Achoo! You’ve just heard the first sign of the dreaded cold/flu season. Whether it was in the cubicle next to you, on a city bus, or in your own home you’ll try anything and everything to avoid the “sickness”. Over the years we’ve all heard a million different ways to prevent colds and a thousand home remedies to recover faster, but are any of them true? Let’s debunk the cold/flu season.
“Don’t go outside without a jacket or you’ll get sick” Myth. Going outside without a coat does not give you a cold, neither does playing in the rain or leaving your hair wet. The best way to lessen your risk of getting a cold is to regularly wash your hands. Cold and flu viruses are passed through people, not weather or outside temperatures. However frostbite and hypothermia are most definitely the result of exposure to the cold, it’s definitely important to keep warm when you’re outside! A proper base layer or warm hat will provide you with continuous warmth while you enjoy the cold outdoors in a healthy mode.
“Cover Your Mouth With Your Hand When Coughing Or Sneezing” Myth. Many schools are now teaching kids to sneeze or cough into their elbow, not their hands. Using your hand will spread germs from your hand onto objects like doorknobs, keyboards, hand to hand contact, etc.. Even after using the elbow as the germ catcher you should wash your hands. Washing your hands regularly or using hand sanitizer can prevent many bacteria from spreading.
“Rest when sick” True. When coming down with the dreaded virus letting your body recover and rest is a great way to reboot. However light exercise can jump start the recovery process. Sweat out all the toxins! Exercise can also help prevent illness by strengthening your immune system. Healthy, fit individuals tend not to get sick as often.
“Soup Will Heal” True. When mom says I’ll make you some soup, slurp it up! It does make you feel better. The warmth and steam help clear your sinuses, and a good load of vegetables gives you an extra dose of vitamins. While the broth provides you with much needed fluids. When experiencing the full blown flu your body tends to get dehydrated, replenishing with fluids is a must!
Chicken Noodle Soup For The Soul
Hopefully this winter you’ll be able to ward off sickness with a healthy diet and exercise program. Washing your hands is also extremely important! If you do succumb to the virus, take care of yourself so that you can get better and experience winter at it’s finest – with Woolx by your side.