Winter weather often brings a series of challenges, even for the healthiest people. The temperatures swing, cold winds, rain and snow beat up our bodies, and colds and flus spread fast through families, schools and workplaces.
Hand washing: According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), regular hand washing is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others. Wash your hands with soap under clean running water for at least 20 seconds. Teach your children these easy steps: Wet – Lather – Scrub – Rinse –Dry.
Dress for the weather: Layer up with warm but light clothing, waterproof boots, hats, mittens, and scarves.
Get a Flu Shot: An annual flu shot is recommended for all persons 6 months and older as the best way to fight the flu. Click here for more on the flu vaccine.
Practice Healthy Habits: Avoid missed work and school due to winter illness by practicing the following:
- Stay active
- Eat a well-balanced diet
- Get plenty of sleep
Already sick? See our tips and list of go-to foods to kick colds to the curb!
Despite your best efforts of frequent hand washing and covering your mouth to keep yourself or your children healthy, flu and colds can still get the best of us. Get back on your feet with the following go-to foods when sick.
- Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water, hot liquids such as broth, and other decaffeinated, sugar-free clear liquids, such as sports drinks.
- Choose Vitamin C-rich foods: Vitamin C helps boost the immune system. Great food selections include citrus fruits, mangoes, strawberries, tomatoes, cauliflower, and broccoli.
- BRAT Diet: If faced with diarrhea or a weak stomach, the BRAT diet can help remedy your symptoms. This diet consists of Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast. Temporarily sticking to these foods for 1-2 days can help you ease back into your regular diet.