Beat the common cold... even if you're always getting sick!

Flu might be dominating the headlines right now, but there's another bad illness going around that's not getting nearly the same level of attention.

It's an especially nasty strain of the common cold.

Unlike the flu, it's not deadly. But like the flu, coming down with this infection can knock you off your feet for days, leaving you miserable.

And while the flu is one-and-done for most folks, the cold can strike again... and again... and again.

Some people have been sneezing their way through the entire winter!

Now, the latest research reveals one way to cut your risk of catching the common cold, especially if you're prone to those debilitating repeat infections that make you want to crawl in bed for the rest of the winter.

The answer is in simple, common, and healthy probiotics, which are supplements containing reinforcements for the good bacteria that live in your gut.

Most folks know that these bacteria can help with digestion by preventing both constipation and diarrhea and related conditions such as gas and bloating.

But they can do much more. They play a key role in everything from mood to nutrition -- and they can be positively critical when it comes to enhancing your immune system.

As a result, the new study confirms the results of two other trials: People who take a quality probiotic supplement have a lower risk of catching a cold.

The study of more than 900 people tracked over three winters finds that probiotics beat a placebo in preventing the cold overall. More importantly, they're especially effective at cutting the risk in people who are prone to repeat infections.

The study, billed as the largest of its kind, also confirmed another important discovery: The benefits kick in after just two weeks of taking a probiotic, activating the immune system so it's ready to fight off the cold and anything else coming your way.

Of course, the downside to that is you can't wait until you're feeling the first signs of a cold coming on to get that protection.

You'll need to start now.

The studies out of Sweden used a specific blend -- but when it comes to probiotics, the key isn't in one or two strains of certain bacteria.

Diversity in the gut is one of the keys to overall health -- from good digestion to infection protection -- so look for a quality full-spectrum blend containing multiple human-tested strains for everyday support here in winter and all year long.