How to avoid the common coldAs the old saying goes, prevention is better than cure. And this definitely applies to avoiding the common cold. There can be factors out of our control, but there are lots of things we can do to try and avoid catching a cold. Here are a few tips.
Be mindful of what you touch.
A virus can survive on almost any surface for 24 hours, this includes the things you touch on a regular basis, like door handles, benchtops, phones, light switches, pens and shopping trolleys. While it’s impossible to stop touching everything, the mistake people can make is unknowingly touching their nose or eyes after touching the effected surface, which is the most common places for germs to get in.
Wash your hands regularly.
Germs are all around us on the surfaces we touch all day, every day. Make sure you thoroughly wash your hands frequently, especially before eating. If you’re unable to wash your hands regularly, keep a bottle of hand sanitizer nearby and in a visible spot to remind yourself to use it. Hand wipes are also great to keep in your bag, car or desk.
Maintain a healthy immune system.
Keeping your immune system in top shape ensures your body is in the best position possible to fight off viruses. Having a good diet with nutrient rich food, along with a daily supplement will give your immune system the kick it needs. We recommend taking Comvita Fresh-Picked™ Olive Leaf Extract every day to support a healthy immune system, you can either take it straight or you can add it to your herbal tea.
Get plenty of sleep.
There is growing evidence to support the link between sleep and a healthy immune system. Your body struggles to fight off viruses when you’re tired so by getting the recommended 8-10 hours’ sleep per night you’re giving your body the best chance to keep strong. This theory was tested by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University where they conducted an experiment which suggested that the more sleep you get, the better your chances of fighting off respiratory bugs.
We all know there are many benefits associated with exercising regularly, but did you know that it could also help to strengthen your immune system? A study found that postmenopausal women who exercised for a year had one-third the colds of women who didn’t work out. So do your best to fit in 20-30 minutes of exercise into your daily routine.