I listened to an interesting piece on NPR this morning regarding this cold and flu season. If you don’t actually have time to listen to it here are the main highlights.
First, not all individuals exposed to colds actually get sick. In fact, only about 30 percent of those exposed will actually become cold/flu ridden.
So, what makes you more susceptible?
Sleep (or lack thereof), and…
Stress (mostly ongoing high level stress).
You can reduce your risk though by exercising, making sure you get at least 8 hours of sleep, and a reduction in your stress levels. Haha, good luck with that! Believe it or not Vitamin C has been clinically proven to reduce the prevalence of the common cold, so make sure you’re taking it!