June 06, 2013
Summer Cold Prevention
Cold prevention is tough, what's tougher is getting a cold in the summer and getting rid of it. Warm weather doesn't mean you’re safe from getting a nasty cold - especially if you have young kids in daycare or work in the public sector. Nothing’s worse than spending a sunny day inside shivering on the couch and trying to sooth your poor body and mind with a discouraging dose of daytime TV.
Colds prevention isn't easy, but there are ways to reduce your risk of catching one of these nasty bugs.
Get Some Sun
Lying out on your lounge may not be high on your priority list, but a healthy dose of vitamin D can help you prevent and battle a flu. This is because vitamin D enhances your body’s immune system by producing cathelicidin and defensins, two proteins that have antiviral effects to combat viruses. It also serves to reduce inflammation, which means your body’s temperature won’t rise as much. The lining of your lungs will also be less disturbed, and this makes it more difficult for bacteria to promote pneumonia. Try to get at least 30 minutes of sun. If this is not possible, try D Drops, but just keep in mind nothing is as good for you as the sun.
Let’s Get Physical
A study completed in 2010 shows that people who exercised for 30 minutes 5 times a week cut the length of their colds in half. Don’t stress your body though. People who exercised strenuously for 90 minutes decreased their immune response for up to 3 days.
Catch Some Serious ZZZZZ’s
Whether you’re trying to prevent a cold or get better, rest is imperative. Your body repairs itself when you’re sleeping, so if you want to feel better, you’re going to have to take it easy. Don’t let guilt get in the way of your rest. You’re not going to get better by stressing out. In fact, stress is only going to make it worse. Studies show stress causes your body to release cortisol and adrenaline, which diminishes your T cells - lymphocytes that play a key part of cell-mediated immunity.