5 Effective Ways to Prevent the Common Cold

By Anneliese Rosar, 9:00 am on

When outdoor temperatures start dropping, the cases of annual cold viruses rise. Along with using good hand-washing techniques and disinfecting commonly touched surfaces, doctors and McKinney home care professionals offer helpful some tips on preventing common colds. As seniors are more susceptible to serious illnesses, a few preventative measures help maintain their health all winter long. 

1. Abstain from Alcohol

Not surprisingly, live-in McKinney caregivers advise against drinking alcohol, as it often interferes with sleep quality. Once sleep deprived, seniors have a greater likelihood of experiencing illness due to a poorly rested immune system. 

2. Drink More Tea

Black, green or other varieties of non-herbal teas with a touch of honey and lemon are great preventatives for many reasons. The warmth of the hot beverage stimulates the hair follicles in the nose, which makes the cilia more effective at removing debris and microorganisms. Additionally, liquids and lemon thin mucus while honey offers antimicrobial defenses. 

3. Eat Fruits and Vegetables

Diets rich in fruits and vegetables that contain high quantities of vitamin C help the body ward off infection when stress or cold weather weakens the immune system. Citrus fruits, strawberries and tomatoes serve as some of the best resources for the water-soluble nutrient. Eating raw fruits also helps add other essential vitamins and minerals daily. 

4. Increase Fluid Intake

Juices, teas and water flush toxins from the lymph system. Adequately hydrating also ensures that the body has sufficient fluid for blood volume, cellular function and lubrication so that all systems work at optimal levels. Real fruit and vegetable juices are also a great way to increase vitamin C intake. While a variety of juices are readily available, a blender or a juicer enables families to create their own special blends. 

5. Consume More Protein

According to Dr. Douglas Kalman, who is a member of the Miami Research Associates, diets low in protein tend to weaken the immune system. Along with lean meats, seniors might consider supplementing their protein stores by eating dairy products, fish or nuts. 

Help your senior loved one fight off the cold this winter when you call Home Care Assistance at (972) 548-0392 today. In addition to boosting the physical wellbeing of our clients, we provide specialized Alzheimer’s, dementia and McKinney post-stroke care for seniors with more specific needs. Let us customize a unique care plan for your loved one today when you call.

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