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Stay Healthy This Winter with These Tips

Say no to sickness

During the winter months, we see a lot more instances of those around us getting sick. There are lots of viruses and bacteria going around, especially in schools and in our work environments. Use these tips to stay healthy this season.

Get your flu shot

Did you know that an influenza vaccine can reduce your risk of getting the flu by 50 to 60 percent if you’re a part of the general population? If you do still get the flu, a shot can decrease severity and side effects.

Have plenty of hand sanitizer on hand

According to research done by Children’s Hospital in Boston, families who carried hand sanitizer had 59 percent fewer cases of stomach bugs than nonusers. While it doesn’t completely eliminate germs and definitely shouldn’t substitute for washing your hands with soap and water, it is pretty effective when you rub together for 15 seconds so that your hands still feel damp after doing so.

Wash your hands

Experts recommend you should wash your hands five times a day. As for how to do it? Wash your hands with water and then apply soap to your hand. Lather. Rub your hands together for 20 seconds. Rinse. Finally, dry with a clean towel.

Get enough sleep

It turns out getting enough sleep is the most important element to staying healthy. No matter what you do, you need to be healthy enough to offer the protection it needs if it’s too tired to function.

Switch out your toothbrush

If you’ve had a cold, the flu, a sore throat or a mouth infection, it’s time for a new toothbrush. Germs can hide in it and lead to reinfection.

Find the light

To avoid seasonal depression, aim to get in the light for at least 10-15 minutes each day. When there’s a sunny day, encourage your children to get off the couch and play outside. Even when it’s cold, Vitamin D acts as a mood-lifter.

Drink water

Finally, stay hydrated this winter. If you don’t have enough fluids in your body, it leaves you more susceptible to getting sick. Health experts recommend drinking half your weight in ounces every day.

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