‘Tis the season!
No, not that one (yet…still got a couple months left!). The other one. The sneezy, wheezy, coughing, stuffiness, yuckiness time of year where one sneeze can land you in bed for the next 3-4 days. That’s right, it’s cold and flu season! Something many of us (like myself) are already experiencing (achoo!).
There is no cure for the common cold, and there will probably never be. With over an estimated 200 different kinds of virus, the cold is definitely an illness to be reckoned with. The problem is, we never pay much attention to it until we get sick ourselves. While you can’t cure it, you can definitely prevent it. Here are six things you can do to prevent getting a cold. (Note: I’m not a medical pro, just a mom with a cold who stumbled onto info way too late. Just ask the 5 tissue boxes I have already used.)
Wash Your Hands
Seems simple enough right? Yet as many as 1/3 of Americans do not wash their hands. Ew! The cold virus can live on doorknobs, shopping cart handles, tables and more. Can you imagine how many germs you are putting in your body when you touch something and then don’t wash your hands after? This is actually the biggest way colds are spread. So wash up!
Get Your Snooze On
This is probably the hardest one for me. In order for your body to be ready to fight off viruses, it must be well rested. You need anywhere from 6-10 hours a night for your body to be well rested and ready to fight off the germies that you encounter throughout the day. (source: Scientific American)
Take Your Vitamins
When you start to even feel mildly icky, use things like Airborne, Emergen-C and other Vitamin C supplements to give your immune system that kick to start fighting the virus. It will not cure you, but it will put up a good fight against giving fully in to the virus. (source: Share Care)
Turns out water is not only good for your skin, but it’s good for your body too. Staying hydrated allow your body to flush out impurities and it also helps your body convert food into energy, which is key fighting power.
Yet another reason to hit the gym! Exercise not only keeps your body in shape, but it also helps boost your metabolism and your body’s immune system. (source: NBC News)
Stress wrecks havoc on your body and weakens your immune system which makes you more susceptible to illnesses. Take a few minutes each day to devote to yourself and relax. Take a breath, go for a walk, anything to help clear your head and keep you in tip top shape. (source: WebMD)