How to Avoid a Summer Cold

Learn the different ways to prevent the summer sniffles so you can enjoy the warm weather instead.

How to Avoid a Summer Cold

At any point during the year, you’re likely to fall victim to the common cold. A runny nose, sore throat, coughing and sneezing can keep you under layers of blankets and tissues. But it’s finally summer and who wants to be stuck inside on a hot and sunny day? According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), winter colds are caused by rhinoviruses but summer colds are caused by more resilient enteroviruses. The irony of summer colds is that they can last longer than winter colds and may make you feel even worse. Follow these tips to stay healthy throughout the season.

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Stay Hydrated

As the heat rises, it is important to make sure your body retains enough water. Whether you are exercising outside or simply sitting in the sun, you are at risk for dehydration. Drinking water throughout the day helps your body to eliminate harmful toxins and waste materials that may compromise your immune system. If you’re not a fan of the taste of water, try infusing it with fresh fruits and herbs.

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