How many times have you gotten sick and after a few days of no improvement in your health, called and made an appointment with your physician? Once you arrive at the doctor’s office and pay your co-payment, you spend a few moments with the doctor only to hear that you have the ever popular “upper respiratory infection” . In other words, you have a cold.
Colds are a fact of life. You will get them at times and have to suffer through a few days of sniffles and coughing. But the amount of time you have a cold is, in part, up to you. The key to getting rid of colds in the least amount of time possible is to be as healthy as possible when they strike. Staying healthy is in your best interest anyway, so why not take a few simple measures to be sure that your immune system is up to par.
One of the best things you can do for yourself is sleep. Yes, something as simple as sleeping can help keep your organs, body and mind in working order. A lack of sleep can do damage to your ability to fight off colds. Be sure that you average six to eight hours a night of sleep. If your schedule does not permit proper sleep allotment time, you need to make some changes in your life.
Drink water. Another easy, common sense thing that most of us do not do is drink enough water. Water is plentiful in this country so there is no excuse. You may not necessarily need eight 64 ounce glasses of water but it is important that you stay hydrated. Dehydration will not only depress your immune system, it will also decrease you productivity both mentally and physically.
Prepare your own foods. If you are going out to lunch everyday or getting dinner or breakfast on the go on a regular basis, there is no way to really no what you are putting in your body. Sure, you can read labels and ask for nutritional information but at the end of the day, you just don’t know what you are eating. Try to prepare as many meals as you can. Be sure to include tons of fruit and vegetables in the meals you make.
Another common sense thing that you can do to improve your immunity is exercise. You need to move. A strong body is important in the quest to stay healthy. Be sure to get in at least three, and ideally five, days of thirty to forty-five minute workouts. If you are pressed for time, break up your workout sessions into shorter sessions.
These are just a few common sense, easy things you can do to help keep your immune system strong.