Cold season is upon us. You’ve noticed that others around you are talking about feeling sick, and you’ve stocked up on boxes of tissues just in case. There are over 100 varieties of the common cold virus, and no one has figured out how to eliminate colds. But scientists certainly know how colds spread, and what you can do to avoid getting infected by a cold virus.
- Cold germs are most easily spread when you breath in the air after someone has coughed or sneezed. So if you find yourself in the company of someone with a cold, try to avoid getting close. Politely say something like, “Oh, I’m sorry you’ve got a cold. Let’s get together when you’re feeling better!”
Keep Them Clean
- Your fingers and hands are likely to pick up cold germs when you least expect it, and on many usual places, for example, number pads on bank machines, door handles, gym equipment, handrails, supermarket carts, etc. If germs stay on your hands, you can wash them off before they do any harm. But if you’re not careful, germs enter your body, in most instances, through your nose or your eyes. Make a habit of keeping your hands away from your face! Plus wash your hands with soap often; certainly every time you come in from being around other people, and before you eat or drink anything.
- You body will do its best to fight cold germs, and in many instances, win. You can help by keeping your immune system healthy: get enough sleep, get outside for some daily exercise, and eat nutritious meals.
- At the first sign of a cold, drink plenty of fluids (non alcoholic) and get extra rest. Sooth a sore throat with a salt-water gargle (1/8 tsp. salt in a cup of warm water). For healthy people, these simple steps are often an effective way to fight off a cold, or at least, shorten its duration.
Easy to sip. Easy to digest. Soothing for sore throats.
Soups made with onions, garlic, tomatoes, and greens are rich in antioxidants anad serve over raw or lightly sautéed spinach instead of noodles.
Ginger is effective at settling nausea. Shave some into your broth soup and sip it all day.