Strengthen your defense naturally
- Eat Well– Enjoy whole fruits and vegetables for the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants your body needs to defend itself.
- Hydrate– Drink pure water throughout the day–at least eight large glasses. Dehydration reduces the effectiveness of your nasal membranes, which are your first line of defense against inhaled cold germs.
- Get your Z’s– Getting enough rest is crucial. Sleep deprivation can lead to a decline in the number of infection-fighting cells, leaving you susceptible to illness.
- Wash Up– Wash your hands often. Cover your mouth with the crook of your arm when sneezing or coughing in order to reduce the spread of bacteria. Frequently wash or disinfect commonly touched items such as telephones, doorknobs, drawer handles, and stair railings.
- Add Supplements– Consider taking vitamin C and the mineral zinc. A recent study confirms the supportive effects of both, nothing that deficiencies can lead to impaired immune health. Like vitamin C, antioxidant-rich vitamin E protects cells from free-radical damage. Vitamin E may also enhance immune function.
- Herbal Helpers– Try supplemental garlic, which contains antibacterial compounds. Another option is taking echinacea. Some studies show that this herb may reduce the length and severity of colds. Echinacea is not recommended for continuous, long-term use.
Source: Nature’s Place Magazine