How to battle a summer cold

(StatePoint) Warm, sunny weather doesn’t mean the risk for catching a cold disappears. It's just that getting a cold before you leave for the beach seems a whole lot worse.

To stay healthy and help beat the common cold this summer season, consider these tips from Dr. Nesochi Okeke-Igbokwe, a New York City-based physician and health and wellness expert:

• Get enough sleep. Good sleep habits can help keep your immune system in check. Adults should sleep at least seven to nine hours every night to achieve improved health outcomes. If you uphold a good sleep routine, it will enable you to sleep well throughout the night. Sleep deprivation weakens your immune system and increases the likelihood of picking up infections.

• Keep moving. Integrate some form of exercise into your daily life. Beyond benefits like improved cardiovascular health and weight maintenance, a regular exercise regimens can make you healthier overall and may potentially experience fewer colds yearly. Indeed, routine physical activity helps to boost your immune system.

• Eat right. What you eat really matters. Avoid the tempting junk food and highly processed food that can negatively impact your health. Follow a diet that includes vitamin-rich cruciferous vegetables, fresh fruit, fish containing omega 3 fatty acids and other superfoods that can boost your immune system and help you recover faster in times of illness.

• Fight the cold. If you do get a summer cold, seek out an over-the-counter solution that helps you fight through your symptoms.

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