5 rules to follow to avoid getting the cold

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Did you know that the average adult gets two to three colds each year? If you are like most people, you will try almost any remedy to stop a cold in its tracks. Truth be told, once a cold enters you body, there is nothing you can do to stop it in its tracks. It has to just run its course. So called cold remedies, like zinc and vitamin C, are not supported by science.

That being said, you are not totally defenseless. If you keep your immune system strong you are more likely to fight off a cold or virus invasion. The following things will help you boost your immune system so you can stay cold-free.

Sleep

If you don’t get an adequate amount of sleep your immune system declines. Studies suggest that lack of quality sleep may derail T-cell functioning and increase inflammatory cytokines. Both of these things lessen your ability to fight a cold and flu.

Eat Plant Foods

Fruits, veggies and whole grains have high quantities of antioxidants. Antioxidants are critical for cell repair and that gives your immune system a boost. They help reduce stress on the immune system so it can fight off infections easier.

Eat Mushrooms

Mushrooms have immune boosting powers. Shitake mushrooms are used in Chinese medicine for this reason. It is believed that they enhance cell line involved in fighting infections like interleukins and interferons. Put them on your pizza or toss them in your salad.

Reduce Stress

Long-term stress releases a bunch of stress hormones into your system. This can lower the production of white blood cells, which are critical at fighting off infections.

Drink Water

Staying hydrated helps the body fight off infection. If you are sick, it can also help relieve the symptoms of a sore throat. Steamy liquids like tea or soup can also help loosen mucus.

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  • Dan Canfield
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