Is there anything more hateful than the classic cold? From runny nose, to sore throat and fever (or even worse). A common cold definitely makes your life difficult for a few days. The worst part is that it could last a month! Practice prevention and you'll stay healthy all year round - read the following steps to learn more.
Step 1. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables
You should always do this, but a healthy diet can work wonders. Oranges are very important as they contain an effective dose of Vitamin C which helps you overcome a cold. So, don't forget to eat an orange a day or drink a freshly squeezed juice.
Step 2. Take a multivitamin
Vitamins help the immune system fight colds. In particular, vitamin C.
Step 3. Get some sun every day and a vitamin D supplement in the winter
We produce vitamin D when our skin is exposed to sunlight. It takes 15 minutes for the face and arms to strengthen the immune system. In winter we are prone to colds because there is not enough sunlight. Supplement with tablets or cod liver oil from October to March (Northern Hemisphere).
Step 4. Eat yogurt to supplement the intestinal flora with lactic ferments
Step 5. Drink plenty of water to prevent dry nose or throat
Water is of paramount importance. Try drinking one and a half liters a day.
Step 6. Have a drinking bottle handy when your throat starts to dry out
Once your throat dries up and splits open (from air conditioning, winter activities, or if you sing or talk for too long), latent bacteria in your mouth from previous infections may reinfect you.
Step 7. Sleep with your back up (helping yourself with pillows to keep your neck and back comfortable) and with your head bent slightly forward, so that the mucus doesn't run down your nose into your throat
This is why colds often cause coughing and sore throats on the second day.
Step 8. Sleep longer than usual, it will help you regenerate
Step 9. Wash your hands before you eat, before and after you go to the bathroom, and use a tissue to open the door of a public bathroom
Step 10. Don't rub your eyes, nostrils or ears if your hands aren't clean
- Drink diluted orange juice to increase your water and vitamin C intake.
- Think positive, stay relaxed and happy. Your thoughts can affect your health.
- Always see a doctor if you feel any worsening.
- Not taking too many vitamins could have a negative effect.