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Boosting Your Immune System for Cold & Flu Season


January and February are the peak months for cold and flu season. However, there are a few simple steps you can take to make sure you and your family come out of the season as healthy as can be.

Diet – A healthy diet is a key factor in fighting off the cold and flu. Vitamin C, which strengthens your immune system by increasing the production of antibodies, is especially important. Make sure you include plenty of citrus, carrots, kiwi, dark leafy greens and apples in your diet each day.

Rest & Relaxation – Stress is one of the biggest triggers of many health issues. Unfortunately, it is nearly impossible to avoid it in many of our lives. Consider setting aside 10 minutes each day to sit in a quiet place and enjoy a cup of Salada Green Tea. It’s not much time out of your day, but even just a few quiet minutes can drastically reduce the impact of your stress hormones. Also, if you can fit relaxation in before bed, it may improve the quality of your sleep, which has also been shown to increase immune function.

Hygiene – Okay, I’m going to sound like your grandma for a minute. I want to talk about washing your hands. Simply washing your hands before preparing food, eating and after touching public services is the best way to prevent the transfer of germs. And don’t forget your thumbs, which are the most often missed spots! Also, pay extra attention to not rub your eyes, nose or mouth as they are the spots where most germs enter our bodies!

Stay healthy this winter, and remember, a few small steps can lead to big changes!

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