25 Oct Stay healthy and protect yourself from the dreaded cold virus!
Given all the amazing advancements in medicine and health treatments it’s quite surprising that the common cold is still with us. And that it’s still common! Most adults will suffer a bout of the sniffles three or four times a year and kids (the poor souls) will battle their way through about double that number.
So what can you do to protect yourself from being a victim of a cold this winter? Below are some lifestyle changes that could keep you sneeze-free and healthy this winter:
1. If it’s leafy and green, eat it!
The Babraham Institute in Cambridge discovered that eating lots of leafy green vegetables can boost your body’s immune system. Vegetables like pak choi and broccoli are packed with chemicals that assist white blood cells in their fight against infections – keeping you healthy!
2. Don’t miss out on vitamin D
For many years now, people have been taking vitamin C supplements to combat the onset of cold infections. Vitamin C does help, however, there is probably no need for you to be taking extra supplements. Unless you are literally starving, your diet should contain plenty of vitamin C already.
Vitamin D, on the other hand, is less abundant: mainly because of the reduced hours of sunlight during winter. And, like vitamin C, vitamin D also does a great job supporting your immune system. So, if you want to take a supplement to support you in the battle against colds this winter: go for vitamin D.
3. Sleep more
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in the United States found that the more sleep a person gets: the better their chances of defeating respiratory bugs. Those people who slept fewer than seven hours a night were almost three times more likely to contract a cold than those enjoying eight or more hours.
Do you struggle to sleep? Trying making changes to your bedroom!
4. Wash your hands
We often get annoyed when people cough or sneeze near us. As unpleasant as it is, you are actually more likely to pick up germs from surfaces like a door handle. When you stop to think about all the things your hands have touched during the day, and the hundreds, possibly thousands of others who have touched it before you – it’s easy to understand why.
So wash your hands regularly each day. They will be harbouring countless germs on them. And a great tip is to have a small bottle of hand sanitizer for use on public transport and other areas where soap and a basin are not within easy reach.
We hope you can stay healthy and cold-free this winter. Please share this advice with friends and family!