“According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is also one of the most common causes of work and school absenteeism, with up to 22 million school days lost each year in the U.S. Colds are caused by viral infections. Over 200 different viruses can cause cold symptoms of varying severity.” (medicinenet.com)
I’ve seen many colds and flu spells in my day and it can take just about all of your energy to go to the drug store to buy an over-the-counter remedy for it. But every now and again, I get these spells of not actually catching what everyone has and it feels great. Here is what I did to keep colds away in the past that you could try.
1. Eat more home prepared meals than those at restaurants, dinners, or fast food places. Lower your chances of being exposed to viruses.
2. Boost your immunity by eating lots of green vegetables and garlic. Arm your body’s defenses with vitamin C, zinc, selenium, folic acid, vitamin B6, echinacea, eleuthero, and probiotics.
3. Avoid or eat less meats, sugars, processed foods, dairy and wheat gluten. These give viruses a home to spread in your body.
4. Sterilize hard surfaces with an antibacterial wipe or good old soap and water… especially items you use often like your computer, phone and TV remote. You don’t have to go berserk wiping down everything every five minutes. You can do it once a day at least.
5. Beware of your hands!!! Keep your hands from touching your eyes, mouth or any part of the face before you can get to wash them. Anti-bacterial gels are helpful in some cases, but you certainly don’t want those to come in contact with your mouth or eyes. Soap and water should suffice. People tend to forget to wash their hands before handling their faces or snacks and after shaking hands with strangers.
6. Don’t share food, drinks, and utensils from others… Colds can be the most contagious a few days before you see any sign of them. However, hugs and kisses from loved ones is definitely the best reason to justify catching a cold.
7. Stress can lower your defenses and even bring on a cold. A good vitamin B stress complex and vitamin D can has helped me with both physical and emotional stress in the past. I keep them available all year round.
8. Try to at least get sufficient sleep and rest. If you don’t, once you get sick, you’ll be forced to get some rest.
9. Treat your body good! Exercise, don’t smoke, avoid an excess of alcohol, and practice good hygiene.
Good luck! I’m sure these could help, but if you get a stubborn virus attack that breaks through these defenses, I’ve got a way to wipe it out quick… so stay tuned.