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Three Natural Ways to Prevent Colds This Winter

Hayley Hunkin

Colds spread easily from person to person, especially in winter. Most people will end up with at least one cold, every winter. However, you can give your immune system a boost and help your body fight colds with these natural defences.

If you do have a cold, starting these remedies as soon as possible will help your immune system to fight the bugs and will therefore help you to recover quicker.

Tip 1 - Eat More Garlic

Add some fresh crushed garlic to at least three meals a week. Garlic provides a natural boost to your immune system and helps to kill some types of bacteria. It attacks the bacteria linked to colds and flu symptoms. You can purchase minced garlic in jars, if you prefer this to crushing fresh garlic.

Your immune system is the defence mechanism the body has against bacteria and bugs. Increasing the efficiency of the immune system is always a good thing. Garlic gives your immune system a strong weapon to use as defence.

Eating garlic is easy in the winter, because it is an easy ingredient to add to stews, soups and casseroles. These are common foods across the world in winter, because warm foods naturally warm the body.

Tip 2 - Increase Your Vitamin C Intake

Vitamin C is a natural way of boosting the body's immune system to resist infection. It is one of the most essential vitamins and healthy people should consume vitamin C daily. Doctors and nutritionists recommend an increased dose of vitamin C throughout winter to prevent colds and flu symptoms from taking hold.

Vitamin C helps to keep body tissues such as muscles in good shape, and facilitates quick healing for cuts.

There are two ways of increasing the amount of vitamin C available to your body. You can take a vitamin pill that contains vitamin C, or you can eat more vitamin C rich foods.

Foods that are rich in Vitamin C include: citrus fruits and their juices, like oranges, lemons and limes, broccoli, tomatoes, cantaloupe, strawberries, kiwi fruit, and cabbage.

Tip 3 - Wash your Hands

Washing your hands regularly can be a great defence against colds and flu viruses. These viruses spread so quickly among people because the germs can cling to bare skin, such as hands and faces.

There are over 200 cold viruses in the world. Most of these transfer from person to person through touching. Washing your hands will prevent the spread of the virus to others, if you are sick. It will also prevent you from re- infecting yourself by ingesting germs from your own hands.

Washing your hands regularly will prevent you from ingesting germs that you have on your hands from touching objects in public places or from touching other people. Remember, you do not know whether someone else with a cold has rubbed their nose and then touched something, transferring their germs to the object.

If you come along and touch that object too, you will have the germs on your hands. Rubbing your face or eating food can transfer the germs close to your nose and mouth, where they can be ingested, giving you the cold. Washing your hands as often as you can will help prevent colds.

You can prevent colds this winter by following these three natural ways to increase your body's immune system and reducing the risk of infections. Garlic and vitamin C provide natural boosts to the immune system, while frequent washing of hands prevents the spread of infection. 

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