Tips to help prevent getting a cold

Winter time is also known as “the cold season” and for most people it’s hard not to catch one. Colds are caused by one of over 200 viruses, but by following these tips you can try and avoid getting sick. It’s always harder to enjoy the holidays when the weather gets you down.

  • Germs are spread from person to person, that’s why washing your hands often is vital. Wash with warm water and avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Avoid sharing drinks with those who already have a cold, and if you have a cold stay home and rest for faster recovery.
  • Eat whole foods, they help boost your immunity level. Meats, poultry, dairy, fruits and veggies are great examples of whole foods. Build your diet around them and avoid sugars and starches. Probiotics improve your bodys’ ability to fight infections and raise immunity a perfect example is plain yogurt.
  • Stay hydrated and drink warm liquids around colder seasons. If you don’t like coffee try tea, there are also caffeine-free options.
  • Don’t skip breakfast. Skipping those early vitamins and proteins to get your day going make it easier for your immune system to slow down and allow germs and viruses to attack.
  • Take your daily dose of vitamin C. Whether you prefer it in pill form or eating an actual orange is up to you, but make sure you get between 500-2000mg a day. Echinacea is also said to be helpful in preventing colds. It’s a flowering plant found throughout the U.S. and Canada. It comes in the form of supplements, liquid extracts and teas made from it’s leaves, stem, flower and roots.
  • Avoid stress and remember the number 8! Get your daily 8 hours of sleep and drink your daily 8 glasses of water.

These are tips you should live by not just to prevent colds but for overall health as well. Do you have any tips you find useful to prevent colds?

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