How to Stay Well During Cold and Flu Season

Updated: Nov 26, 2018

1. Wash your hands often and avoid eating or touching the face after touching any door handle, a keyboard, a grocery cart, or after touching another person's hand. Washing the hands with warm water and soap for at least 30 seconds, at least 6 times a day. Using hand sanitizer throughout the day is also a quick and easy way to prevent yourself from getting sick.

2. Get more sleep and better sleep. During the fall and winter, most people have a natural need for more sleep, which is due to the body's natural circadian rhythm. Lack of sleep is one of the main contributors to immune system stress, so making sure that sleep needs are being met is one of the primary ways to protect your body against illness.

3. Eat a healthy diet that is rich in vitamins and minerals. Incorporating "warming" foods, such as ginger, peppers, onions, cinnamon, turmeric, bone broth and root vegetables are a great way to help the body adjust to cooler temperatures.

4. Supplement with immune boosting supplements, such as elderberry, vitamin C, vitamin D, colloidal silver, and probiotics. These supplements all work in different ways to help the immune fight against any bacteria or viruses that may be attacking.

5. Make an extra effort to relax and unwind in an effort to manage stress levels. Stress (negative stress) weakens the immune system's defense, but making relaxation and rejuvenation a priority can help strengthen your immune responses.

Although sickness is not always avoidable, the frequency of illness and the duration of illness is largely determined by lifestyle factors, such as the ones mentioned above. If you do happen to get sick, these tips will still help you as your body fights to recover. What do you do in the fall and winter season to prevent illness and to keep your immune system strong?

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