EMU Blog

Feb 19 2013

Cold Causing Cold

by Shayla Mcdermott

“I can’t put my arms down!”
My mom used to bundle me up like the boy in the “Christmas story”. In fact she called me the other day to make sure I was staying warm. I said , “Mom, did you just call because you wanted to remind me to wear a hat?” She laughed and proceeded to make sure I was going to stay warm. The next day I sent her a picture message of me in my red marshmallow coat, hat she knitted, mittens, and holding hot tea.
My mom, like many moms, was worried that I would get sick from the cold. After looking online I found
that when it is cold outside it does not necessarily cause colds.
Going outside with your hair wet or forgetting gloves is not going to give you a cold.
However, long exposure to the cold can lower your body temperature which can lead to decreased
More people stay inside during the winter which creates closer proximity to colds and viruses.
Additionally the air is drier in the winter which can spread germs easier.
Here are some tips for boosting your immunity and avoid getting sick:
1. Drink orange juice or take a Vitamin C pill can boost your immunity. (I started taking gummy
multivitamins this semester- and they are yummy!) Vitamin A, C, and E have antioxidants that
can boost your immunity. Blueberries also have antioxidants. Try eating some of the fruit they
have at the Commons.
2. Stay Hydrated! When your body is working harder because it is not quenched you are more
susceptible to colds. The student center and other places on campus have filtered water
3. Get as much sleep as you can. In college it is hard to balance sleep with school, a social life and
work. Sleep is so important to refresh and rest your body so it can be ready to fight any germs
that come its way.
4. Happy Birthday- Sing Happy Birthday when you wash your hands. This old tip is a good way to
make sure you wash your hands for the right amount of time and makes you feel like a boss.
5. Exercise at the Rec. Exercising can get rid of unnecessary body waste and keep your body
So next time someone tells you to stay out of the cold because you will get sick, be sure to tell them that the cold is not actually causing you to be sick. Stay healthy and build your immunity so you can take on any kind of weather Michigan might throw at us.

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