Despite all of the advances in medicine during the last century, there is still no cure for the group of rapidly mutating virus strains we know as the common cold. While catching a cold every once in a while is almost inevitable, there are a variety of simple ways that you can kickstart your body’s immune response in order to possibly get over your cold faster.
Some of the best methods include:
- Drinking plenty of fluids. The mantra of doctors to sick patients everywhere still holds true for the common cold. Water is important to keep you hydrated, while liquids like fruit juices, which are typically full of Vitamin C, can help to boost your immune system. Also beneficial are warm liquids like chicken soup, which can often soothe sore throats and help to break down congestion and chest mucus.
- Getting plenty of rest. This is also important for a quicker recovery. Even if you can’t afford to miss work, going to bed earlier or taking a brief nap during your lunch hour could be just what your body needs to push off the cold a little faster.
- Eating healthy foods and getting a full range of nutrients. Proper nutrition will give your body the fuel it needs to fight the cold virus. Avoid foods full of grease or preservatives and focus on eating fresh fruits, lean protein, vegetables, and whole grains.
- Practicing good hygiene. Remembering to wash your hands and to watch what you touch will not directly benefit you if you are already sick, but it’s still worthwhile to try to minimize exposing your friends, family, and co-workers to the virus.
At One 51 Place, we care about our residents. The next time you’re suffering from the common cold, try not to let it keep you down. Following these tips may help you fight it off more quickly and prevent you from missing out on the things you love to do in your apartment in Alachua, FL.