It seems like cold and flu season is always right around the corner. These tips can help you stay well no matter the time of year.
We all dread the colds that sneak up on us. It starts with overhearing the occasional cough or sneeze on the bus, and suddenly the entire office or classroom seems to be sniffling. Have no fear! These immune-boosting tips can help prevent whatever cold or flu virus is lurking.
1. Do a moderate amount of exercise
That’s right—not too much, and not too little. While many of us have heard that exercise can help boost the immune system, overdoing it—such as training for marathons or working out to the point of exhaustion—can stress out the immune system, doing more harm than good. It’s all about finding a happy medium.
2. Laugh, think positive, and don’t be stressed!
Looks like being a hypochondriac isn’t the key to staying healthy. In fact, the key may be to relax a bit. Laughing, getting plenty of sleep, staying positive, and avoiding stress have all been shown to boost the immune system. So put on your favourite comedy and laugh it up!
3. Eat plenty of antioxidants
Generally, foods that are naturally brightly coloured (no, not fluorescent-coloured candy or soft drinks) are higher in disease-fighting antioxidants, and antioxidants can help reduce inflammation and boost immunity. That means berries, green tea, leafy greens, and much, much more. Shop the produce aisles and stock up on brightly coloured fruits and veggies.
4. Sharing is not caring
Here’s an immune-boosting tip that will surprise no one: wash your hands (often, and properly!) and be cautious about germy surfaces such as computers, pens, door handles, and phones.