Thought for the day: How to PREVENT the common cold

Well, waking up this morning feeling like I was hit by a truck was an unpleasant experience.

So today I figured it would be good to pass on knowledge from the ever so wise internet on how to prevent this annoying thing we call a cold.

So here are the top 10 ways to prevent catching a cold:

  • Wash your hands OFTEN! This is probably the single best measure to prevent colds. Wash your hands especially after shopping, going to the gym, or spending time in public places. Frequent hand washing can destroy viruses that you have acquired from touching surfaces used by other people. You can also carry a small tube of hand sanitizer or sanitizing hand wipes when visiting public places.
  • Avoid touching your face! Especially the nose, mouth, and eye areas. If you are around someone with a cold or have been touching surfaces in a public area DON’T TOUCH YOUR FACE.
  • Don’t Smoke! Cigarette smoke can irritate the airways and increase susceptibility to colds and other infections. Even exposure to passive smoke can make you more vulnerable to colds.
  • Use disposable items if someone in your family is infected! Disposable cups can be thrown away after each use and prevent accidental spread of the virus from sharing of cups or glasses.
  • Drink plenty of fluids! Fluids (mainly water) help your body flush out all the bad toxins and infections and make you less prone to getting sick.
  • Keep household surfaces clean!  Door knobs, drawer pulls, keyboards, light switches, telephones, remote controls, countertops, and sinks can all harbor viruses for hours after their use by an infected person. Wipe these surfaces with soap and water, disinfectant solution or disinfection wipes.
  • Use paper towels!  Kitchens and bathrooms are the usual places for hand washing. Germs can live for several hours on cloth towels. Alternatively, have separate towels for each family member and provide a clean one for guests.
  • Throw tissues away after use.! Used tissues are sources of virus that can contaminate any surface where they are left.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle! While there isn’t direct evidence to show that eating well or exercising can prevent colds, maintenance of a healthy lifestyle. Remember to get plenty of sleep, a healthy, balanced diet, and exercise.  Keep that immune system up!
  • Control stress. Studies have shown that people experiencing emotional stress have weakened immune systems and are more likely to catch a cold than their calmer counterparts. (That would explain why I am sitting in bed, sick today)

Also, taking vitamins and supplements to keep your immune system up can also help.

Just remember some of these tips and hopefully you won’t be skipping class and staying bundled in bed, miserable like me!

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  1. Sorry you are sick, Jordan. Your shopping list of avoidance strategies omitted one of the most important ones: sleep. Nothing hurts your immune system worse than lack of sleep, and when you are tired, it affects your decision-making and makes you less likely to follow the other steps as well. So, good night!!

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  2. Stephanie Weber

     /  November 29, 2011

    Honey – I have to agree with Coach – sleep is a necessity! Hope you are getting plenty and drinking lots of fluids too!! Love you honey and hope you feel better in the morning…if not, BBM me for the hot toddy recipe of G-daddy’s grandmother….it will knock out ANY ailment!!!! LOL

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