Healthy Lifestyle Tip: Natural Tips to Prevent a Cold
There are no known cures for colds or the flu, so prevention should be your goal. A proactive approach to ward off a cold is the best plan for staying healthy.
Wash and Dry Your Hands
Frequent hand washing is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick and spreading illness. Remember to scrub all surfaces, including the backs of your hands, wrists, between your fingers and under your fingernails. Rub your hands vigorously for at least 20 seconds. If there is nowhere to wash, then rub an alcohol-based hand sanitizer onto your hands.
Good hand hygiene should include drying hands thoroughly – not just washing them. “The most hygienic method of drying hands is using paper towels or a new model hand dryer which rapidly strips water off the hands using high velocity air jets,” explained researchers in a recent issue of the Journal of Applied Microbiology.
Don’t Cover Your Sneezes and Coughs with Your Hands
Because germs and viruses cling to your bare hands, muffling coughs and sneezes with them results in passing along your germs to others. When you feel a sneeze or cough coming, use a tissue and then throw it away immediately. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into the inside of your elbow.
Don’t Touch Your Face
Cold and flu viruses enter your body through the eyes, nose or mouth. Touching their faces is the main way children catch colds and a key way they pass colds on to their parents.
Drink Plenty of Fluids
Water flushes out your system, washing out the poisons as it rehydrates you. A typical, healthy adult needs eight 8-ounce glasses of fluids each day.
Do Aerobic Exercise Regularly
Aerobic exercise speeds up the heart to pump larger quantities of blood, makes you breathe faster to help transfer oxygen from your lungs to your blood, and make you sweat once your body heats up. These exercises help to increase your body’s natural virus-killing cells.
Eat Foods Containing Phytochemicals
“Phyto” means plants, and the natural chemicals in plants give the vitamins in food a supercharged boost. So eat dark green, red, and yellow vegetables and fruits.
Some studies have shown that eating a daily cup of low-fat yogurt can reduce your susceptibility to colds by 25 percent. Researchers think the beneficial bacteria in yogurt may stimulate production of immune system substances that fight disease.
Statistics show that heavy smokers get more frequent and more severe colds.
Cut Alcohol Consumption
Heavy alcohol use suppresses the immune system in a variety of ways. Alcohol also dehydrates the body – it actually causes more fluid loss from your system than it puts in.
If you can teach yourself to relax, you can activate your immune system on demand. There’s evidence that when you put your relaxation skills into action, your interleukins – leaders in the immune system response against cold and flu viruses – increase in the bloodstream.