Below 4 secrets of women
who never get sick.
Have a Set Bedtime
Research shows that those who sleep 8 hours or more per night are three times less likely to develop a cold compared to people who snooze for less than 7 hours. One reason why: At night your body repairs itself and regulates stress hormones that can make you more susceptible to infection. “I instituted a strict sleep/wake schedule in my house that applies on weekdays and weekends. Lack of sleep will say about your health
Have a set bedtime
Filling up on antioxidant-rich foods like sweet potatoes (beta-carotene), citrus and bell peppers (vitamin C), almonds (vitamin E), and red grapes or red wine (resveratrol) replenishes the cells that are damaged in the fight against germs and bacteria. “I used to get bad sinus infections regularly, but I cleaned up my diet— eating more whole foods like fruits, veggies, nuts and lean protein—and I haven’t been sick in two years.” —Susan Robertson, Knoxville, TN.
Shape Up Your Gut
You bring the outside world into your mouth every day, and though most bacteria and germs are harmless, some can make you sick. That’s where your gut gets in on the action. Good bacteria can enhance your immune system, so you may want to consider taking a probiotic supplement—which contains helpful bacteria—during cold and flu season. “I was a massage therapist for 10 years and I rarely got sick. I attribute that to consistent and strategic hand washing.” —Jennifer Muth, Washington
Wash at Key Times
Wash at Key Times
You don’t have to go crazy with hand washing. You can reduce illness by 15% to 50% if you remember to wash your hands before eating, before and after prepping food, post-bathroom and after sneezing or coughing. Soap and water is preferred (scrub for 20 seconds), but keep hand sanitizer around to degerm on the go, too. Look for one formulated with at least 60% alcohol.