We have hit back to school season full stride and we are fast approaching that time of year when people start getting sick. Cold and flu season typically starts in late September or early October. We like to get a jump on that by working to build up a healthier body ahead of time. These tips for staying healthy during cold and flu season are ideal for beginning now, even before the season truly hits your area.
Tips For Staying Healthy During Cold & Flu Season
Eat nutrient rich foods regularly. Our recommendations for healthy diet plans include many options to fit your personal needs, but the most important thing in Whole 30, Gluten Free, Low Fat, or Weight Watchers is that you include nutrient rich foods daily. This boils down to a focus on eating more fruits and vegetables.
- Avoid processed foods
- Eat 3-5 servings of fruits & vegetables per day
- Limit red meat and find other lean protein sources
- Eat complex carbohydrates and skip simple carbohydrates
- Avoid sugar and alcohol
Stay well hydrated. Drinking more water is always a must, but especially so when you are wanting to stay healthier during cold and flu season. Any time your body is dehydrated, you are putting yourself at risk of letting your immune system get run down.
- Drink at least 8 glassed of water daily
- Avoid soft drinks and sugar drinks
- Limit tea and coffee
- Eat fruit instead of drinking juice
Get plenty of sleep. Did you know your body can last longer without food than it can without sleep? That is how vital sleep is to your health. Don't skip sleep. Instead, make sure to have a bedtime that allows your body to get the rest it needs. If you have trouble sleeping, use our tips below.
- Diffuse lavender or chamomile to help settle you for sleep
- Use a fan or white noise machine to help drown out distractions
- Invest in new sheets or a better pillow
- Avoid television, social media, or playing games on your phone prior to bedtime
- Stop drinking things with caffeine early in the day
Don't skip regular exercise. Exercise is another must for a healthy body. Not only will it strengthen your physical body, it helps you to be able to be healthy to combat any illness that comes your way. Maintain a good exercise routine.
Be aware of what you touch. Our hands touch so many things throughout the day, and those things are covered in germs. Be aware not just of what you touch, but where you put you hands after. Avoid touching your face, mouth, nose, and eyes. Wash your hands in warm water with soap regularly. It's not so much about the soap as it is about the scrubbing and rinsing to remove the germs.
Take the right supplements. Talk to your doctor about individual needs and of course about interactions with medications, but remember to take things like a good multi-vitamin, vitamin C, and similar. These are great for boosting your immune system during the cold & flu season.
Keep things clean. Whether you make your own homemade cleaners or you use things like bleach to disinfect, cleaning your home, surfaces, and yes, your hands, is important. There are some cleaners that kill more germs, but even a simple water wash and wipe down of surfaces can remove a lot of germs and contaminates. Be diligent with proper cleansing from how you wash your hands to how often you wipe down common surfaces like counters, doorknobs, or even the remote control.
These tips for staying healthy in cold and flu season are ideal for you to maintain year round but perfect to begin now to combat potential illness this season.