How To Avoid The Dreaded Summer Cold!

by Michelle on June 12, 2018

Nothing slows down summer fun more than the dreaded summer cold! There are a few things you can do to ward off and avoid a summer cold altogether!

Even with the warmer weather Summer brings, a cold can get you regardless of how hard you try to avoid it.  The sneezing, runny nose, congestion and itchy or a sore throat are standard cold symptoms, but they’re also indicators of allergies.  So how do you tell the difference? A cold will also include things like coughing, sweating, and fever with symptoms usually appearing one at a time.  With allergies, all of them typically come on all at once. Allergies also tend to linger longer than a cold, but on average a Winter cold lasts about a week while a Summer one lingers.  So, how can you avoid a Summer cold, begin with? Well, maybe I can help with that.


First, and most importantly for all illness…take care of your immune system!  There are many ways you can do this: eat nutritious foods, avoid stress, and even take supplements that contain immune-boosting ingredients.  An easy way to help your immune system stay strong and run properly is to take probiotics regularly. Since nearly 75% of your immune system is located in your gut, it’s important to take care to keep the beneficial bacteria at proper levels so the body can fight off cold-causing germs.


Other important preventative measures include getting plenty of sleep, washing your hands well, and avoiding people who are sick…whether they have a cold or allergies.  These might seem like common sense things but they really are the best ways to keep from getting sick or making any allergies you’re suffering from worse, causing your immune system to work harder than it needs to.


Speaking of causing your immune system to work harder…something that many people don’t think about in the Summer is how often they transition from air conditioning to warm outdoor climates and then back to cooler air.  This temperature fluctuation can weaken the immune system as it’s constantly trying to cool then heat then cool the body again and again throughout the day cause germs to have a greater chance to make us sick. While you can’t always avoid these temperature fluctuations keep in mind the toll they take on you and be sure to be as healthy as you can to compensate.


If you do happen to get a cold there are plenty of over-the-counter remedies available that do a good job of easing symptoms and allowing your body to recover.  There are also many natural remedies that work great too:

  • Neti Pot
  • Humidifier or Diffuser
  • Decongesting Foods
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Vitamin C
  • Echinacea
  • Ginger Turmeric
  • Stay Hydrated & Rest

It’s never fun having Summer plans interrupted for a cold, but with a little bit of forethought, you can hopefully avoid getting one…or at least lessen its impact a little bit.  




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