30-Day Cold- and Flu-Prevention Calendar

Achoo! Follow these tips to boost your chance of staying healthy during cold and flu season—or at least minimizing your downtime if you don’t.
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Don’t cut calories

Being sick can kill your appetite, but research suggests that it’s a bad idea to walk around feeling hungry even before you get sick. A 2008 report in the Journal of Nutrition found that mice on a low-cal diet that were exposed to the flu virus took longer to recover and were more likely to suffer ill effects than their well-fed furry pals. People aren’t mice, of course, but it’s not a bad idea to skip the diet until after flu season.