The unusually cold, unpredictable winter weather has made this year’s cold and flu season more severe than previous years. People young and old are not only getting sick, but they are staying ill. The viruses this year are hitting people hard and lasting longer, making it difficult to carry out daily activities.
The flu can be very deadly. On average, 36,000 people die every year in the US from influenza. With the rates so high, it is important to protect yourself and others from contracting this serious disease. Taking proactive precautions will help reduce your risk of getting sick. Natural daily lifestyle habits will help lower your risk of catching the nasty illnesses this winter.
Eating a healthy diet is essential for keeping the body strong internally and externally. Nutrient dense foods provide the tissues and organs with the vitamins and minerals needed to fight disease. Consuming a diet high in natural, organic foods and low in processed, sugar rich products will help you ward off sicknesses.
Regular exercise has many benefits including reducing stress levels, lowering weight, improving cardiovascular and respiratory function, and increasing immunity. By improving the body’s natural fighting power while reducing stress and other harmful factors, you will lower your chances of contracting diseases.
Frequent Hand Washing
Washing your hands frequently is one of the best ways to eliminate your risk of getting ill. Your hands touch many bacteria riddled surfaces and carry germs from one place to the next. Regular cleansing with soap and water will remove the harmful microbes that carry disease from your digits and reduce the transfer from one place to the next.
Home, school, and work stations should be cleaned daily, especially when other people have access to those places as well. Sanitizing areas that are touched frequently will get rid of the germs lurking on the surfaces, so you be less likely to come into contact with them.
Stay Away from Sick People
While this isn’t always easy or possible, especially if you must care for a loved one, the further you stay away from sick people, the less likely you will get sick. Many colds and flus are airborne so being in the same environment as an ill member increases your chances of catching what they have.
Get Fresh Air
Colds and flus become more common during the wintery months because there is less fresh moving in commercial or residential places. The closed stale air becomes a breeding ground for the viruses so opening windows when possible and getting outside will help circulate the internal atmosphere.
Visit Your Chiropractor
Chiropractors help fight colds and flus through natural manipulation treatments. When the body is in proper alignment, the central nervous system and other vital organs receive the signals, oxygen, and nutrient rich fluids they need to stay strong, healthy, and function properly. A healthy, properly working form has a stronger immune system and can better ward off illness.
Cold and flu season is upon us with no sign of going away soon. Positive and proactive lifestyle habits can help reduce your chances of catching these viruses, so you can have a healthy and happy winter. At Stephen Nutt Chiropractic, we can help you develop life long positive steps to maintain your optimal emotional, mental, and physical health.