The winter months can be brutal, and it’s not just because the temperature gets colder. There are several reasons why the season is a particularly hard time of year. The lack of sunlight, for one, can significantly lower your immune system. In addition, you’ll be spending more time indoors where there are more germs from other people. These are all contributing factors to catching a cold or worse, the flu.
So how do we keep away these pesky viruses? It turns out that there are lots of ways to stay healthy this winter and defeat those germs!
1) Keep your hands clean
2) Get enough sleep and exercise
3) Stay tuned with this article 🙂
Allergies, headaches, lethargy, fatigue, a stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, and sore throat are all symptoms of a cold. And these symptoms usually hit around three to five days after you catch a cold. But don’t worry, you’ll be over it in no time!
The Five-Day Cure
So how do you know if you have a cold or the flu?
The cold is what we generally think of when we hear the word “cold.” It’s the virus that leads to the symptoms of a sore throat, runny nose, fatigue, headache, and chills. The virus can last anywhere from five days to two weeks.
If you’re living in the southern hemisphere, chances are you’ve probably been exposed to the flu at some point. But it’s not something you can catch easily or easily. Catching the flu is almost impossible.
Sources of Colds
Holidays are associated with travel. While you may be talking to an aircraft to fly across the country, you’ll likely be staying in close quarters with a bunch of other people for long periods. As a result, you’ll be exposed to others’ germs and viruses.
While it’s true that you’re likely going to catch a cold or the flu from a coworker during the holiday season, several other factors make winter a common season for getting sick.
This is one of the biggest things that makes the cold and flu season a bit more predictable during the winter months. When we’re in this state of need for warmth and light, our bodies slow down, leading to more exposure to germs and viruses.
How to Prevent Colds
When it comes to prevention, there are a few things that you can do to help keep your immune system strong and intact.
1) Eat healthy foods: I know this might sound a bit cliché, but it’s worth repeating! Make sure to eat plenty of nutrient-dense foods throughout the day. You’ll be less likely to catch a cold.
2) Get plenty of rest: Sleep is very important for your immune system and keeping you well. Make sure to get at least 7 hours a night, if not more!
3) Exercise: Exercise is great for improving your general well-being, and when combined with a nutritious diet, it can also reduce your chances of getting a cold. Try to get at least 30 minutes a day of moderate to vigorous exercise.
4) Drink plenty of water: Another aspect of a healthy diet is drinking plenty of water.
What are the Symptoms of Flu?
Flu symptoms are similar to those of the common cold. Sometimes the symptoms are similar, and sometimes they aren’t. Also, this is where the differences start.
Common cold symptoms include a runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, headache, or body aches. These symptoms are usually mild and can easily be dealt with with the use of OTC cold remedies.
If you have a fever, it’s a sign that the flu has gotten into your body. Usually, the flu will come with a high fever that’s between 101°F and 104°F. Symptoms of flu include:
Shivering or feeling cold
Runny or stuffy nose
Diarrhea can often come before diarrhea. This is a very common symptom in the early stages of the flu and can occur in as little as a day or two.
How to Treat Colds and Flu
How do you treat a cold or flu, anyway? Well, the truth is, there are no great cures for the flu. However, there are ways to help speed the healing process.
Some of these tips include:
Getting plenty of rest and sleep. Also, allow yourself to be sick and feel miserable for a full day or two before you start working to get better. This will ensure you are not running yourself down too fast before getting back to your normal routine.
. Also, allow yourself to be sick and feel miserable for a full day or two before you start working to get better. This will ensure you are not running yourself down too fast before getting back to your normal routine.
Warming up your body
The key to staying healthy throughout the winter is starting your day with a warm-up. Whether you have an hour to spare in the morning or simply 20 minutes, warm up your body with these simple exercises:
Jogging/Cross-training: Run for 30 seconds, walk for 90 seconds to warm up and stretch out the muscles, and then repeat 3-5 times.
Elevated plank: Sit on the floor with knees bent and feet lifted off the floor with hands next to the ears.
Leg raise: Lie on the floor, bend your left knee and lift your foot to extend it towards the ceiling. Repeat 5 times.
Lying crunches: Lie on your back, put your hands behind your head, and lift your arms off the floor.
Stretch before you start your day so your body gets a good stretch to help prevent stress.
Drink lots of fluids
You can’t live without water, but you might want to consume as much of it as possible. If you have a cold or flu, the last thing you want is for your body to be dehydrated. Not drinking enough water can lower your blood pressure, which can lead to heart attack, stroke, and even death!
If you’re constantly taking in fluids to prevent illness and dehydration, you could experience too much fluid and too little sodium, which can result in headaches, confusion, and nausea. In other words, it’s a potential recipe for disaster.
Why don’t you change the fluid you drink to something good for you? My wife makes a point of drinking coconut water when she has a cold.
Get enough sleep
Getting enough sleep not only boosts your immune system but also can protect your brain and relieve some stress. When you feel rested, you’re less likely to get sick. And what better way to stay on track with this than by sleeping in a cool, dark, and quiet place? A good night’s sleep will make you feel alert and energetic in the morning.
Get enough exercise
As well as strengthening your immune system, regular exercise also helps to fight off colds. When you’re exercising, you breathe harder, which can bring up a lot of dirt and bacteria from the inside of your nose, throat, and lungs. Exercise, therefore, becomes a great way to rid your lungs of germs.
Keep your nose and mouth clean
The first line of defense against any bug is good hygiene.
If you’re running a fever, cough, or feel congested, it’s best to head to your doctor. After your visit, they can prescribe your over-the-counter medication.
Clean your hands
If your nose is stuffed up, be sure to wash your hands often. You can find hand soap in most public places. This is a good way to wash germs off of your hands before reaching for anything. Don’t forget about doing the same thing in the bathroom!
Get some rest
Getting more sleep can also help strengthen your immune system. Going to bed and waking up at the same time every day also helps with sleep deprivation. In addition, going outside during the day and engaging in light exercise can help increase your mental and physical energy.
There are a lot of different ways to take care of your immune system and stay healthy throughout the winter months. Do yourself a favor and check out the rest of the article on how to keep away a cold, flu, and every other cold this season.
Do you have any tips to keep away colds or stay healthy during the winter? Let us know in the comments below!