5 Sure Fire ways of preventing colds this winter
Winter is a great time of year for a lot of reasons: Christmas to name but one. However it’s also a time when many of us succumb to colds. Surprisingly, the over-50s are one of the
most resilient groups when it comes to colds, but there’s no harm in taking precautions in preventing colds. So here are five ways to keep colds at bay!
- Try to avoid touching your eyes, nose or face
The transmission of cold-causing germs is chiefly achieved through contact with moist membranes, like the inside of your nose, eyes and mouth. For that reason, it’s a good idea to try to avoid touching these areas when possible. It’s very easy to get germs on your hands which then pass effortlessly into your body through this form of contact.
- Avoid crowded areas wherever possible
What’s the common denominator for preventing colds? That’s right: people. And while it’s not a good idea to become a hermit, you may want to avoid places such as public transport. Just because people are ill doesn’t mean they’ll stay at home, so it can be easy to come into contact with someone carrying a cold bug. After that, it’s a matter of a cough or a sneeze and the germs are in the vicinity.
- Drink plenty of fluids
You’re doctor wasn’t pulling your leg when he or she told you to drink plenty of fluids! By doing so, you’re helping your kidneys to flush out any and all toxins that may have built up in your system. This means that even if you’ve come into contact with a cold bug, you may still be able to eliminate it — before it has you headed for the tissues!
- Be aware of the vitamins and supplements that can help preventing colds
There are a number of cheaply available vitamins and supplements which can actually help you prevent or treat a cold. As the cold season approaches, it’s a good idea to take a multi-vitamin daily so that you are sure you’re getting 100% of your vitamin C daily allowance. There is a herbal supplement called Echinacea which has traditionally been used to treat colds; however this has not been proven. Still, it can’t hurt to give it a try… just in case!
- Keep yourself warm
This may seem like common sense, but one of the biggest causes of a cold is actually being cold (the clue’s in the name, huh?). In order to combat the development of the cold virus, be sure to layer up your clothing and also make sure your heating at home is set so that the temperature will be comfortable. With this small preventative step, you can eliminate one of the major causes of colds and an easy way in preventing colds.
With a little preparation, you can easily stave off even the most tenacious of colds. And when you’re feeling good, you can spend more time making the most of life. And who can say no to that?
Written by Simon Morris
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