Tips to Avoid Cold & Flu

September 25th, 2015 | Seasonal, Self Improvement

October is right around the corner, and it’s also the kick off to cold and flu season. As many as 20% of the population in the United States contract the flu each year. The odds are NOT in our favor! Try your best to stay well by checking out these useful tips for avoiding illness this fall and winter.


  • Studies have shown that people with low-protein diets are more prone to illness. So bring on the protein and bring on the immunity. Snacks like hard-boiled eggs or edamame are excellent sources of protein.
  • BYOP. Bring-Your-Own-Pen. Pens in public places like the bank or post office are used by many. And someone probably wiped their nose, or coughed into their hand before using that pen.
  • Keep your nose clean and free from congestion by cleansing the nasal passages daily. Try using a neti pot. It may seem awkward at first, but you’ll get used to it soon enough.
  • Carry antibacterial wipes. These wipes are great for bacteria-laden situations. Wipe off shopping carts at the market, machines at the gym, or your desk at school before the lecture.
  • Even if you are not a regular tea drinker, try sipping on a cup or two daily during cold and flu season. Steam from tea stimulates cilia, which are those little hairs inside your nose. Think about cilia as the air filter of nose; keep the cilia healthy and abundant to keep germs from making you sick.
  • Avoid contact with people coughing and sneezing up a storm. If you happen to pass by someone sneezing and coughing, exhale your breath to avoid pulling those germs into your system.
  • Avoid excessive alcohol consumption, especially when traveling. Irregular sleep patterns, dehydration, and lowered immunity are all side effects from drinking.
  • At the first sign of a cold, take a zinc supplement. The jury is still out on the efficacy, but many say zinc has helped shorten the length of their cold symptoms. There are side effects associated with zinc, so speak with your doctor before taking any new supplements.
  • Drink healthy juices to replenish nutrients. Water is great for daily hydration, but during cold and flu season, the body could use a little extra love. A great mix of immunity boosting ingredients are: carrot, apple, and pear.
  • Wash your winter gloves regularly. So many of us forget to do this. Gloves protect our hands, but they also pick up and hold onto the cold and flu viruses, and e-coli. Scarves may also harbor your bacteria. Keep yourself warm while also keeping these items clean.

Proper rest and good habits go a long way when it comes to protecting yourself from the effects of the cold and flu. Try to exercise daily throughout fall and winter. Moderate exercise has been shown to improve immunity and keep the respiratory system healthy. If you have any different tips for keeping cold and flu symptoms away, let us know us the comments!

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