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Tips for Warding off a Winter Cold

There is no cure for the common cold, but there are few easy steps that you can take to help ward off colds this winter.

Get Plenty of Sleep

Sleep is the body's way of revitalizing and restoring itself.  When your body is run-down, it’s much more susceptible to germs, which ultimately leads to getting sick.

Hydrate

Water hydrates your body, which is essential to keeping healthy. Water also flushes toxins out of your body.

Boost Your Immunity

Eat lots of food with Vitamin C such as citrus fruits, garlic, tomatoes, ginger, and onions. It'll help help ward off colds if you consume foods with powerful antioxidants like beta carotene, which improves immune function and promotes mucus membrane health. To get these benefits, eat more orange vegetables, including carrots, winter squash, butternut squash, pumpkins, sweet potatoes and yams.

Exercise

Take a  brisk 30-minute walk 4-5 times a week. Or get in your regular exercise and activity. If you prefer to exercise at the gym, make sure to take sanitary precautions to avoid the risk of picking up a bug.

Fight Germs

Germs everywhere. You don’t have to turn into a germaphobe, but be sure to wash your hands before eating, as well as after touching often-used surfaces (such as phones, television remotes,shaking hands,  etc.).Also, replace your toothbrush. You should be replacing your toothbrush every three months anyway, but to be safe replace it monthly during cold and flu season. When you do get over the cold, be sure to replace it immediately after.

Stay Low Stress

Included with resting, keep your stress levels low by engaging in relaxing activities such as reading, watching TV, or just chilling out.

Get Some Sunshine

The sun is a natural source of Vitamin D and when you have low levels of Vitamin D, your immune system has a more difficult time battling off your cold.  So, spend at least 10 minutes a day just enjoying the sunshine.


IdealVitamins Staff
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