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How to Avoid The Sniffles In This Weather

by Nessa Shera
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Lately it seems that mother earth is having a few mood swings. With the ever changing weather you’re worried that the coat and boots you’ll wear in the morning would make you look out of place fashion wise by the time the afternoon comes around. Worse still is everyone seems to be catching a flu, like a slow spreading epidemic. It’s seems unavoidable, it’s at your workplace, home, and as I write, I have a few tissues beside me to blow my nose whenever the need arises. Are you next? Well you don’t have to be if you follow these easy steps.

  • One little trick, that’s rather obvious to stay warm and fever free, is dressing for the actual temperature outside and not allowing a few sunny episodes throughout the day compel you into wearing a sundress and sandals. Ensure that you have layered clothes that can be removed when hotter and can be worn again when the air gets chilly. A scarf is also essential to cover the venerable areas your outfit may not.
  • The constant hourly weather change in temperature somehow mess up your immune system, making you more vulnerable to viruses. So the best solution in this scenario is to boost our immune system, you can do this by following general good-health guidelines that keep your immune system strong and healthy. Such as not smoking, eating a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and low in saturated fat. Also exercising regularly, drinking alcohol in moderation, getting adequate sleep, keeping hydrated, and washing your hands frequently.
  • A cold is made worse when spread, which is mostly a result of human interaction which can’t be helped. What you can do to avoid the spreading of a flu, or even a flu itself is to use a disinfectant spray that kills viruses on items in your home and work place that are touched frequently: doorknobs, faucets, remote control and the worst of them all, smartphones. That’s right your smart phones probably cause the most germs, in fact a study showed that you’re safer eating from your toilet than eating something that falls on your phone.
  • Garlic and Vitamin E; the allicin element found in garlic helps reduce or prevent colds. Cooked garlic doesn’t contain allicin, but raw garlic does. Try mixing minced garlic with yogurt and chopped cucumber, to make a Greek dip called tzatziki. This can be eaten alone, with bread, or as sauce with a meal.

Vitamin E is also a very important antioxidant that can help boost the immune system. Almonds and sunflower seeds are good sources of vitamin E. Sweet potatoes and avocados also contain vitamin E. While it’s a good habit to incorporate foods with Vitamin E into your daily diet, pills can also be consumed to achieve the 400 international units (IU) required per day of the vitamin, since foods contain very tiny amounts.

If you don’t manage to escape the cold, take a healthy and recommended dosage of Echinacea or Zinc supplements immediately the cold starts. Both these drugs will help shorten the length of a cold and lessen the symptoms, if taken in good time.

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