Can You Reduce Your Risk of Catching a Cold?

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It’s approaching winter in the northern hemisphere. Here are some tips to lower your chances of catching a cold.

1. Get protein. Diets low in protein may lead to immune system compromise.

2. Drink tea. Drinking it and breathing in steam stimulates the cilia—the hair follicles in the nose—to move out germs more efficiently. Lemon thins mucus, and honey is antibacterial.

3. Place a towel on places you touch in the gym. And don’t forget the antibacterial wipes for bicycle handlebars and other equipment.

4. Clean everything that gets touched by lots of people—microwaves, fax-machine keys, doorknobs, elevator buttons, the armrests on my chair—with a good disinfectant at least once a week, even if it looks clean. It’s just basic hygiene. Rhinoviruses can live on surfaces for up to 48 hours!

5. Hand sanitizer.

6. When I’m walking past another person and he is sneezing or coughing, I gently and slowly breathe out until I’m beyond the 6- to 10-foot zone around him. This keeps me from inhaling the air he just contaminated.

7. Bring you own pen to the bank, the grocery store, the doctor’s office. I even touch the ATM with it.

8. Daily nasal rinse (with sterile water) with a bulb syringe to flush out virus and to clear solutions.

9. Juice.

10. Keep you hands to yourself (for example, careful touching surfaces such as at water fountains).

11. Research shows that our bodies need seven to eight hours of sleep in order to stimulate an immune response from our ‘natural killer cells,’ which attack viruses.

12. Clean you phone (cell, desk) and desk (including computer keyboard) regularly.

I’m Dr. Michael Hunter.

The small print: The material presented herein is informational only, and is not designed to provide specific guidance for an individual. Please check with a valued health care provider with any questions or concerns. As for me, I am a Harvard- , Yale- and UPenn-educated radiation oncologist, and I practice in the Seattle, WA (USA) area. I feel genuinely privileged to be able to share with you. If you enjoyed today’s offering, please consider clicking the follow button at the bottom of this page.

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Reference: Health.com 2013

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