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​6 Ways to Give A Cold The Cold Shoulder!

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cold-flu-16276055.jpgWe’ve all experienced it--the sniffling and sneezing, coughing and chills. It seems nearly inevitable that you’ll catch a cold at least once during the winter, so we’ve put together some tricks and tips that may help your chances of skipping out on a cold this year.

6 Ways to Give a Cold the Cold Shoulder!

  1. HYDRATE. More specifically, hydrate yourself with water. Filling your body with liquids like juice, tea and soda keep your body hydrated but also fill you with lots of sugar and salt. The best choice for hydration and other positive effects (see here for other benefits) is water. You should aim to drink about eight 8-ounce glasses of water for maximum health benefits. Drink a glass as soon as you wake up to help restore your blood pressure to normal levels and to prepare your stomach for digestion. Then, drink two 8-ounce glasses of water with each meal. Finally, right before bed drink another glass, bringing your total to 64 ounces for the day- the perfect amount to keep your body hydrated and healthy.
  2. Wash your hands! This is a no-brainer, something we’ve all been taught since we were little. Multiple studies have found that the most effective way to prevent a cold is to keep your hands clean. We touch so many shared surfaces a day, from keyboards to countertops or doorknobs, each of which are covered in viruses. For maximum cleanliness, wash your hands with warm to hot soapy water for at least 20 seconds, and make sure to thoroughly dry your hands as well.
  3. Don’t touch your face! Cold viruses are found nearly everywhere, and once they’re on your hands, it’s only a matter of touching your eyes, nose or mouth before you have a nasty cold. If you can help it, don’t rub your eyes after using a shared keyboard, and don’t eat without washing your hands.
  4. Stay warm. Keep yourself bundled up when you go outside! Once your body is chilled, it can take lots of energy to reheat, which can lower the strength of your immune system. Scientists have found that the amount of heat lost is pretty proportional to the amount of skin exposed, for example your head makes up about 7% of the body’s surface area, and often is responsible for 7-10% loss of body heat. Thus it is important to cover not only your hands and feet, but also your head and neck.
  5. Get enough sleep. Sleep is a vital time of restoration for our bodies’ immune systems. Do you really need to stay up late watching one more episode on Netflix? Skip the show and hit the hay- your body will thank you later when it’s able to effectively fight off a cold. Studies have shown that the optimal amount of sleep is between seven and eight hours of sleep. Anything more or less has negative effects on your health.
  6. Supplement! It’s important to help your body stay nutritious and healthy during these winter months. Stay up to date with your vitamins, especially vitamins D and C. Silver is another great option for increasing your body’s immune system capabilities. Organic silver lozenges ( available here), can assist in maintaining throat and mouth health, as well as sooth irritated throats or ease coughs.

Are there other tips and tricks you’ve found helpful in avoiding the woes of winter colds? Let us know in the comments below.

Stay happy and healthy!

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