With the colder weather inevitably comes the higher risk of catching a cold or the flu. The winter season, with its shopping and travel, only increases your exposure to cold and flu germs. But you can fight back by implementing a few “self-care” strategies that will help you to fight off the bacteria and the viruses that cause cold and flu.
Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
During cold months, it’s an excellent strategy to step up your consumption of fruits and vegetables to provide the essential vitamins and minerals your immune system needs to fight colds and flu. Green leafy vegetables and brightly colored fruits supply the required antioxidants that will prime immune system function. Bring along some fruit to work, and add an extra vegetable to dinner to ensure you are getting these critical nutrients.
Commit To Exercise
Regular exercise is essential for weight management, muscle strengthening, joint health, and stress relief, but it is also a critical factor in improving immune system function. During the cold and flu months, commit to getting at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. You will not only look better and feel better. It will also help you to fight off cold and flu germs that you encounter as you carry on your normal activities.
Implement Good Hygiene Practices
Health experts agree that the best way to protect yourself from colds and flu to implement the hygiene techniques that will limit transmission of bacteria and viruses. These methods include washing your hands frequently during the day, using hand sanitizer, sneezing or coughing into your sleeve rather than into your hands and sanitizing common equipment you share with other people during the day.
Simple actions can make a big difference in how you feel and your ability to fight off infection. You may still be exposed to germs at work, while commuting or in other circumstances in your everyday life. You will be better prepared to withstand bugs if you follow a few tips recommended by health professionals. These steps are a good start in helping you to avoid the common illnesses that are likely to occur during the winter season.