Although it may feel as if the winter season has gone on long enough, unfortunately we are not quite out of the dark yet. The peak season for colds is September but studies show that many people get colds until April or May when the weather starts to warm up. Whether or not you have had a cold yet this season, keep yourself protected from getting another one by trying one of these preventative tips.
1. Raw garlic. Garlic is an amazing herb-it gives food flavor and provides tons of antioxidants to our bodies. Studies have also shown that garlic has amazing antifungal and antibacterial properties and many claim that eating raw garlic daily is a sure fire way to prevent the common cold. There is no concrete scientific evidence of this yet but you also have nothing to lose. Try mashing up a clove of raw garlic and blending it with a spoonful of jam or apple sauce to minimize the powerful taste.
2. Herbal Teas. Drinking three cups of herbal tea every day keeps you hydrated and may fight off colds. Herbal teas contain an excellent mixture of natural herbs to stimulate your immune system and keep you healthy. Green and black teas are also a great option as they have been shown to not only prevent colds but cancer, heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, and even bad breath. Green tea is 100 times more effective than Vitamin C and 25 times better than Vitamin E at protecting your cells. Try to drink three cups of tea a day for maximum health benefits.
3. Get a massage. Massages are one of life's better indulgences that, unlike food, you don't have to feel guilty about. Getting a massage at least once a month will loosen your muscles up and decrease the amount of stress you feel dramatically. Higher stress levels are directly linked to lower immunity and therefor getting sick. Take a look at your health plan at work as many insurance providers now provide some sort of compensation for massages.
Regardless of the many precautions you take to avoid a cold, sometimes it is inevitable. If you do end up getting sick make sure to stay home from work so as to not spread it to others. Also ensure that you wash your hands frequently as to stop the spread of infection. Lots of rest and relaxing will get you back up and running in no time.