How to Survive the Cold That is Going Around
- Posted on Jan 28, 2019
It’s Pretty Bad!
Almost everyone either has had or knows someone who has had The Cold. The symptoms include headache, fatigue, sinus congestion and a terrible cough. It is very contagious, lasts a long time and often comes back again. So how do you protect yourself from it or reduce the severity of it?
Avoid the Cold in Three Steps
- Hand sanitizers and antibacterial soaps: Keep a mini hand sanitizer with you and use it frequently. Put wet wipes in the kids’ lunches – to be used before they eat. Wipe off door knobs and handles around the house.
- Stay away from your face: Avoid touching your nose or mouth with your bare hands. Easier said than done! Cold viruses are sturdy little critters and can hang around on your hands. Do everything you can to keep your hands away from your face to keep from transferring those viruses and giving yourself The Cold.
- Avoid Sugar and Sweets: Sugar can depress the immune system for up to 6 hours. This reduces your ability to fight off infections. Be sure to avoid hidden sugars like energy drinks, coffee or tea sweeteners and “fat-free” foods (they often have added sugar to make them taste good).
Treat the Cold in Three Steps
- No Antibiotics: The Cold is usually from a virus. Viruses are not killed by antibiotics. How do you know if you have a viral or a bacterial infection? If the mucus from your nose or throat is clear or white, it is most likely viral. If it is dark yellow or green, it is most likely bacterial. Instead, take a probiotic while you’re sick – it will help support your immune system to help you fight the illness.
- Nasal Lavage 2-3 Times Per Day: Lavage consists of using a special bottle or Neti pot to rinse water through your nostrils. This cleanse will help remove the infection and help reduce the severity and length of the illness. Be sure to use only distilled or boiled/cooled water and do not let the water flow down your throat.
- Drink Plenty of Fluids: Fluids help your body wash infections and waste products out of your system faster, giving them less time to infect you. Avoid orange juice and dairy – they can actually make your congestion worse. Hot drinks like unsweetened tea can soothe your throat and help break up congestion.
It may not sound all that exciting, but when your co-workers are sneezing all around you, you will appreciate that you took these preventative measures!
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