Remember when Grandma used to say, “An apple a day will keep the doctor away”? Well, I think we’ve come to accept this as an old wive’s tale. But if an apple won’t keep the doctor away does drinking water prevent you from catching a cold?
With cold and flu season right around the corner, you want to be prepared. So, an apple a day won’t keep you from catching a cold or the flu but drinking 8 glasses of water will help.
We know what you’re about to say. And you’re correct: the 8 glasses a water per day is not an exact science.
In addition to getting the right amount of sleep, avoiding stress, and eating right, hydration helps prevent sickness. And when you do get sick, drinking adequate amounts of water has been shown to shorten the duration of a cold.
Unfortunately, we haven’t discovered the cure for the common cold, but maybe hydration can be the next best thing. Drinking water and staying hydrated this cold and flu season will help you out in many different ways:
Water oxygenates your blood and flushes out harmful toxins from your immune system.
Prevention of common chronic ailments is another benefit of using water to fight off cold, flu and other illnesses.
Drinking adequate amounts of water will help you digest food better.
Drinking water will help your eyes and mouth to remain moist and repel germs that can cause infections.
Drinking water helps your body produce lymph. Your immune system uses this to circulate white blood cells and nutrients to all your body’s tissues.
Eating an apple each day probably won’t keep you out of the doctor’s office. But drinking water and working towards healthy hydration will help you fight off the cold and flu this season.