staying healthy this fall

staying healthy this fall

Written By

Jennifer Cooper

As a self-diagnosed germaphobe, I am here to tell you first and foremost, I have a vested interest in you staying healthy this fall. Mostly, because I will be around you and I don’t want to catch anything. I am a cranky sick person.

All kidding aside, no one wants to be sidelined by illness. So how can you avoid it? Here are five ways to stay healthy this fall:

Wash your hands

According to the CDC, and your mom, washing your hands is the number one way to stay healthy. Hands are basically petri dishes. Germs get on our hands and then we get sick when we then transmit those germs to ourselves by touching our eyes, nose or mouth. Hands, man, they’re out to get us.

So wash your hands before you eat. And always wash your hands after you go to the bathroom. It’s not only good hygiene, we won’t all give you the squirrely eye. Yes, we did notice you left the bathroom without washing. Eww!

Wash with soap and water for 20 seconds for maximum effectiveness. If you do not have access to soap and water, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Keep in mind, hand sanitizers do not kill all germs. For instance it is not effective at killing the dreaded norovirus. link: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/14/really-the-claim-hand-sanitizer-stops-norovirus-spread/?_r=0

Get a flu shot

There’s been some controversy over the years about flu shots, but if you or a family member suffers from asthma, an immune disease or are chronically ill, it’s a good idea get one. Even if there’s a 50% efficacy for the flu shot this year, that’s still better odds than skipping the shot altogether.

Eat a well balanced diet

While there’s no one superfood that will prevent you from getting sick, eating a well balanced diet rich in fruits and veggies will give you the nutrients you need to maintain a healthy immune system. Adding a multi-vitamin to your diet won’t hurt either.

Sleep Well

According to doctors, getting adequate sleep helps maintain a healthy immune system. While you get your beauty rest, your immune system kicks into gear producing proteins that help fight inflammation and infection.  Need help catching those Zzzs? Here’s a list of apps that may help.

Exercise

You know the old saying, exercise does a body good? Well, it does when it comes to our immune system. But there’s a catch; it only works for moderate exercise. Heavy, long term exercise can actually decrease your body’s ability to fight off illness.

Here’s to everyone staying healthy this fall!