Braving Your Cold…Before it Hits

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As you walk up and down the aisles of the office, you may catch the ever so faint sounds of coughing, sneezing, and wheezing. In your meetings throughout the day, your coworkers’ red noses and itchy eyes serve as both a distraction and warning that you might be next. So in an effort to avoid the various types of colds this winter, what can you do? Here are a few tips to help you stay healthy and keep the sickness at bay when that bug starts buzzing.  

 

Be a germaphobe

The chilly outdoor conditions cause everyone to gather around inside and as we coop ourselves up, we begin to rub elbows, sit closely, and share contact. Without thinking, people will rub their eyes, touch their nose and mouth, and bite their nails –  which in turn makes our hands a hub for germs. Try your best to avoid surfaces that everyone touches such as doorknobs, keyboards, cups and the like. After someone touches your belongings, use disinfectant to wipe them down. And while hand sanitizer can be effective, research has shown that soap and water are the best forms for cleanliness. Maybe you dry out a bit, but washing your hands a few extra times each day can help you remain healthy this winter.

 

Build a strong immune system

Now more than ever, is the time to get plenty of rest, eat regularly (and healthy), and reduce your stress. Those who get seven or more hours of sleep each night can improve their odds of dodging a cold. And on top of hitting the hay early, you’ll want to avoid skipping meals and fill up your tummy with the right things like proteins, veggies, and carbs. If your body is undernourished – a cold will gain the upper hand and unleash its symptoms. Another way to reduce your chances of getting sick is to strive for wellness and reduced stress by exercising regularly and meditating.

 

If you start to feel it…

If you start to feel the beginning stages of a cold you can try a variety of methods for fighting it. Whether you heat up a can or make it from scratch, eating chicken soup will provide you with the nutrients, hydration, and calories you’ll need to fight the virus. Soothe your throat and boost your immune system by brewing some lemon tea with drops of honey. You can also try gargling some salt water to relieve a scratchy throat and kill bacteria. If you’re still feeling under the weather, consider using saline nasal drops or sprays, over-the-counter pain relievers, and zinc supplements to decrease the duration of your cold.

 

If you’ve been sick for a couple of weeks and the remedies do not seem to be working, it might be time for a visit to the doctor. They can prescribe you with antibiotics and/or antiviral medications.

 

These are the tips we recommend to fight a cold, do you have any up your sleeve? Share them with us in the comment section!