Cold season starts around October and goes all the way until May of the next year.
Thankfully, we are on our way out of cold season.
But, soon enough it'll be October again, and we'll be bracing ourselves for the cold and flu once again.
We'll be investing in tissues, Nyquil, and cough drops, and we'll long for the days we were spending time outside in amazing weather, instead of cuddled up next to a box of tissues on the couch.
If you have a large family, you know once you hear the first sniffle from someone in the house, you're all in for a rough few weeks.
The cold doesn't discriminate; it comes after everyone.
But, we don't have to be victims. We don't have to just wait around until we get the cold and hope for the best.
There are things we can do throughout the year that will help us recover from a cold quickly, and even prevent it altogether.
In the article below, we will discuss four things you can start doing now that are recommended by a chiropractor to fight off the common cold.
Table Of Contents
- What's A Cold
- Four Tips To Fight Off A Cold
- Can Your Chiropractor Cure The Common Cold?
- Start Prevention Today
What Is A Cold?
The common cold is caused by viruses that affect the nose, throat, voice box, and sinuses.
It's different from other bacterial and viral infections of the respiratory tract because it doesn't cause a fever.
Common symptoms of a cold are the following:
- Stuff nose
- Drippy nose
- Scratchy throat
- Watery eyes
One thing most people don't understand about the common cold is that breathing them in does not make you sick.
Studies have even shown that viruses planted directly in the mucous lining of the nose only caused subjects to become ill 12% of the time.
The key for the germs to thrive is a weak immune system.
Four Tips From Your Chiropractor To Fight Off A Cold
So, now we understand it is important to boost, and maintain, your immune system.
But if you've already come down with a cold, here are five things you can do to fight it off quickly.
You can also do these things year-round to lessen your chances of getting a cold.
1. Wash Your Hands
The best way to keep yourself from catching a cold is to keep the virus away from you. If you have a weak immune system, the last thing you want to do is walk around with the virus on your hands.
Be sure to wash your hands as often as possible, as thoroughly as possible.
The virus can live on surfaces for up to 48 hours so you can be infected by touching just about anything during the cold season.
If you bite your nails, or children who still suck their thumbs are putting themselves at an increased risk of catching a cold.
2. Take Vitamin D3 With Vitamin K
Much of spring, the bulk of summer, and even part of fall, we spend a lot of time outside.
Whether it's doing yard work, taking trips to the park, swimming, or enjoying an evening stroll, we tend to spend as much time outside as we can.
This is good for us on many levels, but one of the main benefits is it gives our bodies a chance to soak up Vitamin D3 from the sun.
Research has shown that Vitamin D3, taken along with Vitamin K to increase its effectiveness, helps boost immune system function.
That helps us fight off the viruses and bacteria that cause all kinds of cold symptoms.
Since you don't spend as much time outside during the winter, you should add a Vitamin D3 and K supplement to your daily routine to keep your immune system in good shape during the winter.
3. Stay Active And Exercise
Just because it's wintertime doesn't mean we should start slowing down.
You can use the cold weather and snow to your advantage. If there's fresh snow on the ground, rent some snowshoes and try them out at the park, or take the kids sledding.
Find a local ice skating rink; nothing says winter like outdoor ice skating followed by a warm cup of hot chocolate.
Join your local YMCA or big box gym. Find a way to walk for 30 minutes every day.
You don't have to train for a triathlon, you just have to move.
Exercise and adequate activity levels will help keep your immune system strong. On top of that, it will make you feel better.
Click here to check out 6 Reasons to Embrace a Healthy Lifestyle.
4. Eat Well
Eating a well rounded and healthy diet is a big part of keeping your body and immune system functioning at its best.
During the winter months, add in a few extra Vitamin C-rich foods. This can include:
- Green peppers
- yellow peppers
It can even be as simple as sprinkling some sesame seeds or adding red bell peppers to soups and pasta dishes.
Green tea is a great coffee alternative in the morning, and you can add yogurt to your diet with a daily dose of probiotics which are a natural bacteria that can help ward off viruses and bacteria.
Can Your Chiropractor Treat The Common Cold?
Not only can your chiropractor recommend ways to prevent and fight off a cold, but they can also help you prevent it, too.
Chiropractic care isn't a cure for the common cold, but regular chiropractic care will increase your natural resistance to viruses.
People that have regular appointments with their chiropractor often report that everyone around them is sick, but they've been healthy all year long.
The natural resistance you build up will also help you overcome a cold virus faster, even if you do get sick.
This natural resistance is only possible if you are free of subluxations.
Vertebral subluxations are misalignments in the vertebrae of your spine.
They prevent proper nerve flow throughout your body and lower your natural resistance to colds and viruses.
Your chiropractor's job is to find and correct subluxations, and make sure they don't reappear.
They do this by performing spinal adjustments.
When your nerves are no longer stressed, your body can function at a much higher level.
This is the best form of prevention available.
Learn more about the Benefits of Chiropractic Care.
Prepare For Cold Season Today
You don't have to sit around with fingers crossed this winter and hope you don't catch a cold.
There are a handful of things you can do right now that will increase your odds of staying healthy year-round.
Keep your hands clean, supplement with the proper vitamins, stay active, and eat healthily.
But the best thing you can do for yourself is to start seeing your chiropractor on a regular basis.
They will keep your nervous system functioning at a high level, which will keep your immune system functioning at a high level as well.
If you don't have a chiropractor, the experts at the Arrowhead Clinic would be happy to help you out.
They'll set up a treatment plan that will have you ready for cold season, so you can be healthy while everyone else around you is reaching for their tissues.
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