It’s that time of year again: cold season. Every year I try really hard not to get struck down and this year is no different. In fact, this year is more important, I get married in two weeks and I really, really don’t want a red and runny nose. Nor do I want to be doing the slouched shuffle down the aisle of someone who has fallen foul of the fever.
As an asthmatic, my immune system is a little low anyway. I catch bugs more easily and I swear I’m struck down worse than most (although maybe I just catch a touch of exaggeration, a symptom associated with man flu!). Either way, I don’t want a cold and I especially don’t want one in the next two weeks (or at all please).
Needless to say, I’ve been researching ways to prevent a cold and these seem to be the most universally accepted:
Cold prevention supplements
I recently spent the weekend in London. As a small town girl, heading down to crowded old London was exposing myself to a load of germs that I’d never normally come into contact with. To be fair, I don’t go out much, even if I lived in London I’d probably never come into contact with them on a normal day either.
Anyway, I was kindly gifted a travel size packet of these ImmunPRO Infection Blockers, to help keep my weekend a healthy one. These work as a physical barrier on your mucous membrane and stop any airborne nasties getting in through your nose and mouth. They taste like a pleasant sort of chalky lozenge and you can take up to 6 in a day.
I had 6 over the whole weekend, as well as implementing these other tips and I didn’t get ill, even though I had a limited amount of sleep.
Wash your hands properly
Did you know a lot of people don’t know how to wash their hands properly? Like REALLY properly? People just do a quite splash and a rub of soap, but that’s really not enough. You need to wash the back of your hands, you need to wash your wrists, you need to make sure you get under your nails.
If you’re out in crowds a lot, work with the public, or spend a lot of time on public transport, you’re at greater risk of exposure to these germs. Taking the proper care to wash your hands can make all the difference.
I would always carry some hand gel on you too. You never know when a public loo might be out of soap or you see someone sneeze on a hand rail you’re forced to grab (eurgh). It’s better to be mocked for your caution than shunned for your sneezes.
A fresh and varied diet should provide you with all the vitamins and minerals your body needs. I’m not saying you can’t have crisps with your lunch, just maybe find a way to get some cabbage into your tea. If you’re not sure you’re eating enough of the good stuff, you could always up your vitamin C intake, which has been known to help.
Get plenty of sleep
If you don’t get enough sleep, your immune system suffers. Try going to bet early to read first and cut out all screen time for an hour beforehand. If you or your partner snores, there are nasal and throat sprays for that, as well as drug-free remedies. Increasing exercise during the day can also help your body prepare for a better sleep at night.
Stay away from others who are ill!
This may be easier said than done (especially if you’re a doctor or a nurse!) but use your common sense. If you friend has the sniffles, encourage them to rearrange. You can’t catch a virus you’re not exposed to!
If you follow all of these tips, it will significantly reduce your chances of catching a cold.
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