Tuesday, December 22, 2009

How to Prevent from Getting a Cold

Exercise regularly. 30 minutes of moderate exercise, such as walking, helps boost your metabolism and your body's ability to fight disease.

Take a high quality vitamin and mineral supplement daily. Most of us don't eat all the fresh fruits and vegetables we need for optimal nutrition. Today, foods come from farther away than the local farmer's field and lose nutritional value during transport and processing. So take a daily multivitamin to bridge the nutrition gap.

Get plenty of restful sleep. Your body recharges itself at night. Inadequate sleep patterns have been linked to high blood pressure and obesity.

Drink water every day. Staying hydrated is essential to your health. Water helps your body assimilate nutrients and convert food into energy. Water also helps flush out impurities of your body.

Eat a healthy, balanced diet. Include protein to protect and build your lean muscle mass and plenty of healthy carbohydrates from fresh fruits and vegetables. A healthy body starts on the inside with proper nutrition. Avoid white refined sugar and food high in sugar content as sugar makes your immune system sluggish.

Protect your eyes. The eyes easily absorb viral particles, if someone with a cold/flu sneezes in your face, more likely than not you will come down with the disease. Wearing of glasses (prescription or sun glasses) greatly reduces this occurrence. Or simply close/squint your eyes when on crowded locations during colds/flu season to minimize the surface area.

Wash your hands frequently or use a liquid hand sanitizer. It's easy to pick up germs from door handles, grocery shopping carts and other articles used by large numbers of people.

Reduce Stress and Think Positively. Your mental state has more of an impact on your body's immune system than many people realize. Mental states such as pessimism or depression directly effects the hormones released into our bodies. These chemicals (eg. cortisol) also directly depresses the immune system. Being optimistic, happy with life and generally easy going is part of being healthy.

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