Last thing you want to do is spending your day sneezing and coughing…
The Centers for Disease Control stated, that adults experience an average of two to three colds per year. Perhaps, you have tried anything that assures to prevent a cold in its trail before it reaches into your respiratory system, whether you’ve already topped that number or you’ve somehow stayed congestion-free this season. But the reality? Nothing will really stop it from happening, once this cold virus gets in your system. Yes, right! According to a women’s health specialist in New York City, Holly Phillips, M.D., herbs like garlic, zinc, and vitamin C, known to be the cold fighters, are not backed up by science. And while over-the-counter medicines can alleviate symptoms, they are no treatment for the runny nose, congestion, and body pains that shut you in the sofa for approximately two weeks, bounded with tissues and cheered up by movie marathon.
With that being said, you are not completely vulnerable. According to Phillips, you will be more expected to battle against a cold virus attack, if you keep your immune system strong. Consider winning the battle with your strong immune system against an army of colds!
Take Some Quality Sleep
It’s easier said than done, we know. But the reality is, insufficient sleep weakens your immune system. According to Phillips, “the precise meaning sleep deficiency does this is not totally apparent, but a number of studies have found that it crashes T-cell functioning and raises inflammatory cytokines, by which both decrease our capability to combat flu and the colds”
Eat More Plant Food
Phillips said that foods pack with high in antioxidants such as veggies, fruits, and whole grains, are important for repairing your cell and boost your immune system. “It can battle off infections better as these foods reduce stress on your immune system”, he added. So, next time you go out for grocery, make sure to remember these antioxidant-rich foods.
Increase Mushrooms Intake
Everyone knows shiitake mushrooms have an important role in traditional Chinese medicine. According to Phillips, “they likely improve cell lines that combat infections” So, why not toss them into salads or stir-fries and make this part of your diet plans starting today!
You’ve probably heard this a lot of times, but this is very essential, so this is worth repeating. Phillips said, that any long-term stressful situation can set off a stress hormone cascade into your body, which eventually lessens your white blood cell production, which are very important for fighting off infections.
Keep Yourself Hydrated
You might have heard it over and over again, especially when you are sick, “Drink plenty of fluids.” And that’s a fact! When you are trying to get well, your body requires additional hydration. Here, we are talking hot and clear soups, teas, and other hot liquids, which helps break up mucus and may help a scratchy throat feel well again. Believe it or not, even at room temperature fluid can work. According to Phillips, “Sufficient hydration assists the body combat infection.”