Shorten Colds, Stay Healthy

Contrary to popular belief, Vitamin C does not prevent colds. It will shorten illnesses, but it cannot obstruct sickness from occurring. This winter take precaution and learn the facts about the common cold and how to prevent it.

In 2004, researchers at Australia’s National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health reviewed more than 30 studies that investigated vitamin C’s effectiveness of curing and relieving colds. Altogether, more than 10,000 participants were involved. Researchers discovered people who took Vitamin C daily, sometimes in quantities as high as 1 gram, caught roughly the same number of colds as people who were not taking extra vitamin C. Vitamin C doses could cut a cold on average by half a day, but could not cease the cold from existing altogether.[1]

Research has showed that people catch a cold when we obtain viruses on our fingers and then touch either our noses or eyes. Contrary to popular belief, if a person touches his or her mouth with an infected hand, saliva will kill most of the bacteria, but the eyes and nose do not have this ability.[2] Wash your hands frequently and avoid rubbing your eyes and nose.

Do not smoke! Along with its numerous adverse health effects, cigarette smoke can increase susceptibility to colds and other infections. Even second-hand smoke can make one more vulnerable to illness.[3]

In households with children, it is especially important to use disposable items. Prevent the chances of drinking from the wrong cup and spreading illnesses, use plastic or paper products so viruses are disposed of.[4]

Stay calm! Studies show that people with high stress levels have weaker immune systems and are more susceptible to catching colds.[5]

Spend time OUTDOORS. Getting sick is not related to a person being outside in the cold. Colds are so prevalent in the winter due to close contact from people being indoors. Spending time outside and getting fresh air can help one avoid germs.[6]

Sweat it out and go exercise! Dr. Ann Kulze, physician and motivational speaker, explains that working out regularly enhances one’s immune system functions. Pair this with eating healthy and consuming a lot of vegetables and it is easier for your body to fight off the flu.[7]

The P.A. Hutchison Company wants you to stay healthy this winter! Use these tips to avoid getting sick this winter. If you do become infected with a cold, wash your hands, rest at home with a book, drink lots of water, and avoid contact with your face.


 

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