Beating the Common Cold

Dr. Karen Latimer shares tips to boost your immune system.
5:00 | 10/28/11

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Cold and flu season is here and whether you already have a cold or you feel one coming on the best thing you can do -- support your immune system. So how can you adjust your diet to beat the common cold here to share some tips and family practitioner and author of the blog yes five dot net to doctor Karen Latimer got a lot of great to see you thanks for being there and fat and obviously cold season this hair -- and you have some tips on how we can. Beat the common -- let's get dive right in your first that this increase fluid intake right. Which is always a good idea for so many reasons for your GI system for your skin for your hair for everything you know -- -- of latter day is such a good idea but if you. Have a cold or feel a cold coming on your getting scratchy throat feeling you just know something's not right -- a little more fatigued. It's a great time to really increase fluids water land and -- a clear broth. Seller these are all we created equal it's not like me to just drink water just think the owner is probably -- -- -- okay now heads and even warm water is great. Keep your -- bottle of water you wanted to than it really will help to support your immune system and right allow -- -- if you function at its optimum and you'll. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- All those vitamins and minerals the vitamin C in the sink in. In my nominees and beefy big Green for supporting the union system and really will help them wouldn't feel about supplements -- -- -- -- -- a this jury that Internet you know I think is pretty much known to help not at least shorten the duration of the cold symptoms except we can't really figure out what's the best way to get the zinc. The way into your body peanuts have a lot of things. -- better wrecking -- in your diet. -- lean meats have a lot of things land has think none fruits and vegetables -- blast but they do have some sort of you can. Get them in your. Diet as opposed to and other -- much fat and better -- -- people love to look in the vitamin C and that's OK you can try it for a short period of time don't take high dose of vitamin C for a long period of time. You can get in your diet my artist art and fruits and vegetables. And it'll prevent you from eating all the junk that's gonna make you feel -- -- also now what about salt and captains safely Friday. And increase your intake of those things right so they basically counter -- -- that -- tanks into your body salts. Is extremely dehydrated being you know I think of the ocean water as you know not being able to hydrate you the same thing in your body -- too much -- Caffeine is a direct right. And it really will deplete those that the fluid sources that you need when you're sick because you're losing immigrant fever you losing -- constantly dividing working so hard to fight off. An affection you're losing fluids -- losing it in all the congestion -- -- -- millions replace those limits and now what I should -- Why isn't a question about why do we need to cut that there were sent here to talk about it apple will weaken us where is because it only the old Halloween candy that I have -- I -- I -- -- It is known. To decrease your immune system and you know -- on all of those things those white blood cells and everything else and decrease their effectiveness. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Putting a strain on your liver which is working hard to -- supply and you -- to hydrant nearby even further and what foods that can help us once we already have called the either alleviate the symptoms or are there any good to actually help us get where typical. You know what your trying to do again is really boost that immune system your immune system will ultimately get rid of a cold tonight but if you can -- in it on through the talking Madden. Some of the things you can prevent worse infections from happening like ear infections bronchitis sinus infections so try to do other things garlic has been shown. Grapefruit is great -- -- liver and great source of vitamin C. Warm beverages have actually been known to. And soup seen fit right -- -- -- the nasal passages and actually decrease the mucus secretions and anytime you can decrease. In mucus in your body your. Lowering your risk of getting those other infections what spicy foods like anything that needs your eyes water sort of had the same effect in -- -- sinuses. So important and it into abstract data -- nice hot spicy Chinese soups that kind of a thing influence of -- insult people -- to do. You know hats and us. Look at new box with the illegals because of their loaded with sodium -- you probably do more harm than doctor Karen -- thank you so much you welcome.

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