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Preventing the common cold


The common cold is an annoyance, and worse there is no real cure for it. The only option is to prevent getting it in the first place. The common cold can cause those awful running noses, bothering coughs and a sore throat. For some, it may also bring about a mild fever.  

 

The attack of the common cold is highest during the cold and dry seasons. This is the season when most people prefer to stay indoors and thus making it easier for the virus to jump from one host to the other. With some precautions you should be able to reduce the chances of catching the virus. Here’s how.

Wash Your Hands

Most of the time, the common cold virus is spread by careless handling. When a person infected with the virus sneezes on his hands and then proceeds to touch the telephone, door knob or a glass, he transmits the viruses to the appliances. The common cold virus can live for hours. Those who touch the objects next are likely to catch the virus. So it would be wise to wash your hands often. Also instead of using your hands to cover your coughs and sneezes, use a tissue paper and discard it after use.


Drink Plenty of Fluids

Water flushes your system, washing out the poisons as it rehydrates you. A typical, healthy adult needs eight 8-ounce glasses of fluids each day. If your urine is clear, that means you’re getting enough of fluids. If your urine is dark yellow, you need to take in more water.


Take in some steam
If it seems like your going to get a cold, try nipping it in the bud by breathing in steam. During the cold season, taking in steam at least twice a week will help reduce the chances of getting infected with cold.

 

Get Fresh Air

The dry air of the winter and specially the stale air in the house makes your body more vulnerable to cold and flu viruses. Especially since in the winter most people prefer to stay indoors, rooms may contain circulating viruses.

Exercise Regularly

Exercise in a manner so that the heart beats harder; increases your breath and heats up your body. Doing so will increase your bodies ability to fight of the cold causing germs.

 

Eat wisely
Taking in plenty of vitamins will help you ward of illness. Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits. Contrary to the belief that yogurt should be avoided by those down with cold, researchers believe that beneficial bacteria in yogurt may stimulate production of immune system substances that fight disease.

 

Don't Smoke

Dry noses and throats are excellent breeding places for cold causing viruses and smoking dries them out. Heavy smokers are more likely to get more severe colds and more frequent ones.

Relax
Take some time to relax both physically and mentally so that you don’t exert your immune system. Relaxing helps boost up the immune system.

 

 
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