Stay healthy in winter – also during business trips

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Take walks in the fresh air, get plenty of sleep, avoid crowds – everyone is familiar with the standard tips for keeping colds at bay. But how can you follow this advice if you’re sitting on a plane next to someone with a cold? Luckily, there are enough ways to strengthen your immune system in the cold season and keep colds at bay.

The right clothing makes all the difference
When snow and ice lead to delays in the rail and air travel, you work up a sweat rushing from one platform or gate to the next. Once you are finally seated in your connecting train or flight, you begin to shiver again. Functional underclothing that absorbs sweat from the body but does not allow the skin to cool provides relief here. In fluctuating temperatures, layering is highly advisable. This will allow you to put on or remove layers of clothing according to the temperature. This is particularly practical when travelling from wintry weather to warmer climes. Tight shoes restrict heat insulation and are therefore a no-no in cold weather.

Your seat
What if viruses and bacteria are flying through the rail carriage or aircraft cabin at a speed of 150 kilometres per hour? Ideally, find yourself another seat! If this is not possible, turn away from your sneezing neighbour for approx. 10 seconds and breathe through your nose – the fine hairs in your nostrils will help keep the multitude of germs at bay.

Wear gloves
Colds are spread by touch: a sick person touches the handrail in the train, then a healthy person touches the same place. If the latter’s hands then come into contact with their eyes or nose, bacteria and viruses are instantly transferred to the sensitive mucous membranes. Therefore, wear gloves when travelling – and do not touch your face!

Wash your hands – but how?
Washing your hands regularly and thoroughly is a must when you travel a lot. Soap your hands thoroughly (including between all of your fingers), rinse with warm water and dry carefully – with a towel that has not been used by anyone else or a hygienic hot air hand dryer.

Drink lots
Getting enough liquids is not only a cure-all in the summer months. Particularly in the winter, your skin and mucous membranes need sufficient water or other sugar-free drinks to ensure sufficient protection against dry heating air and germs. Freshly-pressed fruit cocktails containing carrots, orange, ginger and sea buckthorn are valuable sources of vitamin C. Herbal teas will in turn rapidly ensure a cosy-warm sense of well-being.

Cold showers for your body and soul
Most people consider cold showers an unpleasant experience. However, they will actually help to strengthen your immune system against colds. After a well-deserved hot shower, switch to cold water and, beginning at your feet and working up, briefly rinse yourself with a quick blast of cold water. A pleasant side effect: cold showers will help to get your circulation moving faster in the mornings.

Ask your local travel agency