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Lifestyle Habits for Preventing Colds and Sinusitis

Good Hygiene
A very common method for transmitting a cold is by shaking hands. The ancient Indian method of Namasthe (folding hands with respect) or the Oriental style of bowing (a forward bending of the head or upper body in salutation or assent) can prevent at the least about 50% of colds and many other infectious diseases.

Everyone should always wash his or her hands before eating and after going outside. Ordinary soap is sufficient. A study suggests that common liquid dish washing soaps are up to 100 times more effective than antibacterial soaps in killing respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which is known to cause pneumonia.

Regular diet of foods such as fresh, dark-colored fruits and vegetables, which are rich in antioxidants and other important food chemicals that help boost the immune system.

Researchers are also studying the possible protective value of certain strains of lactobacilli, bacteria found in the intestines. Some of these strains, particularly acidophilus, are used to make yogurt.

Breastfeeding. Some evidence suggests that women who breastfeed reduce the risk of respiratory infections in their children.

Low Stress and Active Social Life
More than one study has reported that people with low stress who also have an active social life have fewer colds than people who have high stress levels or those who have low stress and few social connections.

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