Winter is the season for Colds and Flu. Colds and flu are caused by viruses which enter the body through eyes or nose. If you have infected droplets on your hands and you touch your eyes or nose, the virus can enter your body. Skip the hand wash and you set yourself up for a bout of that as well. But it doesn’t have to be this way, right? Aside from good hand washing, there’s a lot you can do to drastically cut your risk of getting sick. Let’s discuss some of the ways:
- Exercise regularly: Regular exercise can boost your immune system. One study found running ten miles a week boosted the immune system. This is one of the best ways to improve your overall health and stay healthy during cold and flu season.
- Stay Hydrated: Fluids really help. Drinking plenty of fluids is one of the most important things you can do when you have a cold or flu because runny noses and sweating may cause dehydration. Drinking plenty of fluid will also thin out the mucus that your body makes when you’re sick. When that germ-filled mucus is thinner, it’s easier to clear out of your body.
- Have a good sleep: Getting enough sleep on a regular basis is key to maintaining good health. Those people who sleep for fewer than seven hours were nearly three times as vulnerable to colds as people who slept for at least eight hours.
- Inhale Essential Oils: Certain oils can help you sleep, which may reduce your risk of cold.Essential oils can assist in the prevention of contracting the alarming viruses that cause cold. It is believed that antimicrobial particles in these essential oils coat the mucous membrane lining the nasal cavity.
- Avoid touching your face: The average person puts a hand on face more than five times an hour. So, by avoiding the touch on your eyes, nose and lips you can minimize the risk of getting sick.