Red stuffy nose, constantly cold, body aches, and tons of tissues: all the components of being sick.
While being sick allows you the excuse to binge watch Netflix all day, the cons definitely outweigh the pros when it comes to feeling under the weather.
But don’t worry, here are some solutions to help you combat sickness this flu season.
1. Keep your diet bright and colorful
Yes, drinking a lot of orange juice could help with your sickness but don’t limit yourself to just the well-known citrus. Incorporate green, leafy vegetables in your diet which are rich in vitamins. Consuming green vegetables boosts a specific cell-surface protein that are necessary for an efficient immune system and prevents you from getting sick.
2. Soak up the sun
Not only a deficiency in Vitamin C can affect your health but Vitamin D as well. Low Vitamin D levels have been linked to a weakened immune system and an increase in Vitamin D can make a person less likely to have acute respiratory tract infection. You can find Vitamin D in a variety of foods such as fatty fish, egg yolks, and mushrooms.
3. Water is your best friend
Drinking ample amounts of water is key to remaining healthy. Moderate to even mild dehydration can make you sick. Keeping yourself hydrated while sick is also important for a speedy road to recovery. So whether your currently sick or healthy and trying to prevent getting sick, drinking enough water is great for your health.
4. Get enough sleep
Those who don’t get enough sleep at night are more likely to get sick. According to the National Sleep Foundation, teenagers should get 8-10 hours, adults (18-64) should get 7-9 hours, and older adults (65+) should get 7-8 hours.
When we sleep our immune system releases cytokines which are protein-messengers that fight inflammation and disease.
5. Wash your hands regularly
Your cell phone is 10 times dirtier than a toilet seat. Throughout the day we come into contact with so many germs and if you don’t wash your hands properly or regularly you can spread illnesses.
You should wash your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds (the Happy Birthday song twice) with running water and antibacterial soap to prevent getting sick.
Our bodies help us tackle our day and keep us moving, we should make sure we take good care of it by trying to remain healthy.
Do you have any tips to help you boost your immune system and prevent getting sick? Let us know in the comments.
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