10 Helpful Tips to Prevent Colds and the
As the weather gets cooler, the cold and flu become
the #1 enemy of people. Here are some useful tips
for you to avoid sickness:
#1. Wash your hands thoroughly for at least
--Most cold and flu viruses are spread by direct
contact. Washing your hands throughout the day is
a very important rule. You must scrub your hands
for at least 10 seconds, especially right before
you touch your face, mouth, and food.
#2. Don’t Cover your Sneezes and
Coughs With Your Hands.
--Since germs and viruses cling to your bare hands,
muffling coughs and sneezes with your hands results
in passing your germs to others.
#3. Sleep Earlier and Never Sleep with
an Open Window.
--Try to sleep before 11 pm. It is a good habit
that will restore your vital energy by following
the Yin Yang balance theory. There will be less
chance for you to catch a cold/flu if you do so.
The chills coming from the open window can lower
your immune system’s defenses.
#4. Drink Plenty of Fluids.
--Water flushes out your system, plus, it washes
out the toxins in your body as it re-hydrates you.
Green tea / White tea will be the best choices.
Usually we need about 8 Cup of water daily. You
can see this in your urine. If your urine color
runs deep yellow, you need more fluids.
#5. Don’t Run Out With Wet Hair.
--Wet hair tends to hold the dampness and coldness
from your hair to your head and neck. TCM theory
states that this will invade the body’s defense
#6. Don’t Wear Sandals or Slippers
During the Winter Period.
--Cold air is claimed to be the main reason why
you get a cold or the flu. Keeping your feet warm
will strengthen your adrenalin function.
#7. Stay Away From Greasy Foods and Sugar.
--Eating healthy, with warm, grease-free, easily
digestible food, is the best way to keep your Middle
Jiao (center body) clean, in order to maintain a
good decency ability of “Qi”. Some studies
show that eating low-fat yogurt daily could decrease
the chance of catching a cold by 25%.
#8. Cut Alcohol Consumption and Don’t
--Alcohol destroys the liver, the body’s primary
filter system. This means that germs of all kinds
won’t leave. Alcohol also dehydrates the body.
Heavy smokers get more colds, more severely than
non-smokers. However, both alcohol and smoking can
profoundly lower the body’s immune system.
#9. Steam Black Vinegar.
--Around the cold season, boil black rice vinegar
every night for 10 minutes and try to let the vapor
travel around the whole house. This is a natural
disinfection ‘air spray.’
#10. Visit an Acupuncturist Right Away.
--The first day you come down with a cold, visit
an acupuncturist right away! Your cold will be gone
before you know it.
Please enjoy the winter season, stay away from
colds and the flu, and have a wonderful holiday!
Dr. Lu & Dr. Jing’s Advice