When flu season comes around it can be a scary time, especially for your little ones. It seems like everyone around you is getting sick in some way and it feels almost impossible to avoid, but there are simple precautions you can take to keep your family healthy and avoid the spread of nasty germs.
Below are 4 tips to boost your immune system and fight off any virus or infection that comes your way!
Drink Plenty of Water
Staying hydrated is extremely important for proper immune health. Water helps flush toxins out of your body and transports oxygen to your cells, keeping your body functioning optimally. If you do get sick, make sure you drink plenty of water to replenish any liquids you’ve lost. Make sure to avoid dehydrating beverages like colas and coffee. Try adding lemon juice to your water for an extra dose of immune boosting Vitamin C.
Eat Nutrient-Dense Foods
Our bodies need lots of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to fight off the threat of infection. Make sure to eat a well balanced diet including a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables to get the nutrients you need. Vitamin C and antioxidants are especially important when it comes to keeping your immune system strong. Some foods high in Vitamin C and antioxidants include bell peppers, broccoli, spinach, oranges, and tomatoes.
Get Lots of Sleep
Sleep is essential for good immune health. It is our body's chance to repair, restore, and recover. Without enough sleep your body does not have enough time to do all it needs to do to keep us healthy. In addition, while you’re sleeping, your immune system releases a type of small proteins called cytokines that help your body fight inflammation and infection. It is recommended that adults get around 8 hours of sleep each night and that kids get 9-12 hours. Nap time anyone?
Keep Germs to Yourself
Germs are everywhere so they are hard to avoid but you can take small steps to help prevent the spread of germs. Make sure you wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap. In addition, try not to touch germ ridden surfaces like handrails and don’t share things like utensils, toys, or chapstick. It is also important to cough or sneeze into a tissue or the crease of your elbow to avoid spreading germs to others.
What are some things you do when you feel like you or your family might be getting sick? We would love to know!
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