Ah, fall and winter, a time to snuggle up in your cozy socks, watch movies, enjoy endless cups of tea and…be miserable with a slightly new variety of the cold or flu virus. No thanks!
Getting a cold is not an inevitable consequence of the fall or winter and the start of flu season. If you follow a few simple precautionary measures you can reduce the likelihood of catching a cold or the flu. And if you’re in the unfortunate position of already having a cold, these suggestions will help you get over it quickly!
Here are some surefire ways to avoid getting sick this cold season:
- Wash your hands…a lot.
- Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes.
- Eat raw garlic, lemon, and ginger.
- Get outdoors for fresh air every day.
- Reduce your consumption of sugar and processed foods.
- Get plenty of sleep and rest.
- Do fun things that make you happy.
- Eat lots of colorful veggies and fruit.
- Avoid stressful situations, or balance them with relaxation.
- Take a high quality probiotic every day or eat foods rich in probiotics such as sauerkraut or kefir.
- Avoid alcohol and smoking.
- Take a high quality multivitamin and fish oil.
- Eat healthy protein every day, such as eggs, beans, meats, nuts, or seeds.
- Exercise a few times a week and break a sweat.
- Drink plenty of water.
Did I miss your favorite cold remedy or prevention tip? Please share in the comments below to keep the list going!
Adapted from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition blog.