Autumn’s arrival brings the dreaded colds and flus. This season brings changes in temperature, humidity and daylight that affect our immune system and make us more vulnerable to all kinds of viruses and bacteria. However, there are some measures we can take to prevent them and enjoy this time of year without discomfort or colds. Stay with us, here at Lanier Pharma we will provide you the best tips to enjoy an autumn without colds.
Hygiene education remains one of the most effective measures to prevent colds.
- Wash your hands frequently
Regular hand washing is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of all kinds of germs. It works not only for COVID, but for all kinds of viruses and bacteria. Be sure to wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating, after using the toilet and when returning home from public places.
- Avoid contact with people who have colds or the flu.
Colds and flus are highly contagious, so it is important to avoid close contact with people who are sick. If someone around you is showing cold-like symptoms, such as coughing or sneezing, keep your distance and avoid sharing personal items, such as glasses or cutlery.
- Maintain proper hygiene when coughing and sneezing.
When coughing or sneezing, be sure to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. As soon as possible, dispose of used tissues and wash your hands thoroughly. If you don’t have a tissue, use a part of your body to cover both openings, such as the inside of your elbow or hand (and wash them as soon as possible). This simple gesture will help prevent the spread of germs.
- Ventilate enclosed spaces such as your home or office to prevent viruses from concentrating. Dryness in the air irritates the respiratory tract, so use humidifiers to add moisture to a dry environment.
Boosting your defences will prevent you from catching a cold
A strong immune system is able to effortlessly fight off viruses that cause colds. To strengthen your immune system, make sure you eat a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables, as they contain essential vitamins and minerals for your system. Some foods that can help boost your immune system include garlic, ginger, honey, lemon, yoghurt, green tea and spices such as turmeric and oregano.
You can also consider taking supplements that revitalise your defences, such as vitamin C, beta-glucans or vitamin D.
At Lanier Pharma, your trusted natural supplementation laboratory, we have formulated Inmunizat, which keeps your defences healthy and active against any pathogen. It is a powerful immunomodulator product, especially indicated for the prevention and treatment of all types of infections caused by viruses and bacteria.
Stay hydrated. Drinking enough water is essential to keep your body hydrated and help your immune system function properly. In addition to water, you can also consume warm herbal teas, broths and nourishing soups to help keep your respiratory tract and especially your mucous membranes hydrated. They are the first line of defence to prevent pathogenic viruses from entering your body.
Wearing clothing that is appropriate for the weather and the activity you are going to do is essential in this season of the year when the weather changes so frequently. Wear layers of clothing that you can remove or add to as needed.
Quality rest. Pay special attention to your rest. Sleeping 7 to 8 hours a day will help you regenerate your cells and maintain a good mood. These two results of good sleep boost your defences.
Exercise moderately and regularly. Moderate and continuous physical activity stimulates your blood circulation, oxygenates your tissues and releases endorphins that will make you feel good. However, avoid very intense exercise that wears down your immune system. You should also consider equipping yourself properly when you decide to practice outdoor sports.
Avoid excessive stress. Prolonged stress weakens your immune system and makes you more susceptible to colds. Take care of your mental and emotional well-being so that you can manage your daily stresses properly. Also, find ways to manage and reduce stress, such as practising relaxation techniques, spending time outdoors or enjoying activities that you enjoy.
By following these simple and practical tips, you will find it much easier to have a cold-free autumn. Remember that prevention is key to keeping your immune system strong and facing the season in a healthy way.