How to Stay Healthy During Flu Season

by on October 19, 2011 in Health

How to Stay Healthy During Flu Season

As the seasons change, a lot of people are getting sick. This time of years August through October (and sometimes even into November) is often when people’s allergies start flaring up. And not only that, but the change in temperature often contributes to people getting colds, whether they have allergies or not.Here is giving some advice for Staying Healthy During Flu Season. It’s the time of year when you should start taking extra care of yourself to make sure you stay healthy.

So what should you do to stay healthy? Like almost everything, most people have their preferred methods, and everyone will tell you that their method is the best. Here are a few that might work for you (usually I’d recommend that you try several methods, but when it comes to your health, I say do as many of them as you can!).

First and foremost, get enough sleep. According to WebMD, getting seven or more hours of sleep every night may decrease your chance of getting a cold. I know it can be tough getting to bed early enough to sleep for seven hours, what with work, and training, and family, and everything else. But make an extra effort during cold season, and you’ll be much more likely to stay healthy.

Wash your hands often, and make sure to wash them thoroughly. This one should go without saying, but make an extra effort to wash your hands several times throughout the day during cold season. In addition to this, the Mayo Clinic also recommends making a point to teach your children to wash their hands, too, as kids can carry a lot of germs around with them (especially if they’re school-aged).

Eating a well-balanced diet is critical all the time, but it’s especially important during cold season. Many people have made claims that different types of substances found in foods antioxidants, phytochemicals, and others are important for keeping you healthy. There’s a lot of research that goes both ways on this, but no matter what it is that keeps you healthy, you’ll get it by eating well. Get enough fruits and vegetables (you might have to make an extra effort once the farmer’s market season is over).

Finally, try to avoid other people who are sick. This may seem like an obvious choice, but it’s something to keep in mind. If one of your co-workers is sick, suggest to them that they take the afternoon off. If one of your friends is sick, don’t go hang out with them. You’re likely to run into sick people in large public places, like libraries, community centers, and workout facilities so if you’re prone to colds, or you feel one coming on, stay away from these places.

Most of these tips are things that you should be doing year-round anyway, but make an extra effort to be good about them during the fall. Good luck, and stay healthy!

Sources:

1. WebMD, Good Nights Sleep Puts Colds to Bed, http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/news/20090112/good-nights-sleep-puts-colds-to-bed, accessed September 28, 2011.
2. Mayo Clinic, Common Cold: Prevention, http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/common-cold/DS00056/DSECTION=prevention, accessed September 28, 2011.
3. Bill Gottlieb, The Easiest Way to Prevent Colds and Flu, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bill-gottlieb/the-easiest-way-to-preven_b_651576.html, accessed September 28, 2011.

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