It is every little girls dream to walk down the aisle, so when the time comes, NOTHING should get in the way of your “big day” – especially a cold. Not only do you want to look your best, but you definitely want to feel your best so you can truly enjoy every moment of your dream wedding. Physician Dr. Jennifer Collins offers essential tips to brides on how to avoid having a cold or being under the weather on your wedding day.
GET RID OF PESKY GERMS: When meeting and greeting lots of new people while planning the wedding, make sure you are washing your hands frequently. No access to water? Carry a small hand sanitizer and use frequently throughout the day. It is made of ethyl alcohol which claims to kill “99.99%” of most common germs that may cause illness in as little as 15 seconds. It’s made in small convenient bottles that can be easily carried in your purse or tossed into your carry-on bag.
STOP YOUR COLD: Don’t let a cold spoil your hard work and preparation for the big day. You want to have your A-game on! At the first sign of getting sick (sore throat or stuffy nose), arm yourself with zinc gluconate, like that found in Cold-EEZE lozenges. When taken at the first sign of a cold, it’s clinically proven to shorten the duration of a cold by nearly half, according to the Cleveland Clinic. This cold remedy will not make you drowsy so you can stay attentive and feeling your best when you walk down the aisle.
TAKE DAILY VITAMINS: – Eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products and lean meats will insure you’re getting the recommended doses of Vitamins A, C, D, and E, and Calcium. These all work to help maximize your immune systems function and keep your feeling healthy.
HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE: Don’t allow yourself to miss a beat and be sure to continuously quench your thirst or run the risk of getting dehydrated. Water will keep your respiratory tract and skin, your body’s first line of defense against viruses and germs, moist and intact. If water alone isn’t doing the trick, and you begin to feel symptoms of a cold starting, be sure to increase vitamin intake and use the above recommended zinc.
Dr. Jennifer Collins, MD has been an Assistant Professor and physician specializing in Allergy, Asthma and Immunology in the Department of Otolaryngology at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary (NYEEI) since September 2009.