Can You Help Me Avoid the Common Cold?

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

I don't know why I am so susceptible to the common cold! I already take a lot of precautions: I take a multivitamin with 100% of my RDI of Vitamin C, I eat a diet full of fruits and veggies from all colors of the rainbow, I stay hydrated, I keep my hands clean, I get regular physical activity... but I get at least five or six HORRIBLE colds every year. I'll often use +100 tissues every day when my colds are bad, and I blow my nose until it's red and raw. What can I do?
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    Make sure you get enough Vit D!
    2086 days ago
  • RR1_RR1
    I know this may seem obvious but how about a flu shot? Not sure if that works for colds too. Also if you take a high amount of C then stop, your more susceptible to them.
    2096 days ago
    Are you around little kids? If so, that could be the culprit. They are notorious for sharing their germs with the unsuspecting. If no little ones to blame it on, then I agree with the other suggestions. Burning the candle at both ends oftentimes results in illness. Rest and de-stress may be the key. emoticon
    2097 days ago
    Try taking the supplements Echinacea and Goldenseal root. Natural live yogurt with probiotic cultures is supposed to strengthen the immune system too.

    When you get a cold, make sure you buy tissues with a moisturiser in them to soothe your nose. Buy a steam inhaler and use twice a day for twenty minutes to shorten the duration of a cold. Hope this helps.
    2097 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/22/2012 10:25:48 AM
    You've been given good advice already, so hope it helps.
    2097 days ago
    I was going to suggest vitamin D3. I have been taking it and did come down with a cold but it only lasted 3 days which is a real change for me since it usually takes me about 2 weeks to recover. It is worth a try.
    2097 days ago
    Are you taking a good multi and Vitamin D? When I take enough Vit D (5,000 IU) during the winter I never get sick or only slightly. Also, make sure your diet is full of fruits, veggies, cut out processed foods and sugar. Lots of sleep too.
    2097 days ago
    I agree with Maraude; you can be super healthy, but if lack of rest and stress are a common occurrence in your life, your immune system can still take a toll. A day or two off, doing absolutely nothing but watching reruns of old sitcoms/chick flicks and eating nutrient dense fruit and vegetables would do wonders. Hot yoga is also known for clearing your sinus'. Take some time for you to rest up and not worry about anything.

    My dads a doctor, lol. This was drilled into me as a kid.
    2097 days ago
    There are many factors at play; you didn't mention stress and sleep habit for example or if people are sneezing on your or if you breathe recycled air where sick people are ... and on. I've been sick for almost 2 months now, one after the other and I haven't got all of them so my immune system is working but like a damm it can only hold up to so much. :)

    eta: Check zinc out; watch out for loss of taste though.
    2097 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/21/2012 9:08:10 PM
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