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Attacking the "Sniffles" Before They Attack You!
It's happening! Flu and cold season are in session. Your nose starts to drip and you let out a back-cracking sneeze. No one likes the thought of catching a cold. Your head gets stopped up, your nose becomes a faucet, your throat becomes scratchy and sore, and by the end of the day you're already through your first box of tissues. Next comes the doctor's visit and the meds that follow. I tell you, it's rough stuff.
A cold can't be cured, but it can be prevented. You know the signs of a cold, so why not try to "nip it in the bud" before it's too late? Below, you'll find a list of home remedies that are sure to kick the cold's butt before it kicks yours.
Vitamins...Vitamins...and more Vitamins!
It's important to take a daily multivitamin for nutritional and supplemental purposes, but if you want to go the extra mile to prevent catching the common cold, try finding immune boosting vitamins such as Vitamin C or Echinacea.
Vitamin C is an ascorbic acid that acts as an antioxidant in your body. It helps your body to absorb different minerals from the foods you eat, and improves your immune system, protecting it from illnesses and disease.
Echinacea is an herbal supplement used to treat and prevent the common cold. Like Vitamin C, it boosts your immune system and helps your body ward off infections and illnesses.
Don't like swallowing pills? Check your local store in the pharmacy section to see if they carry these vitamins in gummy form. If you think about it, it makes fighting the cold fun and tasty. And remember to read the label on the back of the bottle to determine what the recommended dosage is.
Pump Yourself Full of Fluids!
This doesn't mean drink five extra cups of coffee or soda. Drink plenty of the right fluids. Water and orange juice are great candidates! It's a given that water is one of the best things for your body, considering that it doesn't have any caloric intake and it's pure and natural. Orange juice is great because it's loaded with several vitamins including Vitamin C. And we already know that Vitamin C is a fantastic immune booster.
Avoid drinking fluids like alcohol or caffeine. These can lead to dehydration and ultimately result in you feeling worse as you try and fight the cold.
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Crank Up the Humidifier
Whether you believe it or not, a runny nose can cause your nasal passage to dry out. This is where having a humidifier comes in handy.
A humidifier works by producing water vapor. Much like steam (except only colder), it produces moisture in the air and eliminates many impurities that happen to be floating around. Not only does it improve the moisture of the dry air, but it can also improve the moisture in your nose and lungs. This helps to eliminate bacteria and helps you fight infection.
Humidifiers come in all shapes, sizes, and colors and can be relatively inexpensive (depending on which one you buy). Purchase one at your local store or check online if you are looking for a particular kind.
The common cold virus loves to lurk in unsuspecting places--your house, work, dining facilities, and yes, even the doctor's office--so that's why it's SO important to disinfect.
The steps are simple:
- Frequently wash your hands with soap and water
- Carry around a pocket size container of hand sanitizer when you're on the go
- Apply disinfecting spray in areas around your home to eliminate surface and airborne germs
- And use disinfecting wipes for counter top or bathroom surfaces
There You Have It, Folks!
It's just that easy to prevent yourself from catching the common cold.
- An increase in vitamin intake (like Vitamin C and Echinacea) can support a boost in your immune system
- Drinking lots of fluids (like water and good old OJ) can prevent dehydration and increase immune support, as well
- Using a humidifier can eliminate airborne impurities and create moisture in the air for healthier, happier lungs and noses
- AND disinfecting can lower the chances of the cold "catching" you
Stay healthy, my friends!