Cold Season has arrived
No one can argue that the winter of 2007/2008 has been one long hard winter. The snow storms, the record low temperatures, followed by record high temperatures and now the flooding! The winter has definitely taken a toll on every one.
To make matters worse the latest rumor is that the cold and flu season is just about beginning. Fellow travelers on the buses and subway are sniffling and coughing and looking awful. The emergency room of our local hospital was filled last week with lots of patients wearing face masks and the waiting time was at least two hours before any one saw a doctor!
So how can you prevent a cold when you're surrounded by suffering souls like these?
Believe it or not, natural cold prevention hinges on three simple steps: good nutrition, regular exercise and a sensible amount of sleep. If one of these is missing there's a good chance of infection. The main goal is to keep the immune system up and running so that at the first sign of infection it can fight it immediately. If you follow the steps below you just might miss the cold season this year!
Maintain a good daily diet - include soups, (don't forget chicken soup even if you think the stories you've heard are just stories, they aren't). Include high protein foods in your diet; for example eggs - especially the Omega-3 kind where available, they may cost more but are worth the extra.
Fruits and vegetables should be part of your diet at all times but never more so than at this time of year. Also, drink lots of fluids especially water.
Exercise is needed at anytime of the year and definitely when the cold season arrives. If you can't get to the gym then be creative. The walk to the office from the bus or subway is good exercise, park your cars further away from the office, walk around the house ... etc.
Sleep is very important - an eight hour uninterrupted sleep for adults and more for children. If you're tired and run down while still trying to maintain a busy schedule at home and the office then it's harder for your body to fight off infections.
What happens if you do catch a cold? Get lots of rest, take natural medicines rather than over-the-counter cold medicines (these tend to mask symptoms and can have negative side effects), and if you have lost your appetite then make sure you keep nourished by drinking juices such as fresh juices or water. And as I said above, don't forget the chicken soup it really does help
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Natural Health enthusiast. Interested in all natural remedies that ensure healthy living and lifestyle. Since January 2008 have been writing s Blog on Natural Health at www.Natural4health.wordpress.com