You vs. Common Cold
While October brings many great things (fall, pumpkins, Halloween, candy, etc.), it also starts the peak season for the common cold. The BBC has called October the “beginning of the ‘winter remedies’ rush,” explaining that as the weather cools down the number of “colds” go up!
As the weather cools down and the fall and winter months kick into gear, our bodies are sure to adapt to the change. However, sometimes we forget to arm ourselves with vitamins and the proper nutrition to prevent the common cold from ensuing our bodies. That is when the sore, throats, coughs and fevers kick into gear. But before they do, follow the steps to fight against them:
Here are a few prevention tips that will help you battle against the common cold and keep you healthy enough to participate in those fall golfing events!
- Wash your hands: hand washing is the simplest and one of the most effective ways to keep from getting colds or giving them to others. According to WebMD, about 80% of contagious diseases are transmitted by touch. So, wash your hands!
- Eat Foods Containing Phytochemicals: “Phyto” means plants and is a natural chemical found in dark green, red, and yellow plants. While many people believe that taking large doses of Vitamin C prevent the common cold, eating natural foods that contain super vitamins is more effective. Vitamin C has been proven to help shorten the common cold but not prevent it, according to the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease. So, instead of relying on the vitamin pill start eating your fruits and veggies!
- Drink plenty of water: Water flushes your system, in addition to rehydrating you it also washes out the toxins your body stores up while sick. A typical adult needs eight 8-ounce glasses of fluids each day. Those already battling the cold should drink more water than the average amount.
- Exercise: Studies have shown that those that maintain a physically active lifestyle build up a strong immune system. Coupled with healthy eating and plenty of fluids, this healthy lifestyle is sure to combat against the common cold.
- Sleep: “Adults who get less than seven hours of sleep a night may be three times more likely to get a cold,” according to WebMD. Consistently skimping on the normal amount of sleep you usually have will result in a lowered immune system. While individuals vary on the amount of sleep they need, the National Institute of Health (NIH) suggest that the average adult needs about 7 to 9 hours.
While it may seem like common sense that a healthy and active life-style prevents the common cold, it is always helpful to have a little reminder. So, enjoy the fall fun but don’t forget to keep up on your health!