6 Simple Ways to Keep a Cold Away

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The cold, dry weather of winter makes it easier for cold viruses to survive.  You can’t avoid these cold viruses that are all around you, but you can take proactive defensive measures to keep the cold viruses from beating your immune system.  Here are six, doctor-tested ways to keep colds away.

  • EMBRACE YOUR INNER GERMAPHOBE.  Think of all the public surfaces you encounter in a day, and how many people touch them.  Be alert to everything you touch.   Open doors with your forearms, push elevator buttons with your knuckles, carry your own pen and touch keypads with your pinky or a finger you’re less likely to touch your face with.  Wash your hands often after you’ve been in public locations, and carry disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer for when you can’t get to a sink.  
  • MAKE YOUR FACE OFF-LIMITS TO HANDS.  The majority of the viruses that cause the common cold are rhinoviruses, and if they reach your nose or your eyes, it’s likely that you will get sick.  Luckily these rhinoviruses don’t stay airborne for long, so if you can keep your hands away from your eyes and nose, you’ll greatly reduce your chances of catching a cold.  
  • BE WARY OF THE SNEEZE & COUGH.  Carry tissues at all times and dispose of used tissues promptly.  Sneeze and cough into your sleeve to keep virus-filled mucus off your hands.  
  • GET PLENTY OF IMMUNE-BOOSTING SLEEP.  Your immune system recharges while you sleep.  Studies have shown that people who get less than seven hours of sleep were three times more likely to develop a cold when exposed to a virus.
  • STAY HYDRATED TO STAY HEALTHY.  By drinking four to eight glasses of water each day, you are ensuring your mucous membranes in the nose and throat stay moist and better equipped to fight germs.    Nasal mists and hot tea are also effective measures to increase moisture your mucous membranes.
  • FIGHT COLDS WITH VITAMIN D.  Many people don’t get enough vitamin D in their diet, and lack of sun exposure, either in the summer from sunscreen or the winter from lack of skin exposure, also contributes to lower vitamin D levels.   The current Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for children and adults is 600 IUs daily, and the RDA for those 71 and older is 800 IUs daily.  It’s easy to have your level of vitamin D checked with a blood test.

You can read more about these six simple techniques at:  https://www.caring.com/articles/ways-to-keep-a-cold-away


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