The winter months are upon us and along with that comes cold and flu season. Cold and flu season often makes people more conscious of their habits that might lead them to fall ill. Here are a few ways to help you stay healthy this cold and flu season.
Some of the obvious and common sense tips are some of the most effective tips to keep you healthy during cold and flu season. Washing your hands before and after eating, using the bathroom, touching your face, and when in contact with someone who is sick can kill the bacteria that causes one to become ill. Covering your cough and sneeze is also important. You want to cover your cough with fabric and not skin because the microbes do not live as long on fabric.
Your diet can also affect how vulnerable you are to coming down with a cold or the flu. It is important to eat a balanced diet including multiple servings of fruits and vegetables daily. A multivitamin can also help boost your immune system by supplementing your diet. Drinking tea and breathing in the steam before and while you are sick can help stimulate the cilia (hairs in your nose) move out germs.
Regular exercise is important all year round, but during cold and flu season it can help your body stay strong and fight off cold symptoms. Another way to boost your immune system is to get a massage. Massages increase your blood circulation, which in turn boosts your immune system.
Since there are many types of viruses present during cold and flu season it is important to go to your doctor if you get sick to figure out the right treatment for your illness. Figuring out how to treat your symptoms can help you feel better more quickly.