The question that haunts us all is upon us: is this just allergies or am I actually sick? Between the lingering flu and change of temperatures, it's inevitable that you'll catch something these next couple of months. Nonetheless, there are measures you can take to help prevent getting sick this season.
Avoid Any Illness
An easy solution may be to get the flu shot, and even though it provides protection, it typically takes about two weeks to take effect. Plus, there's not a vaccine out there to protect you from every sickness. That's why you need to take matters into your own hands and avoid any encounter with an illness at all costs. If you know someone who is sick, odds are it's contagious and can be easily spread throughout the classroom, gym office, or store. Therefore, reduce your risk by not hugging or shaking hands with someone who is obviously sick and keeping your distance.
Strengthen Your Immune System
The more you enhance your immune defenses, the more effectively you can fight off any type of sickness that comes your way. This means exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, and embracing an anti-inflammatory diet. Reducing inflammation is really important when it comes to both your diet and health. A sedentary lifestyle and highly processed foods can increase inflammation, which will lead to you getting sick often. It’s true that healthy people are less likely to get sick, and even when they do, they recover more quickly.
Yes you need to exercise regularly in order to remain healthy and help strengthen your immune system. Nevertheless, to prevent getting sick if you're already feeling something coming on, definitely dial back on exercise. Intense exercise can actually temporarily depress the immune system, as it's more focused on helping your body workout than making yourself feel better. If you don't feel well, don’t stop completely, but do minimum work so your body can send all of its resources to boost up your immunity.
Don't Smoke or Drink
Okay - hear us out. You don't have to quit this permanently. However, if you're already fighting a sickness or trying to prevent yourself from getting sick, then your best bet is to stop temporarily. Ditch the alcohol and smoke, and instead load up on water and go to bed early. Your body will definitely thank you, as excess of either is already detrimental to your health. Do your best to be smart and stay healthy.
Wash Your Hands Frequently
This one is a given, but many forget that this is the number one way to prevent getting sick in any season. Some viruses can live for up to 24 hours on door handles and handrails, and you don't even want to think about the number of sick people you're coming in contact with. Do yourself a favor and always carry around hand sanitizer and wash your hands more frequently than you normally would. Additionally, don’t touch a surface and then touch your own nose or mouth, for you're just setting yourself up for danger.