Cold and flu season is coming, and few things can be as irksome or throw such a wrench into your plans quite like catching a nasty bug when you have important things to do. Because both the common cold and influenza are viruses, there is very little you can do once you catch them but attempt to manage the symptoms. Thus, your best bet (as always) is prevention.
There are a number of simple things that you can do to help ensure that not only are you less susceptible to the cold and flu, but also other diseases in general.
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1 In order to battle germs and infections, your immune system must be working properly. In order for your immune system to properly function, you must first and foremost be receiving adequate sleep. Your body recharges itself while you sleep, and inadequate sleep can lead to all sorts of nasty problems like obesity, high blood pressure, dementia, and (more relevantly) a faltering immune system.
2 Stay properly hydrated. Your body uses water to process nutrients, convert food to energy, and flush out toxins. Soda and “sports drinks” simply do not hydrate you as well as water. Aim for about a gallon of water a day.
3 Stay active. Whether this means actual exercise (obviously recommended) or just avoiding eight hour sojourns on the couch, try to integrate at least some form of physical activity into your day. Exercise, even a casual walk, has been proven to both boost your metabolism and help your body fight disease.
4 Avoid refined and processed sugars, as these seem to actually slow down your immune system.
5 Take a good quality multivitamin. Chances are that you are receiving adequate Vitamin C intake (the vitamin most often linked to the immune system), but there are dozens of other necessary vitamins and minerals that you may not be ingesting.
6 Wash your hands frequently. Chances are that your hands are the most common way that you physically interact with your environment and, as a consequence, they tend to accumulate germs and microbes. Wash them with soap and hot water often. If you are in a particularly germ-laden environment, use antibacterial soap.
7 Guard your eyes. It may sound strange, but if someone infected with a virus or germ sneezes into your eyes (which happens more frequently than you may think, given the altitude of both factors), chances are overwhelmingly good that you will catch the same bug.
8 Try and keep stress low. There is a surprisingly strong connection between your mental state and your physical state. Stress, negative thinking, and even chronic pessimism, have all been linked to both a weaker immune system and a higher rate of disease. It hardly helps that bugs such as the cold and flu are most common during the winter months, when the sun appears far less frequently.
Get your flu shot. While these are most strongly recommended for infants and the elderly, they cut your chances of getting the flu (and especially its mutant cousins, depending on the shot) drastically.
Finally, you want to avoid individuals who are sick. This may sound like a no-brainer, but most people tend to have grandiose senses of their own immunities. If you are in frequent contact with a sick individual, you are exponentially raising your own chances of catching their disease.