Get some ginger
Ginger is another one of Elliott’s go-to inflammation-fighting foods. “This is my favourite, because not only can you ingest it, you can also create a humidified treatment with boiling water and fresh ginger for breathing in, which helps decrease inflammation in your lungs and sinuses,” she says.
Of course, there are some things out there that mess with your immune system, too, particularly alcohol. The main reason it messes with your health so much is because it often also ruins your sleep, Elliott says. Anything that interrupts your sleep also disrupts your immune system. Also, chronic drinking can suppress the production of certain blood cells, upping the risk of infection.
Keep your allergies in check
If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you may sniffle and sneeze. This can lead to inflammation in your sinuses, which makes it easier for a cold to take hold. To bolster your immune system and fight off sniffles, talk to your doctor on how you can get your allergies under control.
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