Winter is fast approaching and with it comes the season’s top dreaded illnesses – Common colds and flu. There is no cure for these illnesses caused by respiratory viruses… not even antibiotics. But there are easy ways you can take to avoid getting sick and staying healthy during this cold season.
Prevention is better than cure. What better way to keep you from getting the virus than scrubbing up. Washing your hands frequently limits the transfer of viruses and bacteria. Germs are everywhere and are very easy to spread through contacts with others and the things around you. That is why it’s important to wash up with soap and water or use hand sanitizer when you’re out there. More importantly, during cold weather where people tend to cough and sneeze more often.
Protect yourself and others by covering up. Colds and flu spread through airborne particles and by covering your mouth when you sneeze will prevent them from spreading. Don’t forget to cover your nose and mouth too when somebody sneezes or coughs near you.
Get plenty of rest. Research shows that lack of sleep substantially deplete your white blood cells. They are soldier cells that fight infection in the body and if you have less of them, your body loses the fight. Sleep helps your body to recover and recharge, boosting your immune system and keeping you less susceptible to sickness. Try to have at least seven hours of straight sleep a night.
Get into the right diet. By eating a balanced diet helps you stay healthy. And the best way of getting the essential nutrients that our body needs is by consuming more lean protein, healthy fats, fruits, vegetable and fish which can provide your body with lots of antioxidants. Avoid eating too much sugar to lessen your risk of infections.
Have a regular exercise. A daily moderate exercise like taking a brisk walk or a 20 minutes aerobic exercise daily can lead to a significant health improvements. Exercise also helps reduce stress, improve sleep, and strengthen your immune system. It’s important to keep a regular workout, especially during winter. Just don’t overdo it. It has been shown that too much strenuous workout release cortisol, a stress hormone that weaken your immune system.
Socialize. Not via the internet! Go out with your family or meet with friends to keep you active. This will also reduce your stress level and keep you from staying inactive.
By being fit, you are less likely to get sick during the winter. So, keep eating the right food and living a healthy lifestyle.
Eat organic. Stay fit.
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