- During a cold, drink plenty of hot liquids such as hot water and lemon, herbal teas, honey, lemon and water, soup and broth to relieve nasal congestion and prevent dehydration. Fluids also keep the lining of the upper respiratory track moist, which can ease sore throat symptoms.
- 2,000 milligrams of vitamin C per day (divided as 500 milligrams four times daily) decreases the duration and severity of a cold by 24 to 36 hours.
- Vitamin D increases the body’s production of proteins that destroy viruses, including influenza virus. Given that vitamin D is synthesized in our skin on exposure to sunlight, low blood levels of vitamin D in the winter months may make us more susceptible to getting the flu.
- Drink juice, choosing the right ingredients for your juice can give you the best benefits for cold and flu season. Make sure to add lemon, ginger and carrots to your juices. See recipes on our facebook page.
- Taking a daily probtiotic (good bacteria) can reduce the severity and duration of colds, by stimulating the body’s immune system.
- Practice good hand hygiene. Be sure to wash your hands with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol can be utilized when soap and water are not available.
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze – preferably, with a tissue. Then, promptly discard this tissue. If you do not have a tissue available, use your elbow or upper arm, not your hands. This can help prevent others around you from getting sick.
- Refrain from touching your mouth, nose or eyes. It is widely believed that flu and cold viruses are spread when infected people cough, sneeze or even speak. It is also thought that touching contaminated surfaces, like keyboards, doorknobs and phones can help spread the germs. Try to frequently clean such objects.
- Avoid contact with other sick people. For the same reason you don’t want to infect others when you are sick, try to avoid other sick people.
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