How to Prevent Colds


Cold season and travel season are upon us.  No one wants to get sick during the holiday season!  Especially with hectic schedules and for some, hectic travel in order to share the special time of year with loved ones.

What are some practical ways to stay healthy and prevent colds?

1) Stay warm.  Western medicine does not emphasize this enough.  Take every effort to stay warm, especially if you are feeling worn and need a boost to your immune system.  Wear an extra layer, scarf, hat, extra socks, heaters, hot water bath or hot water spa for feet, cover exposed skin, and use extra blankets at night.  Drink warm water, avoid drinking cold water because your organs have to work extra hard to heat up the ingested cold water to your body temperature.  Ask for water without ice.  Avoid having cold feet -- all your major blood veins run through your feet.  Keeping warm feet will allow blood flow to move, therefore, increasing your circulation and immunity.

2) Stay hydrated.  Dehydration is a cause for many illnesses, and is so often overlooked.  The body may not even feel thirsty when he/she is chronically or severely dehydrated.  When you are not feeling well, don't reach out to pharmaceutical drugs as your first line of defense - reach out to pure water and whole foods as the first step.  Purify your water - reverse osmosis is a wonderful option.

3) Load up on antioxidants.  Antioxidants and Vitamin C are important in conjunction with the above mentioned practices.  Building up your immune system with foods that are high in antioxidants are key to fighting potential illnesses, slowing oxidative damage, and giving your body the fuel that it really needs.  With all the Thanksgiving turkey and holiday eating, don't forget to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. powbab is a great way to load up on antioxidants because every chew has 100% of your antioxidant needs per day - which is about a 3000 ORAC value.  Also, powbab contains raw and unprocessed fruit!

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