How To Prevent A Cold

prevent a coldCold and flu season is upon us, and if you get a cold, there is not a lot you can do other than wait it out in misery.  Really, the best thing you can do for a cold is to prevent it in the first place.  There are the obvious ways such as washing hands, getting enough sleep and staying away from those who are sick.  Below are eight ways to prevent a cold.

  1. Wash Hands – As was already mentioned, washing your hands is an obvious way to keep germs away. Anytime you use a pen in public, or twist open a doorknob, you get tons of germs on your hands. Experts say this is the single best way to keep from getting sick. If you absolutely can’t get to a sink, use hand sanitizer, it’s better than not washing at all.
  2. Hang Out With Friends – Some research has shown that we are more likely to get sick if we have fewer human connections, at home, work and in the community. A study that monitored 276 people between ages 18-55 found that those who had six or more friends where 4 times more likely to fight off viruses than those with fewer friends. Interesting!
  3. Use A Humidifier – You can help moisten passages by running a humidifier all day and night.  This helps because if your nasal passages are dry, the bacteria are more likely to settle there.
  4. Get Sun – People with low vitamin D levels are more likely to have upper respiratory infections. If you’re not sure you are getting enough sun, such as in the winter, try foods with vitamin D such as fish and dairy.  Or you can take supplements. You should have at least 1,000 IU of vitamin D a day.
  5. Tai Chi – This is an Eastern exercise the revs your body’s cold fighting defenses.  Experts think this is because if it’s slow movements and controlled breathing.
  6. Keep Toothbrushes Separate – You can avoid catching germs from sick members of your family by keeping your toothbrushes separate.  Shake them after use so they dry fast because germs don’t thrive well on dry surfaces.
  7. Kitchen Etiquette – Change your dish towels every day and don’t dry dishes with the same towel you use for your hands. If you can, let your dishes air dry. Clean sponges in the dishwasher and change them often.
  8. Increase Omega 3 – Omega 3 has impressive immune fortifying properties. It can increase airflow and protect lungs from colds and respiratory infections. If you don’t love to eat fish, you can use supplements.  Look for capsules that have EPA and DHA.

8 Ways To Prevent A Cold – Prevention