The kids are back to school and the weather is cooling down. Now is the time of year where the germs and colds are becoming more rampant. Protect yourself from getting sick before it happens by boosting your immune system. Many of us will inevitably be exposed to germs and bacteria but you can become one of those people that “never gets sick,” by following a few simple tips.
1. Wash Your Hands
Continually washing your hands throughout the day will prevent the spread of germs and illness to your nose and mouth. Encourage your kids to wash up often as well. If you don’t have time to wash up in a sink, carry hand sanitizer.
Additionally, avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands. Use a tissue or the inside of your elbow. Don’t touch your face- viruses enter through your eyes, nose and mouth.
2. Eat a Healthy Diet
Avoiding processed food and foods heavy in sugar or bad fats is a great way to feel your best. Eat a diet rich in vitamins and minerals to keep your immune system at it’s best. Increasing your intake of healthy fats like omega-3 (found in krill oil, fish and grass-fed beef) have excellent health benefits. Other great foods to eat regularly for an immune system boost include yogurt, tea, mushrooms, and sweet potatoes. (Source: Prevention.com)
3. Address Stress
We all have stress in our lives but those that handle stress effectively will be able to avoid becoming sick. Those that have chronic stress may see the evidence on their body as it will influence the immune system’s ability to fight off disease and illness. Find ways to relax whether it is exercising or enjoying a relaxing bath.
4. Set a Regular Sleep Schedule
Lack of sleep can make it harder for your body to fight off infections as your immune system weakens. Although many of us find it difficult to get 6 to 8 hours of sleep each night it really is important as too little or too much can greatly influence our health. Have a bed time that you stick to each night and get up at the same time each morning so it will be easy for your body to fall asleep each night. Having a bedtime routine will help you to fall asleep and relax before bed.
5. Stay Active
Keep moving and your circulation and blood flow throughout your body will be increased. When things are circulated throughout the body, your immune system can find illness before it spreads and shut it down. Any amount of physical activity, even just walking can help you reduce the number of sick days you will have. So keep moving!
6. Be Social
Although you may think that visiting with friends and being out in public will contribute to your likelihood of catching a cold it may help you fight off a potential virus. Research shows that the fewer connections we have with people at home, work or in the community the more likely we are to catch a cold. Don’t avoid scheduling nights out with friends or lunch with co-workers during flu season. Of course if you are sick, stay home to avoid spreading illness but spending time with others is great for the immune system. (Source: Prevention.com)
Having a healthy immune system is a great way to protect yourself from viruses and colds this fall. Following these tips will help you boost your immune system and reduce your changes of sickness. Stay active, eat healthy and get enough sleep for a vibrant fall season!