While the cold weather doesn’t have a direct effect on your chances of contracting a virus, it does force people indoors with centralized heating. The close proximity of many human beings can allow viruses to spread easily.
1. Wash your hands
Dr Nicola Goddard, clinical scientist at the Public Health Laboratory Service, says: ‘Although most infections are mainly carried in the air and transmitted by the “aerosol” effect when someone sneezes, germs can be transmitted by physical contact and enter the body when infected hands touch vulnerable parts like our eyes, mouths and noses.
2. Zinc, Garlic, and Vitamin C
The mineral zinc is essential to help fight colds and provide a boost to a flagging immune system. Good food sources include meat, oysters, eggs, seafood, tofu, black- eyed peas and wheat germ.
Vitamin C also helps to boost up your immune system. Try eating bell peppers, strawberries, oranges, broccoli, tomatoes, or kiwi to get your dose of Vitamin C!
Garlic helps ease chest complaints, and small amounts taken daily may also reduce the frequency of colds and flu.
3. Drink Plenty
Doctors recommend we drink about eight glasses of water a day to stay healthy. Rehydration expert Dr Susan Shirreffs says: ‘Water helps the kidneys function properly and flushes out the toxins that accumulate in our bodies.’
If you have a cold, being dehydrated makes your mucus drier and thicker and less able to cope against invading bacteria and viruses. If you’ve already caught a cold, drinking plenty of fluids will help flush out the infection.
Source: Ways To Avoid Cold And Flu
Hint for Part 3: the cold dry winter air may cause your chest to be tight and may make it hard for a person to breathe. What do you think is next?!