Tips For Staying Healthy This Winter

The winter is a time when we are most susceptible to illness.  Tis the season when germs are rampant, the weather is chilly, and we are often breathing recycled air with no windows open in the public spaces.

By taking a few precautions, and filling your body full of the good stuff, you can lower your risks of being under the weather and missing work or an important event.

Follow these winter wellness tips, and be the healthiest you can be.

Take Supplements

In addition to eating well, which provides the majority of our nutrients, taking supplements can hugely increase our wellness.

Along with eating fresh greens, a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and either animal or plant based protein, consider a multivitamin with iron.

If you are feeling particularly unhealthy, consider a healthy nutrient injection.

Keep Your Hands Clean

Keeping your hands clean by washing with hot water and soap is the best way to protect against germs.  We are constantly touching the world around us throughout the day, and therefore should wash our hands at least once an hour when it’s peak illness season.

Rub your hands together creating suds for at least 20 seconds, and either air dry or use a clean towel.  

If you don’t have access to soap or water, use an antibacterial alcohol based solution.   Consider carrying one around with you in your pocket or purse and use after contact with anything for public use from doorknobs to handrails.

Avoid Sick People

Staying out of the way of sick people reduces your risks considerably.  This doesn’t mean steering clear of anyone who is potentially sick completely, otherwise we would never leave our houses!

The idea is not coming within a 3-foot distance of their breathing proximity.  The moisture in their breath particles can send out unwanted germs that could contaminate us.  

The same goes for hugging them or shaking their hands.  Politely explain that you are particularly susceptible to illness and promise you’ll make it up to them next time!

Exercise

Believe it or not, getting in your 30 minutes a day of recommended exercise can actually ward off illness!  By keeping your cells in a constant state of regeneration, our immune systems are strong, and we are more likely to defend ourselves against icky viruses like the flu and colds.

If you choose to exercise outdoors in the cold winter air, make sure to bundle up even though you may be working up a sweat and are tempted to strip down to a sleeveless shirt and shorts.

Additionally protect your ears with a fuzzy hat or ear warmers, and of course, gloves.

Sleep

Getting in 8 hours of sleep a night keeps our bodies healthy and strong.  The less sleep that we have the more prone we are to getting overrun by nasty germs.

So next time you feel guilty about sleeping in that extra hour, remember, doctors orders!

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