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People Who Never Get Sick Do These 8 Things

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By    |   Monday, 30 December 2019 10:23 AM

Some people seem to never get sick. The rest of us may be coughing and sneezing, but they are happily (and healthily) breezing through the office as if they were immune. It may seem as if these people have superpowers, but they actually just stick to these eight daily habits, listed by The Healthy, which help prevent them from getting sick:

  1. They avoid pressing the elevator button with their fingers. If you want to avoid germs, you may want to consider pressing the elevator button with your elbow — or at least disinfect your hands after touching the button. Studies found that a virus can spread to 50% of public surfaces within hours. Something as simple as pressing a button is all it takes to catch the virus.
  2. They stay hydrated. There are many reasons why you should drink enough water, and flushing germs out of your system is one of them. Aim for at least eight glasses a day.
  3. They get enough sleep. Skimping on sleep can compromise your immune system, which will make you more susceptible to picking up viruses. "Sleep is one of the most important things we can do for the body," says Renee Miranda, MD. "When we sleep, the body gets a chance to recuperate, repair, and rejuvenate." Eight hours is a good benchmark to work toward.
  4. They disinfect their phones. You carry your phone everywhere, but what you may not realize is that germs are transferring onto your phone from whatever surface it is laying on or whoever is touching it. Now think about all the times you have carried your phone into a public bathroom or let a sick spouse or child pick it up. It's best to regularly clean your phone with disinfecting wipes.
  5. They Zen out. Some believe that meditation and yoga are still airy-fairy, but research is proving that both can reduce stress, which impacts your immune system. The proof is in the pudding. "My husband rarely gets sick, and I think it's because he's rarely stressed," says Kacia Putnam of Morristown, New Jersey.
  6. They supplement with zinc. Some studies have found that supplementing with zinc may shorten the duration of colds and flu. Nutrition and fitness expert Erin Palinski-Wade recommends taking zinc in the form of a syrup or lozenge, "which allows it to stay in the throat, where it can come into contact with a virus like a cold."
  7. They sip hot water. There is a growing body of research that suggests sipping hot water can prevent you from getting sick by improving mucus flow in the nasal passage. This could help to reduce sinus symptoms and congestion. For an extra boost, Partha Nandi, M.D. recommends drinking warm water with raw honey and lemon juice.
  8. They are not germophobes. You would think the people who are constantly washing and sanitizing their hands are the ones least likely to get sick, but this is not the case. "Good bugs are essential for our health and immunity, as they keep our microbiome and our immune system functioning optimally," says Frank Lipman, M.D. "Exposure to all kinds of bacteria is how we build an immune system that is balanced and strong."

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Some people seem to never get sick. The rest of us may be coughing and sneezing, but they are happily (and healthily) breezing through the office as if they were immune.
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