Health Tips - Combat the common cold! by anamaulida

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        <p>As autumn quickly begins to feel like winter, a snuffly nose
is almost inevitable for many of us. Although your <a rel="nofollow"
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by maintaining vitamin levels, wrapping up warm and getting plenty of
sleep, what exactly can we do to reduce the risk of catching a cold?</p>
<p><img src="http://www.divapor.com/blog/wp-
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<p><strong>Wrap up warm this winter!</strong></p>
<h2>How do colds and viruses spread?</h2>
<p>Not known by many, the most common way of catching a cold is by
touching your face, nose or eyes. When coughing or sneezing up to 40000
infected droplets can attach themselves to surfaces, door handles and
even light switches, surviving for up to 3 hours. The next person to come
along and touch the surface takes the virus with
them, unknowingly touching their face or nose, allowing the virus to
enter the nasal cavity and start the process of catching a cold.
 Remember, you're more likely to catch a cold from someone by simply
shaking their hand!</p>
<h2>Boost your defences!</h2>
<p>As mentioned above, it's important to maintain a healthy diet in order
to keep your immune system running smoothly, ensuring it has everything
it needs to ward off any unwelcome visitors.</p>
<ul><li>Try to get a good nights sleep and maintain a regular sleeping
pattern – This helps to keep your energy levels high and stress levels
low.</li>
<li>Avoid touching your face and nose (although you may do it without
even thinking) and wash your hands regularly, especially after being out
of the house.</li>
<li>If you travel via public transport, wear gloves to help protect
yourself from contaminated surfaces.</li>
<li>When you feel the need to sneeze or cough, do so into a tissue and
dispose of it straight away.</li>
<li>If you find yourself tissue-less, use the crook of your arm and not
your hands, preventing any further surface contamination.</li>
<li>Avoid wet hair and wet clothes at all costs – We don't need to tell
you why!</li>
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alt="Eat plenty of fruit and veg! Your body will thank you for it!"
title="healthy-living-this-winter" width="300" height="199"></p>
<p><strong>Eat plenty of fruit and veg! Your body will thank you for
it!</strong></p>
<h2>Why do colds run wild in winter?</h2>
<p>A recent theory from one Professor Eccles suggests that because we
have colder noses, we reduce our levels of resistance to
infection. <em>"Every time we breathe in cold air we cool the nasal
lining, and viruses multiply and breed faster when cells are cool. We
wrap up our bodies to keep warm but our noses are often exposed to the
bitter cold – covering your nose with a scarf could prevent
colds."</em></p>
<h2>Let's face it – I'm going to catch a cold</h2>
<p>It's not the best attitude to have, but you can always benefit by
being prepared for the inevitable. Studies have shown that the common
cold is not as contagious as you may think, when compared to the flu
virus. The symptoms of a cold tend to occur around 2 days after being
infected. Â These early symptoms including coughing, sneezing and a runny
nose – A time at which you are most likely to infect others.</p>
<p>Keep warm, get plenty of rest and ensure that you are hydrated well.
Typically colds last between 5 – 7 days so the inconvenience doesn't
last forever. Eating spicy foods is know to help that "bunged up"
feeling, whilst medication can temporarily relieve minor headaches and
pains. It is a viral infection, so there is no "instant cure" available
at present.</p>
<p>"Ride the wave" and you'll be back to <a rel="nofollow"
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href="http://www.healthyhideout.com/">healthy living</a> in no time. Do
you have any "feel better" tips for all the cold sufferers out there?</p>
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