The common cold is one of the most revered illnesses, not just because of its awful symptoms including sniffling, congestion, and headache but also because there is simply no true cure. Sure there are old wives’ tales saying do not go out when it’s cold or cover your feet with warm socks but nothing seems to work. Most people use medication to manage the aches and pains and just try to suffer through. But there are a few dos and don’ts when it comes to the common cold.
One of the first things people think to do when it comes to boosting their immunity is to binge on vitamin C. The actual truth is that its better to increase zinc levels, if only by a bit. Recent clinical trials showed that kids taking zinc supplements regularly were less likely to suffer a cold than their counterparts. However, vitamin C can help too. Another interesting chemical that can prevent colds is alcohol. While this may seem counterproductive due to the fact that alcohol consumption can depress immunity, studies have found that moderate drinkers are less likely to catch a cold.
One of the most important things you can do when you catch a cold is to ask for rest – and time off from work. In the United States, we are expected to play through the pain and are too afraid to call in. But the truth is that you will actually be doing yourself and your colleagues a favor. Not only will you get the rest you need to potentially recover faster, but also your co-workers will be able to avoid your germs. Nowadays, more and more offices are implementing mandatory sick days for those with cold or flu, as it is cheaper to keep one-person home for a day or two than it is to have an entire staff sniffling and sneezing. Don’t feel like you need to be the hero – it simply isn’t worth it.
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