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Healthy Living Tips 2011 – Talks about perfect lifestyle

(1) While it's not clear if exercise works directly on the immune system or through some other brain or nervous system mechanism, what is clear is that, in moderation, it's good for you.

People who exercise are less likely to get upper respiratory infections like colds, and when they do, they report them as being less severe and shorter.

Exercise can reduce the incidence of upper respiratory tract infections by 18 percent to 67 percent.

(2) Vitamin D has a significant link to how well the immune system functions, adds that most of us are deficient in the sunshine vitamin, especially during the winter.

It’s made when the sun shines on unprotected skin, and is stored for later use. During the darker months, stores get low.

Getting a blood test to check your vitamin D levels, so you know how much you should be taking.

(3) Warm up a bowl of chicken soup. It's not just an old wives' tale. It does have an anti-inflammatory effect, reducing the movement of some of the most active immune cells that cause the worst of our cold symptoms.

Some combination of the ingredients in chicken soup may be responsible for its healing abilities.

(4) Try a neti pot or saline nasal wash. Putting more fluid in your nose may be the last thing you want to do when you have a cold, but washing out the nasal passages can actually speed healing.

As per Latest Health Care Tips, Saline washes and sprays are gentle enough for children, and can help clear the nose to make breathing easier, too.

It will decrease the sheer number of viral particles that are attaching themselves to your mucus membranes and are allowed to do their thing.
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