Thursday, March 4, 2010

7 ways to keep cold and flu symptoms at bay

With the flu season in full effect it is very important to keep your self healthy and active. 7 ways to boost your immune system are:

  • Drink plenty of water
    Your body mostly consists of water. If this water is not replenished the body is unable to function properly.
  • Exercise regularly
    Besides the major health benefits of regular exercise, exercise has been shown to naturally boost your immune system
  • Get a good nights sleep
    Most adults should get around 7-8 hours of sleep. Without sleep the body is unable to function to its full extent and is susceptible to infection.
  • Decrease your stress
    Take time for your self to relax and distress. Without this time your body may be over stressed and will impair your immune system
  • Wash your hands
    Germs are everywhere! The number one risk factor may be the transfer of bacteria from objects to your hands.
  • Eat a healthy diet
    Eating the proper foods allows you to obtain all the essential vitamins and minerals to maintain a healthy immune system.
  • Eat foods with lean protein
    The majority of your cells that fight infection and diseases are made of protein. Adding a protein rich diet aids the formation of these molecules.

    As we near the beginning of spring it is important to keep in mind that there is still an increased risk of spreading the flu and other disease. With all that you can to stay healthy there is still a risk of catching the flu. Keeping this in mind, the last important task that can be done to decrease the spread of the flu is to take care oneself when sick as to not add to the spread of bacteria.

    William Milhizer PT, DPT

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