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Tips to avoid getting sick this winter

The winter season is approaching, and unfortunately cold and flu season tends to follow along with it. Staying inside to avoid the cold winter air means that we’re in close contact with others, so germs can spread more easily.

Did you know that flu containing particles can travel up to 6 feet, and rhinoviruses can live on surfaces for 48 hours? These are some of the reasons you should sanitize any items you share in your home or office like door handles, remote controls, keyboards and light switches. You should also wash your hands regularly, and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth to help prevent viruses from entering your respiratory tract.

For even more ways to protect yourself from getting sick this winter, check out these helpful tips for staying well!

  1. Dry air helps germs spread, so invest in a humidifier to keep the air moist.
  2. Keep exercising! Studies have found that exercise can reduce infections.
  3. Get some sun! Go outside to get some vitamin D or eat vitamin D fortified foods.
  4. Catch some Zzzzs. Sleeping for 5 hours or less increases your chance to catch a cold or the flu, so aim for 7-8 hours.
  5. Eat protein! Strengthen your immune system and add protein rich foods to your diet like milk, Greek yogurt and eggs.
  6. Try to meditate. It can help relieve stress, and stress makes you susceptible to infections.
  7. Drink green tea. It has an ingredient called EGCG which damages flu particles.
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