3. Break a (little) sweat
You can add fighting a cold to the list of never-ending benefits associated with exercise. “Moderate exercise has an anti-inflammatory effect and subsequently reduces the risk of infection,” explains Dugoua.
It’s important, however, to keep it at a gentle pace, since high intensity exercise may temporarily weaken the immune system. “Mild exercise can also help to elevate body temperature, which can increase the efficiency of our immune response,” adds Dr. Solomonian. And in case you don’t feel like taking a brisk walk, Solomonian says that diaphoretic teas, like peppermint, yarrow or catnip, can also promote a rise in body temperature.