Happy November! While many of us are looking forward to the start of the holiday season, this time of year is also when we are all particularly vulnerable to catching a cold or virus. Luckily, there are ways that we can protect our health and boost our immune systems despite seasonal changes. Take a look at tips for staying healthy this fall and winter:
1. Get the Flu Shots & Boosters
Getting the flu vaccine can help you from dealing with cold and flu symptoms including headaches, coughing, fever, sore throats, and more. Studies show that the flu shot reduces the risk of having to go to the doctor by 40% to 60%. It’s also a great idea to get a COVID-19 booster shot to protect yourself from getting COVID this upcoming holiday season.
2. Eat Foods that Boost Immunity
Foods that are rich in antioxidants will help to boost your immunity during the change of the seasons. Options like ginger and green teas, citrus fruit, berries, plant-based foods, and soups can keep you healthy and reduce the risk of illness during colder seasons.
3. Soak in the Sun
Sunlight is a great source of Vitamin D and it can boost our serotonin production to reduce depression. Get outside and let your body absorb some sunlight for 10-15 minutes a day to support your health. Sunlight also helps regulate your circadian rhythm to promote better sleep. If you are going to be out in the sun for prolonged periods of time, make sure to apply sunblock.
4. Stay Active
There are great benefits to getting even a short amount of physical activity every day. Movement in your day to day will improve your brain health and physical health, help manage your weight, strengthen your bones and muscles, and improve your ability to do everyday activities. While it may be more difficult to do commit to physical activity during the cold winter months, there are many online fitness classes, local gyms, yoga studios, or other ways to stay active while indoors.
Hydration is important for our physical health as it regulates our body temperature, promotes digestion, protects our organs, prevent infections, and more. If water isn’t your preferred way to hydrate, then try different types of teas, smoothies, or coconut water to switch things up. In addition to drinking water, you may also want to use a humidifier if your rooms are becoming overly dry during the winter.
6. Reduce Germs
Sanitizing your space and washing your hands are good habits to practice all year round! Avoid touching your face after you’ve spent time at public spaces, grocery stores or doctors offices and wash your hands as soon as you get home. Make sure to keep your home free of germs by sanitizing your kitchen counters, bathroom, door handles, and other common spaces often.
We hope you have a happy and healthy season ahead!
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