Beat wintertime sickness


Kyra Moen, Staff Writer

With the winter approaching rapidly, sickness is quick to follow. One cannot completely avoid becoming sick but taking simple precautions can help shorten the duration of your sickness.

Wash hands

Though this may seem basic, most people don’t wash their hands as often as they should. After using the restroom is the obvious time to wash one’s hands, but there are many other times that hand washing should take place. Before eating, after sneezing or coughing,  and after being around someone who shows signs of sickness. It is best to use an antibacterial hand soap and scrub your hands for at least fifteen seconds.

Vitamin C

Getting enough vitamin C is something you’ve probably been told to do often during the winter months, but why? Though vitamin C has not been proven to reduce the risk of getting a cold, those who take in more vitamin C have been known to have shorter illnesses. This is especially true if the person has been taking vitamin C supplements regularly.

Stay at home

If you are already sick, the best idea is to stay home. Although classwork may be missed, you can help prevent your peers and teachers from getting sick. If you are worried about missing too much schoolwork, have a sibling or friend collect any assignments you may have missed and drop them off.

Chicken Noodle soup

The traditional sickness go to. There is something about soup that has made it a staple during wintertime sickness. Chicken noodle soup is said to have anti-inflammatory effects that can help diminish the symptoms of a cold. Not to mention it tastes great and keeps you hydrated.

Drink Water

Staying hydrated is vital to maintaining good health in general, but when you’re sick it’s crucial you drink enough water. Water helps cleanse the body of toxins and helps thin respiratory excretion. Drinking enough water is very important when you have a fever to avoid dehydration.

Rest rest rest

Sleeping and taking it easy is essential to both avoiding sickness and overcoming it. If you exercise frequently, it might be a good idea to take a few days off to let the body focus on fighting off the incoming ailment rather than repairing the muscles used during the workout. Getting a few more hours of sleep than usual is a good idea as well. Getting enough sleep can help ensure your body has the energy it needs to fight the illness.

Good luck my friends