Tips For Avoiding Summer Colds
There are few things more frustrating than a cold - not serious enough to receive much sympathy, but uncomfortable enough to keep you from feeling 100 percent. Although they can seem impossible to successfully avoid, there are steps you can take to minimize the risk of catching one.
Wash your hands
The fact that good hygiene prevents colds is common knowledge doesn't make it any less true. Washing your hands throughout the day - especially after visiting public places such as gyms and malls - can help you weaken viruses. Make sure that you wash with hot water and for about half a minute.
Relatedly, it's wise to touch your face as little as possible - cold viruses enter your body through your eyes, nose and mouth.
Getting your heartrate up and your blood pumping helps kickstart your body's natural virus-fighting system. By increasing oxygen transfer in your lungs and promoting sweating, you are doing yourself a service.
It's well-known that vitamin C is an important soldier in the fight against colds, but it's not alone. Garlic, and especially the sulfur-containing compounds it holds, can kill germs and prevent infection. Ginseng has also been shown to reduce the number of colds experienced by those who take it.
If you are in a situation where you are surrounded by many people with colds - whether its co-workers or family members - it is important to ramp up your prevention methods. Use disposable cutlery and dishes at home to ensure that the virus doesn't survive the cleaning process. Use paper towels to dry your hands instead of towels to avoid the germs that cling to them. It may not be the most environmentally friendly method - so limit it as much as you can - but implementing these techniques wisely can keep you healthy.