How Not To Get Sick At College

How Not to Get Sick In College Living in a residence hall, having roommates and being around a lot of people from different areas can challenge your immune system. Here are a number of things you can to do stay healthy in a college environment.

Prevention

Take your vitamins

In college it is hard to eat a good diet and get all of the vitamins and nutrients your immune system needs to combat bugs. Taking a good multi-vitamin once a day can help give your immune system a fighting chance.

Do not share drinks

It is easy to share drinks, especially at parties. Maybe you just want to take a sip of something to see what it taste like. Not a good idea. There is no telling what germs you are ingesting from the person you are sharing with. Mono is a good example of an illness that is easily spread by sharing drinks.

Get plenty of sleep

College students often have a hard time getting enough sleep, but it is very important to keep yourself healthy. Many studies have proven a correlation between sleep and health. Not just physical health, but mental health as well. You should try to get at least 7 hours of sleep and try to avoid all-nighters.

Eat healthy

If you diet consists of pizza for supper and leftover pizza for breakfast you are not getting all of the vitamins and nutrients your body needs to stay healthy. Try and keep some fresh or canned fruit in your room to snack on. Take a trip to the salad bar once in a while and try to eat at least one healthy meal a day.

Exercise

There are a variety of ways you can get exercise at college. While half-mile hikes from your residence to classes is one way, you should look for others. Go to the gym on campus when you have time. Get a jogging buddy and hit the trails. For your own safety, DO NOT JOG ALONE! Exercise will help you feel better and look better.

Remedies

Okay try and you might you are sick. Here are some remedies to help speed up your recovery.

Sleep it off

Sleep is a good remedy for sickness. Take your cough, cold, flu, fever medicine of choice depending on your symptoms and crawl into bed. Not only will it help you get well faster, you will not be spreading your sickness to others. Well except for your roommate.

Drink some tea

In addition to containing vitamins and minerals, green tea possesses numerous compounds that have antioxidant and health-enhancing properties. One of the main compounds is the bioflavonoid catechin. Catechin works both alone and in conjunction with other flavonoids found in the tea and has both defense-supporting and free radical-scavenging properties.

Don’t Party

If you are sick, even if it is the biggest party of the year stay at home and rest. If you are feeling bad now, odds are you will feel a lot worse after going to a party. Not to mention how happy your friends will be that you came to share your sickness with them.

Go to the Student Health Center

If you are not getting any better or you feel like you have more than a little bug you should go to the UNC Charlotte Student Health Center.

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