Although we’re at that time of year, colds can be prevalent any time of year. We know that a cold infects the upper respiratory tract and is caused by a virus.
Colds are air born and can spread quickly through coughing and sneezing without protecting ourselves and being in contact with a contaminated object. Unfortunately, the result is a blocked nose, coughing, sneezing and a general feeling of lethargy and restlessness. Colds are more prevalent during the winter months.
The symptoms we get are the immune system’s way of trying to rid the body of the virus, so taking over the counter medications will only serve to suppress our symptoms more, making colds last longer or at worst bringing them back when our immunity is at an all-time low again, but colds must work through the body naturally. It’s important we allow that to happen.
Colds tend to target people whose immune systems aren’t working well, who do little to no exercise, deal with stress due to overwork or any pre-existing disorders. Adults may sometimes experience fever like symptoms as a precursor to a cold, which give rise to flu like symptoms, but it would still be classed as a cold. Children are different, because they normally experience a fever alongside a cold.
Researchers believe that the cold virus is a way for the body to detoxify itself, through a reduced appetite and mucus elimination. Reoccurring colds can also be attributed to a poor lifestyle and nutritional deficiencies.