Fight the common cold this season with these 7 tips to staying healthy.
Is it possible to sweat out a cold? Does chicken soup really help? Your grandmother might know some super secret remedies to make you feel better, but do the doctors agree? Check these illness busters to set yourself straight when it comes to myths about the common cold.
7 Ways To Bust The Common Cold
Your grandmother has known about this before doctors found the evidence to prove it! Since the common cold creates inflammation in the upper respiratory tract, chicken soup has properties that reduce the discomfort and inflammation.
Sweating It Out
Sometimes when you're sick your body develops a fever to combat an illness or get rid of the infection. However, forcing yourself to heat up won't get rid of the common cold. It will only deplete the body faster and increase chances of dehydration.
"An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away”
Quercetin, a natural component of apples, has strong antioxidants as well as anti-inflammatory properties designed to boost the immune system and protect the body against the common cold.
Wet Hair Will Make You Sick
Staying warm in cold weather does help maintain the immune system, but the only way to contract a cold is by coming in contact with bacteria. Put a hat on when you go outside, but don't get paranoid about this myth.
Vitamin C, Zinc and Echinacea
While there's no evidence from the FDA that states vitamins will decrease the intensity or duration of a cold, it could create a placebo effect. Try giving these vitamins a try through cough drops, tea or supplements.
Stress Makes You Sick
Germs do cause illness and, but stress can make you sick too. It wears the body out and creates a constant state of struggle for the mind, making it harder to fight off infections.
Exercise Acts As Preventative Medicine
It's a proven fact that regular exercise 3-5 times a week can help improve immune function. According to Appalachian State University's Health Performance Lab, those who exercise on a regular basis contract less respiratory tract infections as well as common colds.