10 Tips Against the Summer Colds
Those who live in local latitudes, are looking forward to summer and sun. But many of them quickly feel their shadows when they catch cold at temperatures above 30 ° C. And this is not a rarity: about 20 percent of all flu-related infections make us in the summer. Where the summer cold lurks and what you can do about it, you can find out here.
1. "It pulls!"
Do not expose yourself to direct drafts. Above all in closed rooms one often tries to escape the heat through open doors and windows or fans. Drafts cool the mucous membranes, with the result that they can ward off colds. To avoid that the body is exposed to strong temperature differences, make sure that the air conditioning system is not set too cool. Caution is also appropriate when shopping. Many shops and shopping centers work with air-conditioning systems, which greatly reduce the internal temperature: the risk of cold rises!
Tip: The ideal room temperature is 20-21 ° C. In general, the room temperature should not be more than five degrees below the outside temperature. When shopping, you can protect yourself against excessive temperature differences with a light jacket or cloth.
2. Sweating, but do not cool
Slip as soon as you can into dry clothes, if you have sweat. Especially in the summer, gardening, hiking or stairs can easily become a sweat activity. Sweating is healthy and regulates body temperature, but wet clothing cools the body too much.
Tip : You should always have a T-shirt or top for changing. Polyester or polypropylene functional clothing is particularly recommended. It transports the sweat from the clothing away from the skin and ensures that it evaporates on the outside of the garment. Cotton, on the other hand, absorbs moisture and perspires as a cold layer on the body during sweating, whereby the skin temperature can drop by up to 10 ° Celsius.
3. Do not exaggerate the cool bath
Do not stay too long in the cold lake or pool. A jump into the refreshing water is tempting at high temperatures, but caution: the body can cool down considerably and become more vulnerable to colds.
Tip : After the bath, dry yourself well. The best way to protect yourself is to wear dry clothes as soon as you get out of the water. This protects your body from cooling. For water rats, which can not get enough of the cool water, it is worth investing in a neoprene shirt. This synthetic material is mainly used for diving suits and has excellent water and thermal insulation properties. Small, uniformly distributed gas bubbles inside the tissue ensure this.
4. Dearly chilled as ice cold
Avoid ice cold drinks as they cool the mucous membranes. As a result, you can no longer effectively ward off your colds.
Tip : Leave drinks out of the refrigerator for a while and do not use ice cubes. If you drink ice-cold drinks quickly, refreshes only at the first moment. After that it gets really hot: The body reacts to the cold shock with increased blood flow. Better: drink cold drinks only swallowing.
5. Do not underestimate temperature changes in the evening
Always have a light sweater or jacket ready for use to prevent the body from cooling out in time. Even on hot summers it can cool down in the evening, and the supposedly lukewarm night can be a risk of cold. And what starts with a shivering can quickly become a summer cold.
Tip: Be careful not to get cold feet in open shoes. Many beer gardens and open-air cinemas offer, for example, blankets, which you can use if necessary.
6. Driving without (cold) remorse
Take a cloth or other protection for your head and neck when you are driving. Open air through open windows is often underestimated, especially on very hot days. It cools and dries the mucous membranes. Therefore you should always have a protection in your luggage when you blow the wind around your nose. This is especially true for convertible fans. If you have an air conditioner in the car, it should not be set too cold so the body does not cool down.
Tip : When parking, sun-blinds can help keep the heat out of the car. Timely fixed to the windows, they provide soothing shadows in the car.
7. In moderation bask in the sun
Do not expose yourself to excessive heat or excessive sunlight. Because both reduce the defenses of your immune system. The result: sunbathers are more vulnerable to summer colds. If you belong to people who can not get enough of the sun, be sure to drink enough. This keeps the mucous membranes moist and makes it difficult for colds to enter your body.
Tip : Make yourself comfortable for a while in the shade, which protects your body and skin.
8. Drink enough
Drink plenty, especially in hot weather . This keeps you fit and healthy! Our body consists of two thirds of water - if you drink too little, it has a negative effect on the body. Health problems such as headache, fatigue or even kidney stones are the result. Another advantage of drinking: A sufficient fluid supply ensures that the mucous membranes are well moistened. Their protective shield against infections and pathogens works so well.
Tip : Do not wait for drinking until the thirst comes. This is a warning signal of your body. You have already drunk too little. At temperatures above 30 degrees, two to three liters of liquid per day are a must.
9. Caution: Danger of infection with large quantities of human beings
Avoid long stays in places with a lot of people. Especially in closed rooms, colds can spread so optimally. One example is overcrowded public transport: Due to the limited air circulation and the quantity of people they are a paradise for germs. The risk of infection by droplet infection is therefore particularly high in such places - and the summer cold is only a tiny step away.
Tip: For short distances it is worth taking the bike once. Fresh air also promotes blood circulation and strengthens the immune system. In your spare time, you should prefer street cafés and beer gardens to air-conditioned rooms.
10. Wash hands
Wash your hands several times a day, as colds are usually found on the skin in most cases. Thus, shaking hands or touching a door latch after a chilled person has touched them can quickly become a cold risk. If your hands come into contact with the face, the viruses can quickly find their way into the body through the nasal mucous membranes.
Tip: In the summer, refreshing towels provide an excellent opportunity to freshen up and at the same time help keep your hands clean, at least in the short term. And for practical use, they are top-notch.
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