Prevention is Better Than Cure

With the change in the season, the levels of stress people are experiencing and crappy diets, immune systems are down and the rate of catching colds are up. In order not to fall prey I am boning up on vitamin C, water, green leafy vegetables and getting some fresh air so I can to minimize my chances of my body being an incubator for the cold virus. Here are some simple but effective things you can do to minimize your chances of 'catching' a cold:
  • Get 8 hours of sleep a night.
  • Drink half you body weight in water (ex: 125 lbs/2 =62.5/8(amt of ounces in a cup of water)=7.8 or 8 cups of water).
  • Eat fresh fruits and vegetables (at least 9 servings per day).
  • Wash your hands with soap and water throughout the day and especially after going to the bathroom.
  • Get proper ventilation in your home, office and car. Colds are less likely to thrive in areas where there is good air ventilation.
  • Manage your stress. High stress levels are shown to compromise your immune system.
  • Minimize contact with individuals whom exhibit cold symptoms.
It all seems like common sense, however when crazy work schedules force you to reach for coffee and redbull to keep you going, the weekends begin and end in late night partying, fast food is convenient, and fresh air is lacking in most living environments, I would have to take the stance that the common becomes less so. Prevention is definitely better than cure so nip it in the bud before it can flourish.

What are things you do to maintain optimal health?

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