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Cold season is here…are you prepared?

Cold season is upon us. During the holidays, it seems that everyone is getting sick. Most adults will get two or three respiratory infections each year, but a child can get as many as 10 or 12 of them.  So how do you decrease your chances of getting sick this winter?

Do you know how to boost your immune system to fend off a cold and flu? How about what to do if you do get sick?  Prevention is the key to staying well, and actions that boost your immune system are the best way to do this. Getting plenty of sleep along with a well-balanced diet can help people stay healthy.  At least seven hours of quality sleep every night is critical for good health. Sleep deprivation not only decreases immunity, but also may increase the likelihood of making poor dietary choices that increase your chances of getting sick.  Plenty of vitamins should be incorporated into ones daily regimen. It’s also a good idea to make sure to get a flu shot to help ward off winter germs.

Simply being conscientious of avoiding contact with others’ germs can help prevent bacteria from invading your body. It’s not exactly true that viruses come out more in winter, meaning people are more likely to get sick. It’s honestly because people are stuck indoors with others and sharing germs.  In order to avoid getting sick, people need to wash their hands regularly, because viruses can be spread from contact and in the air.  Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth, and be sure to wash them frequently.   Airborne viruses are usually due to one sneezing or coughing without covering their mouth. Those with colds or illnesses should stay away from others with a compromised immune system, since their body is not able to fend off the viruses.

Sometimes we simply just cannot do enough to stay well. The sooner you tackle a cold or flu, the quicker you will feel better.  Some supplements that may help kick a cold include vitamin C, zinc and Echinacea. If you have not tried these before, do some research and perhaps try them out. Take preventative measures so that a cold or flu won’t keep you from being active during the holidays and give yourself the gift of health!

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