Get Well

Boost Your Immunity

by Liz LaBeau, blogger

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Whether it’s the common cold or something more severe, being sick is never a welcome addition to anyone’s agenda. In an effort to keep you on the defensive and avoid getting sick this year, we’ve researched and compiled a list of preventative measures. Below are the tips that made the short list.

Wash your hands. You’ve heard it a million times, but washing your hands is crucial. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration practicing proper hygiene is key to reducing the spread of illness.

Cover up. That is, both bundle up to stay warm in the cold, and cover up your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough. Sneezes and coughs fire germs into the air, enabling the spread of disease.

Stay home. You’re sick and it’s no fun. Don’t make it easy for others to share your misfortune. If they don’t come into contact with you they cant catch anything from you.  According to the Center for Disease Control, one of the best ways to reduce the spread of disease is to keep sick people away from well people.

Get a flu shot. Fatigue, chills, a cough, a high fever, and muscle and headaches—not to mention the strict saltine and broth dietary predicaments one often finds themselves in meanwhile, the flu puts you out of commission and makes getting to class the last of your priorities.

Boost your immunity. Eat the right foods to keep your body at its healthiest. Many foods and drinks have a natural immunity boost. Maintaining a diet rich in a variety of fruits, vegetables, lean protein and whole grains helps boost your body’s natural defenses. Try adding these nutrient rich foods to your diet: yogurt, red bell peppers, green tea, ginger and broccoli.