How to Beat A Summer Cold!
Summer is the time for sunning, swimming, and grilling — not for being miserable with a cold.
Here's how to prevent getting a summer cold along with which supplements to boost your immune system.
No matter what the season, a virus finds the weather perfect to invade your respiratory tract — leaving you sneezing, coughing, and down with a cold.
A cold is a cold, regardless of when one suffers from it!!
But in the summer months, when the winter is behind us and associated illnesses seem ages away, it's easy to write off a cold as just summer allergies.
The two are very different conditions — and if you pay close attention to your symptoms, you can usually figure out which is which.
"A cold is a virus and is different from allergies. The seasonal difference is due to different virus strains in summer and winter months.
So just because most people don't catch a cold in the summer doesn't mean that you can't.
Nancy Elder, MD, associate professor and director of research in the department of family and community medicine at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio says; "Colds, or upper respiratory infections occur all year round, but are more prevalent in the colder months, the main difference between summer colds & winter colds is how commonly they occur."
Somehow...Summer colds make you feel worse.
So cold-prevention tips are important year-round, even when the sun is beating down.
"The most important precaution is hand-washing, and not sharing cups or utensils. You can get a cold from contact from hands - things like telephones and door handles which are touched a lot [and] from being in close contact with someone who is not feeling well.
Build up immunity
No diet, workout, supplement, herb, or medicine holds the key to health – We Do!!
The most primitive way to keep the immune system strong is by choosing the right fuel sources. The majority of our immune system is found right in our guts in the form of bacteria. Though many aspects of a lifestyle will affect our gut flora, food is a big one.
To keep the immune system strong, we need to keep our gut bacteria strong, and to do this, we need to feed our gut properly with real food, as natural as it can come.
Get your vitamin C from your oranges, kiwifruit and your veggies. Some of the most studied and used herbs for immune function include: aloe vera, echinacea, astragalus, ginseng, garlic, and turmeric.
Some research suggests that deficiencies in minerals like zinc, selenium, copper, & iron can lead to immune deficiency.
People don't generally think to take probiotics but a massive 70 percent of the immune system lies in the gut.
If your gut is compromised and your good gut bacteria is out of balance, chances are your immune system is also compromised.
Taking a probiotic on a daily basis, helps to repopulate that good bacteria. Taking a prebiotic with the probiotic feeds the good bacteria, improves the diversity of your good bacteria daily & strengthens your digestion function.
Taking a PHGG prebiotic and bacillus probiotic together is like a “perfect cocktail” that gives your gut increased diversity – and gives you a greater sense of well-being.
And if you do happen to get sick this summer, don't fret. This too shall pass.
To some extent you just have to give in to it, rest up and eat well.