At any point during the year, you’re likely to fall victim to the common cold. A runny nose, sore throat, coughing and sneezing can keep you under layers of blankets and tissues. But it’s finally summer and who wants to be stuck inside on a hot and sunny day? According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), winter colds are caused by rhinoviruses but summer colds are caused by more resilient enteroviruses. The irony of summer colds is they can last longer than winter colds and may make you feel even worse.
Follow these tips to stay healthy throughout the season:
#1) Fight Back Against Germs
Like us, bacteria thrive in warmer environments. Summer is typically filled with beach trips, pool days, barbecues and backyard parties, where you are more likely to come in contact with many different germs. If you are travelling this summer, beware of the germs on airplanes and in hotels. One of the most important ways to block viral transmissions is to always wash your hands thoroughly. If you don’t have access to a sink with soap and water, carry hand sanitizer or wipes. You can also pack a handy kit with cold relief products such as saline drops, acetaminophen and ibuprofen just in case.
#2) Ease Into a Summer Workout Routine
The excitement of summer can motivate you to boost your physical activity but exercising may also leave you vulnerable to an infection. Those who have been sedentary through the winter should gradually ease into physical activities because enterovirus is the only infection associated with strenuous exercise. Instead of power sprints and vigorous workout routines at the start of summer, try simple, lower-impact workouts to stay active and get the summer body you want.
#3) Stay Hydrated
As the heat rises, it is important to make sure your body retains enough water. Whether you are exercising outside or simply sitting in the sun, you are at risk for dehydration. Drinking water throughout the day helps your body to eliminate harmful toxins and waste materials that may compromise your immune system. If you’re not a fan of the taste of water, try infusing it with fresh fruits and herbs.
#4) Beware of Blasting Air Conditioners
As much as you may be tempted to turn up the air conditioner on a hot summer day, you may be making your body more prone to infection. Transitioning from warm to cold environments can suppress the immune system and cooler environments dry out the protective mucus membrane in the nose. Use your air conditioner when necessary but keep it on a low or medium setting and let your body gradually adjust to the temperature change.
#5) Boost Your Immunity with Food
Don’t underestimate the power of the ingredients in your pantry. You can try natural immunity boosters that can be found in your local grocery store. Oregano oil, sage extract, ginger, garlic and other superfoods can help bolster your defenses.
Vitamin D is an important part of the immune system, and studies have shown people who have low vitamin D levels may have a higher chance of getting a respiratory infection, such as the common cold. Most of us get enough sun during the summer, but if you’re stuck inside often or wear a lot of sunscreen and cover up, you may still need supplemental vitamin D.
Oregano oil can improve gut health and boost your immune system. It acts kind of like a weed killer by helping to eliminate some of the bad bacteria that may be dominating your digestive system.
Japanese mushrooms – enoki, shitake or oyster – whatever variety you choose, they’re a great immunity booster. They’re loaded with ergothioneine, a powerful antioxidant, that doesn’t get destroyed during the cooking process.
Cruciferous veggies, such as kale, broccoli, lettuce and cabbage, boost your liver’s ability to flush out toxins and provide a good environment for immune cells that live there.
Adding avocados to your diet is an easy way to support adrenal function and health and keep your immune system happy. Avocados contain essential amino acids, antioxidants and some healthy fats to help balance hormone production.
According to Ayurveda traditions, ginger warms the body and helps break down the accumulation of toxins in the organs, especially the lungs and sinuses. Ayurveda also believes ginger helps cleanse the lymphatic system, which is our body’s sewage system. By helping keep your airways and lymphatics open, ginger may help prevent the accumulation of the toxins that may increase your risk of infection.
Sage extract works as an expectorant, which helps your body move mucus out of your respiratory tract and helps to calm your cough. As a good alternative to an over-the-counter expectorant, try a drop of sage extract in tea or hot water.
With all these excellent nutrition, behavioral, and environmental tips, we hope you stay cold-free all summer!
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