Due to the serious flu outbreak and the recent freezing temperatures, I’m sure many people are worried about staying healthy this winter. So what can you do to keep the doctor away? Here are a few simple steps that Practically Green has outlined to help you:
1. Drink water
Staying hydrated is extremely important even in these cold temperatures so make sure you drink plenty of fluids by keeping a reusable water bottle on you when you’re out or even making your own sparkling water at home.
2. Eat a healthy diet
Maintaining a balanced diet is important for any time of the year, but when the flu is all around you it is especially important during this season. Avoid eating out, fill your plates with organic fruits and vegetables, and try to eat organic foods when possible.
3. Get outside
As miserable as that sounds in this weather, getting 5-10 minutes of sunlight a day can provide enough Vitamin D to help reduce high blood pressure, immune-system abnormalities, and osteoarthritis among other things.
Dealing with a lot of stress can damage your immune system and your ability to fight off viruses will be lower. So to de-stress try engaging in relaxing activities like going to a spa, curling up under the covers with a good book, watching a movie, or whatever you find enjoyable stress free.
5. Get enough sleep
We’ve all hear that the recommended dose is eight hours of sleep a night so try to plan your days around these eight hours. When you don’t get enough sleep your body is more susceptible to viruses so make sure you’re sleeping at least seven or eight hours a night!
6. Wash your hands
Try to stay as far away from germs as possible! Germs are constantly spreading so you need to wash your hands with soap and warm water or keep a natural hand sanitizer on your when you can’t go to a sink and wash.
These are just the most basic ways to help your body stay healthy this winter so make sure you follow them to avoid being cooped up with the flu this season!