Q: Why is it that I catch every common cold virus or other sickness that someone around me has? I exercise, wash my hands frequently, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, drink water and tea, take supplements and get enough sleep every night. Why can't I be one of those people who never get sick?
A: You can be one of those people! You're already doing many of the right things to keep germs from messing with you, especially washing your hands frequently (maybe someday you can share your secret for getting enough sleep!). But you can do more. Make sure you're getting these:
Still feel a cold coming on? You can't stop it in its tracks, but you can reduce the symptoms. Eat chicken soup four times a day, take 500 mg of vitamin C four times a day, or take zinc lozenges every six hours, and drink lots of fluids to help flush your body of the infection.
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