I was reading this article on Business Insider about cold preventions, and they had some suggestions that I hadn’t heard of before.
- Keep an air ionizer by your desk. This will purify air from dust particles and bacteria, keeping you healthier overall.
- Spoil yourself with a sauna. A 1989 study in Germany found that people who steamed twice a week got half as many colds as those who didn’t. The theory is that when you take a sauna you inhale air hotter than 80 degrees, a temperature too hot for cold and flu viruses to survive.
- Load up on Dannon. Studies show that eating a cup of low-fat yogurt each day reduces your susceptibility to colds by 25%. Experts think the bacteria in yogurt stimulates production of immune system substances that fight disease.
- Keep geranium on your desk. The leaves of the plant emit phytoncides that kill airborne bacteria. When you feel like sneeze coming, tear a leaf off the plant and rub it between your fingers to release more phytoncides. Inhale a pleasant odor for a moment instead of sneezing all over your workspace.