Now that the weather is getting cooler and everyone is back to work and school, that season has started again. If you guessed the cold and flu season, you're right. This is the time of year when children and adults are starting to get sick. But you don't have to be one of them. Here are some tips to stay healthy during this time of year.
Wash Your Hands
You've heard it many times about the importance of washing your hands. It is one of the most important things you should be doing to fight illness. Your hands are in contact with countless surfaces and germs every day. Frequent and good hand washing is an essential part of staying healthy. When washing your hands, use plenty of soap and water and wash them for at least 60 seconds each time.
There are many benefits to a healthy diet and reducing your risk of getting sick is one of them. A diet that is rich in healthy carbs, lean proteins, dairy, fruits, and vegetables will strengthen your body's natural immune system.
Get Plenty Of Rest
Don't wait until you're sick to get the rest your body needs. Part of maintaining optimal health is getting a good night's sleep. Sleep deprivation causes the body's immunity to break down, making you more vulnerable to illness.
Stay Away From Sick People
While this is not always possible, try maintaining a safe distance from people who are sick. The closer you are to the illness, the higher your chances are of getting sick. If you do have to be around someone who is sick, clean surfaces and wash your hands frequently to avoid as much contact as possible with the germs.
We all know how important exercise is to build a strong body. Exercise, like diet, strengthens your body's natural disease-fighting abilities. Regular exercise will build a strong respiratory, immune and cardiovascular systems which will help you to ward off viruses.
Eliminate Bad Habits
Unquestionably, this is easier said than done. But the truth is bad lifestyle choices such as smoking, drinking alcohol and taking unneeded or illegal drugs significantly increase your chances of getting sick. These habits damage the tissues and organs in the body, making them more susceptible to illness and infection.
Regular Visits To Your Chiropractor
As Chiropractors, we help people take proactive steps to live a healthy life. Part of your whole body approach to health should include regular visits to your chiropractor. Our gentle manipulations help improve blood flow to the tissues and nerve function. Keeping the spine in alignment helps all of the organs and tissues in your body function at their best. This is important for fighting disease.
The changing season means cold and flu season has officially begun. But just because we're at a higher risk of getting sick at this time of year, doesn't mean that you have to. Adopting a healthy lifestyle and daily habits is your best defense against getting sick.