With winter here, you will probably catch a cold. But no fear because here are some simple tips to help get you through the winter.
The most obvious; wrap up warm! So although it’s the bacteria that causes the cold, cold conditions cause it to become worse especially those with asthma, as our immune system is down we are at risk of catching something else for example worst case scenario, Hyperthermia.
Once you’ve caught the virus it’s too late to prevent it but there are ways to calm the symptoms.
Another obvious on is to stay hydrated! When dehydrated you’ll feel groggy and get a head ache.
Drink lemon and honey! Start by squeezing lemon juice into a cup of boiled water and then add a tea spoon of honey.
The lemon acts as anti-bacterial for your throat which will sting at first but slowly fight the bacteria, and the honey just makes it bearable to drink as it already feels like you swallowed a cheese grater.
Wash your hands regularly, this should be a no brainer but you’d be surprised.
When you cough you spread the virus so it won’t go if it’s constantly on your hands.
A big help for congestion is to use steam.
Boil the kettle and pour into a large bowl. Lean over the bowl, (be careful not to burn yourself), then place a towel over your head.
Breathe the steam in for no longer than 10 minutes.
The steam will help a cold virus which are sensitive to heat.
Cough mixture! If you have a tickly cough then it would be best to invest in some cough mixture which you can get at your local chemist.
Stock up on vitamins, try to eat lots of fruit and veg to help build up your immune system, foods like chicken soup which helps clear nasal congestion.
Milk with ice is a good one to help soothe your throat as crazy as it sounds.
Avoid caffeine, it will just dehydrate you and give you a head ache.
Try not to make much contact with other people, even if it’s just a hug.
When you breathe out the virus could be passed on depending on other people’s immune system.
Last but not least, Get a good night’s sleep, try shutting down all technology an hour before sleep, as the blue light stops the release of a chemical called melatonin in your brain to tell you when it’s time to go to sleep.
Also try decaf herbal teas. Camomile is the best for sleep, it doesn’t contain caffeine and it helps relax you for a better night’s sleep.
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