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Secrets of Winter Health - Part Two

Part Two

1.        C what you need

A review of studies investigating both Vitamin C and the common cold over the past 60 years concluded that taking a high dose on the first day that symptoms appear may well reduce the length of your cold. Make sure you get ample Vitamin C through supplements and a balanced diet.

2.       Head outside

One of the best ways to make sure you stay healthy in the winter months is by exercising outside. According to a recently conducted study by the British Journal of Sports Medicine regular exercise in the winter months could reduce the chance of catching a cold by 46%. Even if you are ill, pushing yourself to continue to exercise can potentially reduce the length of the cold as well as the severity of the symptoms.

3.       Wash your hands

One of the most effective cold-fighting techniques is so simple. Just by washing your hands regularly throughout the day you can dramatically reduce the risk of a virus. You can potentially carry an unbelievable amount of germs on your hands, so by keeping them clean you can cut the risk of a number of infections including colds, flu and the dreaded winter vomiting bug.

4.       Sort out sinusitis

Telling the difference between sinusitis and a blocked nose is crucial in winter. When the tissues in your sinuses get inflamed it becomes hard to breathe. This combined with a blocked or runny nose, pain behind your cheekbones or around your eyes and a temperature could well be sinusitis. Where a cold may clear up after a week, sinusitis could need antibiotics or even an operation in severe cases.

5.       Check your pills

If you feel like you're coming down with flu or a cold it's important to take Paracetamol rather than Ibuprofen. As the latter is anti-inflammatory you could potentially interrupt your body's natural response to fighting off an infection, delaying recovery time. Paracetamol will also help relieve other symptoms like headaches as well as dampening down inflammation.

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