During the wintertime it seems like everywhere you go there are people sniffling, sneezing, coughing and more. Colds and the flu are prevalent in the work place, at home and everywhere in between. So how do you stay sniffle-free during the winter when it seems like the world is out to get you sick? These 5 ways to be sniffle-free this winter will help you prevent sickness and keep your immune system up throughout the cold, rainy months.
Get a Flu Shot
Many people forget about this yearly preventative measure or purposely avoid it out of fear or misinformation, but the flu shot is a great way to help you stay free of the flu during the months when it is worse. The Centers for Disease Control recommend that everyone from 6 months old and on get the flu shot to reduce the risk of an outbreak of influenza and to avoid serious, life-threatening illnesses that could have been prevented. The shot is available in a handy, pain-free nasal spray, so even if you are afraid of needles you don’t have an excuse to avoid it this year.
Wash Your Hands Often
Germ are oftentimes spread by touch; they are on every surface that you touch from the phone to door handles to the computer and more. Each time you touch those things you come into contact with the germs and if you fail to wash your hands before you eat, touch your mouth and so on you are bringing those germs into your body. By regularly washing your hands you can reduce the germs introduced to your body, lowering the chances of you getting sick greatly.
Eat Better to Help Your Body Fight Off an Oncoming Illness
People who have an unhealthy diet are more susceptible to viruses, germs and so forth because their bodies aren’t as healthy as they need to be to effectively fight off the oncoming illnesses. Eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and lean proteins to provide your body with a steady stream of nutrients the allow it to run at peak efficiency.
Healthy bodies require regular exercise and an active lifestyle helps to fight off illnesses as it stimulates the immune system to cold infections before they truly get a foothold. A study conducted by the University of North Carolina found that people who worked out at least thirty minutes every day reported only one serious cold during the year while those who had a more sedentary lifestyle reported about four cols per year.
Eat More Probiotics (The Healthy Germs)
A good way to fight off germs in the body is by ingesting the good kind of germs… probiotics. Probiotics are friendly little microbes that populate the immune system and fight off germs and viruses that might turn into a cold, flu, etc. Eating foods with probiotics such as yogurt with live bacteria, aged cheese and fermented foods several times a week boosts your immune system and helps you prevent the onset of an illness and reduce the overall length of one once it starts.