The beginning of the year is always a busy time, and we can sometimes forget to take care of ourselves. But as we enter winter, you’ll want to carve out some time to check in with yourself and take some self-care initiatives to make sure you’re avoiding any of the dreaded viruses that are prevalent this time of year.
Explore a few ways to stay healthy during the winter.
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Eat To Support Your Immune System
What we put into our bodies helps us function, and if your diet is poor, you’re more likely to contract and have a harder time recovering from an illness. Healthy foods include a balanced diet of lean proteins, plenty of veggies, and fruit. Even foods like honey have proven health benefits to boost your response to the cold or flu.
Sticking to an exercise regimen can be difficult when it’s cold, but it’s important to stay active during the wintertime. Why? Staying active, even if only moderately, can help strengthen the immune system. If you can’t get outside because of the cold, there are plenty of home workouts you can find online to stay active.
Get a Flu Shot
Getting a flu shot is also an important way to stay healthy during the winter. Flu strains change every year so it’s important to get a new one every fall. Most insurance companies fully cover this preventative measure, and you can obtain a flu shot through your doctor’s office or a local pharmacy.
Staying hydrated is as important in the winter the same as in the summer. No matter the season, we need plenty of fluids in our bodies to carry nutrients throughout the body and flush away toxins. Drinking fluids like water, sports drinks, or tea when you’re sick will help you recover faster, too.
As we go deeper into winter, taking the time to support your immune system with healthy eating, hydrating, and getting an annual flu shot will help you stay healthy.