Want to Cut Your Chances of Catching a Cold? Try These Tips

Spoon Up Some Chicken Soup

Scientists say this comfort food can actually be healing. In studies, it was shown to have natural anti-inflammatory effects (inflammation being what seems to cause cold symptoms), Ackerman writes. So, what miracle ingredients does your average bowl possess to prevent bugs? Though experts have yet to sleuth out specific ingredients, they credit the soup’s soothing blend of chicken and vegetables since in the study, “something about that seemed to be active,” Ackerman says.

Nose Around

Can’t stop sneezing? Take it with some grains of salt. Research reveals regular nasal saline washes can help prevent colds and the severity of their pesky symptoms if you do catch one, Ackerman writes. How? Scientists say saltwater rinses reduce inflammation while also helping to move out problem-causing mucus. To do: Using a neti pot, a teapot-like device available at most pharmacies, pour saline solution into each nostril, then let the liquid slowly drain out over the sink to efficiently flush out nasal passages.

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