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The Most Underestimated Tip for Avoiding Colds And Flu

The Most Underestimated Tip for Avoiding Colds And Flu

As a child, my grandmother often said to me, "keep your nose clean and you won't go far wrong". 

The saying 'keep your nose clean' refers to staying out of trouble, but in the literal sense, it has a whole other meaning. Did you know that keeping your nose clean is one of the most important, yet one of the most underestimated factors in avoiding colds, flu and other airborne infections?

The nose is our first line of defence to ensure healthy breathing. It filters the air that we breathe to protect our airways from airborne contamination and debris. To do this, the nose is lined with a layer of special cells and tiny hairs called cilia. The cells produce sticky mucus to trap dirt and germs. The cilia beat to push the layer of mucus out of the sinuses towards the back of the nose and throat. The nose also acts as an air conditioner, warming and moistening the air that you breathe in. The nose is a vital but often neglected organ, whose importance becomes clear when it is blocked.

By conditioning and filtering the air, the nose acts as the body's first line of defence against breathed-in air 'aggressions' such as microbes, pollution, smoke, dust, etc. If the nasal mucosa dries out, or if the cilia are dirty and clogged, the nose become irritated and can no longer efficiently protect us against external agents. This breach in our defences makes us more vulnerable to colds, rhinopharyngitis and allergic rhinitis. Keeping the nose clean and clear will help the nose stay in top condition to protect the body against airborne contaminants and do its job properly.

Regularly using a nasal spray, such as Stérimar, can help keep the nasal passage clean, allowing it to do it’s job properly. Stérimar is a pure, gentle and natural sea water nasal spray suitable for all the family, even babies. It is drug and preservative free and can be used by pregnant women and people who cannot use traditional medication. Stérimar can be used daily to gently moisturise and clear nasal passage, to relieve dry and stuffy noses associated with hay fever, seasonal and perennial allergic rhinitis, colds, rhinitis, sinusitis and rhinopharyngitis.

Do you have any tips for avoiding colds and flu? Share your comments below! 


About the Author

Editor of eumom.ie, Mairéad Cahalan is a creator of content, a lover of music, red wine and coffee, and a part-time wedding singer! Find her on Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud and LinkedIn.

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