Avoid Colds and Illness this Winter with These Tips and Tricks

How to Avoid Colds This Winter

The sore throat. Pounding headache. Non-stop runny nose. Chills and body aches. Colds can make you feel downright awful. The common cold is a fact of life, but here are some things you can do to help lower your risk of catching one.

Wash your hands

Since cold-causing viruses can live on your hands, frequently washing your hands can help reduce your chances of getting sick. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends washing your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water.

Boost vitamin intake

High doses of vitamins C, B6, D, and E, as well as the mineral zinc have been shown to boost the body’s immune system. A strong immune system can help prevent you from catching a cold and/or shorten the duration of symptoms.

Get enough shut-eye

Sleep deprivation can compromise your body’s immune system, so try to get at least seven hours of sleep every night.

Adults get an average of 2-3 colds a year. Hopefully by taking these precautions, you’ll be able to ward off the germs this winter and minimize your chances of getting sick.

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