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How to Conquer a Cold Virus

October 21st, 2010

cold-virus.jpgMost people find that they catch at least one cold virus during the inclement weather months. However, there are things you can do to reduce the likelihood of catching a cold. There are also measures you can take to ensure that your body can fight off cold and flu viruses quickly and efficiently.

Lots of Fluid

Perhaps you’ve heard people tell you to drink lots of fluid when you’ve had a cold in the past. There is a reason why remaining hydrated is important when you have a cold. When your body is well hydrated, it loosens the mucus in your lungs and nasal cavities. This makes it easier to cough up phlegm, and blow your nose to get rid of the congestion. If your body is not hydrated, the mucus will be thick and therefore difficult to eliminate.

Vitamins and Supplements

There are certain vitamins, minerals, and herbal supplements that are purported to help fight the cold virus. For instance, it is a good idea to take vitamin C supplements. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps to boost the efficiency of the immune system. Hence taking vitamin C each day can help prevent you catching a cold. Taking vitamin C during a cold can help you to recover quickly.

The mineral zinc may also help you to fight off a cold virus. Like vitamin C, zinc can bolster a person’s immune system so that the cold virus doesn’t last as long. It is a good idea to take zinc supplements or consume foods rich in zinc all year round in order to safeguard your resistance to viruses and bacteria.

Many people use an herbal supplement called echinacea to avoid catching a cold, or when they need help dealing with an ongoing cold. Echinacea is a combination of nine plants that are native to North America. It is said to reduce a person’s chance of catching a cold by as much as fifty percent. Echinacea can also shorten the duration of a cold by approximately thirty-five hours.

Buy a Humidifier

Cold viruses are common during the winter months. That’s because the virus thrives in a cold, dry environment. Hence if you want to avoid catching a cold, you might want to ensure that the air in your home is warm and sufficiently humid. To do this, you will need to buy at least one humidifier for your home. Use your humidifier to keep the humidity in your home between forty and sixty percent. This will make it more difficult for cold viruses to survive on surfaces, and in the air.

Less Stress

If you catch a cold, it’s in your best interests to do what you can to avoid stress. High levels of stress hormones can lower a person’s resistance to viruses and bacteria. Therefore if you have a cold, you should make the effort to be kind to yourself. Meditate, relax with a book, or spend the afternoon watching movies. Do whatever it takes to ensure you feel as relaxed as possible.

Stay Home

Many people decide to soldier on regardless when they catch a cold virus. They do it because they feel it’s the right thing to do. Going to work when you are sick with a cold is actually a mistake. People who go to work when they have a cold simply spread the virus to other people. Working when you have a cold also makes you more susceptible to stress. If you have a cold virus, stay at home until you have recovered. Spend your time at home relaxing and taking care of yourself.

Blow Your Nose

Having a cold virus usually means putting up with nasal congestion. If you are congested, try to avoid sniffing. Instead make sure you have plenty of handkerchiefs and blow your nose regularly. If you sniff instead of blowing, you end up sucking the virus-laden mucus back into your body.

This article was supplied by “Whisp” from Constant Content.

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