Most Effective Ways to Avoid Catching a Nasty Cold This Winter

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Most Effective Ways to Avoid Catching a Nasty Cold This Winter

During the winter, your body is more susceptible to cold and flu viruses. Most people end up catching a cold because they are not properly educated on what should be done to avoid or minimize the risks of becoming ill. In this blog, we will discuss various precautions you and your family can take to avoid catching a cold or flu virus this winter.

Keep Warm

One of the best ways to avoid cold and flu viruses is to keep warm. We have seen temperatures in the negatives this winter in places that are usually at least in the 30s or 40s. Consider layering your clothing to ensure you will stay at the proper temperature regardless of the weather. You can always remove a layer of clothing if you become too hot. Interesting fact: Did you know that shivering actually depresses your immune system? Just another reason to bundle up! 

Increase Your Intake of Zinc and Garlic

According to the latest research, zinc helps fight colds. It also boosts your immune system and reduces the chances of catching a cold. Garlic is also effective as it provides numerous health benefits.  If your health is great, your immune system will follow suit. Foods that are rich in these nutrients include eggs, oysters, seafood, black-eyed peas, tofu, wheat germ and much more.

Wash Your Hands Frequently

Keeping your hands clean is something we should be doing on a regular basis anyway, not just during cold and flu season. This habit is one of the simplest ways to avoid catching and passing on the cold and flu viruses.  It is important to note that colds and flu are caused by viruses that can be passed from one person to another. To reduce the chances of contracting or passing along these nasty germs, you should always wash your hands immediately after your hands have come into contact with a person or object that could potentially be contaminated.

Get Enough Sleep

Research shows that millions of Americans aren’t getting adequate sleep. Your body uses your rest time at night to repair itself and rejuvenate and strengthen its systems. When you don’t get enough sleep, you body doesn’t have time to recharge. Your immune system will be weakened and you will be more susceptible to the cold and flu viruses.  Head to bed a little earlier during cold and flu season and give your body that extra boost it needs to stay healthy. 

Eat Balanced Diet

Eating a balanced diet complete with a variety of vitamins and minerals helps to make your body healthy and boosts your immune system. Those that have poor diets are more exposed to disease than those that focus on eating well. It is always good to use the 80/20 rule where you eat healthy foods 80 percent of the time and treat yourself 20 percent of the time. Moderation is the key to a healthy, happy lifestyle.

Get Moving

Exercises helps you stay fit and also helps flush out toxic substances from your body. Those that have a regular workout program are less likely to catch a cold or the flu. Regular exercise also helps decrease feelings of depression and boost the immune system. Tomorrow, take a few moments and go for a walk or a bike ride. You’ll be glad you did.

Quit Smoking Immediately

There is no question about it, smoking is just downright dangerous and can cause a number of health problems and complications. Smoking weakens your lungs and your immune system making your body more susceptible to not only cold and flu but pneumonia as well.  If you’re a smoker and want to avoid the misery of cold and flu season, the best thing you can do is to quit smoking today!

Stay Away From Infected People

This one may seem a little obvious, however, it bears repeating. If your friends or relatives have symptoms of cold and flu, your best bet is to stay away from them. If you note that your friend is coughing or sneezing, you should stay away from them as well. This will help reduces the chances of contracting those airborne germs.

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