Outsmart the cold & flu sea­son!

The mall, the gro­cery store, the of­fice and even your own home… spend­ing more time in­side makes you three times more likely to en­counter a nasty virus. But you can’t get sick now! Thank­fully, even the hardi­est germ can’t slow you down if your im­mune syste

Woman's World - - Contents - — Brenda Kearns

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You don’t have to live in a bub­ble to stay healthy. In fact, so­cial­iz­ing once a week cuts your risk of win­ter ill­nesses by 55%, say re­searchers at Pitts­burgh’s Carnegie Mel­lon Univer­sity—and you’ll get that great pro­tec­tion even if your friends and fam­ily are snif­fling. Turns out, the warm feel­ings we get when we feel con­nected with oth­ers switches on the genes that pro­duce oxy­tocin, aka the “hug hor­mone,” which en­er­gizes im­mune cells so they trounce in­vad­ing viruses fast.

Take a smile break

What makes you happy keeps you healthy, and a half hour daily of watch­ing your fa­vorite sit­com will cut your risk of ill­ness by as much as 33%! Univer­sity of Wis­con­sinMadi­son re­searchers dis­cov­ered that in ad­di­tion to in­creas­ing your brain’s pro­duc­tion of hor­mones that chase away funky moods, the dose of hap­pi­ness trig­gers the re­lease of virus-de­stroy­ing dy­namos called B cells.

Fla­vor with gar­lic

Even bet­ter than ward­ing off vam­pires: This fla­vor­ful bulb has been fight­ing off viruses for cen­turies! Ac­cord­ing to a study in the

Jour­nal of Im­munol­ogy Re­search, adding just one large clove of gar­lic to your daily diet can cut your risk of colds by 63%—plus help you bounce back in half the time if you are un­der the weather. Study co-au­thor Dan Or­tuno, PH.D., says gar­lic is rich in sul­fur com­pounds, the raw ma­te­ri­als your body needs to make virus-fight­ing im­mune cells.

Try a stay-well sup­ple­ment

A daily mul­ti­vi­ta­min— one with A, C, E and zinc— can cut your risk of colds and flu by as much as 66%, sug­gests re­search in the Bri­tish Jour­nal of Nu­tri­tion. These nu­tri­ents strengthen air­way tis­sues, so viruses have more trou­ble in­vad­ing, ex­plains study co-au­thor Eva Win­terg­erst, PH.D. Note: Check with your doc­tor be­fore tak­ing sup­ple­ments.

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