These days, especially with the different types of flus going around, it seems like a lot of students and staff at KIS are catching colds and getting sick. Wherever we go, there are people sneezing and asking for tissues. To prevent catching a cold or to lessen the effects of your cold, here are some tips you should follow:
If you want to stay healthy or prevent yourself from getting another disease, it’s crucial to keep yourself clean. Since the most exposed – and therefore dirty – part of your body are your hands, it’s imperative that you wash your hands as often as possible (especially before you eat!). If you can’t wash your hands frequently, bring a hand sanitizer with you to school or use the ones in teachers’ classrooms.
If your throat hurts or you feel a sore throat coming on, gargle with salt water. Just get a glass of warm water and scoop a few spoonfuls of salt and mix. Salt is a natural cleaning agent so it will clean your throat, and it will soothe the pain as well. But be careful not to drink it! Large amounts of sodium can easily dehydrate your sick body.
We all know being a student at KIS means getting very little amounts of sleep, but when you’re sick, try to get the most sleep you can. Sleep as soon as you finish your work, and sleep instead of going on Facebook and spending hours watching TV shows. For those of you procrastinators who start your homework at the end of the day and work better under pressure, try taking a nap as soon as you get home from school.
You’re probably tired of hearing this because everyone says it all the time, but that’s because it’s that much important. Your body needs water to function properly, and since colds tend to dry your body out, more than regular intake of water is necessary. You should drink about 8 ounce-glasses of water everyday (about one water bottle!). If you don’t like regular water, try drinking tea which have antioxidants and vitamins in them that can help your cold, or fruit/vegetable infused water such as lemon water. Which leads us to our next tip…
Studies have shown that Vitamin C helps shorten the duration of a cold or flu, so it’s best to consume it as much as possible! Large amounts of Vitamin C can be found in citrus fruits such as lemons, tangerines, limes, oranges, etc., and in vegetables like bell peppers, kale, broccoli, etc. Even foods that are easy to find and easy to like such as strawberries, kiwi, and pineapples are high in Vitamin C. So think twice about your lunch options when you’re in the cafeteria the next time, and maybe opt for that fruit salad instead of the pizza.
A lot of us are probably somewhat attached to painkillers and other kinds of pain-suppressing medication without realizing it. Try not to rely too much on the ibuprofen to soothe your headaches, or else you’ll start needing to take it everyday just to feel normal. The next time you get a headache, try to fight it off by following the other tips in this article along with applying hot or cold packs to tight muscles and sniffing calming essential oils such as lavender, peppermint, or chamomile essential oils.
Of course, one of the best ways to prevent diseases is to get vaccinations. There are different types of vaccinations for different illnesses, so make sure you go to your doctor to find the ones you need and the best time to get them. Keep in mind that some are for getting during your sickness and some are for getting beforehand to prevent them!
– Minji Kim (’18)