Preventing Colds & Flus

Cold weather forces us all inside where other’s germs may make us sick. Common methods to stop the spread of germs include avoiding contact with those who are ill, washing your hands frequently, especially after being in public, wiping off or disinfecting items used by others and staying away from the public if you are sick.

Other tips that can help you stay healthy are:
 Eat your brightly colored vegetables! They are full of Vitamin C and antioxidants and help to keep you healthy.
 Get plenty of Vitamin D. Sunlight helps the body to produce Vitamin D. Most people don’t get enough sun in the winter, so ask your doctor if you should be taking Vitamin D supplements. You may also
want to up your intake of mushrooms, salmon, or egg yolks.
 Stay active. Remaining active and exercising can help reduce stress and accelerates the circulation of white blood cells that fight disease.
 Get enough sleep. 8 hours seems to be the optimum number.
 Address excess stress. There is a strong connection between mental health and physical illness.
 Drink green tea which is soothing and full of antioxidants.
 Get a flu vaccine. It can prevent or decrease the duration of the flu.
 Avoid sharing items if you or someone else is sick.

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