With the long summer days coming to an end and the leaves beginning to change colors, it is time for us to begin preparing for the cold season. As much as we love getting to finally enjoy pumpkin flavored everything and preparing for the holidays as they quickly approach, the drop in temperature means an increase of the risk of getting sick.
So, as you consider the ways that you can stay healthy during the colder months, we’d like to offer up these steps to prevent illness and protect yourself during cold and flu season:
As has been stated throughout the pandemic, frequently washing your hands is one of the best ways to keep you safe from germs and prevent them from spreading to others!
Staying healthy during the fall and winter season is much more than avoiding a cold or flu. It is also important to protect your body and bundle up.
It goes without saying that exercising is a great way to keep your body healthy. Maintaining an active lifestyle throughout the cold season not only benefits your overall health, but it also helps strengthen your immune system.
Flu season tends to begin in October, so now is the time to get your flu shot. Getting vaccinated can protect you from certain strains of influenza, while also protecting vulnerable individuals around you.
To help with this preventive measure, the J will be hosting vaccine clinics with Giant Pharmacy on October 13, 21, November 10 and 18. For more information about the vaccine clinics click here.
Your body loses a lot of fluid during the cold, dry winter months. This can lead to dehydration and a weakened immune system. It is recommended to drink a minimum of eight glasses of water, about 4-6 cups, every day.
Getting enough sleep is essential for a strong immune system, positive mood, and healthy heart. The average person needs 6-8 hours of sleep per night and not getting enough will make your body extremely vulnerable to illness.
Staying healthy during the fall and winter may be a challenge, but hopefully the six tips provided will help keep you healthy and germ-free this cold and flu season!