Beat the common cold with these 8 tips
- Eat and drink fermented food (kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha, etc.) The boost in probiotics from these foods could support your immune system.
- Avoid added sugar – I think there’s a strong correlation between the rise of the common cold and increased sugar intake over the holidays. Sugar is known to cause inflammation. Could the added stress of sugar on your body make you more susceptible to a cold?
- Exercise (break a sweat) at least a few times a week.
- Wim Hof Breathing – this breathing technique is scientifically proven to fight infection – start this breathing technique at the onset of cold symptoms, or do it as a practice throughout cold season.
- Sauna or hot yoga – Sauna is also proven to reduce infection – give sauna a try or the similarly hot environment of hot yoga
- Homemade Chicken Soup or Bone Broth – the key here is homemade, cooking your own bones ensures that the soup is rich in minerals and collagen, nutrients that may be important in supporting your body’s fight against the cold. Making your own soup from scratch also helps keep out needless amounts of excess sodium and artificial ingredients. Google “chicken stock from scratch” for recipes on how to make this. I’m a big fan of Mark Bittman’s and America’s Test Kitchen Recipes.
- General self care practice – stress is one of the greatest threats to our health. For some people winter months can exacerbate stress, whether it’s the holidays, white knuckle driving or pressure to have strong performance in Q4. Be thoughtful of how you’re doing physically and emotionally, and you may just keep a cold at bay. What’s more, if you need a break, take a day.
- EmergenC, Zinc, and over the counter cold remedies can all help beat back a cold. I take EmergenC throughout the year as an afternoon caffeine free pick-me-up, this is thanks to the b-vitamins. Try it with hot water.
Doing some or all these things can help keep you chugging along this fall and winter. Good luck!