Are you tired of being a magnet for the common cold or flu?
Let’s talk about how we can prevent the common cold and flu.
Here we go…
1. Stay Hydrated
Hydrated mucous membranes make it very difficult for viruses and bacteria to adhere to our nasal passages, mouth
If viruses can’t adhere to our body, they are unable to initiate their inflammatory process.
If there is no inflammatory process initiated, there will be
2. Cover Your Nose
Cover your nose with a scarf to warm inhaled air.
The rhinovirus replicates more easily in cold environments of the nasal passage as compared to our lungs.
This is partly why most people start with nasal congestion and end up with a lung
In general, a lower core body temperature impairs our immune response to the Rhinovirus. That’s why getting in a sauna and getting regular exercise is paramount for anti-viral immunity
3. Breathe through your nose instead of your mouth
Nasal passages act as a filter and humidifier for air as it makes its way to the throat and lungs.
Our nasal passages are loaded with immune cells ready to initiate a response at the first sight of a pathogen.
Use mouth tape while you sleep or during the day if you tend to breathe through your mouth.
4. Keep Hands Away From Face
The top 3 places for bacteria and viruses to enter our body are through our eyes, nose, and mouth.
Not only do we want to wash our hands before we touch our face, but it’s also why we don’t want to breathe directly in our baby’s face or touch their face without first washing our hands.
5. Minimize Concentrated Sugars
Concentrated sugars suppress our immune system. This is also a
They put our white blood cells into a temporary coma.
If your sweet tooth is out of control, consider having your sugar of choice right after you finish your workout.
After exercise, insulin sensitivity is higher, so sugar is pulled out of your bloodstream quicker.
The concentrated sugar will have less of a suppressive effect on your immune system.
6. Quit Alcohol and Tobacco
Alcohol and tobacco promote inflammatory activity, suppress immunity, and overwhelm detoxification mechanisms.
7. Decrease Allergenic Activity
Decrease allergenic foods and support environmental allergies with fish oil, along with purified water to help hydrate mucous membranes.
atch out for allergy medications, because they can dry membranes and suppress the immune system.
Quality is more important than quantity. Make sure you’re sleeping in a dark, cool room and breathing through your nose.
If you wake up with a sore throat or dry mouth, you’re probably breathing through your mouth.
Chronic exercise is key for illness prevention, quick recovery and decreasing the inflammatory viral load.
Whenever the inflammatory load is decreased, the power and potential of the viral organism is decreased.
Acute exercise isn’t a good idea when sick to overcome sickness. It’s not shown to hurt but it hasn’t shown to help either.
If you are not able to exercise to the point of sweating and getting your heart rate up, sauna therapy is a good option to help prevent and shorten the duration of the illness.
Easier said than done, but 100% attainable and doable.
11. Decrease Stress and Increase Life Margin
Take time to unwind by:
- Smiling at other humans
Stress dries out our mucous membranes by putting us in sympathetic overdrive and decreases many of the anti-inflammatory cytokines that allow us to overcome viruses with ease.
We are never going to eliminate stress. We can however, choose our response to life stress.
12. Use Baby Wipes Instead of Antibacterial Gel
Viruses don’t die via antibiotics, nor do they die via antibacterial sprays, gels or wipes.
Scrub your hands to lift viruses from your skin and dislodge them.
Studies show it doesn’t matter what kind of soap is used and in most cases, the amount of time spent washing your hands. The key is vigorous friction
The general rule of thumb is to sing Happy Birthday 2x.
Wipe down hard surfaces and handles after people leave your home.
Alcohol-based topicals dry out skin, creating microcracks in hands that virus’ adhere to.
The Flu virus is weak outside of a human host, so it is difficult for it to be transferred through hard surfaces. The main mode of transmission is going to be tight quarters with another infected human.
13. Extra Support
Want some extra ammunition to fight off the cold and flu while traveling or for when the cold and flu season comes around?
At the first signs of a cold, take the antioxidant formula, First Defense to boost your body’s immune response. And if you want to go all in, try ImmuneV, an herbal support formula that contains Andrographis, Licorice Root, and Indigowoad for a fast acting immune response.
What do you do to prevent the cold or flu?
I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.