5 ways to stop a cold before it starts

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the last flu season was brutal and

doctors are saying it's too early to

predict the severity of this flu season

but there are some steps you can take to

avoid getting sick and Haley Hernandez

is here with some helpful tips good

morning good morning guys so according

to the CDC symptoms of the flu include

fever or chills cough sore throat body

aches headaches and fatigue cold

symptoms while you still probably feel

terrible are usually milder than the flu

and come with a runny or stuffy nose but

here are the ways you can load up your

arsenal to fight off whatever you come

in contact with during winter low

humidity dries out your nasal passages

but experts say a humidifier can help

your body to trap germs before they

invade your system oranges and OJ help

because it's packed with vitamin C zinc

can lessen the duration of a cold and

vitamin D is important because your

cells depend on it to activate infection

fighting responses the National

Institutes of Health suggest that most

adults aim for at least 600 I use per

day some organizations recommend even

more vitamin D is found in salmon beef

egg yolks milk cheese and mushrooms and

be aware of all the places you touch

that could spread bacteria handshakes

shopping carts cell phones some say your

phone has more bacteria than a toilet

which is why Baylor College of Medicine

physician assistant Isabel Valdes says

one of the healthiest practices to avoid

viruses is good long hand-washing adding

friction to the palms between fingers

under the nails and scrubbing for a good

20 seconds is how health professionals

deal with germs all day and don't get

sick of course she also says you need

the flu vaccine to protect you in case

you come in contact with the deadly


it launches an arsenal to try to help

your body beat this infection before

become something very very complicated

and remember you have to give your body

the energy it needs to fight colds get

plenty of sleep

you know once today scientists gave 153

men a virus they give them the virus and

then they track their sleep now the

people who got who regularly got less

than seven hours of sleep were three

times more likely to actually come down

with the cold than those who slept eight

or more hours a night so all of us are

in trouble if you are directly exposed

to the virus you can still fight it off

by getting plenty of sleep and just

taking care of yourself it's so hard

this time of year because we've all got

to do list this law not exactly getting

the most fleet and holiday parties yeah

got to make it a priority all those

things either so yeah tough to juggle

while right now

yeah we're gonna work on it so I might

do list get more sleep