No, you don’t have to battle a runny nose all winter long. Here are 5 tips to keep a strong immune system and avoid a sniff nose!
Colds come from a virus that attacks the nose and throat, causing an infection of the upper respiratory system. In Norway, colds return several times a year, on average 6-8 times for children, and 2-4 times for adults. But there are several things you can do to escape the statistic this year! Here are our top tips:
1. Use Vitamins to Support Your Immune System
The immune system needs both A, C, D and several of the B vitamins to function properly. A good way to get A, C and B vitamins is to follow the Directorate of Health’s recommendation to eat five servings of fruits and vegetables each day. We get vitamin D from the sun in the summer, while in the winter it is important to be aware that you get enough of this through fatty fish or food supplements.
2. Wash Your Hands Carefully
During the 2009 – year of the swine flu year – focus on good hand hygiene increased in order to prevent spread of the infection. A positive side effect caused by the increase in hand washing was that the number of colds went down significantly the following fall! Good practices around hand washing for young and old are the key to keep yourself and others in shape. Wash all areas of your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water, and feel free to bring sanitizer on the go.
3. Addition of Antibodies
There is a big difference between being a little sore in the throat and having a full-fledged cold. Start with CuraMed already at the first cold symptoms, which are often sore throat or cough. CuraMed contains namely colostrum, which is the first milk the cow gives the calf. The raw milk is rich in the antibodies that the calf needs to build its own immune system and will help you prevent the cold.
4. Get Enough Sleep
Studies show that people who get too little sleep (less than six hours a night) over a long period of time are at higher risk of getting sick. Therefore, make sure you get enough sleep and rest, especially in winter.
Exercise also seems to help the immune system. A study shows that regular physical activity almost halves the risk of getting a cold. In addition, well-trained people seem to be recovering faster. One explanation for this may be that the training provides a temporary increase in the cells of the immune system that attack invaders.
Source: Norwegian Health Informatics, nhi.no