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5 hints on how to prevent the common cold and flu naturally

Posted by Rob Benhuri

Feb 2, 2015 9:43:00 PM

hipster_guy_has_a_coldWe are all exposed to viruses that can cause the common cold or flu, especially during the winter season. Keeping our immune systems as strong as possible can be our first line of defense against becoming sick.

Besides getting enough exercise and plenty of rest, here are 5 hints to prevent catching a cold and flu. naturally this season.

1. Take a hot shower

Not only relaxing, taking a steamy shower can moisten your nasal passages. Put your head under the water and slowly inhale, just be careful not to get any actual water up your nose!

2. Stay Warm

Use a blanket if you are feeling the chill on a winter day. Keeping yourself toasty warm is important because a cold body core can lower your immune systems ability to fend off viruses.

3. Eat foods with Vitamin C

Try to eat foods that are natural sources of Vitamin C, such as cantaloupe, oranges, grapefruit, broccoli, strawberries and spinach. Try adding some of these foods into your daily diet.

4. Stay hydrated

It is important to stay hydrated. Water is the best option, but also drinking green teas is a great choice, as well. If you do become ill, drinking at least 5 cups of green tea each day can help you to feel better sooner.

5. Feed a cold

Healthy carbohydrates like whole grain bread and pasta can switch on your metabolism and boost up your immune system. Also, these carbohydrates can help to keep us warm from the inside.

If you sneeze or cough into your hand, make sure to wash up with an antibacterial soap. Using these simple tips will keep you well all season long.

  

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