You know that feeling. It’s a warm, bright summer day, and you wake up congested, feeling miserable – all . You had wanted to go to the pool or the beach, but instead you’ll spend the day tucked under your blankets, as though it were the dead of winter.
It doesn’t feel fair to get sick over the summer, but of course the common cold or the flu can strike at any time. And, there are ways to minimize your exposure so you don’t have to invest in nighttime cold medicine to begin with!
Below are some suggestions from your friends at Cold-EEZE. We’ll spare you the old wives’ tales about not going out with wet hair. Despite what your mother may have told you, there’s no scientific evidence that this sparks the onset of a cold.
1. Keep taking your vitamin C. You might be extra motivated to fortify your immune system in the winter months when you’re constantly seeing sick people — at work, on the subway, and basically everywhere you go. However, it’s a good idea to take a daily dose of vitamin C year-round, even when you’re not constantly hearing people sneeze and cough around you. It certainly can’t hurt, and it may be that little extra something your body needs to fight off a cold.
2. Eat your vegetables. If you plan to grill a lot this summer, just remember to eat something green with your burgers, hot dogs and corn-on-the-cob. You can whip up delicious summer salads with fresh produce like avocados, tomatoes and even citrus fruits. We recommend browsing Pinterest for some fun ideas.
3. Pack your kids off to camp with hand sanitizer. Every parent knows that viruses spread quickly when kids are in school, but the same can go for summer campers. To stem the spread of germs, it’s a good idea to remind your children to wash their hands regularly, especially after lunch, which they’re probably eating buffet-style, as well as any arts-and-crafts activities when they’re using communal supplies. And if you think there’s a chance they might actually use it, it might help to put hand sanitizer into their backpacks.
4. Get your sleep. It’s tempting to stay up late to make the most of the warm summer nights while they last. Maybe you have a ritual of sitting out in the yard, watching fireflies and drinking cold brews with your significant other, or maybe summer gives you an extra burst of energy to stay out at a party. Either way, don’t overdo it. A consistent lack of sleep leaves you extra vulnerable to getting sick.
5. Just don’t overdo it period. Day drinking is a rite of summer for plenty of folks, but take care to do it in moderation. Drinking too much depletes the immune system, just like being over-tired and eating too much rich food.
Please, have fun and enjoy yourselves this summer! Just be mindful of your health.
Do you have any tricks on how to stay healthy all summer long?
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