Winter Colds: Make Prevention a Priority

Suffering through one or two colds per year is typical for most people, but with the right prevention, these energy-sapping illnesses can be avoided. If a few simple steps are taken, it is possible to stay healthy all year round.

1. Maintain good general health through regular exercise, good nutrition and — the one most people skimp on — sufficient sleep. If you are healthy and rested, your body’s immune system will come to its natural defense.

2. Wash hands often. Everything we touch is potentially covered with germs. It is important to wash hands thoroughly with soap and warm water to prevent transmission to one’s mouth, eyes or nose.

3. Drink plenty of water. Replenishing your body’s water supply keeps you hydrated and flushes out impurities that can cause illness.

4. Avoid unnecessary antibiotics. The more people use antibiotics, the more likely they are to get sick with longer, more stubborn infections caused by more resistant organisms in the future.

Source: NLM.NIH.gov

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