Unless you have the immunity of a superhero—or are just incredibly lucky—you’re bound to get sick every once in a while. But there are a few things you can do like getting your flu shot, eating right and staying away from sick people, that will help decrease your odds of getting sick. Keep reading for more tips plus insights from our in-house dietitians.
A balanced diet is important for your body year-round, but during cold and flu season you should make sure you’re paying extra attention to everything that goes in your body. You may think simply loading up on vitamin C may not be enough to kick a cold, but according to in-house dietician Kira Paris Felker, “Eating vitamin C rich foods or taking vitamin C supplements may benefit the immune system, but won’t necessarily prevent a cold/flu altogether.”
The National Institute of Health even states: “Although vitamin C has long been a popular remedy for the common cold, research shows that for most people, vitamin C supplements do not reduce the risk of getting the common cold. However, people who take vitamin C supplements regularly might have slightly shorter colds or somewhat milder symptoms when they do have a cold. Using vitamin C supplements after cold symptoms start does not appear to be helpful.”
So keep guzzling down OJ when you have a cold if that’s what you like, just make sure you keep an overall healthy diet to maximize your chances of staying healthy.
It may seem obvious, but good hygiene is incredibly important, especially around flu season. Wash your hands after you use the restroom, after cooking, whenever you handle anything that has been touched by a lot of people, et cetera. It’s also important to keep clean devices we interact with on a daily basis as well. Clean items like your computer, household door knobs and phones—since they are constantly in our hands and near our faces—often. If you have to cough or sneeze, wash your hands immediately after or do so into the crook of your elbow.
Exercise Your Mind & Body
Regular physical exercise is key to staying healthy. Find an activity you enjoy doing—like walking, swimming or dancing—and get that body moving! Equally as important are stress management and sleep. Stress takes a huge toll on the body. Whatever you can do to keep your stress levels down is important in maintaining a healthy immune system. Plus, a good night’s rest ensures your body has enough time to reset, repair and prepare for a new day.
Get A Flu Shot
A flu vaccine is still the most effective way to prevent the flu. While a very small percentage of people experience adverse reactions, you are not likely to experience symptoms other than a slight soreness where they inject the shot. Get your flu shot today and learn more about the immunizations we offer here.
If you do happen to get sick, nothing is more comforting than a good bowl of soup. Check out some recipes you can enjoy this flu season—even if you’re not sick!