While colds and flu may peak in the fall and winter months, you’re still at risk of catching a summer cold if you’re not careful. The good news is there are things you can do daily to prevent a cold. Here are four of them:
Wash Your Hands
Did you know that the CDC estimates you can reduce your risk of catching a respiratory illness by 16% if you wash your hands regularly? It’s important to use soap and water and to wash for at least 20 seconds. If you do this throughout the day, you’re less
likely to get sick.
Get Some Sunlight
When you go out in the sun, your body produces Vitamin D. This vitamin plays an important role in your immune system. The better your immunity, the better your chances of staying healthy when that cold goes around your office. Just be careful not to stay out too long, or you may get burned!
Most people think of dehydration only when they are sick. But even low levels of dehydration can cause problems for people. One of the benefits of drinking at least 64 ounces of water per day is that it boosts your immune system. It also helps your body flush out toxins and it gives you more energy.
We could write a book about all the health issues related to lack of sleep. It’s vital that you get between 6-8 hours of sleep per night. When you don’t sleep well, your body can’t fight off sickness as easily. It makes you more susceptible to the common cold and other illnesses. The best thing to do is to create your own sleep routine each night that includes turning off technology an hour before bed.
When you do these things daily, you’ll feel great and hopefully avoid getting sick. In the off chance you do still get a cold, you can also do these things to help yourself get better.