The common cold is one of the most irritating illnesses that strikes in the winter.
The change in season can often catch us off guard, and our immune systems are often weaker, meaning germs can take hold.
If you want to avoid getting the sniffles, the wellness experts at Urban Massage have shared their tips on preventing a cold.
- Keep it clean
It’s not the sexiest thing to think about but keeping clean will decrease your chances of catching a cold drastically. Wash your hands often, especially after holding hands, touching public areas like office door handles or public transport, and keep a bottle of hand sanitizer with you for when you can’t get to a sink. And if you bite your nails, think twice – they harbor harmful bacteria so you’re essentially chewing on it. Eew.
- Sleep it off
Sleeping is your body’s time to recover, recharge and reboot so if you feel you’re susceptible to getting a cold try and get a few good night’s sleep. Your body needs all the energy it can get when trying to fight off bacteria.
- Pack in nutrients
It’s tempting when the weather gets cooler to eat less fresh fruit and vegetables and more stodge, but it’s vitally important to keep your diet healthy and balanced all year round. Try eating more foods with Vitamin C.
- Stay hydrated
Dehydration makes any ailment worse, so try and drink your 8 glasses of water a day. even if you’re feeling fine, taking onboard more fluids will help keep everything in the body flowing, loosening any mucus that could be building up in the body.
- Be smart about it
There’s a lot to be said for the soothing qualities of hot water, lemon and honey if you start to feel a sore throat coming on. If someone in your family has a cold, try and keep contact to a minimum – that includes having them clear up their pile of snotty tissues, not you.