Healthcare professionals in and around the medical profession will clearly tell you that there is no known cure for the common cold.
As the old saying goes, prevention is better than the cure!
One could argue that to some extent there is a cure for the common cold also known as the Rhino Virus! And that cure is improving one’s health and immune system in the first place.
Does this really make a difference?
Can diet and exercise and a better lifestyle pertaining to improved health really make a difference in the reduction of contracting a cold?
The answer is absolutely yes!
For example: People who are in poor health possibly on medication or alcoholics and drug addicts, people who are suffering from psychological and emotional problems such as depression and anxiety related issues are certainly much more susceptible to contracting the common cold and this is a fact.
We all know someone who is in poor health who you will see regularly struggling with colds.
Someone who was already suffering from ill health and on plenty of medication doesn’t ever exercise and possibly lives a very unhealthy lifestyle, consuming all the wrong foods on a daily basis along with mentally thinking negatively about themselves and life in general will be more ill.
These types of people will have more colds than healthy people and possibly have around five colds a year whereas a very healthy person will possibly have one cold a year.
Healthy people don’t go to doctors often!
So the question being asked is, is there a cure for the common cold and the answer is yes, in the form of good prevention and how you set yourself up as regards exercise, nutrition and positive and productive mental outlook on life!
Does the negative outlook on life and on yourself cause more colds and again the answer is yes as simply anything that lowers your immune system will leave you weak to contracting a cold.
Professional athletes, obsessive fitness fanatics, professional sports people and bodybuilders either don’t get colds or rarely get them and when they do it’s possibly just one a year or even just half a cold as the body’s immune system and defences are stronger and breaks it down quicker.
If you compare the two groups of people above, unhealthy, troubled and suffering people who have bad or negative lifestyles which include bad nutritional intake and zero exercise with healthy and super fit people who may be obsessed with their body and diet have either no colds or very few.
Do you know many healthy people who have always got a cold?
It is often said there is no reliable way to prevent catching the common cold but the healthier you are and the fitter you are then you are less likely to contract a cold and this seems to be the most common sense advice anyone can take over all the rest of the nonsense that is purported to work.
There are several steps you can take to reduce the risk of contracting a cold such as washing your hands frequently especially when you’ve touched door handles, kitchen sink taps or anything in public toilets.
Generally, people who have colds often respectfully put their hand over their mouth before a cough or sneeze and that hand then touches things like door handles which you may touch straight away and so on.
Touch is the most common form of transmission of colds, flu and viruses along with other nasty diseases!
One of the biggest areas involved in the transmission of viruses and infections is through your hands because it is your hands that are constantly touching your face especially your mouth and it is your hands that then touch shared items such as computer keyboards, mouse’s, all forms of telephones, door handles, pens, pencils and staplers in the workplace and the list goes on.
Wash your hands regularly!
Exercise and good diet will always help to keep your immune system working hard for you. Sitting in front of the TV all the time eating junk food without any form of exercise or good nutrition is asking for trouble!
Certain foods seem to be associated with cold reduction or cold prevention. Either way it won’t hurt to give them a try!
- Ginger is renowned for its healing properties especially in reducing nauseous or stomach turning queasiness. Ginger is often used by women for morning sickness.
- Green Tea is full of antioxidants and is said to fight off viruses and infections!
- Manuka Honey is another super food that is said to give your immune system of little kick although very expensive, it is worth considering.
- Vegetable juices are considered one of the best healing foods you can ingest and will give your immune system a hell of a boost especially if you have 2 glasses a day.
- Fruit juice is also very powerful and will put super nutrition into your bloodstream very quickly. This is pure medicine to the body and natural with it.
- Herbal remedies and supplements are said to help improve and boost your immune system.
- Echinacea is an herbal supplement that may help.
- Zinc is another magic anti-viral supplement that people swear by.
- And we’ve all heard of the association of vitamin C with the common cold. Although there is no scientific proof that vitamin C works, it can’t hurt to give it a try.
Other amazing foods are as follows:
- Citrus fruits
- Green tea
- Wild mushrooms
- Natural pure yoghurt
- Brazil nuts
- Pumpkin seeds
If you can place some of these foods into your daily diet at least two or three times a week then they will certainly give your immune system some strength. Whether they work or not is down to each individual’s experiences.
The bottom line is this.
There is no immediate cure or medicine to totally stop or block anyone from contracting a cold and there is no medicine or cure for removing the cold once gotten which at best will be within your body for three days.
There is however unquestionable proof that the healthier you are the less likely you are to contract colds.
In fact if you live with regular exercise and eat plenty of nutritional foods and have a positive, happy and loving outlook on the world then you likely to have one cold a year if that.
Unhealthy people who eat nothing but bad foods and suffer several symptoms, are on medication and never exercise or view the world negatively such as with hate, anger and so on usually have five colds a year!
Please consult your GP or Doctor before embarking on any diets or alterations to your medications and that the information on this page is for educational purposes only.
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