This year’s cold and flu season is making headlines because of how intense it is. If you want to survive the colder weather months of the year without illness, you don’t have to quarantine yourself in fear that you’ll catch something while among other people. Instead, you’ll need to prepare for the occasion by doing things to strengthen you and your family’s immune systems.
To survive this year’s cold and flu season, you’ll want to do the following:
- Carry your own infuser bottle with you. Make your own vitamin water using slices of fresh citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruit, lemon, and lime. Packed with Vitamin C, it’s as good as defense as any against colds and flu. It’s a powerful antioxidant that helps the body with its connective tissues, which are the bones, blood vessels, and skin.
- Don’t go anywhere without hand sanitizer. Carry one on your keychain, in your laptop bag in a pocket away from your electronics, and in your purse if you use one. Use it regularly. A few drops of hand sanitizer is as effective as you washing your hands with hot soapy water. It works in a pinch when you can’t get to the bathroom to wash all the germs away.
- Go heavy on the Vitamin D. The cold weather prevents you from getting outdoors and in the sun. That means that you’ll need to take a supplement to the tune of 2,000 IU to keep from getting sick. Know that you can decrease this amount after cold and flu season is over when you’re spending greater amounts of time outside in the warm sunshine.
- Keep exercising. Strengthen your body and support your immune system. There are a lot of indoor activities you can continue to enjoy even when the weather takes a turn for the worst. You can walk, swim, and do yoga. Whatever you can do to break a sweat, aim for that is it helps your heart stay healthy and keeps excess weight off, too. Find what works well for you and stick to your routine even if you think you’re coming down with something. A little exercise goes a long way in helping you ward off sickness.
- Put on socks. This may seem like the most bizarre advice but wet cotton socks wrung out can actually help force a cold away. To make the most of the treatment recommended by com, warm your feet in the bath or a foot soaking basin. Keep your feet in there for five to ten minutes before towel drying them and putting on the wet socks. Cover the first pair of socks with a second pair of dry socks. Do this for three to four nights or until you start feeling less congested.
Avoid getting sick this season by following the tips listed above. A few precautionary measures helps protect your health and the health of your family members. Knowing what dangers lurk around every corner during cold and flu seasons helps you determine which items to stock up on and which activities to do in advance to prevent illness.