How to avoid getting sick this winter
by Shelley Langenhorst
The seasons have finally changed and chilly temperatures are here to stay. As is common with any seasonal change, sniffles are in the air.
Germs are easily passed around this time of year at parties, the mall, and even work. If you work in a large office, you likely come in contact with someone sick on a daily basis. Those chances skyrocket if any of your co-workers have children.
The last thing you want this time of year is to get sidelined with a nasty cough or cold. Check out these tips on how to make it through the winter without getting sick.
Wash your hands
This seems simple enough, but the majority of us do not wash our hands often enough or well enough. An easy way to make sure you’re scrubbing them clean is by singing the birthday song twice through while washing your hands. Wash well after bathroom use and before any meal.
Though you may think that exercise wears your body down, it really strengthens your immune system. Not only can exercise help you prevent colds in the short term, but it can also help prevent health problems in the future, like diabetes and heart disease.
A body thriving on whole, unprocessed foods will be stronger than a body filled with junk foods and sugar. Studies show that our immune system is lowered by as much as 40% in the hours after we indulge in processed sugary treats.
Make sure to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables for immune-boosting vitamins and minerals. The more colors you can have on your plate each day, the better.
Sleep is another crucial factor in immune health. If you are constantly running on empty, you will have a higher chance of getting sick as your body isn’t prepared to fight off a virus or bacteria. As stressful as this time of the year can be, make sure to put yourself first. This means getting plenty of rest each night – at least seven hours.
Stress is a contributing factor in many of today’s chronic illnesses. Don’t be afraid to turn down projects or invitations if your schedule is too overwhelmed. Check out our other tips for staying sane during the holidays.
Savings tip: If you do get the sniffles, at least you can use our coupon for Kleenex brand tissues.
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