a college campus with thousands of disgusting twenty-somethings running rampant with their unwashed hands and runny noses, it is extremely difficult to escape some form of sickness or another. We at The Gavel cannot promise that you will not come down with a cold or swine flu or some other terrible virus, but we can give you some tips to beat the BC Plague this season:

Drink Emergen-C

Every morning when you wake up, it wouldn't be a bad idea to drink Emergen-C with a giant glass of water in hopes of surviving the week in full health. It doesn’t always taste the best, but it’s worth it to keep your body functioning with the proper amount of vitamin C. Add this to your list of daily habits, and you will automatically become better looking as well as healthier.

Eat Superfoods

Everyone has heard about superfoods and all of their amazing benefits, but do you really know which ones are the best for you?

  1. Avocados are just what you need to keep your heart healthy and increase your daily folate intake. Folate is a B vitamin that is essential for cell growth and division, producing healthy red blood cells and aiding in bodily functions.
  2. Eating kale, collard greens or spinach every day can improve blood glucose control, add plant-based protein to your diet and detoxify your sickly body. Honestly, eating vegetables can help your body and mind in so many ways that it really is unfortunate that they are gross.
  3. Flaxseed is a funny little seed that tastes a little bit nutty, but can go fairly unnoticed in oatmeal or a smoothie. Eating flaxseed can lower cholesterol and act as an antioxidant to fight disease. Also, fiber. (For obvious, important reasons.)
  4. Maca powder is by far the weirdest thing you will add to your diet, but it does wonders for energy and is rich in vitamins B, C and E. It also contains iron and may help balance your mood.
  5. If you don’t want to drink your vitamins, citrus fruits are packed with vitamin C . Blueberries and acai berries are antioxidant powerhouses. Apples contain fiber, caffeine and pectin. So eat fruit. Trix cereal from Mac doesn't count.

Exercise When You’re Healthy

It is scientifically proven that exercise can prevent heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke. If it can help you live longer, don’t you think it can help keep away the flu? If it can decrease your risk of cancer, it can decrease your risk of strep throat. I made that up, but it’s true.

Go to the Doctor

If you think you might be sick, don’t wait until you’re unable to leave your bed to visit the doctor. Health Services is right on campus, and they are always willing to send you home with a brown bag of drugs and a cute little plastic thermometer to make you feel better. Don’t risk the health of your roommates and classmates by being stubborn.

Photo courtesy of Megan Flynn / Gavel Media

Photo courtesy of Megan Flynn / Gavel Media

Drink Water

There is actually nothing better for your body than to be well hydrated. Drinking water detoxifies your body naturally and is the easiest way to maintain your health. If you do nothing else to be well, just drink at least half your body weight in ounces every day and hope for the best.

Take A Night Off

If you aren’t feeling well, take a weekend night off from drinking and let your body heal. Don’t wait until you’re lying in your best friend’s bed with strep during the last BC football game to go to the doctor and get your throat checked out.

Clean Your Things

Do you ever stop to think about the amount of bacteria that accumulates on your cellphone or laptop? No? Well, you should. And then you should Clorox wipe everything that you own and wash your sheets more than once a semester.

Build A Bunker

If all else fails, build yourself a nice little shelter underneath your dorm or home and live in it until cold and flu season is over. Better to be safe than sane.