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Winter seems to be looming over us and coming round faster than ever which only means one thing, the rapid spread of the common winter cold. The office is a breeding ground for germs and all things nasty over the winter months, and you will more than likely come into contact with someone who is suffering from the dreaded winter cold. However, there are ways to prevent coming down with a cold in the upcoming winter months.

Sleep and Serenity

Sleep is more than just a way to recharge your batteries, it’s a way for your body to rest and heal if you’re already ill, and a great way to make sure that you feel as refreshed and focused as possible. Sleep is also a wonderful way to help trigger a healthy immune system which is essential for making sure that you can fight off the winter cold.

The best way to start taking the steps to avoid the winter cold is to try to keep your immune system as strong as possible. This may sound like a daunting task that requires a keen focus on particular diets and vigorous exercise, but it is much more than that. Research has found that small things like playing with pets, positive thinking and other enjoyable pastimes will help boost your immune system which means that a winter cold is a lot less likely to strike you.

Diet and Drink

Diet can have a massive impact on your body’s immune system. Making sure that you eat a healthy and balanced diet will help your immune system to thrive and stay strong. A winter cold thrives on a low immune system, so keeping your body in shape and on top form can help protect you against nasty viruses and colds.

Staying hydrated is a great way to get rid of and prevent the common winter cold. Drinking plenty of fluids makes your body more able to fight off any current or possible viruses by practically washing them out of your system. Staying hydrated also does wonders for your body’s immune system which, as we have mentioned before, helps you to stay clear of the winter cold. Fluids are really important if you happen to catch a winter cold as they keep you hydrated if you are running a fever or suffering from sickness, staying hydrated is one of the best ways you can help your body fight off and recover from winter cold.

Lifestyle and Living

Before dosing up on paracetamol and Vaporub, thinking and practising smaller habits regularly in your daily life could help you to avoid the need for them at all. Exercise is one of the best ways that you can help boost your body and protect yourself against the wicked ways of the winter cold. Exercise helps to enhance the functioning of your immune system as well as normalising your body’s state of equilibrium, all of which make you less susceptible to winter cold simply by meaning that your body is on top form.

As well as exercise, there are also some smaller steps that you can take to make sure that you aren’t taken down by the wrath of the winter cold. Although it sounds simple, its effects are huge, so washing your hands and having generally good hygiene are great ways of fighting off germs and making sure you stay fighting fit. Washing your hands properly for just 10-15 seconds dramatically reduces your chances of becoming ill. The same goes for the rest of your lifestyle too; making sure that your home, bedding and tech devices are cleaned regularly and well will help to make sure that you don’t come down with anything nasty.

The winter cold is usually inevitable. We all end up with a runny nose or a sore throat at some point, but if we properly know how to look after ourselves and prevent it from happening we may not have to deal with it at all. Your health is what makes you happy, so looking after it is key to avoiding the winter cold and generally feeling better.

 There is nothing more important than looking after yourself and making sure you’re on top form. At Protectus Healthcare, we understand the importance of health and wellbeing, that’s why we make sure the policies we provide suit every client’s individual needs. Go online or get in touch to find out how we can keep you covered and cared for.