It’s finally summer! It’s time to get outside, soak up some sunshine, and forget all about winter with it’s horrible weather. Nothing can ruin your summer vacation quicker than getting a nasty summer cold. It’s easy to let your guard down now that cold season is over, but you can never be too safe. Here are some tips to keep the dreaded summer cold away so you can enjoy the beautiful weather:
Wash Your Hands
You were super good at washing your hands all winter, but don’t forget to keep up this important habit all year long. Wash or sanitize you hands after touching doors, handles, and other commonly shared items. Potlucks while delicious can be riddled with germs from so many people touching and sharing food. Also pay close attention to how long food sits out in hot weather especially meats and perishable foods like potato salad. You don’t want to risk ruining the party by giving your friends and family food poisoning. Keep a small bottle of hand sanitizer in your purse or bag so you are always prepared to combat the spread of germs.
Drink Lots of Water
It’s easy to go overboard on fruity summer drink and forget to replenish your body with water. The summer heat alone will drain your body of fluids faster than in winter. So don’t forget to drink lots of water throughout the day. It’s one of the easiest ways to keep your body healthy and your immune system strong to fight off colds and infections.
Get Plenty of Rest
Don’t forget to get plenty of rest and relaxation this summer. With so many fun outdoor activities, it’s easy to overlook taking care of your body. Find a good balance between summer fun and getting enough sleep each night. Your body will thank you and will be able to function better because of it.
Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of eat healthy with all the fresh local produce available. You can still enjoy all the summer cookout and fair food, but add some colorful fruit and veggies to your plate as well. They will fuel your body with antioxidants to help your body fight off free radicals and boost your immune system. If you still don’t feel like you are getting enough vitamins and mineral from fruits and veggies alone, you can take a multivitamin every day as well.
Now that you are prepared to fight off colds, you can get back to enjoying summer. Keeping up these healthy habits will not only lower your chances of getting sick this summer, you can help prevent colds all year long.