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    10 ways to beat the common cold

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - It's cold and flu season! Adults average two to four colds a year, and the typical upper respiratory infection takes up to 10 days to get over.

    But there are ways to fight it with some easy tips from Yahoo! Health.

    1. Take zinc - Research shows taking zinc within a day of your fist symptoms can reduce both their severity and duration. Daily supplement regularly helps.

    2. Find calm - Sandra Adamson Fryhofer, M.D. says when you're stressed, your immune system ends up under-reacting to viral and bacterial infections.

    3. Gargle water - Gargle water a few times a day can help flush out bugs.

    4. Drink more water - Fryholder says hydration helps keep your nasal passages moist so they can better get rid of little particles of bacteria.

    5. Take probiotics - A recent study shows probiotic supplements shortened the length of a cold from six days to four and made symptoms less severe. Look for the strains LGG and BB12.

    6. Try a herbal remedy - There's evidence that shows the herb Pelargonium sidoides can reduce a cold's severity and duration. Look for the brand Umcka.

    7. Take vitamin D - Some research shows taking 800 to 1000 IU of vitamin D3 a day for adults during cold season to reduce risk and speed recovery.

    8. Garlic - Garlic hasn't been formally studies much, but it has been used as a home remedy for its supposed antimicrobial and antiviral superpowers. Try a supplement or crush a clove with dinner.

    9. Take time for a workout - Research shows regular moderate exercise is best for warding off bugs. But once you've caught a cold, take a break. Fryhofer says, "You just need to listen to your body. Don't' try to push through it."

    10. Get plenty of sleep - Sleep boosts your immune function. A "pre-cold" may be a sign you aren't getting enough sleep.

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