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
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.
evidence suggests that women who breastfeed reduce the risk of respiratory
infections in their children.
Low Stress and Active
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