As the leaves turn golden and the temperature drops we all have to accept that summer is finally over. With the start of fall is also the start of the dreaded flu season, and if you want to avoid getting sick this season make sure to follow these healthy tips.
Spend some time in the sun
Being in the sunshine for even a brief period of time allows your body to absorb some vitamin D which will help your body fight off infection and colds. If you live further north where there is less sunshine during the winter months, then consider taking a vitamin D supplement or eating foods rich in this vitamin to help strengthen your defenses.
Get enough rest
Getting enough sleep will help strengthen your body and keep it fighting fit. That way your body will be strong enough to fight germs and even if you do get cold your body will be better equipped to fight it off quickly.
In a recent study in California, researchers discovered that those who sleep 5 hours or less are 82% more likely to contract flu.
Use a humidifier indoors
With the cold outside, we are more likely to find ourselves trapped indoors with the climate being controlled by the thermostat. Being in such a stuffy environment means that we actively breathe in heated and dry air which is better for the transmission of particles. So when someone sneezes the particles they exhale are more likely to travel around the room. Using a humidifier in your home means its more difficult for these particles to become airborne and it also means your mucose membranes are less likely to dry out and become irritated.
Keep your hands and surfaces clean
During the winter months, we can pick up germs unknowingly from the various surfaces we touch. By simply making sure we keep our hands clean we will be less likely to transfer those germs to our eyes and mouth.
Be especially vigilant with items that are touched by a lot of people to avoid contracting germs left by others. So this winter, make sure to wash your hands frequently after touching things like money, handled or keyboards.