Surviving the Common Cold

With the dark nights, freezing temperatures, and vitamin C levels suffering – the seasonal common cold isn’t something that can be easily avoided. So if you fall victim to the lurgy, here’s how to kick it’s ass before Christmas arrives.

Wash Your Hands
Bacteria and germs enter your system when you touch your mouth, eyes, and nose. Keeping your hands clean and germ free will prevent that from happening – adults touch their faces up to 16 times an hour! It’s also a good idea to carry hand sanitiser around with you, do you have any idea how much bacteria was on that bus handrail you just held?

Feed a Cold
Feed a cold, feed a fever! Eating fruits, ice cream, ice lollies, and drinking hot beverages with lots of flavour (not tea or coffee) helps fight your cold! Top up on vitamins and keep your sore throat at bay with a cup of Lemsip and some chicken soup…

Over-The-Counter Relief
Avoid antibiotics and simply tackle your symptoms by taking regular doses of paracetamol and ibuprofen. To an extend, they will relieve a sore throat, headache, aches and pains, and just generally perk you up a little. You can buy painkillers specifically designed to target the symptoms of cold and flu.

Sleep it Away
A connection between tiredness and catching colds has been found – when you are sleep deprived, your body doesn’t function as efficiently which means you immune system also suffers. Not only will you be more likely to catch a cold, you won’t be able to fight it efficiently!

Keep Well Hydrated
If you are keeping your fluid levels up, your body is going to function a lot more efficiently! Your immune system will be more effective in booting a cold out of your body!