6 Natural Cold-Prevention Strategies
Statistics say you’ll catch two to four colds this winter. Here’s help to stave them off.
How it helps: Sleep regulates the release of the hormone cortisol, which stimulates cells that boost the immune system, says William Ellert,
M.D., chief medical officer of the Phoenix Baptist Hospital. And a well-tuned immune system is crucial for defending against
the cold virus. Getting at least seven hours of shut-eye is the easiest way to steer clear of the common cold. In fact, a
recent study indicates that people who fall short are nearly three times as likely to catch a cold. To make bedtime even more
healthful, try using a protective pillow cover, which can help prevent a stuffy, runny nose.
Good to know: If you have trouble falling asleep, try a mind-calming exercise. For instance: “Go over everything you did during the day, but do it in reverse order,” says C. Evers Whyte, director of the Center for Health Renewal, in Stamford, Connecticut.
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So maybe you can’t change your health overnight. But you can get a head start.