Stop a Cold in Its Tracks
Posted by Caitlin Norton
A tickle in your throat. Achy body. Yep, you are coming down with something. Adults have an average of 2-3 colds per year, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With those holiday parties around the corner, you don’t have to surrender to your cold. These simple steps will have you feeling better as early as tomorrow.
- As you start to feel sick, start drinking water or juice. Staying hydrated cuts down on symptoms like a sore throat and stuffy nose.
- Gain some quality sleep. Inadequate sleep takes a toll on your immune system making you more susceptible to pick up what’s going around the workplace. If you are already feeling sick, stay home and rest. The first few days is when you are most contagious. Your coworkers will thank you later.
- Take a hot shower. Whether you’re coughing or sneezing, the steam from a hot shower will help loosen up the congestion in your head and chest.
- Gargle with salt water. Add half a teaspoon of salt to a 8-ounce glass of warm water and gargle. This will help combat a scratchy throat, and flush out bacteria and viruses.
- Vitamin C. Vitamin C is proven to help shorten the duration of a cold or flu once it’s started. So if you feel a sickness coming on take a dose of Vitamin C daily for three to five days or longer.