Ways To Stay Healthy All Winter

Eat To Beat Illness Dr. David Katz, MD, director of the Yale Prevention of Disease Research Center says: “Diet is the fuel that runs the complex human machine and all of its parts, including the immune system. Essential power players are high quality proteins and brightly colored fruits and veggies, which provide immune-boosting antioxidants; and omega-3 fatty acids.

Keep Your Body Moving Dr. Fryhofer states that exercise can keep you from getting sick by stimulating your immune cells that target cold infections. A university of South Carolina study found that people who walked or did other moderate activity for thirty minutes most days averaged one cold per year.

Hydrate Inside and Out Lower humidity and temperatures help the flu virus spread, which may explain why flu outbreaks peak in winter. Humidity kills the virus, so keep air at home warm and moist. When in a dry environment, such as an airplane cabin, use saline nasal spray to moisten the membranes in your nose. “When nasal passages are hydrated, the cilia, hair-like structures lining the nose, do a better job of keeping bacteria and viruses out,” Dr. Fryhofer says. Drink plenty of water too. Your body needs H2O to execute many immune functions.

Befriend Bacteria The good kind! Probiotics are friendly microbes that may strengthen the immune system by crowding out bad germs that make you sick. A German study found that healthy men and women who took probiotics daily for three months shortened bouts of the common cold by almost two days and reported reduced severity of symptoms……Health Magazine

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