7 Simple Ways to Avoid a Cold This Winter ...


7 Simple Ways to Avoid a Cold This Winter ...
7 Simple Ways to Avoid a Cold This Winter ...

As someone who rarely suffers from a cold (and is clearly tempting fate by saying so) I wanted to share some simple ways to avoid a cold this winter. Colds are annoying things that can debilitate and cause stress. If you have children or work with them, you may also find yourself succumbing to the common cold more often that you'd like. Children can be carriers and it's easier to pick up viruses from the little cherubs, but teaching them some of these ways to avoid a cold can also help keep the spread to a minimum.

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Rest Rest is important for your immunity. One of the ways to avoid a cold is to ensure you get plenty of rest and sleep so that your body has a chance to recuperate. Being tired all the time will mean you're more susceptible to viruses and bugs, as your immune system will be weaker. But who needs an excuse to get a good nights' sleep! Remember, there are also times when your immunity may suffer and you may be more vulnerable as a consequence, such as during your menstrual cycle or when you're under stress. So it's important to look after yourself.


Stay Back

Stay Back I'm one of those people who isn't afraid to say "if you don't mind, I'll stand/sit over here". Brutal I know, but I'm a very impatient patient and HATE being ill. I become a little bit Monica from F.R.I.E.N.D.S when faced with the prospect of being beaten by a cold. Don't be afraid to avoid people who are coughing or sneezing - they should be at home resting anyway! Just give them a dose of vitamin C and send them on their merry way.


Touchy Feely

Touchy Feely Face touching is out of bounds at the best of times, but I'm as guilty as the next person for touching my face when I'm deep in thought. The problem is, a cold virus can enter the body via your nose, mouth or eyes and if you're touching a door knob and then touching your face, you're making it easier for germs to enter the system. Hand sanitisers therefore, are a great item to carry with you.The fear-inducing film 'Contagion', highlights the ease at which germs can be spread and whilst I don't want to get too paranoid, it's a good idea to wash your hands or sanitise them frequently throughout the day, especially if you're shaking hands throughout the day or touching lots of door knobs.



Diet Make sure your diet is packed full of vitamins and minerals. I am a huge fan of fruit and vegetables and there are some simple ways to incorporate more of these into your diet and therefore improve your overall health. For example, add chopped broccoli to an omelette, or make a delicious breakfast smoothie by blending a frozen banana with a handful of frozen strawberries and a glass of milk.



Vitamins Vitamin C is a good supplement to take and a 500 mg dose of the vitamin twice a day, is sufficient to help boost your immune system. Of course, there are many vitamin C rich foods you can eat too, such as broccoli, oranges and tomatoes. Don't overdose on Vitamin C though as it can cause gastric discomfort and diarrhoea, which is probably worse than the cold you're trying to avoid!


Keep Fit

Keep Fit Studies have shown that exercise can actually help the immune system as it boosts the cells which are assigned to attack bacteria. Being fit and healthy is an important part of all round well-being and if you look after yourself by exercising regularly, you will build a healthy immune system and will be less susceptible to nasty bugs. Obviously too much of a good thing can leave you tired, so it's all about getting that balance.


Herbal Help

Herbal Help Echinacea is reported to be a good herb to take in the first few days of a cold or when you first get symptoms. Some people take it over the winter months as a preventative measure, but it should not be taken over long periods of time.

Now, I'm not a medical practitioner so if you're worried about your cold and you have a fever or other symptoms, then of course seek advice from your doctor. These are just a few ways to stay fit and healthy any time of the year really. What ways do you keep yourself healthy and 'cold' free in the winter months?

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Hot lemon water with Manuka honey and ginger works for me.

Researches do not support your Vitamin C claim. It does not work.

You\'re missing the number one rule: HAND HYGIENE!

Yes Alexandra I agree!!!

Everything is not about what \"research\" says. If you try it and vitamin C works for you then you don\'t need research to tell you what\'s good now do ya?

Neecey I missed it too thx!

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