5 Tips to Fight Flu Season

Adopt these 5 healthy habits to stay strong through flu season

Adopt these 5 healthy habits to stay strong through flu season

It’s that time of year again! Yes, it’s fall and the holidays are upon us–but it’s also that time of year that pesky colds can keep you from enjoying this festival season. Besides getting your flu shot, how can you help build your body’s defenses stay strong? Below are 5 lifestyle habits that are proven to help fight flu-like symptoms to keep you healthy and happy for the holidays.

 

Catch Some Zzzzz’s

Getting enough sleep is proven to help fight infection, by allowing your body to focus on repair and recovery. Harvard University says that in sleep studies looking at amount of sleep and recovery rate, those who slept more had shorter symptom times than those who didn’t. Getting your zzzz’s is not just important during a time of sickness, it’s best used to prevent the cold or flu altogether! Studies suggest that regularly getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night is one of the best ways to keep your immune system recharged and ready for action

 

Break a Sweat

I know, you’ve heard it all before–but that’s because exercise really does help keep your body in tip-top shape, including your immune system. It is recommended to get at least 30 minutes of exercise 5 times a week, but in this busy time of year a little can go a long way. Doing just 10 minutes of exercise three times throughout the day can meet your goal, so take a short walk on your break, put a little more elbow grease into cleaning the house, and do a little dancing in the living room with your family. That leads us to the next habit to stay healthy….

 

Laughter Really is the Best Medicine

They’re not kidding, happiness and laughter keep you healthy. In a study looking at optimism and changes in immunity, it was found that happiness and an optimistic outlook may protect health by counteracting stress-induced increases in inflammation. A positive outlook on life can increase overall well being, whether it be mental or physical. So enjoy family and friends, and have a chuckle…for your health.

 

Hydrate for Health

Staying hydrated is an important part of backing up your immune system’s natural defenses. Your body is 60% water and even slight dehydration can result in lowered body function. Staying hydrated throughout the day can help your body’s natural immunity stay strong throughout the cold and flu season. Aim for 8 or more glasses of water a day, and spice up your agua with a little lemon or apple cider vinegar for an extra immunity punch!

 

Food as Flu Defense

So we all know that the foundation for keeping a healthy body, and immune system, is a healthy diet. But what foods should you choose when you feel those flu symptoms coming on? Getting a variety of fruits and vegetables helps your body meet its vitamin and mineral needs, and chicken soup has been proven to be anti-inflammatory–showing that there is some truth to old wives’ tales. Lemon can help break down mucus, and ginger and garlic may help alleviate symptoms. But steer clear of juice and dairy–the high sugar in juice feeds infection and dairy has been shown to increase mucus in some people. Overall, eat a balance of protein, complex carbs, and fill up on vegetables and fresh fruits. The best defense is a good offense!


To find out more tips to stay healthy and happy, check out my book Positively Ageless!

© Cheryl Forberg 2016