BEAT A COLD WITH THESE QUICK HEALTH TIPS

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NOTH­ING MAKES YOU FEEL WORSE THAN SUC­CUMB­ING TO MAN FLU. HERE’S HOW YOU CAN FOR­TIFY YOUR DE­FENCES AND BLOW AWAY THE RHI­NOVIRUS FOR GOOD.

CON­TACT WITH YOUR MOUTH, NOSE OR EYES IS ENOUGH TO CATCH THE BUG – SO WASH YOUR HANDS THOR­OUGHLY AND KEEP THEM TO YOUR­SELF.

1 AIR­BORNE AT­TACK

More than 200 virus strains can cause the com­mon cold, spread­ing through the air in tiny droplets when an in­fected per­son coughs or sneezes. Con­tact with your mouth, nose or eyes is enough to catch the bug – so wash your hands thor­oughly and keep them to your­self. Be­ware: your col­leagues are at their most con­ta­gious dur­ing the ear­li­est days of a cold. Hot-desk at a dis­tance, in other words.

2 RUN WITH IT

Once hit, most be­lieve the cold virus is the di­rect cause of your chronic nose tap. How­ever, ac­cord­ing to the Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Res­pi­ra­tory and

Crit­i­cal Care Medicine, your symp­toms are ac­tu­ally your body’s in­flam­ma­tory im­mune re­sponse to fight the in­fec­tion. Your sore nasal pas­sages will con­tinue to pro­duce ex­cess mu­cus un­til your cold is de­feated. It’s best you stock up on Kleenex and ride this one out.

4 FOOD FOR SUP­PORT

Too run-down to train? The old adage that you should feed a cold ac­tu­ally has legs. In a study by the Lab­o­ra­tory for Ex­per­i­men­tal In­ter­nal Medicine, ill sub­jects who were given a 1200kcal meal ex­pe­ri­enced a 450% in­crease in gamma in­ter­feron, a com­pound that su­per­charges your im­mu­nity. Also, Fin­nish sci­en­tists found that lozenges con­tain­ing in­fec­tion-fight­ing zinc cut cold du­ra­tion by 30%. They’ll help you suck it up.

3 PLAY THE HEAVY

With your body’s in­flam­ma­tory re­sponse in full flow, your Tand B-lym­pho­cytes be­gin their coun­ter­at­tack against the in­fec­tion. If your symp­toms are above the neck, you can sup­port them with a work­out. Yale Uni found the virus repli­cates bet­ter at cool tem­per­a­tures. One 45-minute ses­sion will sim­u­late the phys­i­o­log­i­cal con­di­tions of a fever, boost­ing your body tem­per­a­ture and slow­ing your im­mune sys­tem’s en­e­mies.

5 DOWN YOUR RISK

The av­er­age man con­tracts up to four colds a year, so as your symp­toms sub­side, dou­ble down on your de­fence strat­egy. The Uni­ver­sity of Helsinki found top­ping up your vit C with a glass of OJ at break­fast halves the in­ci­dence and du­ra­tion of colds. Plus, Carnegie Mel­lon Uni­ver­sity dis­cov­ered that stress slows your im­mune re­sponse, so start im­pos­ing a home email ban. You’ve won the bat­tle – now pre­pare to win the war.

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