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Avoid Common Cold

December 9, 2018

How to Avoid the Common Cold Naturally

Tis the season…for sniffling, coughing, sneezing and wheezing….not such a joyous time!

It’s definitely that time of year when the cold and flu bugs are rampant, and everywhere you go, everything you touch, and everything you do opens you up to exposure to these everyday illnesses. One day you’re feeling just great, but by night time your symptoms have hit, and you are officially “under the weather”.

“Isn’t there a pill for that?”

Unfortunately there’s not, the common cold is considered  incurable, due to the fact that colds are caused by viruses. About the best thing you can do is to try to relieve the symptoms. So, your best bet is to build up your immune system and do whatever you can to avoid getting a cold in the first place.

Try these natural, common sense tips to stay “cold-free”…

  • The first very obvious tip is to wash your hands frequently throughout the day…not just rinse them periodically, but scrub them with soap and water (for about  20 seconds) in order to kill the viruses you may have picked up. Avoid touching your mouth, eyes or nose (these are the most common places viruses can enter your body), with hands that haven’t been washed recently. Using a good hand sanitizer is also a way to keep your hands free from germs.
  • A great way to boost your immune system is to get plenty of good rest at night – try for at least 8 hours of sleep.
  • Don’t get up close and personal with someone who is already displaying cold symptoms, avoid handshakes or hugs and kisses, even on the cheek.
  • Make sure you have a healthy gut by taking a high quality probiotic, which consists of live bacteria and yeasts that are actually good for you and your digestive system. There are natural supplements you can take, or there are certain foods that are high in probiotics:
    • Yogurt
    • Sauerkraut
    • Kimchi
    • Miso (Japenese seasoning)
    • Kombucha tea
    • Pickles (pickled cucumbers)
    • Buttermilk
    • Some cheeses such as Mozzerella, Cheddar, Gouda or Cottage Cheese
  • Improve your diet and eat healthier foods, reduce your sugar and alcohol intake.
  • Don’t forget to exercise, which supports your immune system by increasing your blood circulation, and also reduces stress, which is another important way to avoid catching a cold. If you go to a gym to exercise, remember this….“Gyms are crawling with sweaty towels, dirty sneakers and other germy grossness. Instead of sitting directly on a mat or bench, I’ll place a clean towel on it first. Any equipment that I have to touch—like free weights or bicycle handlebars— I’ll clean first with antibacterial wipes.” Franci Cohen, group-exercise instructor and owner of Fuel Fitness, in Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Boost your immune system by getting more protein in your diet.
  • Use supplements, such as anti-oxidants and Vitamin D, to strengthen  your immune system. Foods rich in anti-oxidants are:
    • Berries – strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, cranberries,raspberries
    • Dark chocolate
    • Nuts – pecans, walnuts
    • Apples
    • Prunes
    • Spinach
    • Kale
    • Sweet potatoes
    • Artichokes
  • Regular Chiropractic care, believe it or not, can help you avoid the common cold, by supporting your immune system. By keeping your spine healthy and in it’s proper place helps your body to work better and more efficiently. A healthy spine is a healthier body.

If you’re frustrated with your health, want to enjoy better health, and would like some help achieving it…

Contact our office, or give us a call at at 425-821- 1101.

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