Tips to Boost Your Immune System and Beat Flu Season
Fall is such a magical time of year. The colors change, the air gets a little crisper, and there’s a little more anticipation knowing that the holidays are coming.
Unfortunately, it’s also that time of year when EVERYONE seems to be catching a cold. Flu season is definitely a downer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything about it.
When it comes to flu season and NOT getting sick, you want to focus on strengthening your immune system and reducing the number of germs you come in contact with. The latter is harder to control, so let’s focus on some things you can do to strengthen your immune system!
1 – Eat More Plants:
Getting a variety of fruits and veggies ensures you get more of the vitamins and minerals that help boost your immune system. Dark leafy greens and fruits high in vitamin C are especially helpful for keeping your body healthy and strong.
2 – Eat less processed sugar.
Consuming foods that are high in processed sugars significantly reduce your immune system. This effect can last for a few hours so it’s best to avoid sugary drinks and foods during flu season, especially if you know you’re going to be around large groups of people where germs are more prevalent.
3 – Get enough sleep.
Not putting sleep as a priority is an easy way to weaken your immune system. You NEED quality sleep each and every night, so do your best to catch those Zzzs! Generally, 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night is key for good health.
4 – Get regular exercise.
According to WebMD, “If you don’t exercise regularly, you’re more likely to get colds than someone who does.” Exercise helps strengthen your immune response and can help you sleep better. Need more motivation to exercise? Join the 10k Pledge and get rewarded for being active!
5 – Sanitize and wash your hands often.
This one is more about avoiding germs as much as possible. It’s not always something you can control, especially if you are a teacher and work with lots of kids or travel often. But something as simple as washing your hands and using hand sanitizer often can help kill any germs that might be lurking.
Also, keep in mind that germs love to get inside you via your eyes, so avoid touching your face as much as possible during flu season.