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How can I make myself healther and more resistant to viruses/colds/etc.?

Asked by dee6541 (57points) February 27th, 2008

This year, I have gotten sick more times than I can remember ever getting sick in one year before! From viruses to colds to coughs, I seem to be unable to completely shake being somewhat unhealthy. How do I build my tolerance?

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youknowconnor's avatar

Do not share food and drinks with others, eat healthy, wash your hands, shower daily, cover cuts, and get at least 8 hours of sleep. Those are just some of the things that can help you stay healthy

squirbel's avatar

Here’s a checklist:

- Purchase some multivitamins for your age group.
– Wash your hands frequently; avoid touching public items (ie use the edge of the door vs the handle, or let someone else open it)
– Do not reuse tissues
– Exercise.
– Eat vegetables, nuts, fruits more often. (shortcut, buy “Green Goodness” drink in the produce section of your market)

- and of course, visit your Doc

xacrox's avatar

I heard a good healthy amount of zinc can often prevent sickness. I overheard it is one of the main ingredients in airbourne but I haven’t confirmed this.

mjkingfish's avatar

Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face, especially you mouth, nose, and eyes.

boffin's avatar

Alcohol kills germs….Consume lots of it….
If you become puny or feel that you might be getting sick….
NyQuil with a Scotch chaser….The Scotch gets rid of the nasty taste of the NyQuil

beccause's avatar

There are some great homeopathic herb formulas for boosting your immune system. Look online or at a Whole Foods. Eating nutrient rich foods, lots of raw fruits and veggies will help your immune system stay strong. Be sure to get lots of sleep, avoid stress and deal with it using breathing excercises, regular physical activity, stretching…
Avoiding processed foods and high sugar foods that tax the system and also coffee and alcohol, which are fine now and then but in regular use will wear you down and inhibit ideal functioning of your systems.
I also agree about avoiding sharing drinks, and wash your hands often.

WakeUp's avatar

Cook some chicken and leave it out overnight. Then eat it. Leave pizza out for a day or two and eat it. Open an arizona ice tea, leave it in the sun for 6 hours, drink. Culture smaller amounts of pathogens on purpose by leaving things out until just before they have turned. This is essentially vaccination (Giving your body an amount of a pathogen it is readily equipped to handle with its own immune response, to create a familiarity with the pathogen if it attacks again).

Sterility is a like a vacuum for bacteria, microbes, fungi, etc. Every time you wash your hands you are inviting hordes of new microbial agents. Being so obsessed with cleanliness kills the beneficial bacteria that live on your skin, leaving more space and food for funky nasty bacteria.

Constantly avoiding marginally pathogenic situations when you are fully healthy is what leads you to get sick in the first place.

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