Stay healthy this cold season, Feb. 22

    Stay healthy this cold season

    These four healthy practices will help boost your immune season this cold and flu season:

    1. Eat well

    Good nutritional habits help establish a strong immune system. Some of the nutrients that are especially recognized for helping the immune system are vitamins A, C and E and the mineral zinc. It is likely you will get enough of these nutrients if you consume a diet that includes whole grains, a variety of fruits and vegetables, low fat or fat-free dairy products and lean meats.

    2. Proper hand washing

    Cold and flu-causing viruses spread quickly. Decrease your chance of getting sick by washing your hands often. Proper hand washing requires that you scrub your hands with warm soap and water for 20 seconds, rinse thoroughly and then dry with a paper towel. Use the paper towel to turn the water off and open the door.

    3. Exercise

    Regular exercise will help keep your immune system strong. According to an article in the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, exercise helps flush bacteria out of the lungs which decreases the chance of a cold, flu or other airborne illnesses.

    4. Drink plenty of fluids

    When you are exposed to extreme hot or cold temperatures, your body uses more water to maintain its temperature. We don’t often think about getting enough fluids in the winter but remember that furnaces and heaters take moisture from the air and our skin. A well-hydrated body has a stronger immune system.

    Other resources to keep you well.

    Vitamin C and colds 
    Vitamin E and colds