What Are You Doing to Prevent Catching A Cold?


1. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough/sneeze; throw away the tissue.

2. Wash your hands several times/day and lather for 30 seconds every time.

3. Use soap or disinfectant spray on doorknobs, telephones, computers, copier/fax keyboards and other “shared surfaces”.

4. Don’t touch your face—especially your eyes, nose or mouth.

5. Get 7-8 hours sleep/night so your body can rest.

6. Exercise—Moderate walking (especially outdoors) for a minimum of 30-60 minutes/day. If already sick with symptoms below the neck you need to rest. If your symptoms are above the neck you can exercise, just go easy.

7. Simplify your life and expectations.

8. Call your funniest friend—laughter increases the number and activity of antibodies in your body.

9. Learn deep breathing exercises--Meditation

10. Take a bubble bath; sprinkle a few drops of eucalyptus oil on your shower walls and will help to breathe more clearly.

11. Diet: Eat deeply colored fruits/vegetables in a rainbow of hues, nuts, eggs, fish and other lean meats. Especially eat: Brazil nuts---high in selenium that encourages production of antibodies, Carrots—contain carotenoids that are powerful anti-oxidants, Chili Peppers—triggers a release of watery fluids and helps to break up mucus and wash out viruses, Red Bell Peppers—high in Vit C and E, Red Meat—guards against iron deficiency and contains zinc which bolsters the immune cells; Medicinal mushrooms—shiitake, maitake and reishi are powerful immune stimulants and can be eaten a few times/week.

12. Foods to avoid: Milk, yogurt , and cheese—increases mucus production and the release of histamines; Alcohol; Limit Sugary Foods—jumpstarts inflammation and kills white blood cells; Fried Foods—containing saturated and trans fats trigger inflammation and Reactive Foods—ones you know you have a sensitivity to(gas and/or bloating).

13. Limit TV watching of doom and gloom and note that TVs and computer screens emit a blue light which interferes with the production of melatonin, a hormone that induces sleep.

14. Drink plenty of water—keeps lymph channels open and allows dead viruses and bacteria to be swept out of the body.

15. Relieve a raw nose: snip off a leaf of an aloe plant, slit it open and dab the gel.

16. Soothe a sore throat—brew tea with slippery elm (Throat Coat Tea) –drink 4-6 cups

17. Calm an upset stomach—Cut up 1-2 inches of ginger root into small pieces and boil in a quart of water for 10-20 minutes, cool, strain and sweeten or add mint.

18. Curb Congestion—Warm your feet in a tub of hot water and soak a pair of cotton socks in ice-cold water. Take your feet out of the tub, put on the cold socks and a pair of dry, thick wool ones and leave on for 3 hours.

19. Leave a fever—It delivers heat and white blood cells to the infection. Take a cold bath or drink cold water. If tops 102 degrees with stiff neck, lung congestion, etc.. call your doctor to rule out a more serious infection.

20. Banish a cough—Use the Hops plant-a muscle relaxer (1/4-1/2 tsp 2-3xs/day). Also, cut up 1 lemon and boil in 1 cup of water...add honey to taste.

21. Quiet a Cough—the chemical theobromine found in dark chocolate relaxes the vagus nerve which runs through the airways to the brain and triggers coughing. Use 2 ounces of 65% or more.

22. Inhalation therapy—relieves symptoms of a cold/flu and helps in prevention; in a quiet place take several deep sniffs with each nostril using tea tree oil. To relieve symptoms pour boiling water into a bowl with a few drops of tea tree oil, drape a towel around your head, lean forward, close your eyes and breathe in the steam.

22. Lymph drainage techniques can be shown to you by a trained practitioner.

23. Massage therapy and chiropractic adjustments can improve the function of your immune system.

24. Detoxification cellular cleanses may improve immune function.


--Colostrum—first food a baby receives after birth, before the mother actually begins to produce milk. Clinical test show its ability to provide passive immunity against bacteria and viruses, to organize immune responses to pathogens and to modulate natural killer cell activity.

--Vitamin C—decreases severity and duration of symptoms—take about 1,000mg daily divided into three or more doses to bowel tolerance.

--Zinc lozenges—may reduce symptoms—take 3 or more daily for 3-4 days.

--Products containing-- Olive leaf extract, Elderberry extract, Astragalus, Vitamin A, Lycopene, Maitake Mushroom, Pomegranate, Green Tea Extract, etc

--Homeopathic tinctures/Nasal Sprays for bacterial overgrowth.

--Chinese herbal formulations for immune support.

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Author's Bio: 

Iris Rosenfeld, DC is a bestselling author of the book, “Align, Expand and Succeed” and was awarded the Woman of the Year. Since beginning her practice in 1985, her services are tailored to meet one’s needs structurally, nutritionally and emotionally through eliminating the interferences that lead to dysfunction, pain and disease. She utilizes different techniques to empower one to achieve greater well-being. To learn more about upcoming seminars, receive free newsletters and create miraculous breakthroughs in abundant longevity, health and vitality, go to www.driris.com