Weapons for Defending Against Cold and Flu Viruses

Oh no. You swallowed and something is not right. There’s that sick feeling in the back of your throat. And for some reason, it’s uncomfortably cold even though the thermostat says it’s 74 degrees. Then when someone touches you it feels like they are made of knives…
There’s no easy way to tell you this, but you, my friend, are sick. And the timing couldn’t be any worse, with your hardest final just hours away.
It always seems that around finals or midterms is when college campuses become contaminated with the cold and flu viruses. This is most likely because of the increased stress levels that all college kids have. An increase of stress causes the immune system to be weakened, making it that much easier to become ill. Freshman year can be very stressful since studying for big finals and midterms is a new, terrible experience. In turn, first year students’ poor immune systems are the most vulnerable.
Sometimes you can’t help it. You will be stricken with some sort of virus while at school. But there are weapons you can use to help prevent yourself from getting sick, weapons that should be kept on your person or in your dorm room at all times.

The first is hand sanitizer.

Your hands come in contact with a lot of public, germy things throughout the day. Doorknobs, pencils, elevator buttons…all items that are never or hardly cleaned and sterilized. Hand sanitizer is inexpensive and easy to carry with you everywhere you go. You don’t have to look like that guy with OCD by using it every other minute, just squirt a little dab after you get settled into your classroom and again after you get home.
Two other things to remember are washing your hands often with soap and warm water and try to avoid touching your face during the day. Keeping any germs that have found their way onto your hand somehow out of your body by keeping your hands off of your face will keep you in tiptop shape.

Vitamin-C is one of the best weapons against getting sick.

Vitamin-C works as an antioxidant with its primary function as supporting immune system health. And the best thing about Vitamin-C is you can find it pretty much everywhere! Fruits and vegetables are the best food sources for Vitamin-C, particularly those that are citric like oranges or kiwi.
On some sort of weird diet that bans the intake of fruits or vegetables? That’s okay, because Vitamin-C can be taken in pill or powder form that can be added to water or your beverage of choice. Always keep a lot of Vitamin-C in your diet, but as soon as you feel a cold coming on, up your dosage and your immune system will have what it needs to fight it off.

And finally, keep lots of water bottles around.

You wouldn’t think that hydrogen and oxygen would be a great weapon for battling illnesses, but it’s one of the best. Your immune system needs a lot of water to properly function. Drinking adequate amounts of water helps flush out any viruses that may have found their way into your body as well. You should always keep a case of water in your dorm and take a couple with you on your way to class.

Keep armed with these weapons throughout the year and the cold and flu don’t stand a chance! Not having to deal with being sick will make studying more enjoyable. …Well, as enjoyable as it could possibly be, anyway.

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Betsy Loeb

Betsy Loeb

Betsy Loeb is a senior at the University of Illinois majoring in Broadcast Journalism. She lacks the ability to draw, so she loves being able to express her creativity instead through her writing. She considers herself the “coolest nerd,” spending many Friday nights indoors playing Guitar Hero and discussing Pokemon cards with her friends.