Why are we more prone to a cold and flu during the colder months?
It’s not the cold weather itself that brings on the sniffles, but how we react to it.
Here are 6 Ways to Avoid Getting Sick This Winter:
1. Eat More Protein
A study shows that diets low in protein can weaken the immune system. So add protein-rich foods such as Greek yogurt, eggs, and fish to your daily menus and eat your way into good health.
2. Get Vitamin D
During winter, levels of UV radiation are much lower than in summer. This has a direct effect on how much vitamin D our bodies can make. Deficiencies in vitamin D may lead to symptoms such as poor bone growth, cardiovascular problems, and a weak immune system. You should eat foods that are good sources of vitamin D including mushrooms, salmon, canned tuna, and beef liver. You can also buy vitamin D supplements that contain D3 (cholecalciferol) since it’s better at raising your blood levels of vitamin D.
3. Regular Exercise
Staying active by following a regular exercise routine – such as walking 3 times a week – does more than keep you fit and trim. Regular exercise can also keep inflammation and chronic disease at bay reduces stress and accelerates the circulation of disease-fighting.
4. Clean Up After Yourself
The best way for people to protect themselves is by:
- frequently washing the hands with soap and water
- not touching the eyes, nose, or mouth
- staying away from people who are already sick
5. Get Enough Sleep
Getting enough sleep is essential for helping a person maintain optimal health and well-being. When it comes to their health, sleep is as vital as regular exercise and eating a balanced diet. Experts suggest that adults get 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night to resist the virus.
6. Get a Flu Vaccine
Everyone from 6 months of age and above should get influenza (flu) vaccine every season with rare exceptions. You should get a flu vaccine before flu viruses begin spreading in your community since it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against flu.
* All content published is for general information purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice.