5 Ways to Fight Off a Cold
By Zoe Verelli
We’re not even a month into winter yet (officially, anyway) and it already seems that every one is getting sick. It’s a terrible feeling, and we wouldn’t wish it on anyone.
After all, a common cold or flu brings with it a lot of discomfort, frustration, and inconvenience. With all the coughing, sneezing, and body aches, it isn’t the easiest thing to fight off. Fortunately, there are ways that can definitely ease your experience. Here are the top five:
- Keep Warm
It’s winter folks, which means pile on the warm clothing. The cold temperature combined with the wind, snow, ice, and freezing rain is no picnic. Don’t be afraid to add some layers in order to keep yourself nice and warm. Make sure you’ve got the big coat, winter boots, scarf, hat and gloves. They are your best friends during this season.
Even if you’re inside your home, keep yourself warm. Sometimes we have the misfortune of suffering a fever, which usually raises a person’s body temperature making them susceptible to the cold. Bring out the warm socks and blankets!
- Wash Your Hands
Physicians will agree: when the season of common colds and flus is here, the best thing to do to avoid any bacteria or germs is to wash your hands. If you’re not sick, it’ll help you to avoid becoming sick. If you are sick, however, then it will help to avoid spreading germs around and potentially infecting others.
After all, most common colds and flus are spread through touch. When someone sneezes or coughs and touches a doorknob or phone without washing their hands first, the germs survive and spread.
- Stay Hydrated
When you’re sick, your body tends to lose water, which is why your doctor, friends or family will tell you to keep yourself hydrated. This means you should drink a lot of liquids, such as water and even juice, which helps in providing your body with electrolytes.
You should also eat foods that help in reducing nasty cold symptoms. For example, soup helps with congestion, making it a perfect meal for anyone with a cold or flu.
- Medication or Natural Remedies
Some individuals turn to pharmaceutical products or natural remedies for relief. These options will definitely help reduce the symptoms and even speed up the process of your body fighting off the cold or flu. Just ensure that you are properly informed on which medications or natural products are best for you. Always ask your doctor.
- Get Some Rest
You need plenty of rest! On a regular basis, an adult requires 8 hours of sleep. With a cold or flu, the amount of hours needed may increase. Don’t fight the urge. It’s better for you to rest as much as you can, and allow your body to allocate all of its energy into fighting off your cold or flu.
We at Ya Media understand how inconvenient and awful a cold can be, so keep these five tips in mind!