As the cold months approach and illness is on the rise, it can be easy to find you and your family members susceptible to getting sick. Catching a bug doesn’t just mean that you’ll feel exhausted and bedridden for several days to as much as a week, but you may also have to miss time off work. Not to mention, several members of your family getting sick at the same time complicates things even further.
Needless to say, it’s in your best interest to steer clear of germs this winter. Here are the best ways to stay healthy this winter and avoid sickness.
Get Your Flu Shot:
There is a lot of misinformation out there regarding the flu shot. However, most doctors and health professionals will agree that it can be an extremely effective way to guard yourself against illness.
It’s as easy as making an appointment with your health care provider and getting a quick shot. Some places even offer flu shots for free as a measure of precaution for the entire community. While some people may complain of minor side effects for the first 24 hours, it’s usually mild and worth building up an immunity to a nasty case of the flu.
Wash Your Hands:
One of the easiest ways to contract illness is by touching surfaces which have been touched by a sick person. The bacteria is easily transferred around between each set of hands that touches the surface.
All it takes is accidentally putting your hand in your mouth to transfer the bacteria. The next thing you know you’ve got a high fever and nausea feeling terrible. You can avoid this by washing our hands several times a day, and immediately following being in places like public transportation or touching public door handles.
Eat Wholesome Foods:
Your body is a result of how you treat it. By loading up on healthy foods which are full of antioxidants and vitamins, your body will be more equipped to fight against infection and illness.
Try to eat plenty of leafy green vegetables which will provide the amount of nutrition that your body needs to stay strong and fight anything that comes its way.
Get Plenty Of Rest:
The effect that sleep has on your health is often underestimated. When you sleep, you give your body the rejuvenation that it needs in order to regenerate cells and repair itself for the next day. Rather than seeing sleep as a luxury, you should see it as a necessary part of staying well.
Limit Your Alcohol Intake:
Even though alcohol can be rampant during the holidays, it’s important to try to take it easy. Drinking too much can make your immune system weaker and unable to fight against bacteria that comes its way.