A simple and obvious cold and flu prevention tip is to take good care of yourself. This could look like getting a good night’s sleep, eating healthy, exercising, and boosting your immune system. Research shows that lack of sleep can affect your immune system and that people who do not get quality sleep at night are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus. Getting quality sleep at night can also speed up recovery from an illness. Vitamins and nutrients can also help with staying in good health and fighting off an illness. For example, zinc, a nutrient found throughout the body, helps the immune system and metabolism function. Scientific studies show that oral zinc helps to reduce the length of illness when taken 24 hours after symptoms first show. It has also been found that although Vitamin C does not reduce the chances of getting sick, it has been linked to small improvements in cold-like symptoms.
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