This winter, more than ever, people are concerned about staying healthy throughout the cold-weather months. In the winter, people tend to get sick more often. People spend more time inside when it’s cold, and viruses can often survive longer in lower temperatures. Together, these side effects of the winter season can lead to more sickness.
Thankfully, there are many strategies that you can implement to boost your health in the winter. These tips will decrease your chances of infection and keep your immune system strong.
Get the Flu Vaccine.
Receiving your flu shot each year is important for protection against the flu virus. The vaccine will give you a small, inactive dose of the year’s flu virus. This allows your body to produce the antibodies required to fight off the flu.
Wash Your Hands Frequently.
Your hands can pick up viruses and bacteria from all different sources. Washing your hands frequently will clean off viruses and bacteria so that you’re less likely to transfer them to your eyes, nose, or mouth. You can also carry a travel-sized bottle of hand sanitizer with you while you’re out and about to sanitize your hands in a pinch.
Hydration is essential for a strong immune system. Make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day and even more so if you start feeling under the weather. Hydration can help you recover faster from sickness during the winter.
Get Plenty of Sleep.
Ample amounts of high-quality sleep will help keep your immune system strong and your energy levels high. Make sure to get at least 7 to 9 hours per night, ideally going to bed and waking up around the same time each day.
Family Medical Centers in Pasco, North Pinellas, and South Hernando Counties are here to help you and your family stay healthy all winter long. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with a trained physician.