There’s so much talk about how to avoid getting sick. But what do you do when you feel that telltale tickle in the back of your throat- and you’re in the fast lane to Cold City, population: Check out some of the weirder ways to keep your cold symptoms under wraps:
1. Kiss (and while you’re at it, have Sex)!
Yes, kissing can help you fight off colds and flu- http://planetgreen.discovery.com/food-health/ways-manage-stress-green.html! By exchanging bacteria back and forth, you are actually enhancing your body’s natural defenses and boosting your immune system. But that’s not to say you should go out and give a big smooch to any sicky around you… Up the ante and have sex! Performed once a week, sex has been shown to increase immunoglobulin A (IgA) production, an immune-boosting protein that helps keep pathogens at bay.
2. Listen to Music
Research has shown that those same sex-boosted IgA proteins also rise when listening to music like jazz, bluegrass or soft rock for 30 minutes, particularly during some of the most elevated sick-inducing moments: stress. Even after the beat is turned off, the IgA production goes on for another 30 minutes.
3. Walk Really Fast, But Don’t Run!
Research has revealed that a brisk walk- 45 minute walk, four or more days a week can improve your immune system and minimize sick days. But don’t run! Overexerting yourself (particularly if you’re already feeling slightly under the weather) can do you in and send you straight to bed.
4. Don’t Blow Your Nose
When you’re sick you nose tends to get stuffed up with mucus. Instant of fulfilling your urge to do a big hearty blow, take a decongestant or gently blow each nostril individually. Why? Blowing hard can actually push the mucus up into your sinuses, risking getting even more sick!
5. Get Hot
Studies show that, similar to drinking lots of water when you’re sick, sitting in a hot sauna can detox a cold right out of your system.
6. Avoid the Desert (or any hot and dry climate)
Dry desert air is a breeding ground for colds and flu. The reason? Viruses then to survive longer in moisture-sapped air, making airborne illnesses more readily present. Have a sicky in your house? Get a humidifier.
7. Hit the Snooze Button
Studies show that people who get less than seven hours of sleep a night are more prone to coming down with a cold than those who clock in at eight hours- three times more! Instead of risking getting sick (and being forced to take sick days), hit snooze and sleep in instead.