With the cold and flu season upon us we are all looking for ways to keep from getting sick. Here are a few simple tips to boost immune system.
The first is probably also the easiest. Get plenty of rest. All you have to do is sleep at least 8 hours a day. Sounds easy but most of you know exactly how difficult this can be. Work, kids, dishes in the sink, who has time for sleep? But this is very important if you want to stay healthy. It gives your body a chance to repair itself.
Food gives your body energy as well. The nutrition you get from that food also helps to fight disease. One of the biggest problems is that fast food and junk food don’t provide proper nutrition. Also for all of you who like to diet you may not be getting enough nutrition to fight off illness. You should eat three meals a day and at least 2 of those should be good meals that won’t leave you feeling hungry and that have enough nutrition to give your immune system enough power to keep you body well.
While you do get vitamins from eating, you may need to take supplements. This is especially important if you don’t always eat right. You can get extra vitamins from a number of sources. First you can buy a good multi vitamin. Next on the list are drinks like V8 juice. One of the most important vitamins, especially during the cold and flu season, is vitamin C. You can buy these in any retail store or pharmacy. You can also get extra vitamin C from most fruit juices and citrus fruit. I personally try to get as much vitamin C as I can through juices and then take tablets at least once a day.
Flu and pneumonia shots are available at your doctor’s office. These help build your immunity to certain strains of flu and pneumonia. Not every one can take these though. Personally I don’t take these even though I work in health care. I have seen many cases where you get sick from the shots. I would rather take my chances with the germs.
There are new products out that promise to boost your immune system. I know people who swear by these but I have not actually tried them myself. You could be wasting your money or you could get that little extra something that will help to keep you well during the cold and flu season. I suggest reading the labels and making sure they don’t contain anything you shouldn”t be taking or consulting your doctor.
Washing or sanitizing your hands is always a good idea. Please remember it is a must after using the bathroom and before eating. They have bottles of hand sanitizer that will fit in a pocket or purse for those times when you can’t get to a place to wash right away. These are especially good for when you are out shopping or at work.
Stopping the spread of cold and flu germs begins with each and every person. If you are sick, try to stay home. If you are well then try to stay well.