How to Prevent Common Cold

Jun 22, 2009
It is quite difficult to prevent catching seasonal cold even if you avoid people who are sneezing and coughing, since millions of viruses are spread at a close distance with you. Still we can try to prevent common cold by taking protective measures to improve our immune system. It is especially important for children, whose immune system is not fully formed yet, and for older people, since their immune system is weaker.

Preventing Common Cold

  • Good nutrition will increase the defensive power of your body. It is necessary to include food containing various vitamins in your diet to help your body resist the viruses. These are mainly vitamin C and the B group vitamins, found in dark green, red or yellow vegetables and fruits.

  • An adequate sleep, long walks and moderate physical activity will not take so much time, but help you keep in good shape and improve your immune system. You can keep to these habits at any time of the year, which will help you in preventing common cold.

  • Stay positive because chronic stress suppresses your immune system and makes you more susceptible to common cold.

  • Water therapy, such as contrast showers and fresh air will also have a positive effect.

  • It is known that smoking, alcohol consumption and excessive stress weaken the organism, so try to avoid these bad habits.

Immune System Boosters

There are also a number of natural treatments known as immune boosters, such as Ginseng, Echinacea, propolis and garlic. They help to prevent common cold by stimulating the immune system of the organism.

Probiotics also called as friendly bacteria that are used to make yogurt and cheese also show its positive effect in preventing common cold. The bacteria in yogurt contribute to enhancement of immune system, which explains its benefits for common cold prevention. Eating a cup of yogurt can lower your chances of getting cold by 25 percent.


Try to wash your hands as often as possible. Do not touch your face after coughing or sneezing, since a great number of cold viruses enter your body this way. Use disposable tissues when sneezing or coughing and throw them right away, to prevent transmission of the infection to other people.

Do not use your hands to cover your mouth or nose when coughing or sneezing if you have no tissues hands are also a perfect way for spreading common cold.

Avoid crowded public places and limit your contacts with people you suspect to be infected.