2 Great Tricks to Ward Off a Cold By Samantha Judge Terrio

The chilly months are approaching and stress from your job or school may be doing a number on your motivation to live a healthy lifestyle. But don’t let the absence of sunny days pave the way for choices that bring on the pesky cold. Instead, follow these 5 simple tips to stave off getting sick this season!

Get Enough Sleep
Loud neighbors, too much caffeine, and stressful days may prevent you from getting the ideal 8 hours of restful sleep. In a study conducted at Carnegie Mellon, researchers discovered that those who slept less than 7 hours a night were 3 times as likely to get sick than those who slept 8 hours or more2. Don’t risk your health to stay up and watch Chelsea Lately. That’s what DVRs are for. Go to bed a little earlier to enjoy a healthy fall and winter.

Chow Down on Garlic
Vampires aren’t the only ones scared off by garlic. Viruses are terrified of it as well! A handful of studies have been done to try and determine if—and why—garlic can help prevent the common cold, and while scientists haven’t weighed definitively on this subject, published studies have shown that those who took a garlic supplement got sick less and recovered faster3. Plus, it can help open up your clogged sinuses if you’re already feeling under the weather. As if you really needed another reason to add it to your breakfast scramble and delicious fall dishes.

How should you eat it? According to Dr. David W. Krauss, associate professor of environmental science and biology at the University of Alabama, it’s best to crush it at room temperature and let it rest for 15 minutes before using it to trigger the release of its immune-boosting compounds4.

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Hello there! My name is Melissa McAllister. I am a proud 37 year old mother of a smart and witty 16 year old son and a bright and sassy 15 year old daughter. My husband is the reason I eat, drink, and sleep health and fitness. He has 2 speeds, GO and GO Faster. We have been together for over 22 years and married for 16 (yes, he had me at “hello!”). Don't get me wrong though...I was a Dorito and Coca Cola eating Hoover when I was in school! Fitness has been an essential part of my life for over 14 years. I have the 3 best jobs in the world—being a stay-at-home Mom, business owner, and group exercise instructor for several large fitness chains. I have been teaching everything from yoga to kickboxing for over 12 years. I have also had the great opportunity to train, inspire, and motivate other instructors for the past 9 years. You might even see me in a few fitness videos out there! ;) Reaching out to others who are struggling to be healthy and happy is my passion. I couldn’t tell you next Fall’s latest fashion must have or what flowers to plant this season, but I can help you achieve your health and fitness goals. With your determination and my motivation, we can find and keep the best YOU! Everyone deserves to be excited to get dressed in the morning and proud to walk into any room. My Motto: I will inspire by holding myself and those around me accountable!

Posted on October 11, 2012, in Healthy Habits. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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