A common cold is defined by “a sore throat, indigestion, a headache, fatigue, a cough and/or a fever,” according to webmd.com. Many natural cold remedies exist to avoid the common cold.
Every day, Wa-Hi school nurse, Vicki Rogers, admits between 30-40 students to her office, for reasons varying from illness to injury. According to her, about 50 percent of those students come in with cold or flu symptoms.
Also, according to Rogers, young adults should acquire between 8-10 hours of sleep per night and begin their morning with a nutritious breakfast.
“Carbohydrates and protein are also important. Peanut butter toast provides the body with the protein and carbohydrates it needs to sustain its energy,” Beamer said.
For avoiding the common cold, Vitamin C is important, according to Regency at the Park registered nurse (RN) Sara Beamer. Found in fruits and vegetables, it strengthens one’s immune system against illness.
Beamer and Rogers agree that it is a myth that the hotter the temperature of the food is, the better it is for you when you are sick but that heat helps decongest.
“It’s not necessarily the heat of [your] chicken noodle soup that helps you when you are sick, but the properties in it,” Rogers said.
With all of those components in mind, both students and staff can be sure to monitor their lifestyles to stay on top and be the best Blue Devils they can be.