6 Natural Treatments Every College Student Should Have In Their Dorm
The first lesson students learn when they go off to college is the importance of self-care. Keeping these 6 natural treatments on hand will have them covered for everything from getting over a cold in college to relieving anxiety.
To be a college student today means to be autonomous but, over-scheduled overworked, overstressed, fatigued and frequently ill. This is mainly due to poor diet, newfound drinking habits, forced air being pumped into dorm rooms and living in untidy conditions.
Rarely do college students know how to practice self-care once they leave home, but it’s a lesson well learned if they get wounded or become ill with a cold, bronchitis or the flu.
It's no fun getting over a cold in college. Here are some natural treatments students can keep on hand that can be used daily to prevent illness and even cure it, along with rest, plenty of liquids and a warm bed should the student become sick.
1. Zinc –Unfortunately, we don’t get enough zinc from diet alone, which may be why so many college students today are deficient. However, science has known since a 1984 study found that zinc is the way out if you’ve got a cold.The study revealed, zinc shortened the average duration of common colds by seven days. College students are notorious for over-doing it and becoming susceptible to colds. Therefore, for the student getting over a cold in college or at best, avoid one, take zinc sulfate everyday. Zinc is also great for healing cystic acne. This is not to say that Vitamin C is not an important preventative of colds – it most certainly is, and more!
2. Vitamin C – A study from the Oregon State University College found that students aren’t eating enough fruits and vegetables mirroring statistics which show that Americans eat less than the recommended amounts of vegetables and fruits overall.
Fruits and vegetables are a valuable source of Vitamin C. If students aren’t eating enough fruits and vegetables daily it’s likely they aren’t getting enough Vitamin C. This can lay the groundwork for illness. Vitamin C helps protect the immune system by increasing white blood cells – the soldiers that attack viruses and man your immune system. Vitamin C also boosts the immune system against bacteria, yeast, mold, and fungus.
The best way to get Vitamin C is from eating a diet high in Vitamin C, but it can be supplemented as well. Too many college students eat diets high in processed and fast foods, and high protein. Nothing says it better than the book EAT! Empower. Adjust. Triumph! Lose Ridiculous Weight:
“… it becomes clear that diets like Atkins are too dangerously high in protein for good health and for weight loss to be permanent. These types of high protein diets are vitamin stingy. Have you looked at how much Vitamin C – a vitamin humans would die without – is in animal protein? I’ll save you the effort – the amount of Vitamin C contained in animal protein is zero.
The story about Christopher Columbus in NY Times Best Seller Sugar Blues, by William Duffy is quite telling in that it sums up the importance of Vitamin C in human life: