As winter and the holidays approach, so does the cold and flu season. Don’t let them stop you from enjoying this time of year, follow these 6 easy tips to keep you healthy this season.
Go Get your Flu Shot
It is that unfortunate time of the year, flu season is approaching and it is time to arm yourself against it. Getting vaccinated is the best defense and can decrease your chances of catching the virus by 40 to 60 percent. Plan to get your flu shot up to two weeks prior to flu season to avoid getting sick, antibodies that provide protection develop in the body about 2 weeks after vaccination. Even if you still catch the flu virus, with a flu shot, it will be more bearable.
One habit that you should be making a conscious effort to change during the cold season is where you are putting your hands. All too often, people are wiping their runny nose on the back of their hands and then touching door handles and other surfaces you will later be in contact with. Keep hand sanitizer on you to regularly use while out in public and wash your hands in warm water several times throughout the day. Also, keep your hands away from your mouth, nose, and eyes. This is how germs get into the body. We don’t often think about where we put our hands, so try your best to leave them at your side this season. You will be happy you did.
A Vitamin a Day, Keeps the Doc Away
Taking a multivitamin regularly can help strengthen your immune system for when it is time to fight off the cold and flu season. Find a multivitamin with Vitamin C, B6, E, and D for your immune boost and antioxidants. Remember to take it with a meal each day and a glass of water.
It is shown that some form of exercise, or activity, will decrease your chances of getting sick, just get the heart pumping faster to build a strong immune system. Also, it is known that exercise can boost your attitude and a positive attitude can also boost your immune system.
Sleep is where the magic happens; this is when your body recharges and recovers, so make sure you are getting a quality 8 hours of sleep. Your mind and body will appreciate the rest and you’ll get a stronger immune system from it as well.
With the decrease in sun exposure and heat, we can forget that hydration is still very important during colder weather. Your water goals should not change with the changing of the seasons, continue to aim for 2 liters a day to keep your body functioning at its best. Cold water can get tiresome, try drinking warm herbal tea to reach your water intake goal during the winter.
While these tips cannot guarantee a sick free winter, they are sure to give you your best chances of making it through the winter without going out of commision.