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Tips to Help Prevent a Cold

There are no known cures for colds and flu, so cold and flu prevention is the key. Here are 4 tips you can use to help prevent colds and the flu naturally:

There are no known cures for colds and flu, so cold and flu prevention is the key. Here are 4 tips you can use to help prevent colds and the flu naturally:

#1 Wash Your Hands

Most cold and flu viruses are spread by directly contact. Someone who has the flu sneezes onto his or her hand and then touches the telephone, the keyboard, a kitchen glass. The germs can lve for hours only to be picked up by the next person who touches the same object. So wash your hands often. If you can't get to a sink, rub an alcohol-based hand sanitizer onto your hands.

#2 Don't Cover Your Sneezes and Coughs With Your Hands

Coughing and sneezing in your hands often results in passing along your germs to others. When you feel a sneeze or cough coming, use a tissue, then throw it away immediately. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into the inside of your elbow (vampire sneeze).

#3 Don't Touch Your Face

Cold and flu viruses enter your body through the eyes, nose, or mouth. Avoid touching your face, in most cases the virus can be transmitted to other family members this way.

#4 Do Aerobic Exercise Regularly

Aerobic exercise speeds up the heart to pump larger quantities of blood; makes you breathe faster to help transfer oxygen from your loungs to your blood; and makes you sweat once your body heats up. These exercises help increase the body's natural virus-killing cells.

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