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How to Shorten the Duration of a Cold
When you come down with a cold, you want nothing more than to lay in bed until it subsides. Unfortunately, life goes on and you need to push through your day.
While it’s never easy to fight off a cold, there are some simple steps you can take to shorten the duration and ensure that you get back on your feet as quickly as possible. Here are three things to try:
· Get more sleep: This doesn’t mean you should stay in bed all day, but you should definitely attempt to add a couple extra hours to your nighttime routine. This goes a long way in giving your body the time it needs to recover.
· Exercise: No, you don’t want to spend three hours at the gym lifting weights. However, it doesn’t hurt to get your body moving, as exercise is known to strengthen the immune system. Ride a stationary bike for 20 minutes. Take a walk around the block to get your blood flowing. A little bit of exercise can go a long way.
· Eat a balanced diet: This is important at all times, but especially when you’re fighting a cold. Implement a balanced diet with a heavy focus on liquids and food that is gentle on your throat and stomach.
Doing these things may not immediately cure your cold, but they can definitely help shorten the duration. Don’t wait a single day to experiment with one or more of these tips.
Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.
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