Winter is a period of fluffy snowflakes, warm evenings with family and happy holidays. However, if your immune system is not up to the task, you can catch a cold, flu or other scary winter germs. As a result, you have less energy to cope with even easiest tasks, the possibility to have health complications or simply feel constantly awful. It all happens when the temperatures drop and we shut our windows and doors, giving a high possibility to viruses to develop. We’ve created a list of useful tips for staying healthy no matter where you are: at home, at hair salons in New York City or the public transport.
Tip #1 Flu Shot
It’s true that an influenza vaccination can reduce the risk of flu illness only by 50-60%. You still have the chance to get ill; nevertheless, vaccination also helps to decrease the severity of the side effects if you get sick.
Tip #2 Purchase Pens
Yes, you didn’t misread – we advise you to buy pens and to carry them with you. Cold and flu usually spread through hand-to-hand contact, which means by using public objects. You don’t know where you will need to sign – at the restaurant, at the bank or hair salons in New York City.
Tip #3 Buy Hand Sanitizer
Don’t leave your home without hand sanitizer in your purse. It is a great alternative to washing hands in public places. It is advisable to look for those products which don’t require water and have more than 50% of alcohol in its base.
Tip #4 Go for Daily Multivitamin
Help your immune system by fulfilling your body with nutrients. Purchase a multivitamin complex which contains 100% of the recommended daily values of needed vitamins. Chosen multi should include such vitamins as C, D, A, B6, B12 and minerals like chromium, selenium, copper, calcium, zinc and folic acid. For better absorption, take a pill during a meal containing a bit of fat and drink a glass of water.
Tip #5 Move More
Recent research has shown that people who get at least 3 hours of moderate activity a day are 35% less likely to get sick or catch a cold compared to those, who do only one hour. It doesn’t mean that you need to run every day for three hours or so. You can go for physical activity you like – swimming, horse riding, yoga or even Chinese art of slow movements such as tai chi.
We hope these pieces of advice will help you to stay healthy all winter long.