You need to seek out coughing and sneezing displays from a distance
It is mid-winter, the people who you are sharing your space with are snotting and sniffing, coughing and spluttering. You seriously contemplate leaving the building and mumble under your breath about how inconsiderate and selfish people are, but the need to get your business done, keeps you glued to the spot. You try to hold your breath or breathe through your scarf, in a feeble attempt to avoid “catching” a cold .
Going down with a cold is a numbers game so avoid children
So vigilance is necessary.
But what should you WATCH out for ? What makes you a sitting duck for a cold ?
Experience suggests being “run down” i.e. being a little a lot STRESSED, makes you especially vulnerable to respiratory tract infections. And logic suggests, anyone who has inherently “weak” lungs, due to underlying lung diseases, such as COPD, is going to be at increased risk of “catching a cold”.
But research published in the Journal of Clinical Virology, concludes the biggest risk factor for going down with a cold, is neither stress nor lung weakness, but it is spending time with (sick) young children.
Yup, the snotty nosed little ones, are quite literally cesse pools of germs, that MAKE you sick.
Fumigate your lungs with a little vitamin D bug spray
The air we breathe is laced with potentially dangerous bugs and chemicals, so the lungs need to be equipped to handle these intruders.
A veritable army of immune cells battle the bugs that try to gate crash the body via the respiratory system. But, the respiratory epithelium themselves do battle with their own chemical weaponary. These chemicals are the human version of antibiotics – designed to crush foreigners.
The weapons are natural antimicrobial peptides, AMPs for short.
What happens when you “catch” a cold ?
If conditions are just right, the virus will be able to “hook” onto one of the cells lining your respiratory tract and attach on to it. The official word for this is the virus has adsorbed (it isn’t a typo – it adsorbs not absorbs). Once the virus “adsorbed” to the cell, it begins the process of getting inside. Each virus has its own particular style, but at the end of the day, it manages to stick its genes inside of your cell. Your cell gets a little confused, so instead of ignoring extra bits of DNA, your cell treats the bits as normal DNA.
It starts to make copies of the DNA and to translate the DNA into proteins, as if the DNA was you. So in a very short space of time, your cell has accidently made new virus (lots of it).
Doggie cuddles take away health troubles
Dealing with sickness and disease is never easy, but a little love helps big time. The source of “love” doesn’t need to be human, four legged friends are just as capable of giving an emotional lift up.
A recent study, published in Women’s Health Issues , suggests pet pampering is a health pick me up for many.
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