Not every aspect of the cold is as glamorous as Frozen makes it out to be. Instead of having whimsical powers that build gorgeous snow castles and make every child glow with happiness, moms tend to have experience with colds that are filled with runny noses and drowsiness. And although a mother’s kingdom may not be as large as Elsa and Anna’s kingdom, their kingdoms would collapse without them too. So how can a mom avoid getting sick and keep her home running?
There are a lot of simple ways to avoid catching an illness, but there are a lot of myths about avoiding sickness too. The best way to stay healthy during this cold season is to know the difference.
Some of the myths:
- Vitamin C helps- Although Vitamin C is great for you; it just doesn’t ensure you won’t come down with a cold no matter how much you take. It helps protect cells from damage, but it doesn’t have any clear effects on the immune system.
- Dressing for the weather makes a difference- Getting a cold has nothing to do with the weather being cold. In fact, staying indoors all winter leaves you at a higher risk of catching a cold. So when your kids want to build a snowman, go on outside and play!
Hard “cold” facts:
- Exercise keeps the cold away- Exercise, especially moderate exercise, can increase circulation of the body’s immune that patrol the body and nab any potential viral or bacterial invaders.
- Getting quality sleep decreases your chances of catching anything- If you toss and turn and night you should consider getting a new mattress. Especially if you have trouble sleeping a quality mattress should be on your radar – high end models like the ComforPedic iQ and the Simmons Beautyrest Black may help you sleep more soundly.
- Scrub-a-dub-dubbing helps! Wash the toys, wash your hands, wash the kids’ hands, and wash the kids. Make sure you disinfect everything you or your kids can get your hands on, because eventually our hands touch our faces, which happens to be the most common way to becoming infected. Also, maintaining a clean wardrobe and mattress helps reduce any exposure to viruses. Replacing an old mattress filled with dust-mites to a mattress with dust mite prevention like the ComforPedic iQ can seriously decrease any risk of sickness.
- Eating well helps- Eating more veggies and less sugar or carbs will help give your body the nutrients it needs to fight off and illnesses.
- Vitamin D keeps you healthy- Vitamin D controls the majority of the body’s immune system cells and their growth. Eating a lot of fish, soy, or eggs is a fantastic source of Vitamin D and can be the difference between a happy camper and a sick one.
So even though you might not be able to make it snow, you can sure protect yourself and you kids for one. In fact, you can win yourself a $500 discount on a new, cleaner, and more comfortable bed just by sharing these helpful tips with your friends. Whether you pin it, tweet it, update your Google Plus or share it on Facebook, conceal, don’t feel, and let all that sickness go!