Drinking water to prevent and treat the common cold has been shown to be of absolute utmost importance. If you don’t want to get sick or suffer with worsening allergy flare ups, you gotta make sure you are drinking enough water each and every day. According to Dr. Charles Davis of MedicineNet.com:
The drainage of mucous from the sinuses can also be impaired by thickening of the mucous secretions, by decrease in hydration (water content)…
Think about it this way. You are exposed to allergens, bacteria and viruses every second of the day. They live on your skin, are in the air you breath and are on every single thing you touch. Sure, you must wash your hands and use hand sanitizing lotion, and some may hold their breath while in the elevator with a sneezy person, but you are still the minority in the world of trillions of microscopic organisms and substances that can make you sick.
Your advantage- the immune system. Your body’s military is ready to deploy at the first sign of invasion. However, these cells are like predator fish. They need water to be able to travel through your body efficiently. If the river flowing through your blood vessels are thick, those military cells have difficulty reaching their destination. Therefore, remaining in a state of dehydration can significantly increase your risk of getting sick.
We know that for fact you cannot catch a cold from simply being in cold weather. Researchers have hypothesized that people spend more times indoors with each other, which allows an easier spread of pathogens through air, touch, etc. I’m not too sure I buy this theory because most of us are indoors most of the day regardless of the season. It makes more sense to me that most of us do not drink as much water in the winter because of cooler temperatures. Personally, I hate drinking cold water when it is chilly. As it turns out, this mild level of dehydration may put you at risk.
Drink Water to Prevent and Treat the Common Cold
Keep it simple and devise a plan to drink water throughout the day. If you have not had any water within the past hour, you need to drink. Always start and end your day with a least half a cup of water. Down a full glass during every meal and drink with every snack. If you drink alcohol, you may need to drink more water to counter the dehydrating effects with a few extra glasses.
Two general rules to know when you need to drink water:
- If your urine is yellow to dark yellow- drink more.
- If you are thirsty, then you are already dehydrated.
Always be sure to ask your doctor about your drinking habits if you have a heart or kidney problems.
Otherwise, keep drinking and enjoy the many health benefits of nature’s best.
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