Now that we’re in the thick of winter and storms are taking over the North East Coast, you may be feeling the wrath of Flu and Cold Season. If not, you may be worried about what may be coming for you. For those of you who are hoping to continue avoiding those pesky winter illnesses, here are some important steps you can take to strengthen your best defense: your immune system!
1. Bundle up whenever you go outside.
Dressing properly for the cold weather is one of the best things you can do for your immune system. While it may not completely prevent a cold or the flu, it will make it worse if you are starting to feel any symptoms, so it’s really important for you to dress for the cold. Always wear your coat buttoned or zipped up and don’t forget to break out the hat, scarf, and gloves.
2. Drink a lot of tea.
All hot beverages warm you up on cold days, but tea has a lot great health benefits. Black tea is great for your immune system and green tea has loads of antioxidants, so stock up tea and drink a cup or two a day!
3. Practice healthy eating habits.
Eating right always makes you feel right and that is especially true when loads of people around you are getting sick. The healthier you eat, the better your overall health will be when you’re surrounded by cold and flu germs.
4. Stay hydrated!
One of the best things you can do for your overall health and wellness is to drink a lot of water. Add some fruit slices for a more flavorful way of staying hydrated. Staying hydrating will do wonders for your skin as well as your immune system so it’s a win-win!
5. Make sure you’re getting enough Vitamin C.
Vitamin C is great for protecting you from the common cold and the flu so make sure to get your recommended daily amount (75-90 mg). Orange juice is a great source of Vitamin C.
6. Wash your hands regularly.
During cold and flu season, one of the easiest ways to catch something is second-hand contact. Whether it’s walking into class, into a bathroom stall, or walking through the hall of your dorm room, you’re touching a lot of doorknobs and common areas. Washing your hands regularly will help eliminate some of those germs.