BEAT A COLD WITH THESE QUICK HEALTH TIPS
NOTHING MAKES YOU FEEL WORSE THAN SUCCUMBING TO MAN FLU. HERE’S HOW YOU CAN FORTIFY YOUR DEFENCES AND BLOW AWAY THE RHINOVIRUS FOR GOOD.
CONTACT WITH YOUR MOUTH, NOSE OR EYES IS ENOUGH TO CATCH THE BUG – SO WASH YOUR HANDS THOROUGHLY AND KEEP THEM TO YOURSELF.
1 AIRBORNE ATTACK
More than 200 virus strains can cause the common cold, spreading through the air in tiny droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Contact with your mouth, nose or eyes is enough to catch the bug – so wash your hands thoroughly and keep them to yourself. Beware: your colleagues are at their most contagious during the earliest days of a cold. Hot-desk at a distance, in other words.
2 RUN WITH IT
Once hit, most believe the cold virus is the direct cause of your chronic nose tap. However, according to the American Journal of Respiratory and
Critical Care Medicine, your symptoms are actually your body’s inflammatory immune response to fight the infection. Your sore nasal passages will continue to produce excess mucus until your cold is defeated. It’s best you stock up on Kleenex and ride this one out.
4 FOOD FOR SUPPORT
Too run-down to train? The old adage that you should feed a cold actually has legs. In a study by the Laboratory for Experimental Internal Medicine, ill subjects who were given a 1200kcal meal experienced a 450% increase in gamma interferon, a compound that supercharges your immunity. Also, Finnish scientists found that lozenges containing infection-fighting zinc cut cold duration by 30%. They’ll help you suck it up.
3 PLAY THE HEAVY
With your body’s inflammatory response in full flow, your Tand B-lymphocytes begin their counterattack against the infection. If your symptoms are above the neck, you can support them with a workout. Yale Uni found the virus replicates better at cool temperatures. One 45-minute session will simulate the physiological conditions of a fever, boosting your body temperature and slowing your immune system’s enemies.
5 DOWN YOUR RISK
The average man contracts up to four colds a year, so as your symptoms subside, double down on your defence strategy. The University of Helsinki found topping up your vit C with a glass of OJ at breakfast halves the incidence and duration of colds. Plus, Carnegie Mellon University discovered that stress slows your immune response, so start imposing a home email ban. You’ve won the battle – now prepare to win the war.