1. Wash Your Hands. Everyone knows this, yet not everyone adheres to this advice. Not only does it prevent you from getting sick, it prevents others from getting sick, which in turn may again prevent you from getting sick.
The common cold is mostly spread by direct contact. So, someone sneezes onto their hand, and then touches something, which is then picked up by the next person, who touches that object. Washing your hands often can significantly reduce your chance of picking up germs.
Cold and flu viruses get into the body via the eyes, nose, or mouth. This is the reason why washing hands is so important as we touch our face often without thinking. Try to avoid touching your face, especially without first washing your hands.
2. Use A Tissue. Germs cling to your hands, so sneezing or coughing into your hand can result in passing those germs along to someone else. Make it your habit this fall and winter to use a tissue for catching a sneeze or cough, then throw it away afterwards.
3. Eat A Super Food Diet. If your diet is high in fat, sugar, junk foods, and caffeine, and you regularly skip meals, you are much more susceptible to minor illnesses, such as colds and flus.
Before you think of reaching for vitamins to help you avoid a cold, you need to realize that super foods can do so much more for your body than any pill can. When you eat food, it has a natural synergy with your body. It works with it, and your body understands it. Nutrients in a pill can never have the same beneficial effect. Focus on eating a healthy, whole food diet, rather than worrying about what multivitamin to take this fall.
Think of nutritious foods as part of your cold-and-flu armor. This will help you to do battle with whenever illnesses try to strike your body. Make sure your diet is filled with whole fruits and vegetables, in a variety of different colors, such as dark greens, reds, yellows, and purples. This will build up your immune system, and fight inflammation.
There is some research showing that a cup of yogurt each day can reduce your susceptibility to colds by 25 percent. It is thought this is the result of the beneficial bacteria in yogurt, stimulating the immune system to fight disease. If you don’t already, eat one cup of natural, active yogurt each day, to boost your cold-prevention system.
Vitamin-C has been studied for many years as a possible way to prevent and treat colds. Unfortunately, researchers have found little to no benefit. One study found that vitamin-C, when taken after a cold starts, did not make a cold shorter, or any less severe. When it was taken daily, it slightly shorted the duration of the cold, but only by eight percent in adults, and 14 percent in children. This means that the average adult who suffers with a cold for 12 days a year, would still suffer for 11 days, if they took a high dose of vitamin-C every day throughout the year.
Vitamin C may be useful for individuals who have a low level of this nutrient to begin with, for example, those who are routinely involved in vigorous training, such as marathon runners, or those of us passionate gym-attendees. For most people, eating an orange a day would be just as beneficial.
4. Drink Lots Of Fluids. You need lots of water for the proper functioning of your body, and to flush toxins out. While you can’t flush a cold out of your system, drinking lots of liquids can certainly help you to get over it more quickly. Choose water as your source of hydration, but clear broths and herbal teas can also be beneficial. 5. Take Regular Exercise
5. Exercise. Research shows that people who workout regularly are less likely to get a cold. In fact, they found that staying active decreased the odds of getting sick by 50 percent. Those who were active, but did get a cold suffered less severe symptoms.
Exercise helps to bolster the immune system, so it can fight bugs off more effectively. Exercise also gets the heart pumping larger quantities of blood, so you breathe faster, more oxygen is transferred from your lungs to your blood, and you sweat more. All of this combined, increases your body’s natural bug-killing ability.
On top of all that, exercise helps you to relax and reduces your stress levels. This is significant, because the immune systems is better able to fight against cold viruses when you relax. Stress is a leading cause of illnesses of any variety.
6. Use A Sauna. It isn’t entirely clear how regular saunas help to prevent a cold, but one study found that those who steamed twice a week had half as many colds as those who did not. This is possibly because cold viruses thrive in dry conditions, and cannot survive at higher temperatures. Therefore, when you take a sauna, you are inhaling air above 80 degrees, which may be beneficial in preventing a cold.
7. Don’t Smoke. It’s a fact that heavy smokers get more frequent, and more severe colds than non-smokers. This effect is likely because smoke dries out the nasal passage, and paralyzes the delicate hairs that line the mucous membranes in your nose and lungs. When these natural defenses don’t work effectively, cold and flu viruses cannot be swept out of the nasal passages as they normally would, and the germs can enter your body more easily.
Even if you don’t smoke, being around smoke can zap your immune system. Avoiding smokers and smoke filled environments.
8. Sleep. Plain and simple, the more sleep you get, the better your body recuperates, and can fight off infection. If your body is getting by on the minimum, there won’t be the energy available to fight any form of infection or virus.