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Nowadays, there are several ways to fend off the flu or a cold. Although the flu shot may be at the top of your flu-defense list, it is not your only option. There are several other ways that can help you prevent the flu or a cold. The best and most natural way to defend against viruses is boosting your immune system.

Here is how you can do that:

  • Exercise & Sleep: Sleep helps us by contributing to a healthy immune system and ¬†exercise is a known immune-booster. Studies have shown that burning calories reduces the risk of getting a cold. Sleep for at least 7 hours daily and try taking a 20 minute power nap if you feel tired.
  • Keep it clean: Keeping your house or your office clean is very important, and is one of the easiest ways to kill viruses. Daily we touch or get in contact with several different contaminated objects. Studies have shown that some of the most commonly used and most contaminated objects include phones, computers, desks, door handles and remote controls. Tree oil has antibacterial properties and is ideal for cleaning surfaces that are contaminated. Clean the contaminated surfaces and objects at least twice a week.
  • Let some air in: Refreshing the atmosphere of your house plays a significant role in boosting your immune system. Improve circulation in your home by opening the windows. According to studies, indoor air can be up to 5 times more polluted compared to outdoor air. It is highly recommended that you open your windows daily.
  • Reach for zinc: Zinc is a nutrient that can help control cold symptoms faster, and boost your immune system. Zinc can be found in the following foods: beans, pumpkin seeds, spinach, oysters, and nuts. If you feel a cold coming, do not hesitate to add more zinc in your diet. 25 mg of zinc per day is a good amount to try!

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