By Meera | February 2, 2013
I sit in my chemistry lecture and I hear a plethora of coughs, sneezes, and sniffles. I know that in about a week, I will be that person coughing through class. It’s the classic case of sickness in winter, which seems to spread faster in college.
How are we supposed to fight this? Because getting sick means missing out on class and possibly having to take midterms while ill.
I have a couple of remedies that I think work, even though scientifically, they have no merit.
1. Jeni’s Hot Toddy Sorbet.
Recently, there’s been buzz about this product, made from OSU alumnae and Columbus native, Jeni Britton Bauer. The ice cream is composed of home-grown ingredients such as cayenne pepper, ginger, and a hint of whiskey. Although it can’t cure the flu, you’ll at least feel better mentally!
I know that most of the time, vitamins don’t actually stay in the body. Yet, I take a combination of a multi-vitamin, a Vitamin D tablet, a Vitamin C supplement, and a B12 tablet. Although the combo might not actually do anything, I still feel pretty energized for 8 am chem lab.
I suggest at least a multi-vitamin since we don’t always get proper nutrition in college. Also, extra Vitamin C (not too much!) can’t hurt. It’ll help boost your immune system.
Getting vitamins through food is even better for you. Red peppers, broccoli, and strawberries actually have more vitamin C than an orange!
3. Layer, layer, layer.
Dress really warm to protect yourself against the cold. Leggings under pants works really well (it’s kind of uncomfortable, but trust me!).
Gloves, scarves, hats, heavy winter coats, winter boots…wear it all.
You might feel a bit ridiculous, but at least you’ll be warm compared to the guy walking in shorts in the snow…
4. Exercise and sleep.
Regular exercise makes you just feel better all around. I feel more accomplished after I’ve gotten my workout in.
Sleep is also really important. I actually get 7-8 hours of sleep a day (shocking, I know) and I rarely feel exhausted in the morning.
At least 5-6 hours is good for a college student if you’re especially busy.
The RPAC is a great place to workout, eat, get a massage, and lounge in the hot tub!
Winter in college can be rough, but if you take time to care for yourself, it’ll help you be successful health-wise and in the classroom!
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