As we enter into wintertime, when we are more prone to illness
When we develop an illness we seem to automatically stick to old wives’ tales. We use this outdated advice to try and prevent ourselves and our loved ones from getting a cold or the flu.
But science has come a long way and the latest research can do a better job of finding you ways to prevent illness this season. To give your health a fighting chance this winter, we have sought out for you the latest medical research and studies. We will reveal the ways not to get sick that they have uncovered below.
What to do to not get sick:
1. Avoid Mega-dosing on Vitamin C
In a study published by the Harvard Medical School, it discovered that taking excess vitamin C will not make any difference to your health. If you are not deficient in Vitamin C to start with, the excess will just go to waste.
Generally speaking, taking a multivitamin and mineral complex supplement will only benefit people who are already deficient in these things.
2. Surgical masks don’t stop you getting sick
Wearing a surgical mask in public can prevent you from spreading illnesses to others, but since they are not completely airtight, they can’t actually stop you breathing in airborne viruses from other people.
This is why they have been never recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.
3. Avoid talking to sick people face to face
In 2013 a study it was revealed that you are more than 8-9 times more likely to catch a flu virus from being breathed on, than from someone sneezing on you. You are therefore more likely to get sick when someone simply speaks to you – even worse if they yell at you.
This is why it is important for sick people to stay home from work when they are ill – it is not a sign of laziness, it is a sign of compassion for their colleagues!
4. Hug more – when you are healthy!
As a preventative measure leading up to the cold and flu season, show your loved ones that you care by giving them lots of hugs! A study published in 2014 in the Sage Journal discovered that you are less likely to get sick when you feel socially connected and cared for.
Other studies have shown that a loving connection releases the hormone oxytocin into the bloodstream, which is an anti-inflammatory. Love can literally cure illness, according to science!
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