While having a cold or the flu is generally not a life threatening illness, it can still be annoying and time consuming. The flu and colds cause us to miss work or school while recuperating. Taking care of yourself is the best way to prevent your body from coming down with these illnesses. Read on to learn 4 Tips to Help You Stay Healthy During Cold and Flu Season. These tips will help you stay in optimal shape during the winter, when these viruses are at their peak.
1. Wash your hands frequently.
Germs are very easily spread from one person to another during cold and flu season. Plus, someone can have the flu virus inside their body for days before symptoms arise – so you don't know when you could be exposed. Combat this by washing your hands often, especially when you come into contact with another person. Avoid handshakes during this season if you can, or keep a small bottle of hand sanitizer with you if there isn't always a sink handy. This homemade hand sanitizer is gentle on your hands.
2. Eat healthy and continue to exercise.
Just because the weather gets cooler doesn't mean you should slack on taking care of your body! It can be difficult to get motivated to work out in the winter, but joining a gym or finding ways to exercise at home will remedy the issue. With holiday dinners on the horizon, be sure not to go too overboard with your meals. In order to stay healthy during cold and flu season, you need to be fueling your body with the best foods you can. Here are some tips for eating healthy on the go.
3. Be sure you stay hydrated.
Lack of liquids is detrimental to your body, especially during the dry season of winter. Stay hydrated by consuming plenty of water. This can also help rid your body of toxins, which include the virus that can cause a cold or the flu. Keeping a water bottle handy reminds you to drink more, but be sure to wash it thoroughly every day if you are taking it to a place where there are lots of people, such as work or the gym.
4. Get enough sleep so your body is well rested.
Lack of sleep can cause our bodies unnecessary stress, making it harder to find off a cold or the flu. Be sure you are getting the amount of sleep your body needs each night. This may not be a full eight hours for every person, but you need to make sure your body is rested so it can fight any viruses or infections that could otherwise result in you being sick.
Homemade Cold and Flu Remedies:
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