We have noticed that our students catching cold most in early autumn and in early spring. That has a negative impact on the results from training especially at the beginning level.
Now it is one of these times of the year and we decided to collect our and our students’ experience of avoiding catching a cold and recovering from a cold faster.
How to avoid cold?
- Wash hands oftener. “No matter what line of work you’re in, if you come in contact with people who are contagious, you have to wash your hands over and over, says Alan Pocinki, MD from George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC.
- Get extra sleep. Yes, you have a lot of stuff to do, but the lack of sleeping destroys immune system and makes you more vulnerable to catching a cold. “You’re allowing your own reserves and your own immune system to work, and to help heal you,” says Dr. Joanna Zed, a family physician at Dalhousie University’s Department of Family Medicine in Halifax.
- Vitamin D. Australian scientists found that taking the vitamin C neither reduced the risk of developing a cold, nor significantly helped relieve symptoms. But, ”if you’re going to take anything extra this winter, make it vitamin D. We need vitamin D to support our immune system, but levels are much lower in winter as there’s less sun.”
How to recover from a cold faster?
Oh, here there are a lot of traditional recipe in every country. Today we share Russian, Turkish and Indian one.
From Russia with love
“My grandmother used to make me tea with raspberry jam. I loved that a little bit then milk with butter, that she always advised me to drink in a big quantities,” says Anna, Stockholm International Swimming Club coach, “ I also love to drink a lot of lemon tea with lime (linden) honey. It gives me strength and pain in the throat to disappear”.
From Turkey with love
“We drink a lot of ginger tea with lemon, when we are sick in my home country. Ginger root is available in every grocery store. Cut two pieces of it, add honey and enjoy getting healthy again,” – advises our student Miray from Turkey.
From India with love
“Milk with turmeric is my favorite to recover from a cold faster, “ claims our student Imran from India. Turmeric is loaded with antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that help battle infection as well as the symptoms of a cough or cold. It is especially effective against dry, wracking coughs. One of ‘Golden milk’ the recipes you can find here.
Let yourself to be sick at least 4 days. Stay in bed, drink a lot of liquids and sleep.
When your batteries are completely recharged, come back to the pool! We have been missing you there!