I’ve just got over a bad case of the flu which left me bed ridden and unable to work for four days. This has made me consider my health record while living in Taiwan. It’s appaling!
I regularly get a cold every two months, which often takes a week or more to get rid of. Usually, the sore throat that comes with it lasts a lot longer. In England, I only ever got sick twice a year, the usual summer and winter colds. Is there anything I can do to prevent me getting sick?
I am a keen swimmer, my girlfriend suspects that I catch colds from the pool or from school. Living here, we all have a lot more contact with people than abroad. The use of air conditioners doesn’t help either, If someone is sick, the A/C sucks their germs up and just throws them staight back at you!
I eat well and get plenty of rest. One of the reasons could be that I drink a couple of cups of strong (real) coffee everyday. I know this kills vitamin C and other trace elements, but I think I eat enough fruit to combat this. I am very pedantic about washing my hands after class and before food! Other than drinking coffee, I can’t think of anything that I do which degrades my health.
So, do you have any tips or advice to help me combat the frequent colds? Apart from being uncomfortable, I hate the inconnvenience of taking (unpaid) time of work and taking prescription drugs. The doctor always prescribes anti-biotics. I believe they don’t work on common colds?
My girlfriend has suggested stopping swimming and riding my motorbike to school, in an atempt to limit contact with other people. However, these seem a little drastic.