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Reduce your sugar

Did you know that consuming sugar of any kind can significantly slow down your body’s ability to heal itself? Glucose (sugar) essentially reduces the effectiveness of your white blood cells, which are your main defense in fighting infection in the body. While sugar won’t cause an illness or cold, it can make your immune system seriously sluggish and run down until you get sick. If you really want to stay healthy, start checking the sugar content of what you’re consuming.

Put down your orange juice

This one goes hand-in-hand with #1. While orange juice is perfectly fine on a regular basis, the idea that drinking it for Vitamin D or C to prevent sickness is just a myth. The sugar in most orange juices overwhelms any possible healing benefits you could get from drinking it. This also goes for the “sports drinks for electrolytes” myth. Buy electrolyte water if you need electrolytes. The only liquids you really should be drinking are water, herbal teas, or vegetable juices, if you’re into those.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is super important for your immune system to stay strong and healthy. Buy a low-dose Vitamin D supplement at any drugstore or grocery store. The capsules are usually very small, and one a day is such a smart and easy way to build up your immune system against illness.

Downtime

Stress and over-scheduling are huge factors that can cause you to be at the mercy of a cold or that flu that’s going around. Deliberately taking time to ‘unplug’ from life can be very restorative both emotionally and physically. It is so important to insist on having time to yourself to do something relaxing to keep you from getting a cold.

Stay active

A little bit of exercise a few times a week can go a long way toward fortifying your body against infection. Movement stimulates your lymphatic system, burns through those excess college calories, and makes you feel good all around! Staying active always makes a huge difference!