Even though we’re experiencing mild December temperatures in the Hudson Valley (which we hope you’re taking advantage of!), winter weather will be here soon. While you can’t prevent snow or freezing temperatures, you can minimize your risk for developing a cold or flu. Help yourself and your family stay healthy this winter by incorporating these ten natural ways to prevent colds and flu into your everyday life.
Wash your hands
Wash your hands frequently to prevent the spread of viruses. You can pick up germs from any surface you touch or by being in close proximity with others who are ill.
Don’t touch your face
Cold and flu viruses enter the body through the eyes, nose and mouth. Keep your hands away from your face to stay healthy.
Keep your workspace clean
Wipe down surfaces you touch frequently, including your keyboard and phone, with an alcohol wipe. This will kill any germs that are clinging to your workspace.
Get regular exercise
Regular exercise at moderate intensity helps boost the immune system. If you have can’t find time for the gym, shoveling snow and raking leaves count!
Get enough rest
Everyday tasks are hard to complete when you are exhausted. Fighting off disease is no different. Your body is better equipped to fight viruses when it is properly rested.
Manage your stress
Similar to getting proper rest your immune system performs best when you’re not stressed out. Cut your likelihood of getting sick by practicing yoga, meditation or other stress management techniques.
Get some Zinc
Zinc helps prevent viruses from gaining full access to our cells and may block certain metabolic activity. Foods rich in zinc, like oysters and wheat germ, may offer some protection during flu season.
Eat your garlic and onions
Garlic and onions contain the compound Allicin, which can fight off certain bacteria and viruses. Add this compound to your daily diet to help block infections.
Staying adequately hydrated helps the immune system work properly. Breathing in mist from a humidifier can also help keep nasal passages from drying out.
Watch the alcohol
Alcohol suppresses the part of the immune system that protects you from catching a virus. It also inhibits your ability to fight off the germs already in your system. Having more than a drink or two can greatly increase your risk of getting sick.
Be smart this winter! As always, if you have any lingering aches and pains, please schedule an appointment with us. We’re here Monday through Saturday.