Tips to Keep Flu Away
- Bundle up. When the temperature begins to drop, it’s time to pull out the jackets, coats, and scarves. While not wearing a coat won’t necessarily cause you to catch a cold, it will cause you to shiver. Shivering suppresses your immune system, meaning that you are more susceptible to germs and illness. Plus, with the lower levels of melatonin and serotonin due to less sunlight, your immune system doesn’t have the fuel it needs to fight off colds.
- Always wash your hands. Germs can be spread in a number of different ways. If someone sneezes, germs are blown into the air where they are inhaled by those close by. Germs can also be spread through touch. When someone with a cold touches their eyes, mouth, or nose and doesn’t wash their hands, it makes it easier to spread their illness. Make sure to always wash your hands or keep hand sanitizer close by.
- Get enough sleep. Whether you need a solid 9 hours of sleep or just 7, it’s important to rest. Sleep affects your mood and hormone levels. Without proper sleep, your body doesn’t have the energy it needs to fight off infection. Plus, it leaves you in a down mood. Anxiety, stress, and depression make it more difficult for your body to fight off any bacteria that may be in your system.
- Don’t forget to exercise. During the winter months especially, it’s important to exercise. This keeps your body warm and increases circulation. With your blood flowing, it’s easier to fight off cold and flu symptoms. Plus, exercise is a great way to beat those winter blues.
- Drink water. Experts recommend drinking at least 8 glasses of water each day. This healthy habit keeps your body hydrated and allows your kidneys to function correctly. Plus, with adequate water, it’s easier to flush out any toxins that are causing you to feel sick.
- Take your vitamins daily. During the winter season, you are less likely to eat fruits and vegetables. Because of this, you’re at an increased risk of infection. Taking probiotics and a daily multivitamin is a great way to ensure that your body receives the nutrients it needs to stay healthy. Studies have shown that taking a regular probiotic supplement is also a great way to resist bacterial and viral infections that may attack your immune system.