The common cold still has no cure, but there are ways to avoid getting ill as we transition into Spring. Stick to the basics of wrapping up warm, as the British sun can be a little deceiving, make sure you’re taking your daily vitamins. We’ll talk you through our top methods of safeguarding yourself against this illness.
Wash Your Hands
The cold virus spreads by touch and can survive on surfaces for hours, leaving room for infections to be caught. Unfortunately, there is little you can do to avoid contact with germs in public. Germs can survive on phones, keyboards, doors and of course, other people’s hands.
Washing your hands on a regular basis will help stop germs spreading. An alcohol hand sanitiser is a good alternative. This will limit the chances of you becoming ill from touching surfaces or other people.
Avoiding touching your face
Touching our faces is a common habit and a big cause of common colds, as the cold virus enters our bodies through the nose and mouth. Therefore, the less we touch our face, the less chance there is of transporting the germs into our bodies. Researchers selected 249 people in public and noted how many times they touched a common surface and then their mouth and nose. They concluded that people likely catch germs on their hands much more frequently than they wash germs off their hands.
Healthy eating is a simple way to avoid the common cold. Fruit and vegetables are nature’s way of providing the nutrients and vitamins we need for a healthy lifestyle. If you’re worried about getting a cold eat more green vegetables, such as spinach and broccoli. We’d recommend topping up on your Vitamin C levels, and eating oranges is also a good way to ensure you reach your daily dose.
Taking part in exercise is a great way to boost your health and cold prevention. Exercise increases your immune system as you’ll be producing more white blood cells. Don’t worry, you don’t need to introduce a strenuous exercise routine into your schedule even a brisk walk could help prevent a nasty cold.
Cut back on alcohol
Alcohol lowers your immune system, which will make it harder for your body to fight off germs. The reason is that your body becomes dehydrated and cannot remove germs. Keeping a balanced level of water in your body will oxygenate your blood and help your immune system flush out any germs.
A bath is a great way to relax and ease any aching muscles if you already have a cold. Browse our online selection of baths to find your perfect bath to unwind in.