How to keep colds at bay this fall

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When fall arrives, for many this means cold and flu season is well on its way too. Colds are unwelcomed nuisance and it can make one feel very unproductive. This is especially true as many of us have a lot to juggle such as work, school, family, cleaning and other tasks.  So, having a cold can really put one behind, if they have a lot to accomplish.

However, before cold and flu season really hits hard there are many things that can be done to help boost the immune system. A strong immune system helps to keep one from becoming easily infected by a cold or flu bug.

One way to make sure you aren’t as susceptible to the cold or flu bug is by getting proper rest. Pushing oneself to get everything accomplished on the to-do list may make one feel accomplished. However, it can also make one ill. This is because during sleep the body rejuvenates itself and allows for it to fight off any bugs and/or viruses. Not allowing the body to perform this process, makes it easier for one to get sick.  One should allow for at least six to eight hours of sleep per day.

Frequent handwashing is also a must when trying to keep illness away. Washing hands helps to keep bugs that cause cold and flu away. Surfaces should also be washed down and sanitized as much as possible to keep germs from spreading.

Lastly, eating a nutrient rich diet especially that has abundant sources of fresh fruits and vegetables. Eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables helps to ensure that the body gets enough of the proper vitamins and nutrients to stay healthy. Fresh fruits and vegetables are naturally abundant in immune boosting vitamin C which helps to minimize the risk of contracting a cold. Drinking herbal teas and plenty of water are also ways to help the body stay healthy throughout the fall.

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  • Alex Pieles
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