Did you know that it’s a myth that cold weather causes colds? Viruses — coupled with a lowered immune response — cause colds. Certain bacteria may also spawn infections that produce cold-like symptoms.
However, cold weather isn’t completely off the hook. Most cold-causing viruses survive better with low humidity, which occurs most often during winter months. Also, cold temperatures can dry nasal membranes, making them more vulnerable to infection.
But, just because the temperature has dropped, doesn’t mean that you’re doomed to get sick. Dr. Smith has developed a list of all-natural ways to help you ward off the common cold and shorten its duration.
Commit to chiropractic care. The chiropractic lifestyle protects and builds the immune system, which is fundamental to ward off colds.
Embrace exercise. A short brisk walk will help strengthen the immune system.
Stop stress. Emotional stress weakens the immune system.
Savour sleep. If you begin to feel rundown, make a point of getting at least seven to eight hours of sleep each night.
Have some hot peppers. Spicy food helps to loosen lung and sinus congestion.
Get some green tea to decrease inflammation and help fight the common cold.
Get jazzed about ginger. Preliminary research shows that ginger may help fight germs associated with the common cold.
Check out chicken soup. Investigators found that chicken soup inhibits inflammation and upper respiratory infections.
Veer toward vitamins. Talk to the doctor about what specific supplement program is right for your individual needs.