22 Feb Why We Get Sick More in the Winter…And What To Do About It.
The weather is freezing. The air is extra dry, thanks to furnaces working hard to keep us warm.
Those are perfect conditions for cold and flu viruses to spread like crazy.
Changing temperatures in the fall and winter allow viruses to flourish and mutate as they jump from host to host, increasing our chances of falling ill.
Here are a few ways to combat colds, flu and general fatigue:
- Eat well. Load up on fresh fruits and vegetables at every meal. “Super foods” like sweet potatoes, avocados, nuts and ancient grains have excellent nutritional value.
- Stay hydrated. Warm beverages such as green or white tea are a great source of antioxidants, and can lower stress. Stir in a spoonful of honey to soothe a sore throat.
- Sleep. Most adults need 7-9 hours per night, according to the National Sleep Foundation.
- Wash. Your. Hands. The CDC says you should vigorously scrub with hot soapy water for at least 20 seconds.
- Pop a vitamin. Taking a daily multivitamin can help deliver an extra dose of B complex vitamins, Vitamin E, potassium, iron and other key nutrients that boost energy and keep your immune system strong.
- Take Vitamin C. Our bodies don’t produce this essential vitamin, so we have to get it from the foods and drink we consume.