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Winter time—the time for holiday cheer, watching snowstorms and drinking hot chocolate, cute coats, and….the flu. Getting sick is miserable, especially during the long winter months. Unfortunately, it’s something many people experience every year. No Belle wants to be bedridden when there are so many fun things to do. So, follow some of these tips this winter season and to stay clear of colds and the flu!
I know, shots are the worst, but when it comes to the flu, this vaccine is worth it. It’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the flu and according to everydayhealth.com, it is proven to prevent a person from getting the flu by 70-90 percent over someone who isn’t vaccinated. Most drug stores and health centers offer it for free, so take advantage!
Keep your hands to yourself and try to avoid handshakes and hugs as much as possible. Sometimes these standard greetings are inevitable, but if you must shake someone’s hand, try to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer as soon as possible.
Also, try to keep your hands away from your own face and mouth. Touching your eyes, mouth, or nose all increase your chances of spreading germs.
OK, I know this sounds like something your mother would say, but it is so important. If you think about it, we touch many dirty things all day long—doorknobs, sinks, microwaves, countertops, and the worst, your car steering wheel. Wash your hands as frequently as possible, using hot water and soap. Most people don’t take the proper amount of time to wash their hands. Sing “Happy Birthday” in your head two times before you rinse.
Exercise…But Don’t Overdo It
Regular exercise helps boost your immune system and can help prevent you from getting sick. But, did you know that exercising too much can have the opposite effect? If you overtrain, your immune system can become impaired, therefore leaving you vulnerable to sickness. Find the right balance and train within you’re limits!
Vitamin C is a known immune booster, therefore leaving you less susceptible to germs. Vitamin C is found in citrus fruit, especially oranges, but you can also take supplements such as Emergen-C. Emergen-C is a powder you put in water that creates a fizzy orange-flavored drink
Get To Sleep
Sleep offers many benefits to overall health, so its no surprise that it is a valuable tool in the fight against the flu. Sleep helps the immune system function properly, your body recover and repair itself, and gives you more energy during the day.
Drink, Drink, Drink!
Stay hydrated! You may not be as thirsty during these cold months, or you just don’t want to drink a cold glass of water, but it is very important to do so. Staying hydrated helps boost your immune systems response, therefore making it more capable to fight off diseases. If you can’t stand the thought of a chilly drink, try a hot cup of green tea!
…But Don’t Drink Alcohol
Alcohol is one of the worst beverages to drink if you want to keep your immune system healthy. Excessive alcohol consumption deprives your body of essential nutrients and also reduces the ability for white blood cells to reproduce and function. White blood cells are your disease fighting cells, so you want as many of these as possible in your body. Alcohol dehydrates you, making your already weakened immune system even worse. Smoking has similar negative effects on your immune system.
Go out and enjoy the winter with these tips on how to fight the flu and colds!