Written By Lewis Robinson / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
Although everyone is bound to come down with a cold or flu every once in a while, there are plenty of steps that you can take to support your health and feel good. Here's what you can do to support your immune system and overall health.
1. Eat a Healthy Diet
The food that you consume is converted into fuel that powers your organs, such as your immune system. This is why it's essential to eat a nutritious diet full of fruits, vegetables, fiber and whole grains.
This doesn't mean that you can't treat yourself to dessert every once in a while, but you should make sure that it's in moderation. Stay away from eating too many fried foods, saturated fats and refined sugars, as these can weaken your immune system and decrease its ability to fight off illness.
2. Take Supplements
Along with a well-balanced diet you can also take supplements to further support your health. Adding supplements to your diet can help you get more nutrients you may lack.
There are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to your health. For example, an immune support supplement can help support your immune system. Other effective supporters of the immune system include:
- Folic acid
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin A
3. Don't Touch Your Face
Did you know that the average person touches their face 16 times in one hour? Considering this statistic, you can probably understand why it's so easy to get a cold or the flu. Touching your eyes, nose or mouth transfers millions of germs into your throat, which then gives them the opportunity to multiply inside your body and wreak havoc on your organs.
If you're having trouble breaking this habit, occupy your hands by lacing your fingers together, placing them in your lap or squeezing a stress ball. You can also use a scented hand sanitizer to remind yourself to keep your hands away from your face. The smell will jog your memory and make it easier for you to stop yourself.
4. Wash Your Hands
This may sound like an obvious tip, but you'd be surprised at how many people don't wash their hands properly. You should be washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap. Be sure to clean your hands:
- Before touching your eyes, nose or mouth
- Before eating
- After using the restroom
- After blowing your nose or sneezing
If you're unable to access soap or warm water, you can use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60 percent alcohol.
5. Get Your Body Moving
Exercising has a multitude of benefits, from improving circulation to strengthening muscles and bones. Another advantage of exercising is that it can boost your immune system. Whether you're engaging in vigorous exercise like sprinting or simply trying out some new yoga poses, your immune system will reap the benefits.
Research has demonstrated that exercising causes white blood cells, which are responsible for warding off disease, to circulate more rapidly. This means that they'll be able to detect illnesses earlier on and therefore combat them more effectively.
In addition to strengthening immunity, exercising has also been shown to aid in weight loss, improve mental health and lower your risk of developing some cancers.
If you're finding it difficult to motivate yourself to get moving, try asking a friend or family member to exercise with you. Not only can they make the experience more pleasant, but they can also hold you accountable for sticking to a consistent routine.
Contracting an illness can't always be prevented, but there are protective measures that you can take to reduce your chances of getting sick this winter. From practicing proper hygiene to eating a nutritious diet, your body will thank you if you follow these five simple tips.
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Lewis Robinson is a freelance writer and expert in health and fitness. When he isn’t writing he can usually be found reading a good book or hitting the gym.
Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed Trusted Health Products, a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at www.rayspotts.com.